Monday, April 19, 2021

New Quilt and New Pattern (coming soon!)

 


I finished this quilt for my son this week! He got a new bed (larger) last summer and I have been working on it off and on since then. It's based on a vintage quilt block I saw only one time and still haven't found the name of it. 

The pattern will be available soon as a download or in print! I'm just waiting for the final touches on the print version. You might remember I made this quilt in a Halloween version a couple of years ago.



I hope you will think it's worth the wait! Look for this and some other new patterns soon as well as some website updates. 

I'm filling my teaching calendar for the rest of this year with groups that need to be rescheduled as well as adding new groups. I've had both my vaccines and I'm ready to visit with you in person or online. Just let me know what your group prefers!

Have a wonderful week,
Diane



Thursday, April 8, 2021

Instagram Review March 2021

 


Boomer's devastating diagnosis, lunch with my UGA kids, sweetheart


quilt display, long walks, my face in Quiltmania!
Quiltmania feature, shopping spree, daily meds for dogs
heart quilt finish, playing with blocks, book club selections,
anticipation!, flowers from my sister, the best dog ever

March was filled with many mixed emotions around here. There was the thrill of being featured in my favorite magazine of all time QUILTmania! and there was devastating news that Boomer has advanced stage cancer that is very aggressive. Then there was the stitching of sweet heart blocks designed by the amazing Rachaeldaisy, that were sewn along with my friends that always show up to support me when I need it most! 

While navigating many daily doses of medications, doggie diapers and learning to care for special needs of a dog with spinal cancer, I felt and saw and experienced the love and support of family and friends and quilters in such tangible ways. Your love and strength has gotten me through some tough times and while my time with my beloved dog is limited, he will forever be some of the best memories of my life. 

Here's hoping April brings some good news and even a miracle or two!


Diane

Monday, April 5, 2021

Quiltmania #142 Winner is...

 



MissPat commented on "Merci Beaucoup Quiltmania"

Mar 28, 2021

Lucky you to be featured in Quiltmania. The only full size quilt in my house is on my bed, but there are table toppers and wall hangings all around. Most of my completed quilts are lap size and have been given away. Thanks for the opportunity to win the magazine. Pat


Congratulations Pat! I'll send an email today to get your address.
Diane 




Congratulations Pat! I hope you will enjoy all of the wonderful goodness in this issue.
Congratulations on winning the magazine!
I will send you an email to get your mailing address. 
Thanks for all of the kind comments and fun suggestions!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

New Quilt Guild Presentation!



From Sketch to Stitch: How a Quilter designs fabric


When:

Beginning in 2022 I will be offering a new presentation for guilds and groups. It will be available in person or via ZOOM. 

What:

The program will be approximately 1 hour long, cost the same as my other presentations, and I will be available to answer all of your questions! I'll share each step of the journey from inspiration and concept to design and editing. From technical skills (not many I assure you!) to creating a whole collection will be covered. I bring my own experience as quilter and the fabrics I want to play with to the beginning of the process, so I end up with designs for all parts of the quilting process. 

Where:

I can visit your guild in person or via ZOOM. I will have a collection of quilts, fabric samples, and 'in progress' design examples to share. ZOOM presentation will be a power point in addition to the narration and Q&A. I will have my fabric and patterns and books available for purchase as well.

How:

Contact me through my website or email at butterflythreadsquilting (at) gmail. com.


Please pass this information along to your program committee or to any groups you think might be interested. I am excited to share this fun journey with all of you. As with all of my presentations, there will be lots of fabric, fun, quilts and laughs. I look forward to meeting new friends and visiting with lots of my favorite quilters! Thanks you each of you, I have a job I love!

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March 2021 Book List

 All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

This beautiful book is a journey of the heart. I couldn't stop listening to it, and I needed to know how each of the characters would survive the journey. It's heartbreaking and devastating and inspiring all at the same time. I was completely wrapped up in these characters and wanted to stay with them until the end, in spite of the hardships. I would highly recommend this book, but warn you that it is emotional and involves multiple forms of neglect and abuse. But that's not what the story is about, it's about survival and triumph of the spirit in spite of the damage. It's complex and totally worth losing yourself in the story. 

House on the Cerulean Sea

I listened to this book as well (trying to use up some Audible credits!) and was captivated at the first few words. I love young adult fiction and this is magical, fantasy and mystery all wrapped up in some crazy creatures and very good hearted, well intentioned main character that seems to have developed a keen sense of things in spite of his mundane life. Please read this!

Out of the Easy

Because this is by one of my new found favorite authors I immediately bought it when I saw it. I was not disappointed. I was impressed that as someone who grew up in and near New Orleans it felt authentic. The characters and story also seemed very true to the location, though it was set in the 1950's and I wasn't born until the 1960's. I completely enjoyed the whole 'vibe' of the book and each one of the supporting characters really added to the story in their own ways. The main character is the child of a prostitute and spends most of her childhood in a brothel, but becomes quite the survivor and manages to move out at the age of 12. She finds comfort in a book store, whose owner takes her in and gives her a place to stay. Her connection to the brothel remains a constant and story focuses on how she is determined to define her own life, whatever that might be. There are a lot of obstacles in her way, but the adventure is one that kept me wanting more. I highly recommend this book.


Infinite Country

This was my Book of the Month club pick because it was also the Reese's book club pick and had lots of great publicity. It's the story of immigration, separation, family and where is 'home'? It is beautifully told and heartbreakingly honest. It also includes the wonderful stories and culture of  Columbia as well as the many obstacles of the immigration system. The characters are very easy to relate to as they are flawed yet optimistic and realistic and resigned about so much of what they experience. It's beautifully written and I wanted to keep reading. My only complaint is that it could have easily been 400 pages instead of 200. I wanted to spend more time with this family. I do highly recommend it. 

From Scratch

This is the beautifully told story of unexpected love and delicious food and complicated family and all things Italy. It transports one to the countryside and leaves you hungry for honest Italian food. There is loss and healing and mostly love throughout the story. I listened to this on audible and would highly recommend listening to it if you enjoy listening to all of the Italian phrases and translations. It is read by the author and to be honest, I don't know how she spoke the words without sobbing in parts. I really enjoyed it very much. I would highly recommend it.

Book of Lost Friends

Oh gosh this is everything I love about historical fiction! There is so much to learn about what happened to the people in the south at the end of the civil war and this story looks into one family living in Louisiana, who then flees to Texas and all of the heartache they encounter on the way. There is also a parallel present day story of a teacher who is completely unprepared for what she finds in her classroom but manages to rise to the challenge (if only partially).Because I was born and raised in Louisiana, I especially enjoyed the phrases and food and cultural references local only to that part of the country.

I was hooked from the very beginning and didn't want to put it down. Please read this book!


Diane





Saturday, March 27, 2021

Merci Beaucoup Quiltmania

 

Last September I had the privilege of hosting Anna Karina (and Carol Veillon via video chat) in my home. Anna Karina interviewed me as well as photographing my home.  

She did an amazing job of photojournalism in spite of all of the restrictions in place due to Covid. 

We had a wonderful chat and lots of laughs and some good eats and drink as well. I am honored to know her!

If you are unable to get a copy of this beautiful magazine, I have be given an extra copy by Quiltmania to offer her as a give away! Simply comment with your favorite place to put a quilt in your home and I will draw a winner March 1st.

Un grand merci a mes amis de Quiltmania!

Diane

Monday, March 22, 2021

Longarm Quilting Designs



Oops! I bought some more quilting designs. It wasn't entirely my fault, they were on sale and I can't pass up a sale!



If you would like to see all of the designs I have available, they can be found HERE on Pinterest.

If you would like for me to quilt for you, the information and forms can be found HERE


I would love to quilt for you!

Diane

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