Saturday, September 4, 2021

August 2021 Instagram Review


This was a hard month. Not all the things that happened felt like they needed to be shared. My mom is still recovering from a fall that resulted in a compression fracture in her spine. Kelly went back to Athens for her second year of vet school and we said goodbye to Boomer. Our hearts still break every day. He was just that special. He was my constant companion and he always knew what I needed. Sometimes he just sat vigil next to me while I cried, and sometimes he slowly climbed up in my lap for a snuggle, as if I wouldn't notice an 80lb lap dog if he moved slowly enough. He was the greatest source of comfort that got me through the worst year of my life. Taking him on daily walks was the best therapy for both of us. The hole he left in my heart is enormous



 Sawnee sunset hike, white coat ceremony, flowers from neighbors
best dog ever, Bailey loving on Boomer, looking for answers
charcuterie board, Boomer's last hike, dinner with Danny and Grey
baking cookies, sweet note from a client, selvage on my fabric line



Many Sawnee hikes for sanity, donut therapy, Buddy and Bailey
Sweet memories, sewing therapy, the sweetest gift
Buddy at 14 inspecting a handmade gift, Danny and Grey, scraps
Sawnee at sunset, Kelly is 24, feeling heart broken

Hugs, Diane

Thursday, September 2, 2021

August 2021 Book List

The Forest of Vanishing Stars

This is in the running for my favorite book of the year. I loved the writing, the characters, the details of nature, weather, wilderness skills, and of course, the people. It's heartbreaking because it takes place during WWII but it's also inspiring and hopeful. There is a movie based on this same set of events, which actually took place, called Defiance. I plan to watch it as soon as I can. Please read this book!

 

The Hour of the Witch

Another historical fiction that takes place in the early settlement days of the America. I find it astonishing how many horrific things have been done in the name of  'religion'. The story is hard to read so much of the time because of the reality that women were totally at the mercy of men during this time period. Written by one of my favorite authors, the characters were compelling and the story was interesting, but the life of women during this time was just so horrific. I found it incredibly depressing.


The People We Keep

I was offended that this book which took place during the decade that I was in college, was classified 'historical fiction'. Ack! Despite that, it was a great story of a girl who really perseveres to create her own life in spite of her childhood. I loved the main character and found myself cheering her on. It was not a happy book but it was triumphant. I would recommend this book.

Thanks for always leaving great comments and recommendations on the books you enjoy as well. I love to hear your feedback on the books I've recommended. 

Enjoy every story,

Diane

Friday, August 6, 2021

Website Updates

You might notice a few updates and changes to the website. I am trying to make things easy and up to date. The blog here is the same as ever (minus the changes I have no control over!) Please be patient with me and let me know if you find links that don't work. I promise I'm trying to cope with the changes the best I can!

The link to my SHOP has been updated with new patterns. If there are things you've been meaning to grab for a while, you might want to do that now, I will be retiring some of the older patterns. Don't forget to scroll down to see all of the shop departments.

The link to my TEACHING and workshop information has also been updated to include zoom information and what I currently offer. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I am scheduling into 2022 as I am mostly booked for the remainder of 2021. If your group has last minute change of plans, please contact me as I can sneak in a zoom or even a local event when my schedule allows.

Longarm services continue to be available and turnaround is always less than 2 weeks (except when my travel schedule prevents it and you will be notified!) All the information is on the form, and I'm happy to advise or consult about designs and thread colors. 

QUILTS FOR SALE continue to be a question for me. Do you prefer to see them listed here on the blog, in the shop or over on etsy? I need to make some decisions as the piles of quilts here are staggering and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon. LOL

Thanks for taking the time to look around! Please let me know if you have and questions or suggestions.

Enjoy every stitch,

Diane

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

July 2021 Instagram Review

 


Daisy Talk Prints, visiting mom, Daisy Talk Prints
gifted scraps from a friend, Daisy Talk Print, black and white Plaidish
Daisy Talk Print, new sewing room set up, Daisy Talk Print
My sons!, Daisy Talk Print, Scrappy Razzmatazz mini


Daisy Talk Print, being watched, Daisy Talk Print,
Book of the Month Club selections, Daisy Talk Print, my second book
Daisy Talk Print, sweet friends, good book
day trip with a friend, prime day purchases, happy mail

I haven't taken and shared many photos this month as life just happens to keep me busy at times. I didn't think you really wanted to see all of it either! LOL The poison ivy, and the moving boys into apartments and the general chaos of life sometimes isn't super photo worthy.  But thanks for sharing it all with me anyway!

Diane

Sunday, August 1, 2021

July 2021 Book List

Happiness for Beginners

My daughter and I listened to this book on a road trip and laughed out loud so many times! I just love this author and have read a few of her books  but with truly look for more now that I know her humor just hits me in the right place! The story of this woman and her adventures were just the right balance of relatable and unbelievable that I couldn't help but cheer for her until the very end. If you enjoy a light summer read with a good sense of humor, please read this book! 

The Downstairs Girl

I often check out the Book Club picks from all of the popular groups but Reese is one I follow very closely. I haven't read all of her picks, but enjoyed most of the ones I have read, including the young adult pics. I listened to this book because it is set in Atlanta and it is historical fiction. It was very interesting just from the history perspective alone, but the characters and dialogue and interactions were also very compelling. I enjoyed the book even when it was a bit of a stretch in places. I am glad I listened to it.



It's kind of remarkable that I had never read or listened to a book by this author even though I am familiar with her. I listened to the audio version and am so glad that I did because it gave me the perspective of feeling like someone was just sharing bits of wisdom and insight with me. There were a couple of significant take aways for me that I know will be helpful to me in the future. If you are looking for ways to reframe your thinking and new strategies for dealing with issues, this book is definitely worth the listen. I will try to make time for some of her other books now that I know her communication style is so relatable.



Just when I think I have read/listened to every historical fiction book about WWII, I find another that educates and mesmerizes me in a new way! This story is one that wrapped me up from the first chapter and I didn't want to say goodbye to these families. It was located in Rome and was told from several view points. It's easy to see how incredibly complicated and twisted the events of the war unfolded and devastated the people who had to fight so hard to survive. This story was one that truly left a mark on my heart, I won't forget these characters.

If you love Italian food, it's woven into all of the aspects of this story as well. I listened to this book and was glad that I did because the accents and names and locations felt so much more real to me when listening to them all pronounced correctly! I highly recommend this book.



I actually read this book in the hardcover edition. A friend loaned it to me and it was easy to see why it was voted book of 2021 by Barnes and Noble. Each chapter related to a natural world animal or place or phenomenon and was depicted from the personal experience of the author's childhood. It was an easy book to pick up and put down because each chapter was a short story and separate from the other chapters. I loved all of the chapters/stories except for one. I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you enjoy spending a little time with nature. 

Enjoy every book!

Diane


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Get your free stuff now!


I have been notified by the Google universe that links to some downloads will be changing and things might not work until I set them back up again (something I have no idea how to do, so it may take a while for me to learn!) So consider this your warning that if you want any of these free patterns now, please print them out or download them to your personal files as these links may not work for quite some time.

My sincerest apologies, please know that I have no control over this and will do my best to fix things as quickly as I can once the 'so called updates' are put into effect. 

https://www.butterflythreadsquilting.com/p/free-patterns.html

Enjoy the free stuff and as always, I love to see photos and progress shots that you share here or on social media. 

Enjoy every stitch,

Diane

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Daisy Talk: The Warms and Cools

 


What do you do when  you have enough artwork and designs for 40 bolts of fabric and you find out you are actually only allowed 15? Panic? Nope! Create a bolt of multiple prints in a variety of colors. I am scrap quilter at heart, so the more prints the better, but I rarely use more than a fat quarter or even a few strips of one fabric in a quilt. These prints are 7" wide so you can cut them into strips, or squares and even charm squares! Or how about a strip that incorporates two neighboring prints? 

The warm colors feature a pink/red multi small scale plaid because plaid is perfect for patchwork and applique. It's a fun way to incorporate lots of colors and a graphic element together. A yellow was needed for those that truly want to make the centers of their applique flowers into sunflowers, or just for a bright pop of sunshine. The pink double dots are necessary because they are dots! If I have to explain the essential nature of dots on fabric to you at this point, you haven't been here very long. LOL And the stitch stripe print needed to appear on a red background as well as the neutral because red IS a neutral! And orange with little flowers on dots was important because I LOVE orange. And it is so gorgeous with the pinks and reds. Then a final red mini dot was added to serve as pop of color but also as a simple print. I'm thinking hearts, flowers, patchwork, pretty much everything is better with a little red.


The cool color options needed lots of green options for leaves and stems and patchwork and the aqua is just the perfect partner to all that green!

The grid print on the green background incorporates lots of tiny dots of all the colors in the collection, and the stitch stripe needed to be on the aqua background as well as the red. Personally, I think this could be an adorable binding as well! The green double dot is a chance to combine a couple of shades of green for a good texture print. The itty bitty leaves on the aqua incorporate some super cute red and pink berries too. I micro print is a fun surprise anywhere you want to include it. And the green plaid was the hardest bolt to give up because it just wants to be a bias stem soooooo badly! But there is plenty her to make stems and leaves as well as piecing options. The flowers on aqua add another fun pop of color and repeat the motif in a way that relates to the other prints while adding another scale option to the mix. 

While I would have loved for each of these to be a bolt unto themselves (and a few more!) I'm super happy that these designs get to snuggle together. The fat quarter bundles will include two cuts from each bolt so that all six prints of both the warm and the cool colors are included. The free patterns will also offer options so that all of these prints can be used. And since more is always better, this really means that you get more designs for the price of one! 

I hope these make you smile!

Diane
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