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January 11, 2018
2017 Review and Highlights from Butterfly Threads



Before we get too far into the new year let's review the 'goals' I set for 2017 and see how I did...

1. READ more books.

SUCCESS! I read (and listened to) more books this year than I ever have.

2. NAP. 


I managed a few but not nearly as many as I had hoped for. Life happened instead.

3. RIDE MY BIKE 

Again, I enjoyed my bike during the summer, but never found enough time when the weather wanted to cooperate. I'm going to try harder this year.

4. FAMILY AND FRIENDS will get priority on my ...

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January 10, 2018
Book Review - Sewing Knits from Fit to Finish from The Quilt Rat

If you sew at all, you have likely made a garment or two, if not for yourself, perhaps for your children or grandchildren.....and if you have sewn garments of any sort, you realize rather quickly that there is a lot to learn about fabrics, threads, handling, finishing techniques, patterns, fitting and more.

Garments made using knits are especially nice to wear, more and more of them are finding their way into our closets and drawers. Sewing with knits presents it own set of challenges, but being armed with the right information can take the apprehension out of buying and ...

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January 8, 2018
Books on Monday – Free Motion Meandering from 120 Blocks

Today we are looking at Free-Motion Meandering: A Beginners Guide to Machine Quilting by Angela Walters. It is available for Kindle as well as in paperback and the second link below is to the Kindle version. Both links are, as usual, … Continue reading

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January 6, 2018
Book Review from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Holding the Fort, by Regina Jennings.

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This was a fun book to read.  Set in 1885, a saloon singer heads out West, to find her brother.  Due to some comedy of errors, she winds up as the governess to the commander of the Fort, where her brother is stationed. Trying to hide her past, leads to even more comedy of errors, until, finally, the truth comes out. 

This book gives a great look at frontier life at a Fort, back in the wild west, including Indians, settlers and cowboys.  I grew up only a few miles from Ft. Concho, which ...

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December 29, 2017
Happy New Year!! Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

There are White Christmases and then there are White Christmases Erie Pennsylvania style!!  You might have heard, but this week we had over 5 feet of snow drop in a couple of days time.  It put a big damper on the holiday for a lot of families.  For us, we just sat and watched it snow. We broke all sorts of records and it puts us at 103" of snow already for this winter!   Just in case you wonder what that looks like . . . .


There is the pretty side of it . . . .


And then there is the not so pretty side of ...

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December 28, 2017
December Book List from Butterfly Threads


And I read yet another historical fiction book about WWII set in Italy again. This one did not disappoint even though I felt stuck in a rut when I picked it up. The characters were wonderful and the complex circumstances were well reflected in the decisions they were faced with. I enjoyed this as much as I've enjoyed all the books I have read by this author. He's one of my favorites!




I'm not quite finished with this one but will be by the end of the month, so I'm ...

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December 25, 2017
Books on Monday – Patches of Blue from 120 Blocks

I almost called this Books on Monday, Christmas Edition because that is what today is, but I have a naming convention for these posts so here it is. I hope that you are having a very happy Christmas today, if … Continue reading

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December 14, 2017
Stitched Sewing Organizers from I'm Studio Lou

Today I thought I’d share my makes and thoughts from Aneela Hoey’s latest book, Stitched Sewing Organizers. It’s a fabulous book, full of lots of different and unique projects allowing you to try out new techniques and work with some materials you may not have used before (super firm interfacing and vinyl in particular.) First […]

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December 11, 2017
Books on Monday – Cotton Way Classics & Craftsy Sale from 120 Blocks

I am sorry if you missed some Craftsy sale days because I slacked over the weekend. Today and tomorrow (December 11 and 12) are the last two days of the Craftsy 12 Days of Christmas Sale! You have until 11:59 … Continue reading

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December 5, 2017
Book Review from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

Thru Bethany House publishing, I received this book in exchange for a review of it. 

Death at Thorburn Hall, by Julianna Deering, is the latest book that I have received.  This is the 2nd book in this series that I have read.  Here is the link to the review of the earlier book.  This book is the 6th in the series. 

Death at Thorburn Hall (Drew Farthering Mystery #6)


The main character is Drew Farthering.  Drew has a way of coming upon mysteries that need solving.  In this book, there are 3+ different mysteries that get solved, one way or another.  It is set in the British Isles ...

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November 30, 2017
October/November Book List from Butterfly Threads



I actually checked this book out from the library because my book club is reading for our next meeting. I didn't have time to read it but I wish I had. Those who did read it really were moved by the plight of these children. The book is based on factual events that took place over a period of years. So grab your tissues and this book!



One of my favorite authors of all time finished her series of many book on the reign of the Tudors in England. This was not ...

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November 28, 2017
Giveaway Winner, Sneak Peaks and Other Exciting Stuff from Needle and Foot

In the excitement of the holiday weekend, Black Friday sales activities and other distractions, I forgot to draw the winner of the Make Wall Quilts e-book.  This morning, using my scientifically random system of drawing names ( Hey Julia, what is a number between 1 and 42?), Nancy was selected as the winner of the book.  Nancy, I hope you enjoy it and make some fun projects with it!  Remember, if you want a copy of the book – it is a bargain on Amazon. Truly – only $2.56 for the hard copy of the book.  Great gift for yourself or your ...

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November 27, 2017
Books on Monday – Piece and Quilt with Precuts from 120 Blocks

This week we are looking at Christa Watson’s most recent book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts: 11 Quilts, 18 Machine-Quilting Designs, Start-to-Finish Success! The links below are to the Kindle version and the paperback version on Amazon.com. If you use them, you … Continue reading

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November 20, 2017
Make Wall Quilts – Book Review & Giveaway from Needle and Foot

Today I would like to share a book review with you.  C & T Publishing asked me to review one of their new books, Make Wall Quilts: 11 Little Projects to Sew (Make Series). In a nutshell, I would say I love everything about the book except for the title.  The title didn’t grab me and as I clicked on the link to the book, I was going in with a negative attitude.  Luckily the actual book is wonderful.  I suppose this means one shouldn’t judge a book by its title!

This book is a compilation of eleven different ...

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November 19, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving Quilters! from Butterfly Threads


Happy Thanksgiving week friends! I am so thankful that these boys made it home safely Friday night. It is music to my ears to hear their voices and laughter. I love seeing them share their stories with each other and especially love just seeing how happy they are.


Also thankful that I have yet another quilt finished for the next book. Deadlines just got moved up a month and I am NOT panicking. 


Thankful that I have a fun gig with Craftsy and get to write little tutorials for them. I enjoy making cool stuff and sharing it.


Thankful I ...

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Animal Quilts Book Blog Hop from madebychrissied

Animal Quilts Book Review by www.madebyChrissieD.com

Hi to everyone joining us for the Animal Quilts Book Blog Hop.

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November 13, 2017
Books on Monday – Quilting on the Go…English Paper Piecing from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday. We still have a couple of months worth of this before I run out of books that I have purchased, so expect a post on the second and fourth Monday of each month. Today … Continue reading

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October 27, 2017
QUILT CLUB CATCH UP! from That's Sew Kerry

New York Beauties and Flying Geese


I've not really had the time to blog as much as I wanted to lately, but I've not been idol and now have a que of things just waiting to be shared, having recently been told off by Carrie for not blogging daily, I'm sure she'll be pleased!

I'm going to start with Saturday just gone and my monthly meet up with my favorite quilting gal pals! They never fail to amaze me with their creations and inspire me every month to want to do at least 4 more ...

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October 24, 2017
Fussy Cutters Club, Book Review and Giveaway! from Needle and Foot

Today is my day to post a review and host a giveaway of a fun new quilt book.  If you are here for the first time via the blog hop, welcome!  The book of the day is Angie Wilson’s Fussy Cutter’s Club published by C&T Publishing.  You may know Angie as she is the queen of online quilt alongs and swaps. She thrives on leading large groups of quilters through complicated projects such as her current QAL making Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt – not for the faint of heart for sure.  For more info on the ...

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October 23, 2017
Books on Monday – Scrap-Basket Strips and Squares from 120 Blocks

Yes, in cleaning up the sewing room I discovered a stack of books that I could review. So, yes, there will be a few Books on Monday posts on the second and fourth Mondays of the next few months. Since … Continue reading

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