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June 22, 2017
More Quilt Show and Tell from Butterfly Threads

Seeing the joy on quilters' faces as the work on and finish my designs is the most rewarding part of my quilting experience by far! When a quilter takes a pattern or a design from my book, changes the colors or re-creates it in some way to make it her own unique quilt, I get giddy. I can't even put into words how much joy it brings me to know that I contributed to a fun and positive quilting experience for someone else. The quilt above is a bright cheerful version of Paper Chain found in Scrap Quilt Secrets ...

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June 21, 2017
Houses (quilting and sewing) from France Nadeau

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First came the House Keychain. The same pattern was used afterward to make a card and a coaster.

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June 19, 2017
Comfort & Joy Blog Tour: Star of Wonder Quilt {a pattern hack!} from Material Girl Quilts

Today I’m so happy to be sharing my latest quilt finish as part of  Riley Blake’s Comfort and Joy blog tour.  This

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June 15, 2017
GiveAway Winners and More! from Carol Lyles Shaw

GiveAway Winners!

I’m happy to announce the winners of my first Newsletter Giveaway!  Winners were chosen at random from my newsletter subscribers and could choose to use their cash prize at the quilt shop of their choice.

It was a lot of fun to call the surprised shop owners and tell them that a customer had chosen their shop.

The Grand prize Winner is Bonnie R. who chose We’re Sew Creative!

The Runners Up and their shops are:

Congratulations ...

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June 13, 2017
New: Geode Quilt Pattern from Blossom Heart Quilts

Inspired by the logo of a local Moroccan restaurant, I’m thrilled to finally share my Geode quilt pattern with you all!

Geode quilt pattern front cover by Blossom Heart Quilts

What’s awesome about this pattern is that each block can use one fat quarter for the print. And with each block finishing at 16″, it means that you can easily use your hoarded fat quarter bundles to quickly make a decent-sized quilt! But fear not, you can also use yardage – the pattern includes instructions for both fat quarters and also yardage. I used a fat quarter bundle of Eureka by Emma Jean Jansen, with a couple of ...

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June 1, 2017
Lots of quilting from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I bought this cute little fox pattern a few days ago as I need it for a customer quilt.  This is the pattern that she picked out for her soon to be born grandson. Mine will be done in oranges.  :)  Looking at the pattern directions it should go pretty fast.  I will be getting started on that in a few days.
 After dealing with some minor health issues for a couple of weeks, I finally got a customer quilt loaded on the frame.  It's so bright and fun!  She also hand pieced it.  I got it loaded on the ...

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May 26, 2017
New pattern and dress ~~ finished from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Last Sunday I wore a new dress to mass. It's one I'd started a few weeks ago and put aside because, well, there were too many other things going on. I started with several yards of this linen that I bought along with an entire box of linen fabrics. 

Most of the pieces are about three yards. They are also pastel. I didn't buy them for garment sewing, though. I was thinking more of using them for quilt backings. 

I happened to run across this piece and decided it has enough color and design to use for ...

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Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship from Flying Parrot Quilts

When I promised exciting changes coming earlier this year (meaning my new longarm), I had no idea just how exciting things were about to get! I am thrilled and honored to be able to tell you that Craftsy has selected me for the 2017 Quilt Designer Fellowship. That means I’ll be exhibiting at Quilt Market, the industry trade show, this fall in Houston, and it means that printed patterns are just around the corner!

If this is your first time visiting, I so appreciate your stopping by! Some quick links for you are a gallery of my quilts, gallery ...

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May 24, 2017
Happy Birthday Butterfly Threads Quilting! from Butterfly Threads

This little blog is 5 years old this month! That is crazy because it seems like a flash and at the same time, seems like forever. I've been sharing stories, quilts, recipes, books, travel and a few random things along the way. I want to thank each and every reader for following along on this crazy quilting adventure of mine. I am so grateful for all of your kind comments and generous encouragement from the very beginning.

So how should we celebrate this birthday? With a give away of course! I have a set of 5 patterns for 5 ...

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May 23, 2017
Friends Old and New from Mama Spark's World

Some old friends from work were in town visiting last week.   Hiro came from Japan and Fabiani from Brazil.   It was so good to see them both!  I taught Hiro's wife, Yuki, how to quilt.   Left to right.  My cohorts in quilty crime on the left and right with Fabiani in the middle. Me (looking like a weirdo) and Fabiani. Fabiani took this when we went out to dinner as a group

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May 22, 2017
Modern Batik Challenge from Heart Desire Creations

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

For May, we were challenged with a Modern Batik quilt. My first choice was to do a small wall hanging – I find those a little easier for modern than a larger quilt, but then I decided it was time to break out of the mold and go bold so I chose to do a small lap quilt.

Modern Batik

I went through all my yummy Island Batiks and chose blues and greens, various neutrals for the top portion and a neutral for the section out of the main square. I love this color palette and doesn’t ...

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May 19, 2017
Star Crossed Rainbow - a FREE Pattern! + Finished or Not Friday Linky Party from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finished and Not Finished are two Star Crossed Rainbow lap quilts.

Last Sunday I guest blogged at Confessions of a Fabric Addict during the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge and featured Star Crossed Rainbow in my post.  This is a free pattern in my pattern shop.

And here is the delicious backing.  It's Benartex Gradation in Rainbow.  It looked very weird on Craftsy's site, but I ordered it anyway quite awhile ago.  After I pulled it out for this project, I went ahead ...

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May 16, 2017
Spring Has Sprung from Quilting Solutions

I sit down to write about quilting, but must admit that I haven't sewed a stitch this week.  We have had our first bout of nice weather and just had to get out in the yard.  We emptied all the rocks out of our faux pond and cleaned them off.  Next we will lay down landscape cloth and put the rocks back.  It will be so nice to see the pond without weeds.  We have occasional heavy rains here in the mountains so we designed the pond as a catch basin to slow the water down and reduce erosion ...

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May 13, 2017
Stack Pattern Release from Modern Handcraft

So excited to announce that my Stack Quilt is finally available for purchase! Stack Quilt is the second quilt in my Solid Series, designs focusing on solid fabrics and negative space. This quilt is perfect for both beginner quilters and […]

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May 12, 2017
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a PDF Pattern Sale! from Sisboom

Mom wants a new PDF Pattern and a few yards of our newest fabric line, Sunny Isle, in stores and online now! Use coupon code #lovemymom for all your favorite Sis Boom PDF Patterns. Our patterns are great for veteran sewists and newbies alike. Got questions? Join our Sis Boom Pattern Co Facebook Group.

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May 9, 2017
Redux from Quilting Solutions

I have tried twice unsuccessfully to create a thread painted portrait.  The thread painting went great.  I find it easy and relaxing.  Color choice was the issue.  I took a class from Lea McComas awhile back and she suggested doing the portrait on fusible Pel-tex (or Tim-tex).  No quilting required except maybe the background.  I fused background fabric onto it,  printed my portrait on fabric and fused it down.  Everything was fine until I got to the shadow side of the face.  Way too dark.  By the time I knew I didn't like it, it was too late to ...

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May 1, 2017
2017 Summer Sampler: Summer Star Medallion from Freshly Pieced

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That’s right! Last year’s Summer Sampler block-of-the-week program was such a hit, we knew we had to bring it back again this year! This time around, we’ve got something really special for you guys: Our Summer Star Medallion. Seventeen gorgeous star blocks in two sizes, and this fun medallion/sampler layout—and it’s available for pre-order starting today!

summersampler2017logoscreenresIf you didn’t participate in Summer Sampler 2016, here’s the lowdown: I’ve joined my book co-authors Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts and Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt, plus five of your other favorite ...

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April 28, 2017
Oh My Darling | Finished or Not Friday Link-Up | TGIFF Link Ups from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!  I'm also hosting Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday {TGIFF}!

My Finish is a twin size Oh My Darling, a new pattern release!  This sweet quilt is made with Fresh Cut by Basic Grey for Moda.

The pattern includes 6 sizes from baby to king, including two lap sizes, and is jelly roll friendly with strip piecing instructions given.  It looks like this quilt takes a long time to make, but the strip piecing makes it much quicker than traditional piecing.

The quilting is ...

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Sirmilik National Park, Canada from Wisonsin Quilting

Sirmilik 8 colors

Sirmilik National Park in the land of the midnight sun calls for a palette of 8 blues, whites, and greys for this impressive remote Canadian Park.

The $8 pattern measures 32″ wide x 24″ tall and is composed of 84 pieces.

This is part of a series of Canadian park patterns celebrating Canada’s Parks 150th anniversary this year with free park admission.

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April 27, 2017
“Memories of Home” from Ruth Powers Blog

I love it when folks use my patterns as a base for their own ideas! Here Lois Kelly has taken my New Leaves pattern and created a wall hanging for her Canadian son and his Vermont girlfriend.

Perfect! It’s called “Memories of Home”

I’ve always though some of my patterns would adapt well to the “Modern” style. Check them out over in the Patterns section.

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