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February 1, 2019
We’re Thawing Out – Join Us for a Class on Saturday! from Cultured Expressions

I hope everyone is coming thru the Big Freeze safely.  Once you get over tihe initial shock to the body, the cold air is rather invigorating, no? It’s said that tomorrow we’ll begin warming up, so consider joining us for one or two workshops tomorrow 9Saturday, February 2, 2019) here at the Studio:

12Noon – 2:30pm – Make an African Mosaic Zippered Pouch, learning not only the African Mosaic patchwork technique using 2″ squares of prints and batiks, but also my easy method for putting in a zipper!


3:00 – 6:00pm – The String Quilt was wildly popular on ...

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January 27, 2019
2019 - A Year of New Quilts and Classes from The Root Connection

 I have been looking at my latest quilts lately and wondering.
If I am floating between the spaces. It is easy to do when I go down the memory lane while stitching away.

Primary Colors

They are mostly paved with million little stitches. Each one gets me closer to the space I am trying to reach.
 Most of my favorite quilts have had humble and spontaneous beginnings.
 They surround me with brightness just like the Sunlight in every nook and corner of this home.

They brighten my evenings ...

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January 23, 2019
A Little Marie Kondo Going On...or Not! from - Barb Robson ::: quilter


The time had come to finally tackle my messy sewing room, perhaps I have been slightly influenced by all the Marie Kondo talk on social media these days. I didn’t quite ask each item if it “sparked joy”, I just knew what had to stay and what had to go! I have a lot still to do but I am still trying to find a happy medium of being on my feet or sitting. I feel fine then it hits me, sit down!


That looks a bit better but I still have a way to go. I did get ...

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January 14, 2019
Quilting-Texas Style! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Woohoo! I’m teaching at the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild this month! I can’t wait! I will be offering a trunk show and lecture on Thursday, January 24th and a full day workshop on Saturday, January 26. We’ll … Continue reading

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January 8, 2019
workshops from Ritacor

Nada melhor do que um ano novinho em folha para experimentar coisas novas e criar novos hábitos!Se gostavam de aprender a fazer patchwork, ou a usar uma máquina de costura, então inscrevam-se num dos workshopsmarcados para os próximos meses :)Todos os sábados há aulas para todos os gostos e para todos os níveis,basta consultarem a … More workshops

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January 2, 2019
Teaching at 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’m traveling to the Midwest to teach at the 2019 Minnesota Quilters Conference.

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will receive:

  • Individualized attention–including help with fabric placement
  • Full color pattern with options for customizing your quilt
  • Easy to follow piecing instructions during the workshop
  • Practice using improvisational cutting and piecing techniques–it’s ...

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December 18, 2018
QuiltCon 2019 Acceptances from Carol Lyles Shaw

Yesterday was a busy day on Instagram.  And although I signed off for the holidays, I will have to do one more post.  The Modern Quilt Guild sent out the decision emails for QuiltCon 2019.

I am quietly celebrating three acceptances.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1.  I KNOW that I’ve been promising a pattern…and I am seriously delayed on this one.  However, in the meantime, I’m scheduled to teach this workshop in 2019.  Contact me if your guild is interested in booking this workshop in 2019 (a few dates are open) and 2020.

MidCentury Modern Curve #1 was ...

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November 16, 2018
I'm Home for the Holidays! from Butterfly Threads

My Christmas Cactus is already blooming!

My travel teaching year ended Wednesday when I returned home from a fun time in Pennsylvania. I do have one more program to give in December but it's local, so I will be able to sleep in my own bed until the end of the year! Unless my husband whisks me away on a romantic adventure, but I'm not holding my breath. LOL

It's so good to be home and in my warm cozy space. The Christmas lights are up on the outside of the house and I'm curled up ...

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November 6, 2018
novos workshops! from Ritacor

Chegou o mês de novembro, e com ele chegaram novos workshops! Este mês estão marcadas duas aulas que gosto particularmente e que há muito tempo não fazia: english paper piecing e Dresden Plates. Sim, os nomes são estranhos, mas as técnicas são muito versáteis e cheias de possibilidades criativas! Com o english paper piecing vamos fazer … More novos workshops!

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October 23, 2018
Workshop and Lecture Schedule 2019 from Tales of a Stitcher

Here is my complete workshop, lecture, and travel schedule for 2019. You can all view all of this information on my website under the category Events & Happenings.

Craft Napa 
Napa Valley, California
Friday January 11, 2019—Making Prints out of Solids—Lines & Shape
Saturday Janaury 12, 2019—Linear Blocks—Line into Shape (THREE SPOTS left.)
Sunday January 13, 2019—Circle & Curve Sampler

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles
San Diego, California
The Pieced Canvas—Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception Friday
Exhibition Dates January 19—April 7, 2019

Road to California 
Ontario, California
Tuesday – Wednesday January 22-23—Making Prints out of ...

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I Am Teaching at AQS QuiltWeek 2019 from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am excited to announce that I will be teaching at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona FL held February 27–March 2, 2019.  AQS Members registration start Oc. 23, 2018 and registration for the general public starts Nov. 7, 2018     Click HERE for registration information. 

My AQS QuiltWeek Workshops

Traditional,  contemporary and modern quilters who attend my workshops say that they have loads of fun making these projects.   My workshops are a ‘no judgement/stress-free zone’.

You’ll walk away with a solid start on your project and confidence to quickly complete it at home.  In addition, every workshop attendee will ...

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October 18, 2018
na loja from Ritacor

os dias no atelier têm passado a correr. ainda me estou a habituar ao ritmo de sair de casa todos os dias para coser, mas foi precisamente essa uma das razões que me levou a abrir a porta: ter mais tempo para criar, de forma mais organizada, e não trazer trabalho para casa. as visitas … More na loja

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October 17, 2018
Are trade shows worth your time? from Professional Quilter


Quilt Market, the quilting and soft crafts industry trade show, starts in a few weeks. I’ve been going since 2004. I’ve gone as a vendor, a member of the press, and an educator. Today when I’m not teaching, I spend my time walking the floor, networking, and making connections.

I have always been a fan of trade shows, partly because I love all the tchotchkes. I have buttons, coffee cups, pens and even a couple of stuffed animals from the trade shows I have visited. I have developed quite the reputation among my family and friends for ...

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October 15, 2018
Indian Inspired from Quilt Routes

This is a close up detail of a piece that I made in 2010 using a technique explained by Jill Kennedy in an issue of Quilting Arts magazine. It involved the use of wax crayons and paper and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process. It is a piece that I show in my 'Quilt Routes Around the World' talk and it is probably the piece that I get asked the most questions about.

My inspiration for the piece came from these Rajahstani textiles that bought when I travelled to India in the late 1980's. I had the most wonderful ...

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September 22, 2018
Quilt Guild Trunk Show Programs and Workshops from Butterfly Threads

I get lots of questions about my quilt guild presentations and workshops. I hope this information will help answer some of those questions...

If you are looking for a program and/or workshop for your quilt guild or group, I have now added a FREE PRINTABLE BROCHURE outlining what I can do for you!

Click HERE to see the brochure. Then click the print button and bring the brochure to your guild program committee.

Click HERE to see the complete information about programs offered, including prices and supply lists.

Click HERE to see my calendar availability. Please note that 2018 ...

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September 21, 2018
Travel Updates for 2019 from Butterfly Threads

I'm filling up my travel schedule for 2019. It's going to be an exciting year with a new book STRIP QUILT SECRETS and new WORKSHOPS so I am trying to make the most of my travel itinerary.

Here are the places I am scheduled to travel so far. I would love to tag a visit to your guild onto any of these trips before I buy the airfare. PLEASE let me know if your guild, group or shop would like for me to visit in conjunction with these visits.

2019 Calendar of Events:

January 24-27- Road to CA ...

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September 4, 2018
Fifth Friday Fun Day at Tiny Stitches from Butterfly Threads

I had the joy of teaching the Fifth Friday Fun Day at Tiny Stitches last Friday. We were making this quilt and learning all about triangles. Including the good, the bad and the perfect points every time!

We were using this pattern from my book Scrap Quilt Secrets. We were sewing both this version and the version that uses only the large triangles that I prepared for the workshop. (shown in first photo)

It was a great day of sewing and fun. I loved seeing all of the different fabrics and colors become triangles, then rows of triangles, then quilts ...

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August 14, 2018
Fifth Friday Funday at Tiny Stitches from Butterfly Threads

Tiny Stitches August 5th Friday Fun Day!
August 31st, 2018
9:30 am – 9 pm
Teacher: Diane Knott
Supply List

Book Scrap Quilt Secrets (project on page 44)
Creative Grids Kaleidoscope Ruler
Glow Line Ruler Tape
Fabric: fat quarters or half yard bundles available
Sewing machine
Basic sewing supplies
Rotary cutter

The Project
We will make the quilt shown above that is currently on display in the shop. There will be 2 samples using different fabrics, but choose any fabric line or color scheme to celebrate any occasion you wish.

Learn how to make triangles from strips, turn ...

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August 10, 2018
Quilt Guild of the Villages Trunk show and workshop from Butterfly Threads

On Tuesday I had the honor of presenting my trunk show Scrap Quilt Secrets to the Quilt Guild of the Villages, in Florida. It was a great group of about 200 fun quilters who showed up for my presentation. There was free ice cream as well, so that may have been helpful!

The next day was spent sewing and learning and having fun with a full day of  Under the Mistletoe workshop to a sold out crowd! I'm not exaggerating when I say I enjoyed every single one of the special women. The best part is, that no two ...

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August 3, 2018
BIGGEST WOOL EVENT * BIG Prizes in our Annual "Quilt-On-A-Stick" Contest, New Basin Gear, Simply Scalloped Mats & More! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Hello!  We have SEW many much to chat about today so let's get rolling!
Did you know we host the biggest wool event in the Midwest?  Our WOOLSTOCK Event it unlike no other!  We sold out so fast, we have added a second round!  For more info, visit our website!
I know we are all savoring the last days of summer, so we thought it was the perfect time to release the last design in our "Chalk it UP!" series of 12!  Our JUNE design a a keeper!  It is perfect for all you Happy Campers ...

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