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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!
www.buttermilkbasin.com
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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July 30, 2018
Island Batik Modern Pattern Play from Carol Lyles Shaw

This month, the Island Batik challenge was secondary pattern play.  So, of course, I made it Island Batik Modern Pattern Play!

I returned to one of my favorite techniques–improvisational curved blocks that I call Parisian Curves. (Pattern and detailed tutorial is in my book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops).  This post is a tutorial showing one way that I approach improvisational design. It’s an improvisational design process that I teach in my workshops to help students move away from the layout that I provide.

Island Batik Fabrics

[Fabrics used in the project were ...

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July 25, 2018
A new idea.... block of the month anyone? from Claire Passmore

As you may have noticed, many of the quilts I make can be about subjects that are a bit intense. The subjects are always important to me and I research them carefully before I start work, but it can be a bit depressing. So to lighten the mood it is nice to mix things up a bit and make something fun and lighthearted too.

Each year I make one or more small quilts for the Midsomer Quilting 12 x 12 challenge. You can read more about it here. Their challenge is open to anyone with some sort of link to ...

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July 24, 2018
Submitting to Quilt Shows from Carol Lyles Shaw

Submitting to quilt shows–many of us love doing it and others hate the thought of competition.  Submitting to quilt shows can be fun or scary. In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on some of the factors to consider.

I’ve been focused on designing and writing patterns and haven’t submitted to many shows for the past few years.  I’ve had quilts accepted in many shows over the years–and even won a prize for an artquilt that was entered into an all media ART show.  I’ve also had lots of quilts rejected from national ...

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July 12, 2018
Join Me! from Quilt Routes

Quilt Routes

I am teaching Quick and Easy workshops again at the Festival of Quilts next month. 
For once I am ahead of the game with the kits. I am doing a Golden Hare this year, just to mix things up... NOW FULL.

Quilt Routes

...and a mini Poppy Field demonstrating how to create these poppies. NOW FULL.

Quilt Routes

For the Sunset kits I have provided strips of my hand painted fabric to create this mini scene and there is a pile of extra strips should anyone want to add a different look. 
Two out of the three class are full with a final one ...

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June 29, 2018
Travel Plans for 2019 from Butterfly Threads



My teaching schedule for 2019... 

is not quite full and I would love to add some quilt guild visits to my current schedule. Any group, at any location is welcome to contact me at butterflythreadsquilting@gmail.com for dates and availability. I am however hoping to add some guilds to a few of my trips below. 




February 21-25- QuiltCon, Nashville TN

I will be in Nashville for QuiltCon doing book signings for my new book at the C&T booth. With a little luck, I'll even have a booth of my own! If your group would like to have ...

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June 21, 2018
Colorado Springs Quilters from Butterfly Threads


I flew to Colorado Springs Wednesday night because there were no flights on Thursday that arrived in time for me to present to the quilt guild. So Thursday morning (guild meeting wasn't until evening) I got a phone call from this sweet lady named Anne. She volunteered to be my hostess for the day and she was so delightful!

Our first stop was at Nana's Quilt Cottage in Old Colorado City. It is a tiny shop packed full of wonderful goodies. I found a few small treasures to bring home (but suitcase space is limited so I had ...

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June 15, 2018
Teaching Modern Quilting at AQS Quiltweek from Carol Lyles Shaw

I am very proud to announce that I will be teaching modern quilting workshops at the American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek in Daytona Beach, FL from February 27–March 2, 2019.  Signups will be up this fall.  And, be sure to check out the contests for their shows–they welcome modern quilts.  By the way, visit my Teaching Calendar to see when I might be in your area.

I’ll be teaching these workshops:

MidCentury Modern Curve Workshop. Improv curves–no pinning or templates! You will learn several techniques for making complex looking blocks that are easy to piece.

Fractured ...

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May 28, 2018
Class Action from Focus On Quilts

I’ve always been “envious” of some of the lovely fabrics that I see quilters bringing to my workshops.  Of course, don’t we all have “fabric envy”?  Someone else’s fabric stash is always so much better than ours.

I was teaching at Precious Time in Toowoomba and was swooning over the gorgeous fabrics that the girls brought to the workshop.  So, how could I get my hands on some of the fabric without sounding desperate.  That’s when I hit on this fantastic idea.

I decided to make a quilt of my students fabrics – fabrics that I LOVE ...

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May 24, 2018
workshops – novas datas! from Ritacor

é com muito prazer que vos anuncio as primeiras datas de workshops para este ano! dia 23 de junho, sábado, temos uma aula de manhã (das 10h às 14h) dedicada aos half-square triangles e outra à tarde (15h – 19h) outra aula dedicada ao clássico bloco Log Cabin. o sítio é o melhor possível: a Retrosaria, … More workshops – novas datas!

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May 16, 2018
Building Houses in Aiken, SC from Butterfly Threads


I had full house of quilters at the Carolina Pine Quilters meeting on Monday night. I love how they have a wall of quilters from a featured quilter at their meetings. Doesn't it add a lovely backdrop to the room?


After the meeting I had the pleasure of staying at the home of the current president of the guild. Pat and her husband made me feel right at home! They were so kind and welcoming, I do hope I get a chance to visit them again!


Next to the room I stayed in, was Pat's sewing room. How ...

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May 14, 2018
Monday Monday from Butterfly Threads



I'm off to South Carolina for a trunk show tonight and a workshop tomorrow! If' you're in the area I hope you'll join us. We're going to have fun!


Kelly is staying home with the animals while I'm away because the boys are off having fun riding roller coasters at Cedar Point with their dad.


We will all be back home in a few days, and then we are leaving again for Arizona! My niece is graduating and we thought we would take a peek at the Grand Canyon while we are there.

I hope ...

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