Friday, March 21, 2014

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Butterflies and the return of….

Hi, all!

Wow, can you believe it's Friday again?  And not only that, but it's the first Friday of spring!  Woohoo!  That's worth a whoop whoop all on its own!

But before we go any further - just a reminder that signups for the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge run through Saturday midnight - so there's still time to join in and have a chance at the signup giveaway!  (You can join in after Saturday midnight, just without a chance at the first giveaway.  There will be more at the end of the Challenge!)  There are already fifty-six participants - so you'll be in good company.  You can read more about the Challenge here.  (PS - Shelli, a/k/a Quilting Butterfly, I don't have an email address for you!  Please email me directly at salliesue (at) clearwire (dot) net so I can send you more info about the Challenge!)

And now, in honor of the beginning of Spring, I want to share a beautiful quilt pieced by my friend Betty…

Somehow, these gorgeous bright butterflies seem very appropriate as a herald of spring!  I had a great time custom quilting this quilt on my friend Debbie's Gammill (while Jolene was recuperating)...

Big petal loops in the wings, a string of pearls in the body of the butterfly

…feathers in the border, too!  And lots of small stippling around the butterflies to help them stand out.

It's hard to see in this shot, but even the back looks pretty cool!  It was so much fun to do some custom quilting again.  I started to do just a random meander on this quilt, but those butterflies kept speaking to me, demanding some pretty quilting.  I'm glad I did it! This quilt will be going to a woman with cancer, hopefully bringing her some joy and hope and a reminder that there are people praying for her!

And did I mention a return? Well, my friend Debbie came over and we worked on Jolene yesterday and finally cured her woes!  I've already quilted three quilts since then and it's so nice to have my own long arm machine back and working properly!!  Debbie was incredibly generous to let me use hers, and I did several on the mid-arm at church, but I missed Jolene!  So - - - CAN I GET A WHOOP WHOOP???


And here's a heads up for you - 
Be sure to come back here next week - 
There'll be a giveaway that will really give YOU
something to whoop about!  
Don't miss it!


And now it's your turn!

What's making you dance the happy dance this week?

Share with us - we want to dance with you!

Remember - it doesn't have to be a finish -
just something you're happy to have accomplished!

The party will stay open until Sunday midnight - 
Plenty of time to join in!

Hope to see you there!





  1. So glad you finally got Jolene to behave herself. And the butterfly quilt is just perfect for the first day of Spring. I'm anxiously waiting for my order of batt so I can get some quilting done.

  2. That butterfly quilt is gorgeous, so bright and colourful, I love it!

  3. The butterflies quilting looks fabulous and congrats on getting Jolene up and running again. I so understand how that feels.

  4. Love the butterfly quilt and the quilting.

    Wish I had a Jolene!

  5. So glad Jolene is up and running with you again :) The butterfly quilt turned out great! Happily handquilting today... maybe finish next month! lol Kathi

  6. THanks for hosting the linky party! Your butterfly quilt gives me ideas...I don't much enjoy quilt piecing as you have done it, but I REALLY enjoy applique and have been planning on getting back into it and butterflys are a great idea..lot of colors and designs can be used. Thanks for the inspriation!

  7. whoop!! for Jolene and beautiful butterfly quilt that you shared!! :)

  8. Sarah, so glad Jolene is fixed! You and Betty did a beautiful job. The lady is going to love that quilt, and it can't fail to cheer her up whenever she looks at it.

  9. You and Jolene make a great team. Love the butterflies!
    It's hard to have a happy outlook while fighting cancer... and it is soooo important to smile, and laugh. (It's good medicine.) I'm sure the recipient will be delighted with this quilt.
    Whoop! Whoop! for you and Jolene reunited. I got my Singer back from the fixit this week. (The new interim was a challenge (putting it politely). I took it back to the store. Just one trouble after another.
    Have a Happy Weekend!

  10. I'm sure she will get a lot of joy from that quilt! I love the colors and the quilting work is amazing.

  11. I love how the butterfly shows up on the back of the quilt! You did a wonderful job.

  12. oh, your friend's butterfly quilt is so very pretty!

  13. Love the butterfly quilt ... so bright and cheery. The quilting adds a lot to the design.

  14. Sarah, thanks for letting me show off! I love the butterfly quilt. Is it possible to get the pattern name from your friend?

    Happy for you that your longarm is fixed. What was the problem?

  15. I absolutely LOVE that Butterfly quilt! So full of the promises of Spring with all of it's color! Great work, ladies.

  16. Gorgeous Butterfly Quilt and I love the quilting. Great that you have your longarm working again! As always, many thanks for hosting the party. Marie x (

  17. Glad you've got your powerhouse back in action! And that butterfly quilt is really pretty. And you were right to listen to it. lol The quilting really makes it something extra special!


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