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Gone Fishin’ Sue


A tad later in the day than usual, but there she is!!!  Even an embroidered line!!!    I HATE embroidery!  LOL   But hey—sometimes a project just needs it.   IMG_7798

The only tiny button I had on hand was a  heart.   Feel free to use a google eye, or even scraps of flannel or felt. IMG_7799

Being from Louisiana, there is a LOT of fishing going on over here.   And SHRIMPING.  So I gave my girl shrimp boots!   IMG_7792

Unfortunately, I ended up covering them up with the canoe, BUT you could easily forgo the canoe and just have her fishin’ in the bayou!

Feel free to share and down load until July 1st!  Download the PDF file here———->  Gone Fishin

peace and pieces,

Magnolia Blossom Tutorial

Here in the south, we LOVE the Magnolia.

IMG_7119The huge glossy leaves, the creamy petals.  They are just stunning.

IMG_7120But I looked everywhere and couldn’t find a fabric version.   So, I made my own!

IMG_6157I started by quilting a large portion of white fabric, and smaller portion of green.  Because this is for a special person, I quilted words.  However, plain ole meander quilting will work just fine.

IMG_6158Cut the pieces using the pattern here—->  magnolia pattern

IMG_6161Fold each petal in half, right sides together.

IMG_6163Mark 3 inches down.


IMG_6164Sew a small pleat.

IMG_6165This gives it more support and structure.

IMG_6166Do the same for the leaves, only sew a larger pleat—-I didn’t mark, but I think mine was close to 6 inches.

IMG_7109Now go find some wooden skewers.  Hot glue three together so you have something solid as a base.

IMG_7110I folded and wrapped a piece of scrap fabric for the center, and jammed the skewers in there.

IMG_7111I wish I could show you how I did this part but I only have two hands and the kids were in school.

IMG_7112Now hot glue a small petal to the center.

IMG_7113Add a 2nd directly across from the first.

IMG_7114Then the other 2.

IMG_7115Then hot glue the large petals around the outside.

IMG_7124Last, the leaves.

IMG_7126I cleaned up the bottom by chopping off the skewers and hot gluing more fabric around the base.


OH!   I forgot—-after I cut the petals, I washed them to get them raveled and crinkly.   I did NOT do that with the leaves.  I’m not sure it made much of a difference.

I sure hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you create your own magnolia, PLEASE let me see it!   You can share a link to your blog, or upload to the flicker page.  http://www.flickr.com/groups/butterflyangelsquilting/

peace and pieces,



EasyPeasy Patchwork Quilt Tutorial

I’ve done several patterns, but this will be my first on-site tutorial.   This will probably get long, but hang in there!

The quilt, with 32 Fat quarters, finishes at 6′ x 7′.   Feel free to use more or less as you see fit.

Supplies are easy.  32 Fat Quarter’s and a Wonder Cut Ruler.   This is not a paid or sanctioned post—I just LOVE the ruler.April 20132

Cut the Fat Quarters (FQ) as follows.  I stacked 4 at a time, short side facing you.   Cut a 2.5″ strip, a 3.5″ strip, and 2 strips matching the 6 1/2″ line on your WonderCut Ruler.  Note—there will be a decent strip about an inch wide left over.   DON”T THROW IT AWAY!!  More on that later.

Grab the 3.5″ strips and head to the machine.   Mix and match in as random an order as possible.  Lay them right sides together, and stitch up one long side.   Iron the seams toward the darker fabric.

3.5" strips sewn together

3.5″ strips sewn together

iron toward a darker fabric

iron toward a darker fabric

Cut into 3.5″ sections.   You will get 6 per stripIMG_5578

Pair up again, being careful to butt the seams up nice and tight.

paired up...

paired up…


Sew into 4 patches, and iron the seams to one side.  48 blocks are done, JUST LIKE THAT!

pretty 4 patches

pretty 4 patches

Now grab the wide strips that we cut with the Wonder Cut Ruler.   Mix and match as randomly as possible, and lay right sides to right sides.  Sew up BOTH sides.

sewn on both sides

sewn on both sides


Use the Wonder Cut ruler, on the 6.5″ line, to create your Half Square Triangles.  IMG_5621

By being VERY careful, I was able to get 4 HST’s out of almost every strip.  If you can only get 3 per strips, it’s OK.  IMG_5625Those corners??   DON’T THROW AWAY!  Put them with the thin strips from the first step.

Now you should have 48 4 patches, and 128 HST’s.   There were several HST’s that I couldn’t use—wonky corners from that 4th cut.

wonky corner---toss this aside for now.

wonky corner—toss this aside for now.

As long as you don’t loose more than 8, you’re all good.  If you feel the need to square up these blocks, please do so.   The WonderCut does a marvelous job, and there is rarely a need to trim anything.

Iron toward the darker fabric

Now go find your top-of-the-line randomizer.   Yes,  have one!  You don’t?   IMG_5631Ok, it’s a diaper box.   But it works!!   Throw all the useable blocks in and start tossing.  Make a big giant mess of them.   The more random the better.

random blocks

random blocks

Grab 2 blocks and sew together.  Grab another 2.   And another 2.  Don’t think too much.  This is supposed to be fun!

a pair

a pair

When you’re all done you should have at least 84 pairs.  Match them up again, and sew.

42 12.5" unfinished blocks.

42 12.5″ unfinished blocks.

Now you have 42 12.5″ unfinished blocks!   At this point, I iron everything.

Lay out the blocks.

a helper always makes this step easier

a helper always makes this step easier

If you have 42, a 6×7 grid makes a great sized quilt.   36 block are a 6×6 quilt.

the layout

the layout

If you have more or less, just do what you can.  Once you get the pattern the way you like it, head to the machine and start sewing!  Eventually, you have this!




Those 2.5″ strips?

2.5 inch strips

2.5 inch strips

Sew them all together into a long chain.   Fold in half and iron.  You just made your binding!!!  Now go find a gorgeous fabric(s) for the back and have fun quilting!  And all those scraps I told you to save?  Don’t worry…….I’m working on it!!  Stay tuned!

note—while sewing, don’t stress over putting 2 fabrics together.  It adds a visual interest.

this is OK

this is OK

this is OK, too!

this is OK, too!

I sure hope you enjoyed my tutorial.   I will be back soon with a matching project using the scraps.  Until then,

peace and pieces,

Sue Sweet!! Block 2 of Sue Through the Seasons

Good MORNING everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I tend to celebrate all week.  Mostly food stuff, but the kids like it.  I have a few more of those to post.  But until then……..  Meet Sue Sweet!sunbonnet sue february dot

Isn’t she cute?   Notice the love letter in her hand!  This applique is a heart topiary, and the second applique pattern features a mailbox.  Once again, Dorothy Gautier did the sample.  I LOVE hourglasses.  And her choice of colors are always spot-on.  You can find the file here———> (Sue is no longer free….please find her at the ETSY store.)

Like last month, we ask that you simply leave a comment if you downloaded our pattern.  This link will be taken down on March 1st.  Since February is a short month, you better hurry!  Share, pin, and let your friends know!  New Sue is available in my Etsy store.

I have 3 big projects going on at the same time, and I hope to have pictures and finished products REAL soon!!  So stay tuned!

peace and pieces,

Happy Sue Year!!


Happy Sue Year!  Isn’t that just adorable?  hehe   Ok, so it’s not showing much.  But I want to let you all know that Stitches and Kisses are still on track!!  Sun Bonnet Sue Through the Seasons will start Tuesday as planned.

Here are the details.

1) Each block will be 12 inch finished.
2) Each block is mostly paper pieced.  The other half will be applique.   It IS possible to only do the paper pieced Sues, but they won’t be nearly as cute!!!
3) We are creating samples from each of the blocks (remember Witchy Sue as a pillow?) but next January you will receiving finishing instructions for a KICKBUTT quilt top.
4) The blocks will be released on the 15th of each month.   You will have access to a free download until the end of the month.  There will be 2 ways to get the free download.   First, I will hook it up through paypal so Dorothy and I can keep track of how many have saved the pattern.  If you do NOT have a paypal account, then please leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I will email you the pattern.
5) All back order patterns will be available for a small price here via paypal.

Does all of this make sense??  I sure hope so!!   I am SOOOO excited about this project.   I suspect Stitches and Kisses will take off with our new enterprise!!   In the mean time, Butterfly Angels is trying to figure out a pattern similar to the Skating Sue…..a scene of sorts.  But I have to decide what I want.   Sew Hooked is an amazing designer.  I managed to expand on her main block.   Time to do my own!!

Here is another shot of the sample.   I LOVE my partner!!  IMG_0353


She made mine a Saints Sue Year!!!!

peace and pieces,

Witchy Sue–A FREE Paper Pieced Pattern

I am super excited to announce the debut of

Stitches and Kisses

Dorothy Gautier and I have joined our brains, and are creating the CUTEST series.   This is just the first of many.  We are not sure of the exact format, but keep your eyes open.

So here she is!   Our first Baby–Witchy Sue!  PDF file is here—–>Sunbonnet Witchy Sue

This is the same block in fabric!

Isn’t she SWEET?  And here is Dorothy’s version.   We have made a few changes since she made this, but you can see how the fabrics she used gave the project a different look.  The FLY and broomstick were both from a magazine about 3 years ago.   If anyone can identify the magazine issue, PLEASE let me know so we can offer proper credit. 

I made mine into a pillow slip cover. 

Isn’t Sue perfect?

Just remember that Stitches and Kisses will be releasing more stuff as the months go on.  Keep your eyes pealed!   Dot and I are AWESOME together!!!

peace and pieces,

Last preview!

This is going to be a week of reveals!!!  First, the Halloween Paper Piece block hosted by Whims and Fancies will come out Wednesday.   Then on Halloween I will have a bonus block done by Stitches and Kisses–a partner job with my sweet gal Dorothy Gauthier!!!!  And somewhere in all of that, I’ll have a baby quilt to show off, AND my Cajun Cathedral Windows!!   All that needs is binding and a bath!!!!!

So keep your eyes peeled!!   I leave you with a back picture of the Windows!

peace and pieces,

sneak peaks

See you back here for the first reveal October 24th!

Glorious Autumn Block Party!

The Giveaway is closed.  But please enjoy the free pattern!!


The wonderful Michelle at Quilting Gallery has been giving us a walkthrough to these amazing blocks!  In her words…

“Over 15 weeks, 45 designers will create 12″ blocks for the Glorious Autumn Block Party. These blocks will be featured, three per week, on the Quilting Gallery site starting September 4th. In addition to the blocks, there will be Super Deals for Quilters from our favourite online retailers. Be sure to check each designer’s post, as many will be offering give-aways on their own site that everyone can participate in.”

My bio with some cute pics is on The Quilting Gallery‘s main page.

And now it is MY turn!!   Here in SW Louisiana, teal season has already opened.  Duck and goose seasons will open shortly.  The hunters around here get up before the sun, and sit in their blinds (usually freezing their patooties off) and wait for the sun to rise.  This is my representation of a goose in front of the sunrise.

The base of the block is easy, but tedious.  I used 1 inch squares to make a bargello-ish block.   Took me a WHILE, but they all came from the scrap bin.  Leftovers from strips sets, bits from squaring up quilts, etc.  I sat down and picked out 14 shades.   This was what I had the first time.There was WAY too much pattern.   Soooo, I flipped most of them over!!!!   Yes folks, you ARE allowed to use the backside!  Doesn’t this look MUCH better?

You will need 1.5 inch strips.  I could have used the bargello method-long skinny strips, sewn with strip piecing, etc but I had several pieces that weren’t going to work.   Sooooo, bunches of tiny, 1.5 inch squares!!!

I STRONGLY recommend some sort of labeling system.   I did not, and the cat decided it made a great resting place.   And when she skeddadled, the pieces went everywhere.  Thankfully, I had the above picture to reference!  Darn cat.

This will take concentration.   I recommend a glass of wine, and nobody to interrupt you.  LOL  I used the EQ mockup to keep my rows in order.  You can do one row at a time, or several, or all.   That part is up to you.  Once you have the 12 rows (sorry-forgot the picture) sew them into pairs.

Then put all the rows together and press VERY well!

The take the template plain duck and create your applique.   (Yes, I know it’s a goose.   Not sure why I named it duck)  I used raw edge with a blanket stitch to hold it down.  The pattern is already reversed.

In this picture, I have already added a 2inch border in the darkest blue.

Finish it whichever way you’d like!  I added 3 rows of Flying Geese, and a panel for a Welcome sign.

Next order of business, a GIVEAWAY!!   I hand picked, especially for YOU, 10 Fat 1/8s. 

I visited my local quilt shop, Quilts Bayou, so these are all good, quality quilter’s cottons.   Aren’t these yummy?  I see another wall hanging, or a bag.  Perfect colors for fall!!  To win this bundle, tell me what your favorite fall food is.  That’s it!   No hoops.   I’d LOVE if you’d subscribe to my blog, or visit me on FaceBook, or even Twitter.   I have Flicker too.  And Pinterest!  But the ONLY requirements are that you comment below, AND that I have a way to contact you.   (I have to re-give away a set of mugrugs from 2 weeks ago, because the person who won hasn’t gotten in touch with me.)  A name will be selected no earlier than Friday, October 6, 2012.   For those of you who are NOT quilters/sewers/crafters, I offer you this—if you win, I’ll make a table runner or small wall hanging with these fabrics instead.  Deal??

It would also be awesome if you’d at least check out the 2 other designers this week.  We all worked very hard on our blocks.   Sew Joy creations  and Harding Hill join me this week.  And for the entire list, head to the Glorious Autumn page!

Thank you again for visiting.   I really hope you enjoy my block.

peace and pieces,

Name the pattern now!

OK, remember this pattern?  I made 2 and my friend Manders tested the third.

You can go see all the other color combinations here.

We ended up with 32 nominations for the name!!  AWESOME!   So here is a poll.  Since there are so many, I’ll do it in waves.  You may choose up to 5 names.  Top 10 will make it to Round 2.  You have until Wednesday at NOON CST to vote.  THANKS!

peace and pieces,