Is It Butter Yet? The Real Story


Is It Butter Yet? is a quilt that I designed and made. Crystal Zagnoli from The Quilted Cricket quilted it and it’s in the August/September 2018 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. But let me tell you a little more about it. Every quilt has a story and this one is pretty funny.


Is it Butter Yet?

Naming quilts is often hard for me but this quilt was an exception. I had the name before I even started on the design.

When I was working on my block for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 16, I remembered an idea I saw somewhere with the same block repeated in different sizes and layered small on medium, then medium on large. I decided to try that in my design.

And as I was pondering, I thought it would be fun to use the Churn Dash block in shades of yellow and call the quilt Is It Butter Yet?

Let me explain.

When we lived on the farm, I made butter. I started with raw (unpasteurized and unhomogenized) heavy cream, which is white, and when I finished churning, I had yellow butter and very thin white buttermilk (totally unlike the buttermilk you can purchase at the grocery store).

So the progression from very light yellow to orange was my artistic take on that process…and that’s what I tried to do in creating my quilt…except for one not-so-small detail.

Here is a Churn Dash block.


the churn dash block

And here is my block.


this “shoo fly don’t bother me”

Oops!!! Somewhere in the process, my mind went on vacation and I created my block with 3 “layers” of a Shoo Fly block. The really funny thing is that I didn’t realize what I’d done until I saw the pattern in print.

This is my quilt. And I think it’s wonderful—I love Crystal’s quilting—but the name just doesn’t have the same meaning that I originally intended.


Now you know the whole story. You can purchase the pattern for Is It Butter Yet? and smile the whole time you are making the quilt.

And here are the print version and the digital version of the August/September issue of Quick Quilts which has the pattern for Is It Butter Yet? and nine other quilt patterns as well as a fun back-to-school article by Jen Daly.

Until next time,
Happy quilting,

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