Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Building Houses in Aiken, SC


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 awesome is this space? She has a big window that lets in plenty of natural light. This photo was taken with the overhead light turned off. She had already started building some of her houses before I arrived. She is making small quilts to give as gifts and making each one unique with embroidery!


Lucy had already built a fun neighborhood with bright fabrics, then sashed them with this awesome black and white dotted fabric. We talked about how Freddy Moran uses black and white to control her wild colors and we both want to be just like Freddy when we grow up! LOL


And look at this cute purple house under construction! This lovely lady had a collection of purple fabrics that I might have just been a little envious of. Good purples are so hard to find, but she had found them all!


And look at this cute little "greenhouse" with flowers in the window and door. Doesn't it make you smile?


And these yarn dyed fabrics made the most gorgeous rich color combinations. Love this house and I sure hope I get to see the whole quilt once it's finished!


We had fun laying out all of the blocks for the show and tell before finishing up for the day. For a half day workshop, I think these ladies go a lot of houses built in just a few hours! I really enjoyed my time visiting my new friends in Aiken, and driving through the beautiful little town.

Unfortunately, it poured rain so hard for almost two hours while driving home. I could hardly see the car in front of me. Ugh. So once I made it to Atlanta, I rewarded myself with a visit to Intown Quilters. I rarely leave a quilt shop empty handed and this visit was no exception. I found a few fat quarters that I couldn't live without.

I have a few days to recover before we leave for our family trip to Arizona. I think I just might quilt something!

Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monday Monday



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 you have a wonderful week!
Diane

Friday, May 11, 2018

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Diane

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Show and Tell



My friend and co-worker at Tiny Stitches, Millie, made this adorable version of Citrus Squeeze for her grandson. She substituted Starwars fabrics in the quilt rather than the pink and oranges shown in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets. She quilted it on her longarm. How could a Starwars fan NOT love this quilt?


This is my super cute friend Karen who made this version of Pumpkins in the Patch as a halloween quilt. She moaned and groaned and complained the whole time but we laughed a lot too. I think she is finally happy with the result and I know I am. Way to go Karen!


And imagine my surprise when I was working at the shop one day and walked into the classroom and saw this sweet customer trimming her finished Crazy Daisy. I had no idea she was working on it, but I sure love the result!


And this bright version of Crazy Daisy is going to be the fundraiser quilt for our guild next year. It was made from donated blocks (which made for a fabulous variety). Many of the blocks even use fabrics from the stash of our dear friend Patsy, who passed away last year. A very sweet member volunteered to applique the flowers and Linda and Jackie (shown) put it all together. The fabulous Betty quilted it on her longarm. I just love how happy this turned out. Good job to everyone who helped!

If you have photos of finished quilts from my book or patterns, I would love to see them and share them here, or you can share them on Facebook HERE.

It's hard to describe my feelings when I see a finished quilt from one of my designs. I love it every time, and I am especially thrilled when it inspires a quilter to make it her own, different and unique. That's the beauty of quilting isn't it? No two are every alike.

Diane

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Handi Quilter Training



I've mentioned it a few times that I was signed up to take three full days of Handi Quilter and Pro Stitcher training this weekend at Tiny Stitches. I have just returned from the training and here are my thoughts...



  • Susan Manry is a delightful, patient, kind and articulate teacher.
  • For the first time, I felt like I finally know enough about my longarm and Pro Stitcher that I actually understood 'most ' of what was being explained. It's a whole other lingo and language!
  • I LOVE working with rulers as much on my longarm as I do on my domestic, it's a transferable feeling even if the skills are not. LOL
  • I found out that playing with feathers is fun. I stink at it, but it's fun. And like anything else, it's skill that takes lots and lots of practice.
  • The intro to Pro Stitcher class is just my speed. I learned what quite a few buttons and functions do that I had just been avoiding until now. 
  • The more I learn about my Pro Stitcher, the more I realize that I will NEVER learn it all. It's an operating system with endless options. 
  • Apparently my face is very transparent, as Susan asked me more than once which part of the concept was I not understanding ( the answer would be ALMOST ALL OF IT! LOL)
  • I have more trouble trying to use the simulator on my laptop than I do the actual program on my longarm. Better than the other way around at least!
  • I am relieved that I learned several practical tips and steps for the things that continue to be my biggest issues (needle shredding and restarting after rolling the quilt forward.)
  • I'm never going to love playing with my Pro Stitcher as much as I love ruler work and free motion quilting...and that's OK. 
  • I'm not ready to go to the official training in Utah, I still have more to learn before I'm ready for that. That's good to know before I spend that much money and time.
  • I love the other folks who do this crazy thing called longarming. They are kind and helpful and encouraging and SO supportive. I only hope that one day I can have enough knowledge to help someone else. 

Please excuse me, I have to go try some of what I learned on my Amara now...
Diane





Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Bonnie Hunter Workshop


This week I have had the joy of taking a workshop with Bonnie Hunter at my guild right here at home! It was such a fun day to spend with friends and especially learning from the fabulous 'Queen of Scraps' herself! Bonnie is even more fun, energetic, and inspirational in person than she is online.

She is full of wisdom and encouragement! While our quilts may not look much alike, we are both very passionate about scraps. I am so lucky to have had the chance to spend time with this amazing lady that I am honored to call my friend and mentor. I couldn't have enjoyed the day more.


Later this week I will be taking three days of workshops at Tiny Stitches from the Handi Quilter educater, Susan Manry. There is so much to learn about the Handi Quilter and the Pro Stitcher Premium program that I am sure I will be taking notes frantically! I think there are a couple of spaces left if you would like to sign up. Call the shop at 770 565 1113 to sign up.



But the very best part of this week? David arrived home yesterday and Kelly arrives tomorrow. I have to wait until next week for my last kiddo to come home, but having all my babies back under my roof is the best ever!!!

Diane

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Strip Quilt Secrets





Preorder book HERE.

Look what I found on Amazon yesterday! I just googled it to see if it was there and surprise! I have no idea when it appeared but it was quite exciting to see it listed for presale for the first time.

I am booking programs and workshops for 2019 featuring the quilts in this book.


I can't quite share the contents yet (I haven't seen them!) but I know it won't be long now. I only hate that we have to wait until December to get the book! It's such a long and painful process to create a book. I sent the quilts off to California LAST YEAR and have been waiting ever since. 

I know most guilds are booking (if they haven't already) programs for next year. If I have visited your guild in the past, this means there will be a new book and all new quilts, and perhaps a few surprises as well. 


Print out my class brochure HERE and bring it to your guild program chair. Or email my website to them. Please contact me as soon as possible because I am limiting my travel next year to two long distance trips per month. (I'm always available for local or driving trips.) I want to be at my best when I visit your group and I can't do that with jetlag. Just being realistic!

Now go preorder you book HERE please! The Knott family college fund greatly appreciates the support. 

Diane
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