Friday, September 23, 2016

Craftsy Class Sale!



(ad) Surprise! Our friends at Craftsy are having a sale this weekend. ALL of their online classes are under $20 — Friday through Sunday. *This promotion ends Sunday, September 25, at 11:59 pm MT. Select classes are not eligible, including those from our partner The Great Courses®. 

Click HERE to see the classes.

Remember, once you purchase them, they are yours forever! You can go back and view them or review them as many times as you wish. Don't miss this great opportunity.

Enjoy,
Diane



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

See You at the Quilt Show this weekend!


I'll be at the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Show this weekend. Please come visit me in my booth and if you mention you read about it on my blog, I'll have a free gift for you!


I'm looking forward to seeing lots of friends and making some new ones. I'll be signing my book and scheduling workshops for the next two years. So please come say hi and pick up my info cards to bring back to your guild program chairs.

Click HERE for all the show details.

See you there!
Diane

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Medallion Quilt Step 2


Welcome to step two of the Scrap Quilt Secrets medallion sew along! Remember, all of the detailed instructions can be found in the book. If you need a copy, you can find it here.

Step 1

Make one Star block B from page 73.

Step 2

Make 20 four patch units found on page 15.
Special instructions for pressing can be found on page 94.
Sew 2 rows of 4 blocks and sew them to the sides of the star.
Sew 2 rows of 6 blocks and sew them to the top and bottom of the unit.
Press the seams toward the four patch border.


When choosing scraps for this border, I limited it to two colors. Also, this is a good time to add an another color to the mix if you like. Notice, I chose colors that create a border. In other words, I chose two colors that are darker prints to create a barrier around the star, so that it can shine.

I hope you have fun making these four patches and spinning the seams!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Friday, September 16, 2016

AQS Chattanooga Quilt Week


Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending the day at the AQS Quilt Show in Chattanooga. It was wonderful! I ran into so many friends from GA that I joked I should travel to Tennessee more often just to visit with my friends!


As we walked into the show, the first thing we spotted at the very first table was a pile of my eco pouches! How fun and SURPRISING is that!?! I made my sweet friend Mary Ruth posed with them. She's going to kill me for posting this photo, but isn't she cute? We had so much fun and laughed and talked. Kind of the perfect day with a quilting friend in my opinion.


There were several special exhibits and challenge collections but our favorite was the Cherrywood Challenge based on the Lion King. This challenge was stunning. The craftsmanship and imagination that went into these quilts was stunning. We really enjoyed it. We also enjoyed the collection of vintage quilts that were made to honor presidents or political issues. And the barn quilts were very cool too. I can't remember all of the others, but we were not disappointed. The craft of quilting is alive and well!


There were several ribbon winning quilts that were breathtaking. This one made me stop in my tracks. I love quilts that have unique color combinations, and blocks that travel into the borders.
The quilting on this was perfection. See the photo below for the quilters names.


And then there was this quilt. I could have spent all day admiring the tiniest of details on this quilt. The workmanship was beyond description and the entire quilt was filled with the most amazing embroidery details. I can only imagine how heavy this quilt is with all that thread!



And then there was this wonderful quilt by Janet Stone. I couldn't get a close up of the card because of the crowd gathered around. Each block has a letter of the alphabet on the button, bead or ribbon. The use of fabrics and colors is so amazing. I adored everything about this quilt. The quilting really made the quilt too.


This is another quilt by the same quilter and it didn't win a ribbon. GASP. I was so delighted to find that this quilt had the same alphabet theme in each block like it's bright cousin.  The fabric choices were so unique and perfect! I love quilts that I can say "I never would have thought of that but I LOVE it!"

After the show, we hauled our purchases out to the car and drove straight to the nearest quilt shop because that's what quilters on a mission do. I had heard of this fun shop for quite some time and it did NOT disappoint. If you are ever in the area, PLEASE visit, I promise you will be glad you did!


Every little nook and cranny is filled with delightful surprises. The bundles and notions and patterns are so perfectly displayed in such an enticing manner. I know I will be back to visit this little gem again!


I would like to thank Mary Ruth for making it such a fun day and providing laughs and snacks! She's the best!!

I would also like to thank the COTTON PATCH QUILTERS of Athens GA for making me feel so welcome Tuesday night. I had such a good time visiting with them before and after my presentation that I forgot to take any photos at all. If you want to mark your calendars now, they are having a quilt show in March 2017 and I will have a booth there. It's a great show you won't want to miss.

Diane

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hill N Hollow Quilt Guild


Last week I took this tiny plane to Springfield, Missouri. I then rented a car and drove 2.5 hours to Mountain Home, Arkansas. I had a fun filled week of workshops and guild presentations planned.


These are some of the sweet quilters that attended the first day of workshops when we made the Under The Mistletoe pattern. 


It also happened to be my 50th birthday, so they gave me a cake and sang to me. I did mention how sweet they were right? Such a fun bunch!


And look what a great job they did! One person made a gorgeous pastel version but the photo must still be trapped in my phone. And there were scrappy versions, and green and red of course. I was having so much fun I forgot to take many pictures.


The next day was a 'choose your own' workshop and each person got to choose from four patterns. This is modified version of Tipsy Tac Toe made by a beginner quilter! Didn't she do a fabulous job?


And another Tipsy made from French General Fabrics. Again, gorgeous!


And because one person was trying to use up the world's largest collection of charm packs, she made 4 Patch Plaid with larger pieces. Don't you love her fabrics?


And here's a patriotic version of Mardi Gras Memories. Really clever isn't it?


Here is some seriously gorgeous combinations that are going to find their way into another 4 Patch Plaid.


Look how cute this batik version of Spring cleaning is going to be!


This version of Spring Cleaning is a gift for a man who is recovering. I think this is going to make him feel better for sure.


Reproduction Tipsy Tac Toe in a table runner version. Don't you love the fabrics and creativity?


And a Tipsy framed by red setting triangles. Yep, I LOVE IT!


After the guild meeting and another workshop on Friday, I spent Saturday morning at the Remember Me Quilt Shop in Mountain Home. It's a gorgeous little shop filled with lots of great fabrics, notions, patterns and books (even mine!)


This is me with my new BFF Carolyn. She was the sweetheart who made me feel completely pampered and totally at home for my four days and nights in Arkansas. I am so thankful all the wonderful things she did to take care of me. And thanks to all the members of the guild that really made my visit fabulous!

If you would like for me to visit your guild. Please contact me HERE and let me know. I'm happy to answer all of your questions and while I am totally booked for this year, I have dates available next year and beyond!

Diane

Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday Medallion Quilt Step 1


Welcome to the Medallion Sew Along for my new book Scrap Quilt Secrets! All of the patterns and pieces for this quilt can be found in the book. Detailed instructions on cutting, pressing and sewing along with diagrams and step by step instructions are all found in the book. This sew along will direct you to the page and item in the book for those instructions. If you need a copy of the book, you can order it here.

Step 1

Make one Star block B from page 73.

This block is found in the quilt Oh My Stars! If you prefer, you can use any of the stars from that quilt. They are all the same size so substituting another star would be work perfectly.

Choose the beginning of your color scheme now. While this is a scrappy quilt, think about all the colors you want to include in the quilt and try to incorporate at least three of them in this block.

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Spellbound, the saga of the unwanted quilt


I made this quilt in early 2015. I just love Halloween quilts and I tend to make them whenever I'm in the mood regardless of the time of year. I had seen a vintage quilt made from the courthouse steps block and thought it would look interesting in Halloween colors. My notion of Halloween colors include black, orange, poison green, browns and chrome yellows. Sometimes purple, but not this time. 

I made the tiny center hourglass units from cheddar and black. By stacking the dark color strips on the top and bottom of the blocks, I was able to use the light colors on the sides. I wanted to elongate the look of the blocks so I only added sashing between the rows of blocks on the top and bottom but not the sides. 


I then pieced the backing. Since all of my quilts are mystery quilts, I ended up with enough leftover blocks to create a row on the back. I then dug around in my stash and found some super vintage Thimbleberries blacks and browns for the backing as well. I added an orange strip for fun, and to make the size large enough.


 I really had fun machine quilting this quilt with my walking foot. You can see in the orange section that I quilted in the ditch along the horizontal lines and added diamonds to the lighter sections.

So what's the saga? 

I submitted this quilt to a very well known national quilting magazine that was the only magazine I had not been published in yet. I wanted to be able to say I had been in them all! The editor very quickly replied that she would like this quilt and the other two that I had submitted. She said she would send out contracts immediately. And I never heard back from her or received the contracts. I sent email after email inquiring. No response. Finally, six months later I heard back from a new editor (the one I talked to had suddenly left the magazine and is no longer in publishing as far as I can tell) who asked me to please re-submit my quilts for approval. So I did. She responded that they were interested in this quilt but not the other two. (Mind you, I had been storing all three waiting for contracts that never arrived.) So I agreed to terms for this quilt and I never heard back from them again. Seriously? After multiple attempts I was finally told the contract was on it's way, they had misplaced it. If these folks can't keep track of a contract do I want to trust them with my quilt? And another six months went by, and I never heard from them again and never received the contract.

I think it's safe to assume they are no longer interested in Spellbound, and I can truthfully say I am so glad! I will enjoy this quilt this fall and I might even publish my own pattern for it. I would like to add that all of the other magazines I have been published in have been amazing to work with! Super friendly and efficient and never gave me cause for concern about the well being of my quilts.

And that's the saga of Spellbound. At least it has a happy ending!

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane
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