Friday, May 29, 2015

Instagram love....


If you're not following me on Instagram, you're missing lots of cute photos of Boomer.


See? He's always up to something!


And you're missing updates from my kitchen, garden and other riveting aspects of my exciting life.
(Okay, that may be stretching it.)


And you're missing my girl and her horse jumping and showing!


On a regular basis!


Oh, and you're missing some quilt stuff too! 
If you're not following me on Instagram, you really might want to check out my photos at dianedk. Also, take a peek at the other people I'm following (lots of quilting goodness). And if you're on Instagram and I'm not following you, let me know so I can fix that!

Have an awesome weekend and see you on Instagram!

Diane

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Doll Quilt Swap



Lori at Humble Quilts hosted a doll quilt swap. I received my doll quilt in the mail last week. It was from a sweet new friend from Australia. Her name is Mariah and she has a lovely blog HERE. She wrapped it in tissue from an old pattern and a pretty gingham ribbon. It was so pretty I almost didn't want to open it.


 She hand quilted and washed the quilt for that wonderful crinkly look that I LOVE. She chose the most darling fabrics and truly put her heart into this little quilt. I am so thankful for every stitch!


Thank you Mariah...I truly do love it! And thank you Lori for doing all of the organizing! It was SO much fun.

Diane



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Summer Manifesto...



Word Art found here via Pinterest.

Every summer we make a list of things we want to accomplish or enjoy during our summer break from school. Summer seems to fly by, so it's good to have little reminders about what we want to enjoy before it's over. So far we have made the list below, but no doubt we will add to it.

1. Ride a roller coaster!
2. Have a cookout by the lake.
3. Grow a veggie garden.
4. Read a really good book.
5. Go to the movies.
6. Shoot fireworks on the 4th!
7. Climb a mountain.
8. Jet ski/ yolo board.
9. Clean out closets/ donate clothes.
10. Go to a water park.
11. Picnic at the covered bridge.
12. Boys run the Peachtree.
13. Horse shows...
14. Roast marshmallows over the firepit.
15. Pick berries/ bake a cobbler.

What's on your summer list?

Enjoy every sunny day!
Diane

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

10 Minute Tip



If you do any hand applique at all, you NEED these amazing pins! They are so thin and so tiny that they can pin through two layers of fabric and freezer paper and still lay completely flat! They at sturdy and strong and while they are flexibly, they remain straight after use.


My only complaint, is that the tips are a color that blends with my applique, so they can be hard to find to remove! If the tips were in neon orange, or bright yellow, they might be easier to see.

I am so glad my friend Martha found these and told me about them. Now go order yours Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Pins, 50-Pack... you will be so glad you did!

Enjoy every stitch,
Diane





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Monday, May 25, 2015

1718 Coverlet Continues...


Trefoil block pinbasted.

I work on the larger 1718 Coverlet blocks when I'm at home. They don't travel as easily as the small ones, and I still have LOTS of those to keep me busy on the road. I simplified both of these block by changing the background to one fabric. I like my fabrics and want to have them showcased. If I cut them up into tiny pieces it would be harder to see their details. 

Modified goose block.

The goose also got some modifications. I liked his wings pointy instead of rounded, and I made his beak closed and pointed as well. I will probably sew a button on for his eyes after the quilt is quilted.

I am not trying to reproduce this quilt exactly (obviously) but I am enjoying recreating the spirit of the quilt. I think if the original quilter had access to the fabrics I do, she might have made some of the same choices I am making. Maybe not, but that's the awesome thing about quilting, we can each make it our own, and the possibilities are unlimited!

You can follow along with the rest of the group on Instagram at #1718quiltalong or join the facebook HERE if you are stitching along.

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day

Photo source found here via Pinterest.

As the daughter and wife of men who served in the US Navy, and the mom of 3 MCJROTC cadets, I am grateful for all of those who have served and continue to serve. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.


I've contributed to many Quilts of Valor and will continue to support this great cause. Click HERE to find out more information and how to participate. 

Diane

Friday, May 22, 2015

Craftsy Weekend Sale

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Nothing beats a long weekend...except for a long weekend full of quilting fun! Get everything you need for a creative “stay-cation” with Craftsy’s Memorial Day Sale. Enjoy up to 70% off all kits, fabric and yarn, up to 60% off all sewing project kits. You’re sure to snag the items you’ve been eyeing at major savings. 

Click HERE for awesome savings!
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