Friday, November 16, 2018

I'm Home for the Holidays!

My Christmas Cactus is already blooming!

My travel teaching year ended Wednesday when I returned home from a fun time in Pennsylvania. I do have one more program to give in December but it's local, so I will be able to sleep in my own bed until the end of the year! Unless my husband whisks me away on a romantic adventure, but I'm not holding my breath. LOL


It's so good to be home and in my warm cozy space. The Christmas lights are up on the outside of the house and I'm curled up under a quilt inside! I have big plans to sew and quilt and decorate and bake and prep for my kids coming home for Thanksgiving and then just a few weeks later for the winter holidays. It makes me happy just thinking about it!





I did have a wonderful time in Pennsylvania though. I spent the day doing the Lime Twist with the ladies of the Calico Cutters Quilt Guild on Tuesday, presented to the Brandywine Valley Quilt Guild Tuesday night, and then presented my trunk show again Wednesday morning to the Calico Cutters. So it was a busy whirlwind of a trip but they took great care of me and made me feel so welcome!



And seeing this quilt made from the selvage pattern found in my book Scrap Quilt Secrets made my whole day! There is nothing better than seeing a gorgeous quilt someone has made using one of my designs. I love the purple sashing and multicolored basket handles. Just gorgeous!!


During show and tell, the workshop attendees showed off their Lime Twist blocks from the day before. I can't wait to see these finished quilt photos. The variety was awesome. No two of these quilts will look alike, and that's the magic of quilting! (In my opinion anyway.)

I left just before the snowstorm started. But I'm so glad I was able to spend a couple of days having fun and sewing with these quilters. They are a talented and enthusiastic group! I even got to meet my online friend Kelly in person! And I also got to meet the very first editor who accepted my first quilt ever published! Deb Finan got a BIG hug and I was excited to meet her I totally forget to take a selfie. Good grief!

What a great way to wrap up my travel teaching for the year. Speaking of teaching, I have a few available dates left for 2019 so contact me quick if you are considering a visit. I'm booking 2020 dates as well now. Where does the time go?

Enjoy every stitch!
Diane


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Houston Quilt Show 2018... the details




These quilts are so special because not only are they gorgeous from afar but up close, the tiny details just stopped me in my tracks. The perfect itty bitty circles, and the smooth curves, not to mention the quilting made this quilt extraordinary.



If this quilt doesn't make you happy, you may want to check your pulse. All of the details and color combinations just felt perfect to me.



I've wanted to make a feathered star quilt for years, and this border just elevates these stars to another solar system! The piecing in combination with the applique is so stunning. And the quilting just polishes it off.




I'll be the first to admit that I never would have imagined that I would fall in love with a quilt because of the bugs on it! LOL But these precious tiny creatures are inked and stitched with such delicate precision that they make the whole quilt amazing. I love the patchwork and soft sweet colors as well, but those bugs...



Serious quilt goals here. I plan to never make anything this exquisite because I'm pretty sure I'll never have the skills but I am so glad I got to enjoy it up close. Every single stitch is perfection.




If you want to see an enormous quilt with the tiniest of details, this is the one. It is so amazingly executed. I have no idea how a human can create on this level of perfection, but it is a sight to see.



This is cute and sweet on steroids, in a good way. Again, the tiny details on every inch of the quilt tell an adorable story in the most interesting way. I would love to have spent more time with this quilt as I'm sure it reveals details for days.

And if you aren't aware, you can click on any photo to enlarge it. Again, I wish my photography could have done these quilts justice, but I hope you can see why I was so smitten. The best part of any quilt show is the inspiration I always gather. While I'll never make one of these quilts (as if I could if I tried!) I am itching to stitch with all the ideas they have given me.

I hope you're inspired to stitch now too!
Diane

Monday, November 12, 2018

More Quilts from Houston 2018...Vintage and Vintage Inspired



While I make a lot of contemporary quilts, or bright and happy quilts, my heartstrings are always tugged by the vintage quilts from years ago that are clearly the artistic expression of someone making beauty from what was available. 

In other words, I LOVE old scrap quilts the best!

The display of vintage quilts from the British Isles was nothing short of breath taking. And there were several groups of quilts inspired by vintage quilts. And I just found myself drawn to these over and over again.



I can just imagine this person carefully piecing these hexies in the middle of this quilt. And then at some point she realized how long these tiny hexies were going to take her and she decided, forget this!! And she started appliqueing her leftover pieces on a background. Then she added those pieces around the edges of the hexie section, and was so pleased with herself for actually finishing something!

And for what it's worth, I find the mosaic so much more interesting than the hexies. LOL



I can't decide what I like best about this quilt. Is it the soft colors, the medallion setting or the fact that some of those border strips are totally mismatched and just sewn together anyway? Or perhaps it's the magic created by all of those elements landing in the same quilt?



I've seen Seminole piecing before, but I love how this quilt design is a block design that is expanded to the entire quilt. The reds on one side and the blues on the other. I love it when the block becomes the quilt. And the details can be discovered over time.



One inch triangles. Really? Yep! And it blew me away. LOVE everything about this quilt.



The story of where these fabrics came from makes this quilt so special. It's pretty awesome to look at as well. Sigh.



I could have some sweet dreams under this quilt. I think I must make my own version one day.




And perhaps my favorite 'vintage inspired' quilt is the one made by my friend Barb. The details in this quilt are so amazing. The color choices make me happy and the hand stitching is swoon worthy! Thanks for sharing this awesome quilt with us Barb!

Enjoy every stitch,
Diane

PS. There are still more to come!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Houston Quilt Show 2018

(the adorable Rachaeldaisy with her quilt!)

I'm always amazed by the quilts when I visit Quilt Market. While the market floor is buzzing with business, I like to sneak over to the quilt display and enjoy a quiet moment looking at the quilts. This year I was lucky enough to see quilts made by my friends and even get to see some of those friends in front of their quilts! Wheee!

(detail of Rachael's quilt)

I will share the quilt photo followed by the information card photo with the details of the maker and the quilt. Please know that I couldn't possibly take or share all of the quilts I loved, these are just a few that caught my eye.

















Stay tuned for traditional quilts and vintage quilts in future posts. And please note that the photos are not always great due to the directional lighting and access to the cards. Forgive me, I did the best I could with the time available. My apologies to the quilt makers, the imperfections are with the photography NOT the quilts!!

Enjoy every stitch,
Diane
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