Tuesday, June 1, 2021

May 2021 Instagram Review

 


Patriotic quilt for Memorial Day, travel planning, family fun
Uncle/nephew VT alumni, happy mail, new pattern
My 2 university graduates, Harry Potter FQs, new pattern
New pattern, new fabric line, liberty of London sneakers
Sweet potato toast, new fabric line FQ bundle, travel planning

Not many photos this month because I spent a lot of time celebrating my sons and their graduations from VT and UGA. I did release 3 new patterns and started planning my trip to France for the Pour L’Amour du Fil quilt show by Quiltmania at the end of September. I’m also thrilled that my first fabric line is being shared with retailers now for order and will ship to stores in December. 

For now, I’m thrilled to have all the kids home for a few weeks and soaking up all the joy that goes along with having them here. 

Links to patterns and Instagram can be found on the side of the blog. If you’re on a mobile device, scroll down and select desktop view. 

Hugs!
Diane

Friday, May 28, 2021

May 2021 Book List (and TBR list)

Get the book HERE.

I listened to this book while on a road trip and couldn't have enjoyed it more. It was funny and touching and inspiring and 'over the top' all at the same time. The characters were likable and Margaret was always speaking her truth. I truly enjoyed this book!


Get the book HERE.

I also listened to this book while driving and WOW. It was both endearing and surprising at the same time. I loved the character development and the way the each person's story unfolded. It was such a good book and if you like Australian accents (who doesn't?) I highly recommend listening to the audio version. I will definitely look for other books by this author now that I've read this one.


If you are looking for some summer reading you might want to take a peek at this list of books waiting to be read on my shelves...

Book Of the Month Club Selections 

How Lucky

What's Mine and Yours

Send for Me

The Lost Apothecary

On the Come Up

Beyond the Point

A Ladder to the Sky

Before She Knew Him

The Vanishing Half

The Bride Test

Ghosted

Summer of 69

Beach Read

This Tender Land

Turn of the Key

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Ask Again Yes

The Authenticity Project

Favorite Authors 

Red River

The Four Winds

Firefly Lane

The Tenth Circle

Mercy

A Secret Kept

The Pact

Handle with Care

The Last Anniversary

Named of the Dragon

A Desperate Fortune

The Forgotten Garden

The Storyteller

The Clockmaker's Daughter

The Age of Light

The Golden Hour

Lost Roses

Sunflower Sisters

Her Last Flight

Vinegar Girl

The Beginner's Goodbye

How to Stop Time

Between Shades of Gray

Salt to the Sea

Old Lovegood Girls

The Probable Future

Magic Hour

The Ice Queen

Turtle Moon

Coastliners

The Casual Vacancy

Street of a Thousand Blossoms

Peony in Love

Ripper

Cilka's Journey

The Forest Lover

Series or Sequels to books I've enjoyed

The Testaments

World Without End

A column of Fire

Daughter of Molokai

The Rosie Project

Old but highly recommended by friends

Circling the Sun

Snow Falling on Cedars

Three Junes

Hawaii

Light in August

The Namesake

Just curious about these authors or titles

City of Girls

The Signature of all Things

The Oysterville Sewing Circle

Turtles All the Way Down

Never Have I Ever

Someone Knows

Yellow Wife

Once Upon a River

The Snow Child

To the Bright Edge of the World

Of Women and Salt

The Pull of the Stars

Sold on a Monday

The Life She was Given

I realize there are over 80 books waiting on my shelves and I can't tell you how happy that makes me! Reading a good book is the very best escape to another time or place. I will not read these in any particular order, I just pick the one that I'm in the mood for at the time. I like to skip around genres and authors to keep things interesting. While I clearly have some favorite authors, I'm always open to trying new authors and looking for books that are unlike anything I've read before. I hope you find something fun to read this summer!

Enjoy every story!

Diane

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Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Longarm Quilting Services Available

Pattern found HERE.

I have super fast quilting turn around (1-2 weeks) and would love to quilt for you! I can do shipping or drop off or meet you at the local quilt shop Thread Bear for the transaction. I have several super faithful customers that I really appreciate, but I have room in my schedule for more quilts!

Since Covid killed my teaching career (for the most part) my income has been almost non existent. While I am scheduling a few guild visits for trunk shows and workshops, my schedule is still very wide open. If you know a guild that might like an in person visit or a zoom presentation (trunk shows only) feel free to forward this LINK with my information to them!

Until the calendar starts filling up again though, I would love to finish your quilt tops for you! I longarm on my HandiQuilter Amara using the ProStitcher to customize any edge to edge design of your choice. I also will do binding if needed ($25 minimum). 

Not local? I can ship within the US to most destinations for just $15. Please contact me here if you would like to be added to my quilting queue. 

Your support means the world to me, thanks for you business and for your references. I truly could not do this without you! 

Longarm Quilting information and forms found HERE.

Enjoy every stitch,

Diane

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Twirla

 


Twirla has been a workshop favorite for a few years now and it's so much fun for several reasons...

  • We get to play with color and contrast and discover new combinations.
  • It's fat quarter friendly.
  • We get to make interesting shapes from a square using a stacked method with simple templates.
  • There is almost zero wasted fabric.
  • We make two blocks out of every process, so the quilt comes together twice as fast!



The pattern with templates is finally available in my online shop. The pattern includes four sizes and can be purchased as a download or as a printed pattern.

I hope you have fun with it and enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Multiplicity...another NEW pattern!


Get the pattern HERE.

Multiplicity first appeared in the magazine Simply Moderne by Quiltmania. It was inspired by all of the X+ quilts that have been popping up in the past couple of years. I wanted to add some additional units to the idea to make a secondary design where the blocks come together in the corners. It was fun playing with shapes and techniques. I created a strip piecing method for making the unique shapes so that no templates are needed for the 5 sided pieces in the corners of the block. If you can make half square triangles and do sew and flip squares, you can do this!

The pattern includes Throw, Twin, Queen and King sizes. The quilt is made simple of blocks, no sashings or borders! But you could always add them if you want. I am so in love with this quilt and smile every time I see it.

I also custom quilted it on my longarm using a wave shape that I matched to the size of the blocks. I think it gives the quilt a bit of a gentle movement that is fun. I hope you will enjoy stitching this quilt as much as I did. 

Get the PDF DOWNLOAD pattern or the PRINTED PATTERN from my shop.

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane

Saturday, May 8, 2021

A New Pattern has arrived!


Get the pattern HERE.



Chatterbox was first shared a couple of years ago when I posted this Halloween version. It got lots of attention and I always imagined it would become a pattern one day. I didn't realize it would take quite so long, but good things always do!


I made this version for my son Danny's bed. It looks much more like the original vintage quilt that the design is based on. It's a block that I have only seen one time, and wasn't sure of the construction, but loved the graphic look of it. So I drafted the pattern and remembered the block being large, so I just used a number that was easily divisible by the units needed. And voila!

The pattern includes Throw, Twin, Queen and King sizes. The cutting and assembly instructions are for the individual blocks, and the quilt is only blocks. So it's really easy to get into a rhythm once you get started.

I've made this now in two versions, but think it would be gorgeous as a Holiday table runner with just one row of blocks featuring some gorgeous fabrics. I also think a red, white and blue version would be stunning. So many possibilities. 

Find the pattern in my shop as a PDF DOWNLOAD or get the PAPER PRINTED version.

Enjoy every stitch!

Diane


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

That's ....DAISY TALK ... my first fabric line!

 


Beginning right now, quilt shops will be able to order my fabric line from Blank Quilting Fabrics. The actual bolts will ship in December. So what does this mean for you?

As a quilter, I designed these fabrics with making quilts in mind. My process included everything from making sure there were backgrounds, patchwork options, applique options, borders, backings and bindings! I scaled the floral wreath print perfectly for fussy cutting for hexies, and I made sure there were large, medium and small scale prints for every need. The patchwork print is also perfect for fussy cutting for applique or using as a backing. (If you've ever seen my trunk shows, you know I love a good cheater fabric for my backing!)

My Inspiration...



If you look closely at the large scale print you will see the daisies from my Crazy Daisy quilt that appeared on the cover of my first book, Scrap Quilt Secrets. It is such a fun and playful motif, I added lots of dots and stitches and layered patterns. I wanted the daisies to star in the different prints in various forms and for prints to work well on their own or together. 

Beginning with the end in mind...


As a quilter, I thought about how I would cut up the fabrics I was designing. I wanted the spacing to work for fussy cutting and the scales to vary from print to print. I also wanted lots of options because I like lots of fabrics in my quilts! While I didn't want it to be a sewing print, I wanted some stitches in the prints as a gift to quilters and sewers.

The Borders...


The large floral print has all of the colors of the line in it. It has the main daisy in lots of sizes and variations along with lots of dots. One can never have too many dots! I wanted it to look hand drawn and slightly imperfect with lots of variation to avoid a 'computer printed' look. I also wanted it to feel cheerful and fun. Layering other designs in the background adds a bit of interest. The space between the groups of flowers is also meant to allow for fussy cutting or cutting of repeats.

The Backing...

The patchwork print or 'cheater print' can be used as the patchwork in the Crazy Daisy quilt from my book along with the text print as the border. This isn't the only use for it though! It would make a perfect backing for any quilt made from this collection. It also can be used by cutting it into four patches or rows for piecing into a quilt or as a panel for a fun playmat. I'm thinking it will make adorable curtains for my laundry room! I also think it lends itself to table runners and placemats for a bright cheerful look. I can't wait to see what folk use it for!

The Binding...

The 1/4'' stripe is meant to be the perfect binding, and I think it is, but it could also make a fun sashing, or inner border. It could be perfect for bag handles (on a patchwork tote) or as a lining or backing. Every quilt needs some stripes so here they are!

Low Volumes...

These background fabrics are perfect for both wide open spaces and for piecing into blocks or units. The stitched circles will appear as a solid (with interest) and the busier prints can be backgrounds or included in the patchwork. I just love that each piece has so many options. 

Quote me...

The text prints were fun quotes I chose to include for both inspiration and giggles. And one can't have text without emojis, so I drew custom emojis to go with the quotes and sayings. They make a wonderful energetic background but also have enough interest to stand alone as a border or backing. I hope you have fun reading the quotes and I really hope it makes you smile!

Brights...

Because I like LOTS of prints in my quilts, I decided to combine 6 warm prints on one bolt and 6 cool prints on one bolt. The print strips are 7'' wide, so they can be cut into strips or charms or applique pieces. This gives your 12 prints for the price of 2! What could be better than that? The prints are similar but not identical in both color ways to add even more options.

Selvage Surprise...

If you've ever met me, you know how much I love a cute selvage. While I don't have a photo of these yet, I am assured the daisies on the selvage are adorable. I can't wait to see them!

Free Patterns...

I've designed 2 free patterns for the fabric line, being offered on the Blank Quilting Fabrics website. I designed one that is beginner friendly and one that is more intermediate level. They are both fun to piece and I hope you will enjoy putting your own spin on them!

Block of the Month Options...

Because the fabrics ship in December, I've been asked if I will have Block of the Month options available and the answer is YES of course! I have designed a fun quilt that can start with simple units and move onto different shapes. It can include applique or you can just add more patchwork. I love lots of options!

Bundles and Kits...

Fat quarter bundles will be available and they will include all of the fabrics. Each bundle will have 2 fat quarters from the multi prints bolts to makes sure you get every print! I will also be offering bundles and kits on my website beginning in January. 

Where to Buy...

So if these fabrics don't show up in quilt shops until December, why am I talking about them now? So you can SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FAVORITE QUILT SHOP and make sure they order the line! Also send them to me with any questions and I will be happy to custom design a program or event just for their shop! 

Thanks so much for sharing this CRAZY Daisy Talk excitement with me. I can't believe it's actually happening!

Diane

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