Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Daisy Talk: fussy cutting

 


As a quilter, I knew that I wanted to include a motif design that could be used for fussy cutting. I love hexies and circles and simply placing fabric in fun ways to create happy little surprises in my quilts. I wanted to create a fabric that could look good on its own or when cut into strips or squares or hexies, etc. I used the daisy  motif in the middle as the focus but surrounded each daisy with a wreath and pop of color. The background has enough space to allow for fussy cutting including seam allowances.


Whether you want to use a strip of fabric as a sashing or narrow border, or cut each flower wreath into it's own piece, this design is sized and scaled for all of those options! I played with many background color options but was only allowed to choose one, so I chose the soft white as it really helped the flowers pop and, when used in patchwork, would provide a good contrast to all of the colors in the line.

I'm super in love with the versatility of this print, I hope you like it too!

Diane


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Daisy Talk: grid

Combining stitches and dots, this fun grid revealed itself to me as a perfect small scale print for either patchwork or sashing or border or inner border options. The graphic grid is a good compliment to the other busier prints, but uses some of the same elements and all of the same colors. I love a good geometric print tossed in the mix. 


This one is available on the bolt in grey but is also available in green (perfect for stems and leaves my applique friends) on the multi print bolts which I will share soon. 

Diane


Friday, July 16, 2021

Daisy Talk: stitching in circles

 


When designing a fabric line, there must be some consideration given to "background" fabrics. Or fabrics that will work well in combination with the prints. I have already admitted my true love for dots and was naturally drawn to the idea of dots as a background. But what if they were just circles and what's better than circles? Stitched circles!! I love the calm background print but with bits of color and having them stitched makes the design even lighter but also more fun. This print is also available on a grey background as well. 
For me, this is low volume love at it's best! 

Diane



Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Daisy Talk: the theme

For those of you that have my first book you will recognize the daisies. The cover quilt is called Crazy Daisy and I just love the fun flowers that start with a circle. The petals are one fabric circle, from which slices are cut to create the petals that are still all one piece. The center is just a smaller circle. 

I've had a long standing love for circles and dots so that is the main shape that repeats in various forms throughout this fabric. And to add a little more fun, I created a mini print that also features dots but in flower form. 

Notice that these prints are hand drawn and imperfect. No computer generated garden will do! I wanted the shapes and forms to be fun and quirky with a home grown feel. I think it adds to their charm.

I hope you are enjoying this tour of Daisy Talk, please forward this information to any of your favorite shop owners, they can order the line NOW. 

Have a daisy day!

Diane

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Daisy Talk: the colors

 


SHOP OWNERS: Order Daisy Talk Fabric Line HERE.

When asked to design my first fabric line, I couldn't decide what I was most excited about! But I know I started with a color palette. I love all of the colors of the rainbow, so I started there. I chose my favorite shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I knew I would include a soft white as well but my main 'neutral' would be a medium grey. Grey has a way of helping the rainbow colors both stand out and blend together. 

As a quilter, I also knew that I needed a good strong stripe fabric that would include all of the colors. Why is this necessary? For bindings of course! But this stripe is also small enough scale (1/4 inch) to play really well in the patchwork, as a sashing, an inner border or even pieced into other designs. 


Free Block of the Month Program available to shops who purchase the line.
See how perfect that stripe is for binding?

Once I had this color palette that made me ridiculously happy, I was able to start doodling my other designs. Stay tuned for my thoughts on those soon!

Diane

Saturday, July 3, 2021

June 2021 Instagram Review

 


My new fabric line, sweet snuggle Buddy, excellent book
day trip to Ellijay, prime day purchases, happy mail
margarita for the win, Bailey girl, Birthday plans


Sweet Buddy, Boomer, hiking fun
overnight oatmeal, goofy Boomer, travel planning
sweet old dog, tik tok pasta, loved this book
Mystery sew along show and tell, succulents, customer quilt


Some of my favorite accounts to follow on Instagram lately are:

  • Sweatpants and Coffee
  • Project Happiness
  • Journal with Purpose
  • Paper Pretty Ink
  • Reese's Book Club
  • Golden Retrievers World
  • Dogs of Instagram
  • Book of the Month Club
  • Travel and leisure
  • Nat Geo Travel
  • Country Living Mag

And some hashtags that I follow are:

  • #quilting
  • #scrapquilts
  • #quilters
  • #fabricaddict

I hope you will hop over to instagram and get started if you haven't already joined the fun. It's where I share photos and quick notes almost everyday.

Enjoy,

Diane


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

June 2021 book List

 


The Henna Artist

I listened to this book on Audible and would highly recommend this format if you love the sound of the names and places being spoken and pronounced properly. I would never have gotten some of them correct in my own mind. The narration added to the feel and emotion of the book and I enjoyed that added dimension.

It's a wonderful story told about a pair of sisters and their family and the traditions and cultural expectations that they choose to defy. It's heart breaking and heart warming at the same time. It's about families and relationships and survival and embracing unexpected blessings. I highly recommend this book.

The Lost Apothecary

I ordered this from the Book of  the Month club recently because of the amazing reviews. I sometimes think my expectations are unrealistic when I've heard so much about a book and worry I'll be disappointed. I was NOT. 

This story jumps between present day and late 1700's London with a connection and mystery that are compelling and intriguing on both sides. It is the best kind of historical fiction in my opinion and I just loved this book. Please read it!

Malibu Rising

Another Book of the Month club selection that was much hyped and did NOT disappoint. I read it in one weekend and was thoroughly engrossed in the story and the characters. I was a little offended that is described as historical fiction and the time frame it takes place in is when I was in high school! LOL\

It's a fast paced story that takes place in 24 hours with lots of back story inserted throughout. The family is one that experiences multiple traumas and the sibling relationships really are the glue that holds them together. I would highly recommend this book.


While I didn't get a lot of reading done this month, but what I did read was so amazing. I will go back to this list and keep choosing titles. It's so fun to have my own library of books I really want to read!

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