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2019

Friday Oct 25th

May 20 – Sept

May 13th-19th

Speaking, Introduction to From Blank Pages patterns and The Creative Power of Quilting, MQA Fall Gathering (Hattiesburg, MS)

Home Lovin QAL

2018

Thursday Sept 27th

April 30th – May 6th

Locked in Spots Paper Piecing, class, Quilters Eden Quilt Shop (East Grand Forks, ND), 6-9 pm

2017

Saturday Oct 21st

Saturday Nov 4th

Lecture, Quilting on the Red Quilt Show (Grand Forks, ND), 11:00 am

Paper Piecing Demo, North Star Quilt Guild (Grand Forks, ND) 1:15 pm

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Diane

New Pattern: Popsicle Sticks

I’m SUPER excited to share my newest pattern with you, Popsicle Sticks!! Β  Popsicle Sticks 6 inch letters Popsicle Sticks is an alphabet font for uppercase letters. It is available in 3 inch and 6 inch tall letters. The width varies by letter. This font is pretty skinny… so beware that the 3 inch letters have some small pieces. But don’t fret, it’s still easy to use and really isn’t bad at all! Don’t be intimidated!! Popsicle Sticks 3 inch letters Here you can see how the Popsicle Sticks pattern compares with the My First Alphabet pattern. Both of these are the 6 inch letters. Popsicle Sticks is on the left, My Frist Alphabet is on the right. I LOVE that this font is still crisp and clean but has a playfulness to it! This will be great to add to so many projects!! I created this pattern as a final thank you gift as part of my 10th Annual Birthday Celebration. If you grabbed the presale pattern, you can download the 6 inch pattern from your account now. (If you don’t have an account, or can’t access it from your account, please scroll to the bottom for some instructions before contacting me. Thanks!) Want to see what my pattern testers made?! I had the best pattern testers and they made some pretty awesome patterns!! Check these out in no particular order… Helen make this super cute name which she then added into a pillow for her grandson! Isn’t it

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River Pond QAL: Binding

This post is part of the River Pond Quilt Along. You can find more info and the schedule HERE. While this content is directed toward the River Pond QAL, the same concepts can be applied to any quilt that you are making. You can purchase the River Pond pattern HERE. Let’s Talk Binding I’m going to get right to the point and let you know that this is hands down my favorite way to bind a quilt! Am I allowed to add someone else’s video on my blog?! I don’t know. But I’m a huge advocate for glue basting and this video changed my quilting. This video is by Sharon Schamber – Perfect Straight Binding. I LOVE glue basting, and even glue baste in my paper piecing – you can find my tutorials HERE on my blog and on YouTube. You can also check out Cristy Fincher (Sharon’s daughter) and learn all the tricks of glue basting. She is a quilting genius and I love her! I will say that I have never starched my fabric, so I don’t do everything in the video, but the glue basting is the absolute best!! If this isn’t you’re thing, then I there are a lot of other tutorials out there too, and especially with quilting, a lot of the process is finding what techniques work best for you! And that’s totally ok! So if you don’t like glue basting, that’s cool! (but you should at least give it a try. heehee.) Adding

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Diane

River Pond QAL: Quilting

This post is part of the River Pond Quilt Along. You can find more info and the schedule HERE. While this content is directed toward the River Pond QAL, the same concepts can be applied to any quilt that you are making. You can purchase the River Pond pattern HERE. Let’s Quilt! Last time we talked about gathering ideas and using the coloring pages to plan your quilting. Here’s my mashup final idea – I’m using bits and pieces of this in my final quilting. I LOVED Tracy’s ideas in the Facebook group and basically copied her. lol. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration! I’m going to quilt the cross-hatching on the sides, and some hand quilting that I drew in the center on the bottom. Quilting Tips Here’s a few tips that I like to use when quilting. When it comes to quilting straight lines, a long ruler and a knitting needle are my favorite tools!! I measure and mark where I want my lines to intersect, line up the ruler, and use the knitting needle along the side of the ruler to indent lines into the quilt. I don’t have to worry about pens fading or washing out, and the lines last really well through lots of quilting! I’ve never had to remark lines as I quilt. I use the rubber garden gloves for all my quilting. They save my shoulder muscles from the strain of handling the quilt as I wrangle it through my machine. More Tips I

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Diane

Designers Virtual Quilt Show

I’m so excited to tell you about another fun event going on starting today! I have teamed up with some amazing pattern designers for the… What is it? Each day for 6 days, April 13th – April 18th, a different group of pattern designers will be spotlighted over at designersquiltshow.com. 28 designers in all. Each days designers will only be up for 24 hours, so be sure to visit each designer on each day. (Though on day 7 (April 19th), we’ll share all the links again so you can go back and visit any that you missed.) Anything else?? You bet!! There is also a giveaway that goes through April 19th. The prizes are from a number of the different designers, including free patterns, gift cards to their shops, etc! You’ll definitely want to stop by and enter! AND… There is also a calendar of events! There are workshops, classes, and more things going on, so you’ll want to visit the classroom page too so see what’s going on. Find new faces to follow On the website you can also find all the links of where to find the different designers on Facebook and Instagram. Those are up all week, so you can easily click through them anytime you want. Today’s Designers I will also update each days pattern designers right here to make it easy to find! Day 1: April 13th Patterns By Jen Phoebe Moon Designs Amarar Creacions Designs By Sarah J Day 2: April 14th Patterns By

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River Pond QAL: Quilting Ideas

This post is part of the River Pond Quilt Along. You can find more info and the schedule HERE. While this content is directed toward the River Pond QAL, the same concepts can be applied to any quilt that you are making. You can purchase the River Pond pattern HERE. Getting Back on Track I don’t know that there is much to explain about life being out of sorts and getting off track with all the recent life changes… so I won’t. However, I am very sorry that I dropped the ball for everyone who is following along and have been waiting on me. I’m sorry! Love you! and at the same time, thank you for your patience with me to also be human. Love ya! Quilting Ideas As I’ve sat and tried to write this post, I’ve struggled to put it in words, so I decided to make a little video instead. But first… there is an assignment! Yep, we are going to be in school for just a moment, too, along with our children. haha. Homework We are going to do a repeat of the very first assignment, found in this post. Create a Pinterest Board You probably already have a quilt inspiration board, but now I want you to create a board (if you don’t have one already) that is ONLY for quilting ideas! You can include free motion quilting, walking foot quilting, hand quilting… everything! ENJOY some time browsing for beautiful quilting and remember to also

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Diane

Happy Easter!!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful day! I wanted to share something I read the other day that help lift me out of a deep depression this week. If you follow me on Facebook, you might be aware that I am very open with my mental health journey, and especially during this time, I know so many of us are really struggling. I wanted to share this in hopes that it might help lift some of you as well.Β  In reference to the Friday of Christ’s crucifixion and all the darkness and despair of that day, Joseph B Wirthlin said the following, “Each of us will have our own Fridaysβ€”those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. “But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered deathβ€”Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come. “No matter our desperation, no matter our grief, Sunday will come. In this life or the next, Sunday will come.” Above all I honor and respect that we all have different beliefs and are free to worship as we choose. I do believe in Christ as our Lord and Savior, and especially in a time such as we are in right now, I hold on tightly to the hope and light that He

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