I’m going to start sharing my quilts here in short posts. They’ll give you an idea of what my trunk shows are like, which is the thrust of my business, Stash Bandit: I’m a speaker and a teacher on the topic of quilt-making.
I’ve been thinking about play.
I’ve been visiting my daughter and her family in Hong Kong, where they work at Hong Kong International School. The lower primary school finished a new building over the summer.
What is knocking my socks off is how the educational areas of this building are designed for children aged 4 to 7, and it’s all about play.
I made a quilt and everything went wrong.
Maybe you’ve done the same. It was an exercise in frustration but I learned some things, and some of the most egregious mistakes won’t be evident to others.
One of the hottest things among quilters online these days is swapping. People swap blocks, small quilts, particular fabrics and more. I thought it would be fun to show you some of the swap blocks I’ve made and talk about how a swap works. Of course there are endless variations, so this is just the tip of the iceberg!
A while back I had the idea of using the color windows on fabric selvages to decorate Christmas tree quilt blocks. I can’t be absolutely certain this was an original idea, but I think it might be. I worked out the kinks and today I’m going to show you how to make Christmas tree quilt blocks with selvage lights.
A few years back I had an idea to build a trunk show of quilts based on one simple Windmill quilt block. I’ve been working feverishly on the quilts because I’ll give the presentation for the first time next month in Holdrege, Nebraska.
I hope to present it many more times in 2018 and 2019. So you could say I am building a wind farm of quilts.
On Saturday I was invited to do a trunk show for the Rosebud Quilt Guild during their semi-annual quilt show in Burke, South Dakota. I was there all day so I had plenty of time to look at the quilts.
Fourteen hardy quilters joined me for a retreat in Arapahoe, Nebraska last week. Ruth Haarberg and Gretchen Kubik of Wagner’s Quilts & Conversation hosted the retreat at Hunt Nebraska Lodge, and I was the guide.
We explored string piecing, an improvisational technique using strips or “strings,” so named long ago to describe the narrowest of leftovers.
You may know that I worked as an editor for Quiltmaker magazine until about a year ago. During that time, I managed the QM Scrap Squad, a team of quilters who made scrap quilts from our patterns.
Beth Helfter was one of the people chosen for the Scrap Squad in 2014. I knew from the start that she had talent. She’s smart and wickedly funny, and she makes dynamite scrap quilts. She designs quilts under her business EvaPaige Quilt Designs, and from what I hear, gives entertaining guild programs with lots of quilts for inspiration.
She recently released a series of short videos showing a great trick for making scrappy half-square triangles. I hope you’ll take a look. I’m going to try this soon!
Does your quilt group need a speaker? Please consider me, Diane Harris of Stash Bandit. I have more than 30 years of quilting experience, including 11 years in the quilt industry as an editor for Quiltmaker. I’m booking for 2018 and 2019 now. Let’s talk quilts!
Some of the best emails I get are from people who make a quilt that I designed. It’s a great compliment for someone to spend the money, time and effort to complete one of my designs! You can imagine how it makes my day.
When this quilt appeared on the cover of Quiltmaker last fall, I did a little giveaway that included a stack of novelty fabric charms, so the winner would have them in order to make the quilt.
Helen Bailey from Doveridge, Derbyshire, England was the winner. And last week, Helen sent me this photo of her finished quilt. Isn’t it wonderful?
Another reader made the quilt larger and sent a photo to Quiltmaker over the summer. Susie Schoen of Granite Bay, California donated her version to a fundraiser auction in support of research on Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), a genetic disorder.
If you’ve made a quilt from one of my designs, I’d love to see it. Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Always delighted to hear from you!
Find the pattern for this quilt.