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What's Going On...

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

On the Blog...

Diane

Pattern Updates: River Pond

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I wanted to let you know that I was recently contacted by a dear customer with some questions about my River Pond pattern. As I looked over the pattern (which I wrote ~3 years ago) I saw some areas for improvement. As I worked on the pattern making some needed changes and updates, I sat under my own River Pond quilt… and decided that it was also too short. (The finished quilt size is 60″x62″). After contemplating that I decided to go ahead and make the finished quilt size a little larger as well! Why not, right?! So… I want to let you all know that I have been diligently working on the River Pond pattern and I will let you know as soon as it’s ready! One bonus if you’ve purchased the pattern through my website, is that you’ll automatically have access to the new updated pattern once I upload it! Hooray!! If you purchased it elsewhere, AFTER it’s ready, you can email me and I will get you a copy of the new pattern (please do not contact me before it’s finished because I will probably lose your email and not get back to you and then you’ll be annoyed with me and have to contact me again). If you purchased it through Etsy, I will notify you individually once it’s updated so you can contact me about the update. If you purchased it previously on a different site, or on Etsy, I

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Diane

Tutorial: Decorative Pillow Case with Hidden Zipper

This post was originally published on 9/25/15 at fromblankpages.blogspot.com. There are a lot of pillow tutorials out there, and a lot of them are fantastic! (Sew Mama Sew is an awesome place to start if you are looking for a good pillow tutorial!) Over the years I’ve combined my favorite techniques from ones I’ve liked to create the perfect pillow. Ok, maybe not perfect, but it’s my favorite way to make them! I hope you’ll enjoy this method as well, or at least pick up a few techniques from this pillow tutorial that you can incorporate into your own pillows. What You Need: A pillow front (a quilted piece of fabric or a quilt block make for beautiful pillows! You can google decorative pillows to get a lot of ideas, or check out the patterns in my shop… I have a lot of patterns that would make beautiful pillows!) πŸ˜‰ Fabric for the back: you’ll need two pieces. One piece that is the about the same height as your pillow by the same width (for above the zipper). One piece that is between 3-4 inches by the width of your pillow (for below the zipper). One zipper, equal to the width of the pillow or longer. Normal sewing supplies: thread, scissors, rotary cutter, cutting mat, ruler, sewing machine, walking foot, zipper foot, and any other tool you like to use while sewing. Β  Before you Start: Β  1 – Prepare your pillow front. My pillow fronts are almost always a

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Home Lovin QAL: Giveaway Winners

And the winners are… First, I have to apologize for the lateness of drawing winners for the two Home Lovin giveaways! I am coming to terms with how easily distracted I am – as I have been completely focused on getting our new flooring put in and painting our kitchen cabinets! It’s looking amazing, but has also stressed me out knowing that I have fallen behind with the QAL. (but it’s also been stressing our family out having a crazy house! So restoring the peace won out the past two weeks…) So, now that I’m stepping out of denial that I am sometimes a little flaky, and into acceptance, I can take it one day at a time… “Hi, my name is Diane and I’m flaky.” lol. (face palm) I hope you’ll forgive me, and you’ve probably already known this about me for years – if you’ve been following me long enough. ha! Thanks for being kind and not pointing it out! lol. Alright, enough of that stuff… let’s get on to the good stuff!! Β  First, the Birthday Celebration Week fabric giveaway: The winner is… And for the Home Lovin QAL Coloring giveaway for the 25 – 10 inch squares: The winner is… Congrats ladies!! I will contact you right away and get these fabrics sent out as soon as I hear from you! Enjoy your fabrics!! Stay tuned for more posts and more goodies, coming up!! I will be sharing my progress as I go along on Instagram

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Diane

Home Lovin QAL: Cutting Your Fabrics

Thanks for joining us in the Home Lovin QAL! If you haven’t already gone over the other posts, start with Plan your Project and Pick your Fabrics before continuing here. Step 4: Cutting Your Fabrics Now we’re getting to the nitty gritty stuff! This step is my favorite step to knock out all at once! If you’ve sufficiently planned your project and picked out your fabrics, this step is QUICK and when you cut out all your fabrics at once, it speeds up the rest of the paper piecing process 100 fold! I have lots of tips and tricks to help you along! What you need: cutting mat and rotary cutter fabrics – and know WHERE they are going cutting templates – print out from the pattern and cut out exactly around the outer border. (The cutting templates are the KEY to accuracy and speeding up the piecing process!! Be brave and give them a try!) When you’ve cut out all the cutting templates, organize them by fabric. For example, I gather all my sky cutting templates together (and ground, if they are going to be the same fabric) and match them up with the fabric I’m using for those sections. Repeat this for each fabric you’re using (so the cutting templates that match that fabric are all together). For my quilt, I’ll have all the house cutting templates with my 25 rainbow prints, the sky and ground templates with my kona haze, the background templates* with my white fabric.

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Diane

Home Lovin QAL: Pick Your Fabrics

Thanks for joining us in the Home Lovin QAL! We already covered planning your project and getting a good idea of what it will look like in this post here. If you missed it, be sure to go back and read through it before you move on to picking fabrics! Once you’ve gone through those steps, let’s start with one of my favorite, and sometimes most frustrating, steps… Step 3: Choose Your Fabric For this step we’re going to work closely with the colored coloring page(s) that we made in Step 2. I didn’t talk about this in the last post, but when you’re coloring in your coloring pages, it’s really important to pay attention to value – lightness and darkness of a color.Β  Value placement is super essential in creating the design you want. There really isn’t a wrong or a right in value placement, because each design requires a different scenario. My suggestion to make sure your project turns out how you want, is to look at your coloring pages! Especially the black and white one. Turn your block into a greyscale version and you’ll see exactly where your light values need to be and where your darker values need to be. Keep this handy as we continue to pick fabrics. Matching lighter value fabrics with your lighter value sections, and dark with dark, medium with medium. If you’re having a hard time knowing what value your fabric is, you can take a black and white photo of

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Diane

Home Lovin QAL: Plan Your Project

Hey y’all! How’s it going?! Are you ready to get started with your Home Lovin project?? My plan for my blog posts are to help walk you through each step of the creative process. There will be a lot of things that may seem obvious, or things that you think aren’t that important and tend to skip over them or rush through. But everything I’ll share is important and when done step-by-step will help ensure that you absolutely LOVE your finished results! The CREATIVE PROCESS isn’t just about finishing something, it’s about connecting to your creativity in every step along the way. Yes, that means that we also focus on the steps that are our least favorite… but doing things that are uncomfortable make us better and stronger. And trust me… there are so many steps in designing patterns, creating a business, making quilts, that I don’t love, but doing them over and over again year after year has definitely made me better than I was when I started, and the things I’ve learned along the way are things that help me more than I could have realized. Does this all sound hoaky and maybe you’re thinking, “it’s just quilting! who cares about connection and growth. I just want to make a quilt?!” Well, that’s fine too. But for me quilting is so much more than making something awesome. Every step, every stitch, every finished project is a journey and a process and I’m passionate about connecting with the blessings

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