Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

diane harris Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane HarrisPlease join us as we welcome our dear friend Diane Harris of Stash Bandit ( back to Quilty Pleasures today!

Diane is here to tell us about her fun Can You Find It? quilt — aka the cover star for our current issue of Quiltmaker:

I was pleased to spot my most recent I Spy quilt on the cover of Quiltmaker’s May/June issue.

My idea was a simple one: I wondered if anyone had ever put novelty fabrics in the middle of Churn Dash blocks. I don’t know that I was the first, but I can say that I love how this quilt turned out. I made it completely from my stash.

QM1706 FIND 450flat Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

The great thing about Churn Dash is that you can change up the proportions endlessly.

Churn Dash 1 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

I played around with the fabrics I wanted to feature until I was satisfied that the size of the center patch was sufficient.

Churn Dash 2 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

Churn Dash 3 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

Since most of the fabrics were bright, clear colors, I wondered if black and white prints would be good as neutrals. It only took a few blocks to decide I loved it. I balanced out the backgrounds and the Churn Dash patches in diagonal rows, which you only notice if you look closely. If nothing else, it made me feel like there was some order in the chaos.

findit hq Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

The biggest surprise of all was when I went to audition fabrics for borders. I always feel like blue is the universal neutral that ties everything together, but it didn’t seem to do much for this quilt. Neither did red, green or orange. In frustration I threw up the wild idea of a black and white chevron, and voila, it was like an exclamation point!

QM100517 Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

It takes a perfect storm for a quilt to land on the cover of a magazine. It’s only happened to me a few times, and it’s always exciting. When you see it in the grocery store, you want to grab the nearest shopper and babble away in excitement.

I hope you’ll corral some novelty prints and give this quilt a go. It’s easy and it’s really fun!

Come visit my new website at You might enjoy Become a Color-Savvy Quilter or Five Easy Ways to Improve Your Patchwork. Quilt on!

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Thank you for joining us today, Diane!

If you’d like to make Can You Find It? and don’t have a copy of our May/June ’17 issue, print and digital copies are available in our online store. 

digital pattern is also available for Can You Find It?

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8 Responses to Can You Find It?: A Visit with Diane Harris

  1. Linda Christianson says:

    The black and white chevron really did make this quilt happy and fun. Love the churn dash .

  2. Pam Waddell says:

    I used the Churn Dash block a few years ago to use up some cute animal prints. Loved it so much I couldn’t give it away, so now it’s my visiting baby quilt. Thank goodness because we now have a new grandson, another on the way and expecting a great grand baby too.

  3. Diane H says:

    Great idea and quilt. Lots of inspiration here.

  4. Katy Coleman says:

    I did exactly this several years ago with the cutest farm animal prints, barn siding for the “frame” and hay print for the rest. Turned out adorable.

  5. Diane Harris says:

    Thanks for your comments, ladies! Everyone loves hearing from other quilters. ~Diane

  6. Verna A. says:

    I’ve never made a churn dash block and I have an I Spy quilt to make–this will be a fun one!

  7. Mary Silver says:

    I Spy quilts are my all time favorite and this one is going to the top of my must-do list. I even have that chevron fabric in my stash. Plus a goodly stack of 4.5” novelty squares. The only thing missing is the magazine which a quick shopping trip will correct. Thanks so much for the great inspirations Quiltmaker.

  8. Nann says:

    The cover quilt caught my eye! The black/white border is really snappy. I welcome new ideas for I Spy quilts. I have a boatload of novelty prints because . . . well, wouldn’t this be great in a baby quilt? And so would this! How about that one? . . . and on we go.

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