Author Archives: Diane Harris

About Diane Harris

I'm Interactive Editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I've been writing pattern instructions and product reviews, and doing a host of other tasks necessary to help produce a national pattern magazine. Now I work remotely from rural Nebraska to generate some of our online content. I manage the QM Scrap Squad, our blog tours and our Quilt-Alongs. I have one of the best jobs in the world.

Search Tips for Quilters

Here’s something you need to know if you’re a quilter and you use the internet. There is an easy way that you can find a boatload of inspiration for your quilts. It’s really simple: Use Google to search specifically for … Continue reading

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One Scrappy Story

I finished piecing a 90″ x 90″ scrap quilt last week, and soon it will head off to the quilter. This quilt and I had a love-hate relationship from the get-go. I blogged about its birth in a post called … Continue reading

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One Machine Quilter’s Story

This is Quiltmaker’s Year of Machine Quilting! Our goal is to help you become a confident machine quilter on your home sewing machine. If you’re not already following the lessons in Machine Quilting 101, reading the articles in print, practicing … Continue reading

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Giveaway! Lori Holt and Great Granny Squared

Quiltmaker is pleased to partner with It’s Sew Emma publications today. We’re reviewing the brand new Great Granny Squared book by Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet. And then we have several copies for giveaway! If you have yet … Continue reading

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Tune-Up on Twenty

It’s the 20th of March. That means it’s time for Tune-Up on Twenty! This is a friendly reminder: • Open up your sewing machine’s innards and gently clean out all the lint, dirt and debris. • Oil your machine (not … Continue reading

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Recommended Quilt Books Giveaway

There are many new titles of interest to quilters. Let’s take a look at several and then we’ll have a giveaway. • From Kansas City Star Quilts: Baskets, Birds and Boughs: Quilts Year ‘Round by Debbie Roberts, $27.95 If you … Continue reading

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It’s National Quilting Day: Giveaway

Today is National Quilting Day. I hope you’re doing a little something to celebrate. At least grab a few minutes at the machine, or do some cutting for the Brain-Free Sewing Zone. I’m lucky enough to live fairly close to … Continue reading

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QM Staff Inventory: I Love Funky

If you took inventory among Quiltmaker staff members, you might be surprised. Our personal quilt styles don’t necessarily reflect the style of QM, which is generally traditional and whimsical. I’m the staff person who loves funky. For me, the more … Continue reading

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National Quilting Day is Saturday, March 15: Giveaway!

We’ll celebrate National Quilting Day on Saturday with a great giveaway here on Quilty Pleasures. Be sure to visit us on that day and leave a comment for your chance to win fabric, thread and books. The National Quilting Association, … Continue reading

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Quiltmaker’s Block Network

I hope you’ve discovered Quiltmaker’s Block Network. It’s a tremendous free resource for quilters. Each episode features a free block pattern from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, but also highlights a particular technique. You may find a new way of doing something … Continue reading

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