Author Archives: Diane Harris

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.

Zia’s Square Dance: A Bonnie Hunter Scrap Quilt

Today I have an old-fashioned scrap quilt to share with you as well as a sweet little story of reclaimed fabric. First, a little background. Many of you are familiar with our friend and columnist Bonnie Hunter of quiltville.com. Bonnie … Continue reading

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What Every Quilter Should Know; Giveaway!

Here’s a roundup of some good blog posts containing things every quilter should know. I hope you’ll enjoy them! Valuable Lessons: What is value and why does it matter?                       … Continue reading

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QM Scrap Addicts: Quilts from Bonnie Hunter Blocks

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame writes a regular column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps. Each column has a pattern for a scrappy quilt block. You can see all of the blocks on the Addicted to Scraps homepage, along with … Continue reading

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Learning to Quilt on a Longarm

Longarm Quilting: It’s Not for Sissies That’s my new mantra and boy is it the truth. I rented time on the A-1 longarm at my local quilt shop last week—my first time! Before that, I’d spent only a minute here … Continue reading

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Bonnie Hunter Scrap Quilt Blocks: Idaho Square Dance

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor       Earlier this year, we pulled together a team of enthusiastic people to make scrap quilts using Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps blocks. Every regular issue of Quiltmaker has a new scrappy quilt block … Continue reading

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The Quilt Blocks That Came Full Circle

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor                                                                   My local quilt guild had a garage sale last week. It’s my favorite night of the year. There are always treasures to be found and they’re often priced to sell! All of the money … Continue reading

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Breast Cancer Healing Quilt

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor A quilting friend of mine learned recently that she has breast cancer. She is well loved by the quilting community and so of course we’re making her a healing quilt. One person rallied the … Continue reading

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Quilting Fabrics: “I Would Never Do That”

I love teaching quilters. A day in the classroom with like-minded souls brings out the best in me. We learn, we laugh and we have fun. But occasionally a student will say something that baffles me. It’s usually about combining … Continue reading

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QM Scrap Addicts: At It Again!

We have a new team of enthusiastic reader-sewers called the QM Scrap Addicts. They’re taking the Bonnie Hunter blocks from our Addicted to Scraps column and making scrap quilts with them. The latest block is called Twirl Around. Isn’t it … Continue reading

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Machine Quilting Feathers

At the beginning of last year, I decided I wanted to learn how to machine quilt freeform feathers, as in the feathers you quilt without marking. My machine quilting skills are intermediate: I have come a long way but I … Continue reading

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