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:

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour: Day 1

Welcome to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour! This is Day 1 and I’m so glad you’re here. We have totally freshened up the tour so I have a lot to share with you this week! I hope you’ll have fun … Continue reading

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Scrap Quilt Ideas: Bonnie Hunter and Criss Cross Stars

Quiltmaker is pleased to have Bonnie Hunter in every regular issue via her Addicted to Scraps column. She always shares a great scrappy quilt block for readers to enjoy. See all of the blocks on the Addicted to Scraps webpage. … Continue reading

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Bonnie Hunter, Pinwheel Fancy and Barb Johnson’s Scrap Quilt

Early in 2015 we rounded up a team of reader-sewers who were excited about making quilts from Bonnie Hunter’s Addicted to Scraps quilt block designs in Quiltmaker. It wasn’t hard to find people—Bonnie and her Quiltville website are well-loved by … Continue reading

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SAQA Benefit Auction: Own an Art Quilt

I always look forward to the Benefit Auction of quilts by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) which is going on now. Sometimes I’m looking to buy a quilt and sometimes I just want to browse but either way, it’s completely … Continue reading

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Quilt Stuff Nobody Tells You: Yardage

By Diane Harris, QM Associate Editor One of the things an editor does here at Quiltmaker is to figure yardage for our patterns. We have a system of formulas to encourage consistency and accuracy. It’s really not as bad as … Continue reading

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QM Bitty Blocks: September’s Sawtooth Stars

Welcome back to QM Bitty Blocks! I’m happy to share September’s free quilt block pattern with you all—a 4″ Sawtooth Star. These are so adorable that once I started making them, I just couldn’t stop. I have made about 40 … Continue reading

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Bonnie Hunter’s Log Cabin Love by Sheri Wonderling

Our Addicted to Scraps gals have been at it again with still more amazing scrap quilts from Bonnie Hunter’s block patterns in Quiltmaker. Today I have a quilt from Sheri Wonderling who lives in Pennsylvania, and it’s a beauty! Today’s … Continue reading

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A New Cover Quilt Giveaway

The cover of our Sept/Oct issue is a beauty, and the maker of the lovely autumn quilt on the cover wrote a nice blog post about her design and its inspiration. She’s hosting a giveaway of the issue too, so … Continue reading

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QM Scrap Squad: Melva’s Log Cabin Quilt Saga

We didn’t have any trouble rounding up a few quilters to be part of our Addicted to Scraps sewing team this year. Their job is to take Bonnie Hunter’s blocks for Quiltmaker and turn them into unforgettable quilts. Every regular … Continue reading

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A Heartwarming Quilt Story

By Diane Harris QM Associate Editor     About two years ago I wandered into a Catholic Social Services thrift store in Hastings, Nebraska. I do this occasionally because you just never know what treasures you may find. And as … Continue reading

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