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.

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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QM Bitty Blocks: Home Sweet Home

I know you’re excited to see the next QM Bitty Block, and I’m excited to show you! These adorable small quilt blocks are freebies for quilters presented each month on Quilty Pleasures. They are so much fun. Today I have … Continue reading

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QM Bitty Blocks: The Row Quilts

QM Bitty Blocks are sweet little 3″ or 4″ quilt block patterns given monthly on Quilty Pleasures. We’re having so much fun with them! If you make Bitty Blocks each month, you’ll have enough to make a row quilt by … Continue reading

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QM Scrap Addicts Use Bonnie Hunter Quilt Blocks

Today I’m excited to announce a new project that fans of Bonnie Hunter and makers of scrap quilts will surely love. You may be familiar with the in-print column Bonnie writes for Quiltmaker’s regular issues called Addicted to Scraps. For … Continue reading

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New Year’s Mystery: Part 8 and Final

We made it! This is the final installment in Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery quilt. Today you get the final step and a picture of the finished quilt. Woohoo! Without delay, here’s… Auld Lang Stitches Part 8 Printer-friendly version of Part … Continue reading

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New Year’s Mystery Part 7

Things are starting to come together now in Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery quilt, Auld Lang Stitches. This project made me wonder what “Auld Lang Syne” actually means. Turns out that a great Scottish songwriter named Robert Burns wrote the poem … Continue reading

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Quilting for Joy

I read a book last week called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I have since cleared some junk piles, straightened a few drawers, and purged one messy countertop. I even tidied up my sewing room. Kondo … Continue reading

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