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:

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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QM Bitty Baskets: You Have Options

#qmbittyblocks We’re having a lot of fun with Bitty Blocks around here, and last week I started making Bitty Baskets. Paula did a nice job on last week’s tutorial, and her enthusiasm is contagious. A number of people have commented … Continue reading

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Book Review: Unconventional & Unexpected

A variety of new quilt-related books have recently come my way. One of the most interesting titles in a long while, and one of my favorites ever, is Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950–2000 by Roderick Kiracofe. … Continue reading

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QM’s 2015 Scrap Squad Announced

Quiltmaker is pleased to announce the 2015 QM Scrap Squad. We’ve chosen a team of six dynamic readers who will make scrappy versions of our quilt patterns in order to inspire you to use your quilting fabric collections. I know … Continue reading

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New Year’s Mystery: Part 6

Welcome back to the New Year’s Mystery quilt! Today we have Part 6 and photos from the actual quilt-in-progress. I hope you’re having a good time with this. There’s a lot of piecing in this quilt, but it will be … Continue reading

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Introducing QM Scrap Addicts; Giveaway!

Many of you are familiar with our friend and columnist Bonnie Hunter of Bonnie has taught at QM’s Block Party, designed a Lazy Sunday mystery quilt for us, submitted many designs to Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, and more. She’s in … Continue reading

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Fresh Quilt Designs from Quiltmaker

Quiltmaker has a brand new issue I’d like to share with you. Fourteen fresh designs for spring pop off the pages of QM’s March/April issue. It’s on its way to subscribers and is also on newsstands now. I hope you’ll … Continue reading

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New Year’s Mystery: Part 5

Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s New Year’s Mystery Quilt. We’ve named it Auld Lang Stitches, and by this time, you should be well on your way. Today I have Part 5 for you. At this point you’ll be starting to see … Continue reading

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Electric Quilt Revs Up Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

The staff at Electric Quilt Company decided to have a little fun with Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 5. Of course they used EQ’s digital version of this issue, which gives you so many options. If you like having your blocks … Continue reading

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Have We Got a (Colorful) Deal for You!

Learning about color in our quilts is a lifelong process. I’ve been quilting for three decades and I’m still learning about color in quilts. There’s a whole lot to know. Years ago, I heard Mary Ellen Hopkins say that “all … Continue reading

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