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.

Machine Quilting: Practice, Practice, Practice

This is Quiltmaker‘s Year of Machine Quilting! I want to share something inspiring with you today—a bit of encouragement on your journey to becoming an excellent machine quilter. As I’ve started interacting with readers learning to machine quilt, I have … Continue reading

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Applique, Blog Tour, Giveaway!

Today it’s our privilege to take part in a blog tour celebrating The Modern Applique Workbook by Jenifer Dick, just out from our friends at Stash Books. But first I want to tell you about Jenifer’s connection to Quiltmaker: She … Continue reading

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Doing a Mother-Daughter Square Dance

The mother-daughter team of Jo and Kelli Kramer is responsible for Square Dance, a scrappy design that’s great for using up leftovers from other projects. I wanted to know more about the Kramers from Waucoma, Iowa, so I asked, and … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day from Quiltmaker

Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to enjoy some heart quilts, doesn’t it? Each quilt is linked to where it appears online. This has to be one of the best heart quilt designs ever! It’s by Amy Ellis and … Continue reading

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New Quilts: Pretty, Happy, Scrappy!

Light, bright, airy—and full of fun! The new March/April ’14 issue of Quiltmaker is all of these and more. Let’s look at some highlights. Need an easy baby quilt? Sprinkles fits the bill. This fat-quarter friendly pattern would also be … Continue reading

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Improve Your Machine Quilting!

Quiltmaker is focused on machine quilting in 2014! • Would you like to know more about machine quilting? • Would you like to improve your skills? • Would you like to use your home machine to finish quilts beautifully? Let … Continue reading

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Jumping on the Bonnie Bandwagon: Giveaway!

Let’s have a giveaway! Bonnie Hunter is having a giveaway of Quiltmaker’s March/April issue over at Quiltville, so it’s a perfect time for us to do the same. But let’s sweeten the pot. We’ll also throw in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks … Continue reading

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QM Introduces “Fold & Sew” for Precuts

Today’s post is by Peg Spradlin from Cozad, Nebraska. Peg has been sewing for Quiltmaker for a couple of decades and she has a new column in 2014 issues called Fold and Sew. We’re very excited about it and we … Continue reading

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QM Scrap Squad: Nicole’s Oh, Sew Purple!

Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad is a select group of eight QM readers. They take one pattern from each regular issue and make scrappy versions to inspire you. Today is the very last project from the 2013 Scrap Squad. It’s always hard to say good-bye … Continue reading

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QM Patch Pals: The Bunny Baby

I went to a local quilt guild meeting recently. A member I’d never met shared a wonderful story with me. Her name is Jane Fox and she’s from Hastings, Nebraska. Jane made Quiltmaker’s Bunny Patch and gave it as a … Continue reading

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