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.

QM Scrap Squad: Introducing the 2014 Team

Quiltmaker is pleased to announce the 2014 QM Scrap Squad. These people will bring you scrappy versions of one design from each regular issue of Quiltmaker. I asked each one to tell others a bit about herself. In their own … Continue reading

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Book Review and Giveaway: The Thrifty Quilter

The Thrifty Quilter Making (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric by Anne Wiens “If you quilt, have you scraps. Lots of scraps. Mountains of scraps.”       —Anne Wiens Anne Wiens is a creative thinker who makes scrap quilts using a smart, … Continue reading

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QM Staff Challenge

Quiltmaker’s annual staff challenge is always fun. We all use the same block or quilt design. Each person uses fabrics from one of our preferred fabric partners. The resulting quilts are always varied—and inspirational.    We began with On the … Continue reading

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Redwork: Love Blooms Here

Lovers of redwork will be happy to know we offer our 2014 series quilt, Love Blooms Here, in scarlet stitches. The quilt was designed by QM Associate Editor Paula Stoddard. Part 1 appears in the Jan/Feb ’14 issue. The quilt … Continue reading

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Quiltmaker’s Block Network: Fussy Cut Large Prints

Have you caught this week’s episode on Quiltmaker’s Block Network? June Dudley has tips on fussy cutting those large-scale prints we all love. There’s always something to learn on our series of free videos for quilters. Be sure to subscribe … Continue reading

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Saving Spools: For the Record

It all started at the beginning of 2012 when I read a blog post by Karen Griska on The Selvage Blog. She had saved her empty thread spools during 2011. It had been a 31-spool year. I thought the idea … Continue reading

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Beating the January Blues

I sometimes feel a little blue this time of year. The holidays are over. Lots of cold weather is still to come. The freshness of spring seems far off.   If you get the winter blues like I do, maybe … Continue reading

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Love Blooms Here: 2014 Series Quilt

It’s always exciting to publish a new series quilt. A lot of thought and planning goes into each one we do. Quiltmaker’s 2014 series quilt is Love Blooms Here, designed and made by Paula Stoddard, one of our Associate Editors. … Continue reading

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Free Placemat Patterns: Happy Holidays!

Several years ago we partnered with fabric companies and wrote a pattern for placemats with holiday themes of bells, mittens and stars. We used fabrics from Westminster Fibers, FreeSpirit and Maywood Studio. The complimentary patterns were very popular on our … Continue reading

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Block Testers: A Quilt Gallery

Early in the process of developing Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, we knew that we wanted real people to test the block patterns before we went to press. We strive for 100% accuracy in our patterns, and we also enjoy getting readers … Continue reading

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