Our second feature today is Diane from Random Thoughts…do or “di” – I always enjoy seeing what Diane is working on, (usually on Instagram) and thought you would like to get to know Diane too! Enjoy –
1. How long have you been a quilter?
I had a plan, that when my youngest son started kindergarten I wanted to learn how to quilt. One of my best friends from high school was one of 5 daughters and they quilted as a family. I thought it would be so cool to be a part of a group of women who got together to quilt. Well, said son started kindergarten in 1988 and I didn’t start quilting until 2003, when my second grandchild was due! I was a little late to the game but I think the timing was really perfect. I entered this beautiful community when quilters were blogging and that was the perfect combination for me.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because it fills a creative need for me. I have sewn since I was a child (mostly garments) and been a crafter of many genres, but when I discovered quilting a creative void was filled and I have not stopped for a minute. I can be super busy with life but when I sew I feel relaxed and fulfilled.
3. Why do you participate in Blogger’s Quilt Festival?
Blogger’s Quilt Festival is all about discovering other quilters and also displaying my favorite quilt or two that I have completed in the last few months. I participate to connect with this community of quilt bloggers.
4.What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt, that you shared last spring? (pictured above)
Last spring I shared my Stitch Tease Bee quilt. It is a quilt that makes me smile so much. I started this bee on a whim and it turned into a group of women who all really like each other. Even though we live all over the world we have created bonds of friendship and love. I am lucky enough to have met all but one of the original 8 members (we added 4 more members and I have met all of these wonderful women, too).
The quilt that was made for me by my bee mates is one that has a special place in my heart. It is so personal and brings a tear to my eye every time I look at it. I wanted a word quilt with blocks to reflect the words that each person thought represented me from reading my blog. I started with the word “Bloom” to reflect one of my other loves, gardening. My friends chose words that they thought represented me and they understood my idea perfectly.
5. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am not an original quilter. I usually use patterns that I buy or get online and I feel like I am not creative. But I have really good sewing skills and have learned almost everything about quilting from my internet friends. Until recently, I almost always used one line of fabrics in a quilt, but I have gotten more brave and have started mixing different lines of fabric and I am getting more and more confident with mixing fabrics. Besides quilting, I enjoy making bags too. My first pattern is available on Craftsy.
Thanks for sharing Diane! Your quilts are always so fun to see!