Friday, May 3, 2013


Found this the other day on facebook from Bonnie Hunter's blog (she always post links to her blogs on facebook....makes it easy for me to catch her blogs).

So, I, too have a little drawer full of crumbs.....

drawer of crumbs

and, a box of 2 1/2" strips.........

box of 2 1/2" strips

so, I was able to make her little block pattern in a snap.....

Wonky Wishes

Although, I'm not sure if I could have made block without having taken one of her crumb classes.  I highly recommend taking one of her classes (or more).  She really taught me alot about quilting (I'm the kid in class with her hand up all the time :)

Did you catch the link to Bonnie's blog link from above?  Pasting it're welcome :)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

1880s Day Dress

My love for fabrics from the 1800s dresses and/or quilts have always captivated me.  And, now, I have made one that is for sale.  Yep, for sale.  I opened up an Etsy Shop and it is my very first item for sale.

I made one about ten years ago and have cherished it and wanted so much to make more, but, can't keep everything I make and, so, that's why I'm offering it up for sale.  Take a look....

Here's link to Etsy Shop....DiannaInEtsy

Also, I have a link to the dress pattern here at Past Patterns.  I have always loved this pattern and I'm hoping to get to make more of these for sale in the future.  Maybe you can make one too, or, check out Saundra's other patterns.  She is really good at what she does and very authentic.  If you go, tell her you got the link from my page...okay?  Thanks :)

1880s Day Dress
Out of the wind :)
Close-up of buttons (23)

Back of dress
Inside Bodice

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Folk Art America by Pat Sloan

Recently, I ran across blocks I made at Quakertown Quilts many years back now, at the beginning of my quilting adventure.  And, then, Pat Sloan came to town to at a local quilt guild meeting and I got to meet her!  Finally, after admiring everything she puts on facebook and her blog.  So, here is the finished product...

You can purchase her pattern at this link..... Folk Art America 

I did this using a Zig-Zag for my machine applique because my Jamone didn't have a button-hole stitch.   But, it is still so precious...

And, I was able to talk my kids into coloring a few blocks.....

I'm going to add these to the back of the quilt.  Funny, they both picked the house block to color.  I think our little house has meant a lot to both of them.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Got My Paper Piecing Hat On This Morning...

Joined Stitchery Dickory Dock's BOM this year.  You can find a link to her blog on my list of blogs.  So fun!

I have been on a roll with her North Star block thanks to a Ms. Pat Sloan and her posting of the North Star block that I found really inspirational.

So, now, I have four blocks of the Great North Star block (I just renamed it).

North Star #1

North Star #2
North Star #3

North Star #4

Friday, February 8, 2013

Silk from the Orient

Here is one pic of a robe I'm working on.  It is made of some of the most exquisite silk from Japan.  A lovely lady from the Quilt Guild gave it to me.  Four yards of dark blue with gold dragon designs all over it.  I wanted to make a kimono out of it, but, four yards is not enough.  So, I improvised, of course and I'm really happy with it.  Not finished yet.  Will be adding trim.....