Featuring Diane — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!


Posted on September 9th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 12 comments

I must say thank you for all your input on the iron situation this week!  I look forward to researching each of your suggestions, and finding the right fit for me.

Today’s featured quilter is Diane!  Diane is an art quilter, who blogs at DEsigned By Diane Evans – her quilts are fresh and fun.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Diane better –

 1. When did you begin quilting?

My mother always told me, “Don’t play with your food,” so I learned to play with fabric instead. I started making art quilts in 1998 and realized that I had finally found my passion. I had been knitting, crocheting, embroidering, and sewing my own clothes since I was a teenager, and the idea of creating art with fabric seemed to resonate with me right from the start. I love the unlimited color palettes, the textures, and the patterns that fabrics have to offer to the fiber artist, and, on those days when I don’t feel like creating, I’ll step into the studio and simply fondle the fabric.

 

 2. Why do you quilt?

My passion lies in making art quilts that reflect my love affair with color; I share Danny Kaye’s philosophy that “the world is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.” Mathematics and music are strong influences in my fiber art. Dramatic curves, circular motifs, and radiating elements create rhythm; repetition of these features and the use of symmetry create harmony. Interconnected feathers and curls are used in the machine quilting to add flowing movement, and many of the pieces are named after favorite songs.

 3. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

For the Spring Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, I shared a special favorite; it’s entitled “Autumn In New York,” and it makes me happy to think of this art quilt because it’s in the collection of a very special family.

There’s a tree in our neighborhood that produces spherical pods each fall; it always reminds me of an illustration from a Dr. Seuss story. I have seen paintings where the artist used round daubs of paint to represent leaves, and I wanted to achieve that same effect in fabric. I began cutting out circles from scraps of fusible hand-dyed fabrics, and I discovered it was a very meditative process (I was much better at this than when I tried sitting still and chanting “ohm” . . .). The circles were fused to a beautiful piece of fabric from Caryl Fallert’s Gradations line for Benartex, and the whole piece was quilted with Madeira and Sulky 40-weight rayon thread. The entire effect is reminiscent of our view of the Helderberg Mountains as we drive to the apple orchards each October for cider doughnuts (this is making me hungry . . .).

 

4. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

In creating fiber art, my focus is on exciting fabric combinations, lyrical motifs, and precise workmanship. Several works are in private collections, and a corporate commission was recently completed for four wall quilts that are now displayed in the Eddy Village Green Assisted Living facility in Cohoes, NY. It is always my hope that these art quilts will stimulate the senses and bring joy to the spirit. Thank you for this opportunity to share my quilting journey with you — please visit my blog and continue the journey with me.

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Thanks for sharing your quilts and thoughts with us Diane!  I love the intensity of color you work with – beautiful quilts!

Have a great weekend everyone -

Amy





12 thoughts on “Featuring Diane — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

  1. 1
    Sarah Craig says:

    Thanks for sharing more about Diane with us, Amy! I find her art quilting to be very accessible – something I’ve not seen with all art quilters. It inspires me to try some of my own!!

  2. 2

    Oh, those are beautiful. Makes me feel like an underachiever.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Lynn

  3. 3
    Edit Takacs says:

    This beautiful flower !!!!!!!!!

  4. 4
    Lindsay says:

    These are gorgeous!

  5. 5

    Wow, really very lovely. Nice to get to know Diane, thanks for sharing.

  6. 6
    Beth says:

    WOW!!! Those are stunning! Thank you for sharing and for the inspiration! Smiles~Beth

  7. 7
    Nancy D. says:

    Those are gorgeous. I aspire to be able to do something like that one day. Thanks for sharing them.

  8. 8
    Suzanne says:

    Wow! That quilting really enhances the quilts by adding additional detail and movement.

  9. 9
    Lynne says:

    Beautiful works of art! Thanks again for another great interview!

  10. 10
    Diane Evans says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity, Amy — I really appreciate your invitation to share my work with your readers. You do so much to support and promote the on-line quilting community, and I’m sure that everyone is as grateful as I am for all your efforts. I’ll be a fan for life!

    Diane

  11. 11
    Victoria says:

    What a wonderful post! I have been a fan of Diane for awhile now, and find her artistry delightful and beautiful!! (Also, I get the sense that she is truly a nice and caring individual … and that just makes it all the more wonderful seeing her lovely work shared here! Thanks!)

  12. 12

    wow ! these are so beautiful !!!

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