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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Thanks for sharing Diane! Your quilts are always so fun to see!
More soon,
Amy