Archive for March, 2011

You have TWO MORE DAYS  to get to New York to see this incredible exhibit!!

Infinite Variety - 650 Red and White Quilts

If you are able to get to the Park Avenue Armory in New York City on Tuesday March 29, or  Wednesday March 30, do whatever you can to get there.   Experiencing and seeing the remarkable exhibition ‘Infinite Variety’ – 650 antique red and white quilts hanging together – has left me speechless.   This is one of the ‘Year of the Quilt’ exhibits put together by the American Folk Art Museum, and is free, but will only hang in New York for 6 days.  For more about this and other quilt exhibits, visit the American Folk Art museum website.

As I walked in to the show, I looked at the quilts hanging, and then looked through my camera, and declared “there’s no way to photograph this exhibit”.

Nevertheless, I tried.  Remembering that I’ve never returned home from a quilt show feeling that I took too many photographs, I took lots of pictures.

Go to my website to see the slide show of  photos I took.  I’ll be adding and rearranging the photos for the next few days so visit more than once!

(On my website go to Favorites / Photos to find the page with the photos – http://dianeloomisquilts.com/dianeloomisblog.htm)

And leave me a comment to let me know what you think!!


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The Farmington Valley Quilter’s Guild invited me to visit their guild, so I drove down to the lovely town of Simsbury, Connecticut last week.  I found quilting designs everywhere!  This is part of the front door of the Simsbury 1820 House where I stayed.

The guild meets in Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury, which has architectural design inspiration everywhere – in the floors, walls, halls, and ceiling.  Next time I am in the area I am going to revisit Eno Hall and take some photos.

The Guild members were warm and welcoming, and during their meeting I enjoyed the ‘show and tell’ quilts shared by their diverse and talented members.  I gave a trunk show with lots of my quilts and quilt tops, and talked about my love of machine quilting on my home sewing machine.

Phyllis's workshop sampler

I taught my ‘Fabulous Free Motion Fills‘ machine quilting workshop the next day to a great group of quilters from the Guild.   We had a full and very fun day, talking about all types of background fill designs and answering lots of questions about machine quilting on a home sewing machine.

I discovered that many students from the workshop kept on quilting after class was over… and finished their samplers.   Wow!  Their work is beautiful, isn’t it!

Judy's workshop sampler

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The first weekend in March I spent a wonderful weekend away quilting in Henniker, New Hampshire.   A few of my friends (well, there are 5 of us) discovered the Henniker House Bed & Breakfast last year.

Henniker House B&B

The B&B has five guest rooms as well as a beautiful open great room overlooking the Contookook River.  Innkeeper Kate  generously let us spread out our sewing machines, fabric, and the rest of our quilting stuff – and leave it there! – all weekend.  Add home-cooked breakfasts every morning and a great quilt store – Quilted Threads – conveniently located right next door, and it made the perfect setting for serious quilting and ‘away’ time.   Last year we stayed for the  weekend, and this year we decided a longer 3 day weekend was in order.

What a treat!  Despite the snow, the weather cooperated so we took a break from quilting to walk  along the river and check out the nearby trails.

We brought twice as many projects as we could work on.  We cut, measured, pieced different types of blocks including two sets with curved seams, hand applique’d, and knitted.  We used the floors in the larger rooms as design walls.


I put together kits for upcoming workshops and did some machine quilting.   I came so-close to finishing the top of one of my multi-year quilt projects – I think I will call it my ‘ten year quilt’ when I finally finish it.  I completed the  first block in 2003 (wow! it seems like yesterday…)



And – what quilting retreat would be complete without a pair of feline sewing supervisors?












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OK, you haven’t heard from me in a long time.  And, despite the title of this post, I do know that it is now 2011.  I drafted this blog entry last November but life caught me up before I had a chance to post it.  I wanted to share it anyway…. so here it is:

I have always loved and been inspired by Amish quilts, and had a bit of an obsession with them last year.  The theme of A Quilters Gathering 2010 was “Plain and Fancy: from Amish Design to Modern Times”.  The show in Nashua, NH was from November 4th through 7th last year.   In addition to the quilt competition, there was a large exhibit of Amish quilts on display.

Square in Square I

Square in Square I, 14" x 14"


I entered three quilts in the show, all inspired by traditional Amish designs, and all quilted on my home sewing machine, of course.  The judges honored my quilts with a ribbon for each entry.  Visit my (recently updated) website for more on each of these quilts.

Did my Amish obsession pass with 2010?  I don’t think so …




I am proud of Five Bar Blues which won Machine Quilting Excellence – 2nd Place.

Five Bar Blues

Five Bar Blues, 50" x 65"

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