Posts Tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Celtic spirals, circles and swirls a machine quilting workshop by Diane Loomis

 I am working on the class sample for my new machine quilting workshop “Celtic Spirals, Circles, and Swirls”.   This is one of the four mini-workshops I will be teaching at A Quilters’ Sampler™, in  Nashua, NH on May 10 and 11.

I’m am offering four different machine quilting workshops at A Quilters Sampler™.  Each of these mini-workshops is an introduction to a different set of free motion quilting techniques — for your home sewing machine, of course!

Trapunto by Machine

Class sample for Trapunto Machine quilting class by Diane Loomis

Celtic Spirals, Circles, and Swirls

(NEW Workshop!!)Celtic spirals, circles, and swirls machine quilting workshop

Elegant Quilted Backgrounds: Classic Designs for Your Quilt

Elegant quilted background patterns for your quilt

Fabulous Free Motion Fills

Fabulous Free Motion Fills class sample

You can register for more than one workshop – I’ll be teaching different techniques in each class, and you’ll have a more time to machine quilt!  I am not scheduling any more workshops this spring, so if you have asked about taking a class from me, I encourage you to sign up for one of my machine quilting workshops at A Quilters’ Sampler™.

The Eastcoast Quilters’ Alliance 3, LLC, the same folks who bring us The Quilters’ Gathering™ to New England every November, are sponsoring this quilting event.   A Quilters’ Sampler™ offers three-hour mini-classes, luncheon lectures, May Market for shopping, and a ticket to one of the local quilt guild shows or Museum exhibits.  Check it out – there is still time to register for classes!

A Quilters Sampler 2012 quilt classes and events

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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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One of my favorite quilt shows is A Quilters Gathering, held in early November every year in Nashua, NH.  I entered one quilt in the show, and my friend Karen entered a small quilt that Karen and I collaborated on – she made the top and I quilted it.  The show was this past week and weekend, November 4-7, and we were thrilled and honored to receive an award for Machine Quilting Excellence for our little quilt May Tulips!

Here is a photo of my two quilts hanging together at the show.  My quilt ‘Blues Sampler’ is the larger one  on top, and May Tulips is obvious —

Dianes quilts hanging at The Quilters Gathering, 2009

To see more details of May Tulips, check out the gallery photos on my website dianeloomisquilts.com

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