Diane Kirkhart learned how to sew from her mother at the age of five. It is her immense dedication to handwork that has led to her to creating spectacular Millefiori quilts. Many of her quilts include no less than several thousand hand-pieced English Paper Pieced units.
Diane shares a number of tips for creating her quilts. Learn an invisible stitch machine method, a bulk reducing figure eight knot, and a fussy cutting tip for creating photo images in the center of a rosette design. This show is chock full of mesmerizing eye candy. You won't want to miss this!
Links to Artists:
From Chapter One:
Alex and Ricky meet Diane Kirkhart who currently works for Jinny Beyer. Previously Diane was a decorative painter, but was invited to a quilting class and fell in love with the craft. They talk about her Millefiori Quilt series and her introduction to the style of quilts based on the Italian Millefiori glassworks. Diane loves handwork and the portability of both appliqué and English Paper Piecing. They look at her quilts.
From Chapter Two:
Diane walks Ricky through the tools and steps she uses for creating her quilts. She shares her technique for making a figure eight knot when beginning English Paper Piecing.
From Chapter Three:
Using Appli Stick
stabilizer paper and a bit of glue, Diane preps diamond shaped units before stitching them together with very tiny zigzag stitches using invisible thread and a very fine needle to create virtually hidden stitches.
From Chapter Four:
Using Inklingo downloadable printed shapes allows Diane to fussy cut designs from any fabric desired. She can also use this method to insert printed photos within the center of the rosette design as seen in her quilt Generations.
Products and Artists Mentioned:
Marti Michell Magic Mirror
Clover Wonder Clips 50-pack
Thimble-it Self Stick Ovals
La Passacaglia Paper Packs Small
La Passacaglia Acrylic Piece Packs Small