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Show 2205: Diane Kirkhart - Magnificent Millefiori Quilts

Featuring: Diane Kirkhart

Posts On: February 25, 2018


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!

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Links to Artists:

Diane Kirkhart

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

Apliquick Tools


#15 mayanna31 2019-11-05 04:37
for anyone that just watched this again there is an even faster method available if you have a sizzix or accuquilt die cutter. blue wren die has this die that cuts both the fabric and the papers
#14 kiwiana 2019-05-06 23:23
Sue Daley designs her EPP quilts and taught " the knot" which she calls a "knicker knot" ( don't get your knickers, i.e. undies in a twist). I learned this knot about 4 yrs ago doing one of her magnificent EPP quilts. Still the Millefiores are amazing!!!!
#13 Terry 2018-03-05 21:49
thank you
#12 ChrisQP 2018-02-28 10:25
What a wonderful show with Diane! She is truly an expert--creativ e and meticulous in her work. It was inspiring to see how she makes her lovely quilts. Her productivity is amazing. Thank you for putting the spotlight on Diane and her wonderful talent!
#11 Sue4993 2018-02-28 07:59
Quoting red54:
Design credit for Diane's "first quilt" should go to Mimi Dietrich (my applique hero!),who wrote Baltimore Bouquets.
i am so glad to see Mimi mentioned in a comment. She was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame and is a renowned teacher in Maryland.
#10 LadyRags 2018-02-27 16:35

never mind found it myself ... persistence
#9 LadyRags 2018-02-27 16:31
PLEASE post the link for DIANE KIRKHART's web page here .... I got to it once but when I google it I get a bunch of other web / blog post about her but her web address does not come up.


#8 WillowHillQuilts 2018-02-27 11:28
Excellent instruction and information from Diane! I'm putting my La Pasacalia quilt together using the zig zag method. I came up with this idea, not wanting to do the whole quilt by hand. My little differentiation is that I put a 3/8" strip of fabric on the wrong side of the fabrics which bridges the two pieces being sewn together to take any stress off the join of the two pieces. It also eliminates any little areas of see through where the fabric edges are not perfect.
#7 red54 2018-02-26 16:16
Design credit for Diane's "first quilt" should go to Mimi Dietrich (my applique hero!),who wrote Baltimore Bouquets.
#6 stofgenoeg 2018-02-26 14:07
Finally! Inklingo featured on the Quiltshow!
Too bad you make it sound as if this whole show is about EPP. Inklingo is not an EPP variation.
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