Diana McClun's career as a quiltmaker blossomed in mid-life, inspired by her mother and grandmother's fascination with fabric and quilts. As a toddler playing in her mother's kitchen Diana recalls playing with fabric scraps kept visibly in the flour bin to amuse her while her mother worked.
With a college Wool Growers and 4-H scholarship Diana found the University of Idaho the place to study clothing and textiles. As her passion for and understanding of fiber blossomed, her attention turned to making an original wedding dress as a class project. A trousseau followed, as did the joy of learning from others as many joined in the creation of eight handmade quilts for the bride-to-be. She now has a five generation legacy of quiltmaking after she taught several grandchildren how to quilt.
In 1970 she enrolled at San Jose State University to pursue studies in fine arts. Eventually her love of fabric led her to San Francisco State University and the further study of textiles.
By 1980 Diana was ready to abandon the teaching of tailored garments and pursue a dream working in the creative art of quiltmaking. With her training in education, art and textiles she operated a business (Empty Spools) in Alamo, California, centered around fabrics and quiltmaking but with an emphasis on classroom teaching.
In 1986 Diana approached Laura Nownes about co-authoring a beginning how-to book. The book was intended to be used just in the shop, however, it was chosen by local publisher Michael Kile of The Quilt Digest Press and shortly thereafter, Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! was born. The huge, immediate success of this book encouraged Diana and Laura to continue writing.
The pair has worked together on television programs, with study groups, and in seminars touching thousands of students, giving them a start in the basics of quiltmaking. They founded Teacher Development Seminars as a result of their commitment to the continuing education of quiltmaking. For the past 17 years Diana has been co-founder and director of Empty Spools Seminars, held at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. With four seminars per year, one thousand students are taught by forty-five of the nation's best instructors during these five day seminars.
Sharpen your quiltmaking skills with help from 2 beloved instructors. 19 bright, cheery projects include strip piecing, half-square triangles, appliqué, and more. (*See important note about Print on Demand Editions on product page.)
An amazing storehouse of quilt patterns and techniques for hand or machine work in pieced or appliqué quilts. Patterns and instructions for 32 quilts plus 4 beautiful samplers. (*See important note about Print on Demand Editions on product page.)