Kristin has been quilting for more than 25 blissful years and teaching for nearly 20. It seems she grew up with the quilt world, teaching hersrlf at first, and then absorbing the latest techniques quiltmaking had to offer. She teaches and lectures throughout the Southest in quilt shops, for quilt guilds, and at regional quilt symposiums where she encourages students to create from their hearts.
In 2001 she was honored to be a Resident Guest Artist at Elly Sienkiewicz's Applique Academy and was invited to return as a teacher in 2002, definitely a dream come true!
Kristin has her own pattern line, Straight From My Heart Designs, where she shares her unique design style, not quite folky but definitely not fussy, along with helpful tips for achieving beautiful applique.
The amazing connection quilting provides is something Kristin is so proud to share. Discovering and encouraging the creativity that lies at the heart of each of us is her greatest longing.
Diane started quilting in the mid-1960s after seeing a quilt in a Time magazine article on folk art. She thought, "I want to make that," and did, although "poorly, with much help from store clerks, a neighbor, and my husband's aunt." That was the beginning for her, and she hasn't stopped since that first attempt. Applique continues to be her favorite with made-up patterns ("I can't read directions"), but she loves all the aspects of this art. She has no rules for others or herself, except to do your best.
Over the years, Diane has been amazed and blessed by work published in numerous quilting magazines, awards won, ribbons pinned on quilts, lectures given, and classes taught. She had a one-woman show in the late 1980s called People, Places, and Quilts, which resulted in a book of the same name published by EPM Publications.
Quite by accident she owns ("with the Lord and the bank") two quilt shops in South Carolina. Both are called People, Places, and Quilts, and are well run by a group of sixteen ladies who love quilting, customers, each other, and most of the time, Diane. One is in Summerville (which was honored to be selected as one of the top ten quilt shops in North America for the year 2000), and more recently, one in Charleston.
Diane lives happily in Summerville, South Carolina, and loves all that is "good, right, and holy: people, animals, community, church, workplace and workmates, gardening, sewing, reading, drawing, writing, the outdoors, four grown children, one daughter-in-law, and a mom who right now is saying, 'Oh Di, did you have to go and say all that?' Well, yes!"
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