It is the second edition of our virtual meet and greet with a quilt industry employee. Today, we have Diane Harris from Quiltmaker.
Job Title: Interactive Editor. Diane gets to interact with the readers of Quiltmaker virtually and in person. She spends a lot of time on the Quilty Pleasures blog. She and other staff write about all kinds of quilt-related topics. Her favorite things to write about are posts that help quilters like, "A Quick Quilt Label Method" and "Understanding Stitch Length."
A little known fact: Diane was a champion 4-H showmen of hogs and cattle. She was also Pork Queen when she was 18. Way to go, Diane!
Diane's start in the quilt industry: "After staying home with children for 20 years (taking quilt classes and making quilts the whole time), I was in the right place at the right time to be hired by Quiltmaker as an editor. I wrote pattern instructions and product reviews for five years before taking my experience online for Quiltmaker. I'm mostly a writer, but I dabble in designing quilts too, and occasionally I have a pattern published by Quiltmaker. Pumpkins & Patches is my latest."
Favorite quilt block and quilt: Diane has a simple little block called Baby Windmills (It's a free pattern!). She likes to make them by the hundreds! Scarlet Spin, a quilt Diane designed uses this block. She wants to make them into a guild program. Diane added, "I love speaking to guilds!"
Why she loves working in the quilt industry: "I'm fascinated by the way fabrics play together in unexpected ways. And the variety of prints available to us today is astounding! When I started quilting in 1981, you had to put muslin and some pindots into everything because there just weren't many choices. And I love the people who quilt. They're from all walks of life, they come in all shapes, sizes and persuasions, and they're very passionate. They're friendly and helpful. They understand fabric obsession, collecting weird stuff, and avoiding housework."