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My husband and I will be celebrating 43 yrs of marriage this year. We have spent all of them farming in central Iowa. We have 4 grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I owned a small quilt shop for several years, but closed it to be home with my family. I adore antique quilts and am the proud owner of several my grandmother made including one of my great-grandmothers civil war era quilts. I always chose the scrap quilts because of the variety of fabrics used-friends say I have the most complete collection of feed sack fabrics they've ever seen-all in small squares and pieced into quilts! I prefer to make scrap quilts over planned ones-sometimes they look good sometimes not. I hand quilt and did it for customers in the shop-I had to quit due to carpel tunnel but am healed now so can do it for myself again. I've tried machine quilting and just can't get the hang of it so i leave it to the experts.
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Rocky a mini doxie mix

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Posted on October 9, 2010 at 6:09am 8 Comments

Just wondering if anyone could give me a heads up where to find some quilt shops in Wisc. My daughter is moving from Livingston to Mazomanie this month and I will be going to spend a week with her family helping strip wallpaper and paint so I'd like to search out some new shops-I've only been to the ones in Platteville and Spring Green so would like to be able to check out some others. Thanks

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At 5:14am on October 12, 2020, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Diane, thanks for the pictures.  A very discouraging and disappointing harvest for sure.  We have no crops, only grass, and its been a challenging year here also, but not devastating, like what you are going through.  We had rain for the first time in what seems like months. I can't recall the last rain, although I know my husband could pinpoint the day.  Praying for a better year next year for all whose livelihoods depend on the land and livestock.  

At 10:31am on June 11, 2015, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Diane - good to hear from you on the Vintage Quilts group.  Hope things are going well for you and your family.  I always liked hearing what you were working on at any given time.  

Since hand quilting my daughter's DWR quilt in 2012, I've been in major quilting slump.  I seem to be getting back into the swing of things lately.  

We are enjoying being grandparents to DD's little 18 month old boy.  They just live about 3 hours away from us in Yuma, CO, so we can go out and back in a day if we want to.  DS and his wife work with us here on the ranch, which is great, too, but they have no children yet.  

The quilt study center in Lincoln is pretty impressive.  Hope you get a chance to stop in sometime.

At 5:28am on June 6, 2015, lea said…

It's too bad you had to let go the quilt business  your quilts stunning.

At 10:03am on June 5, 2014, barbara donaldson said…

Diane  Thank you for your quick reply.  I am looking at all your quilt pictures again.  Love your colors.   Did you order Bonnie Hunters new book.   Thanks again  .   Would you like to be my friend.

At 8:58am on June 4, 2014, barbara donaldson said…

Diane.  I just enjoyed going through pictures of your quilts.  They are so pretty.   I am into scraps and enjoy Bonnie Hunter.  I was wondering what is the name of quilt #60. You said that you made several big quilts of scraps.  Do you remember where you got the pattern.  I would appreciate any help you could give me.  Thanks Barbara Donaldson

At 7:06am on March 14, 2014, Karla Ridpath said…

Thanks, Diane!  I've met some very nice ladies already and I just joined yesterday!

At 7:21pm on January 30, 2013, Helen McCarl said…

Diane,  I remembered your interest in feed sacks, and thought of you when I saw this information poste.   Lucas is a little town about 15 miles due East of Osceolo on Highway er. 

Sat. Feb. 23…”Iowa History in a Cloth Bag” by Michael Zahs from Riverside, Iowa. Come hear the story of how Iowa women used feed sacks to clothe their families, make quilts and other household items. 10:00 at the Lucas Fire Station FREE everyone is welcome even non-quilters! Presented by the Lucas Sew & Sews and the Chariton Valley Piecemakers and Humanities Iowa.

At 3:55pm on September 15, 2012, handstitcher/IL said…

Diane, of course I'll be your friend -- I didn't realize we weren't already friends -- we seem to have a lot in common!

At 6:04am on July 17, 2012, Helen McCarl said…

Diane, have I understood some of your comments correctly?  Do you sometimes restore old quilts?   Would you perhaps be able to help me?    I have a quilt top that my grandmother pieced and appliqued for me and gave to me when I was in my twenties, so I have had it for 40 years.  My grandmother lived in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and was a typical thrifty New Englander.   She saved scraps, and she had access to the bolt ends and seconds from the Massachusets fabric mills, so the fabrics used are some she collected during the 30's and 40's.   My newest lab puppy got mad at me for leaving him home while I ran errands, and chose to mall the quilt.    I know that it will never be the same,but I am hoping that it can be mended.   I would appreciate any assistance,guidance,help that you might be able to give me.

At 10:02am on May 19, 2012, Laurie said…

I looked through your photo gallery and you have some amazing quilts.  I quilt all my quilts by hand too.  I make a mess trying to machine quilt. I have pieced several by machine, but I enjoy hand piecing and hand applique, too.


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