Thursday, August 28, 2008

Wonderful HG Designer KIM DIEHL blogs for us!

It’s beginning to feel the tiniest bit like fall here in Idaho (my favorite season of the year!), and I’m happily back at home catching my breath and fuelling up on coconut mochas after teaching workshops for the Buggy Barn’s annual quilt show in Reardon, Washington. I love those girls! Both Pam and Janet have talent oozing from their fingertips, a quilt shop to die for, and they still manage to be two of the nicest and most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met.
During my visit, one of the classes I taught featured my Country Haven quilt designed using my debut line of fabrics for Henry Glass…somebody pinch me! I can’t even describe what it felt like to see block after block taking shape, with each one just a little different than the last. And for the first time EVER in one of my workshops, everyone got so caught up sewing their patchwork that we nearly forgot (gasp!) to squeeze in the appliqué.

One of the things I absolutely love about quilting is that I always seem to have little snippets and bits of leftover fabric from each of my projects. Do I throw these away? Nope! I always stash them safely in my scrap basket and rescue them for future projects. And because I’m a quiltmaker, not being able to part with 1” scraps of fabric still means that I’m considered to be delightfully normal…right?
Anyway, after finishing my Country Haven quilt I found that I had scads of perfectly good scraps on hand. Being the thrifty and frugal soul that I am, I turned these into a fun little patchwork center, added an appliquéd border, and presto! The result is a quick and easy candle mat that I call “Country Bramble”. This little 18 1/2” square quilt is a perfect way to give new life to your scraps, so I’m passing it along here for you to enjoy, too.

I wish you many happy hours of sewing, and may your seam ripper grow lonely from neglect!
Kim ~

To see more images and information about Kim Diehl and her designs you can go to her own website at Her newest line, Country Haven, is in stores now.

We also have a Free Project using this design which you can see on our website at and go to NEW FREE PROJECTS. Have Fun!


Susan said...

Thanks for the freebie and the scavenger hunt was fun!

Sipiweske Quilts said...

Thank you Kim - I know we all have lots of scraps to deal with. I'll tuck this little pattern in with the ever growing stash and make good use of it. - Marlene

mascanlon said...

Wow, thanks for the free projects. Lots of inspiration too with the wonderful new fabrics.

eamylove said...

That's a great free project, and I especially love the mini version! Thanks!

Sinta said...

I think it's great that you are one of the bloggers for HG. I really enjoy your patterns and can't wait to get my hands on some of your new fabric line!

Anonymous said...

Where can I purchase Kim Diehl fabric?