Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Guest Designer: Kim Diehl On Inspiration

Do you every wonder what inspires a designer? Kim Diehl is known for her beautiful designs and her color choices are divine. We recently asked her about her inspiration when designing.

HG: Can you give us some idea about how you start with designing a fabric collection?

KD: I like designing collections that can easily be mingled together for more versatility. This is a block  that I've been working on for a new teaching project, and it uses only fabrics from my different lines.

HG: Where do you find inspiration?

KD: I do lots of daydreaming for quilt and fabric designs on this front porch! Here's a view of my favorite country-style flower bed that borders my front porch.

HG: We know that you are working on many new things. Are you able to tell us about any of them?

KD: I do have a new book coming out in mid-October called Homestyle Quilts that I co-authored with my technical editor, Laurie Baker.

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It's a book of simple quilts and quick recipes. See more images here.

As for fabric, I've got one new line called Garden Grove that was pre-introduced at Spring Market and two more in the works.

HG: We wanted to share a photo of your special friend, Murphy! So adorable!

KD: This is Murphy, who is my little shadow when I'm at home. With his help, it only takes me twice as long to get everything done!

HG: How do you share your love of quilting?

KD: I have a "Good Clean Fun" page that includes quilting tips, recipes, and free patterns. Because of health issues I was having last year, I thought that I was "retired" from travel and teaching, but I'm now such a bundle of good health that I'm taking my act on the road again and have re-built a teaching schedule, just on a bit more limited basis.

HG: Thanks, Kim!!

Remember that we still have the giveaways open for the Summer Party! Start here, read each post and answer the question at the bottom of the post to enter. Comments closed at midnight on August 10, 2012.


Jan said...

I can see where Murphy would be a great "help"!

Mommarock said...

Gosh those look like wonderful new products coming. I love the colors in the quilts that she showed!

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Lee said...

The new items look wonderful!

shauna said...

I would love to see a book by Kim including quilting and gardening inspiration.

Cecilia said...

Kim's book looks wonderful.

Connie said...

Another book! Kim I don't know how you do it, but we love your designs and your fabrics.

Twyla's Thimble said...

Kim designs the most awesome quilts ever!!!!

Betsy said...

I too love kims designs. I do not see a question.

Lettie said...

When I purchase Kim's new book I have such a hard time trying to decide which project to make first, I love all of them!

Bev said...

I love all of Kim's books. I have made a few of them.

WoolenSails said...

I love Kim's designs, can't wait for her new book to come out.


Jaftex said...

@Fiesta, there's no question because this is not part of the Summer Party! Hope that helps! Thanks.


jackiero said...

I am a quilting book enthusiast who happily owns four of Kims books, I revisit each book monthly and have quilted up many of her designs. To read about her next book & how she is inspired has been lovely, thank you.

Brenda said...

Love Kim's designs. Murphy looks like a great helper-distraction.