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Podcast with Jan and Anita Solomon

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Jan & Anita - "loot" purchased at the quilt showWhile in Houston for quilt Market & Festival recently, Anita Grossman Solomon (of Make it Simpler) and I met with Jackie Kunkel for a podcast interview. Please join us!

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Visit¬†Jackie’s Quilting Chronicles¬†for more great interviews!

Location: International Quilt Festival, Houston


Jan & Anita at Schoolhouse with Starburst quilt

Jan with Anita Solomon, Schoolhouse - Starburst quilt

Cherri House displaying I Do, Too quilt
Cherri House &¬†Hollyhock Garden “I Do, Too” quilt

Anita Grossman Solomon with her Old Italian Quilt

Another new quilt

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I am teaching the Framed Diamonds / Dancing African Ladies quilt in Grand Junction, Colorado, Oct. 15, 2011. The location is Quilters’ Corner in Grand Junction. Due to my travel schedule, I¬†am unable to loan out the original Dancing African Ladies quilt. Therefore, I selected two related fabrics from my stash (these are older fabrics, no longer available):

a floral print and a stripe

(Cutting directions available in the Quick Diamond Quilts book).¬† I cut the¬†tropical floral print at a 22.5-degree¬†angle¬†(to control¬†the grainline) and sub-cut into 45-degree angles. The grain runs through the center of the¬†diamonds, and the quilt will be stable once it is pieced.¬† I also cut the striped fabric on an angle, and sub-cut into quarter diamonds. These are the ruler sets I used, in addition to the long 6″ x 24″ ruler.

click the image above to order the Fussy Cutter diamond rulers, or the Quarter and Half ruler set

I sewed combinations of framed diamonds, and¬†arranged them¬†on my design wall. I alternated a pieced diamond with a floral diamond, all arranged in rows. The edges looked a little too “blendy” between the striped diamonds and the print, so I added a narrow dark brownish batik fabric trim at the edges of the striped diamonds.

I pieced the rows of diamonds diagonally, creating larger sections, and finally assembled the entire top. I sewed 3 fabrics together, creating borders. The borders were added, and the corners mitered finish the design.

Early Sept 2011 – Summer recap

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I have been off the blog for a while now. My travel schedule has been steady, and our summer was filled with family reunion, bathroom remodel at home, shipping, teaching, travel between engagements, and so on!

two fabrics for the Dancing African Ladies quilt

¬†I have gotten a couple of sewing projects completed. The first is a quilt design that originated with two fabrics (above). I created¬†the Dancing African Ladies¬†quilt ‚Äď and it is a featured pattern in my book, Quick Diamond Quilts and Beyond.

My son and his wife really like this quilt, and I wanted to make them a quilt using the same fabrics and diamond technique, but add a pre-printed panel from the Julia Cairns African collection (the fabrics are no longer for sale).

(click image to go to Julia Cairns’ website)

The¬†diamonds were oriented in a radiating star placement, slightly off-center, with the sunshine (in the panel) as the central radiating point. The pieced elements were completed, and the panel was appliqu√©d into the pieced diamonds. Here is the finished quilt ‚Äď machine quilted by Sylvia Fox.


Dancing African Ladies Starburst with printed panel by Jan P. Krentz, 2011

Stone Mosaic workshop, Bristol England

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Christine Porter hosted a workshop from my new book, Quick Diamond Quilts. I flew from California to London, rode in a bus from London to Bristol. Following a few brief hours of sleep, we gathered with terrific quilters who sewed Stone Mosaic quilts.

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Autograph Party!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010


Date:    Sunday, March 28, 2010 

Where:  Quilter’s Paradise, 1451 Montiel Road, Suite 140, Escondido, CA 92026 

Time:    1-4 pm 

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Come visit with quilt designers whose work is featured in my new book Quick Diamond Quilts & Beyond! 

Quilt artists featured:

  • Betty Alofs¬†
  • Anna Mae Bach¬†
  • Kathy Butler¬†
  • BJ Coopes¬†
  • Frances Cunningham¬†
  • Jan Darnell¬†¬†
  • Carol Gilbert¬†¬†
  • Jacqueline Lacey
  • Lee Olson
  • Nancy Rowland¬†
  • Jane Sassaman¬†
  • Cindy Stearns¬†
  • Suzanne Taylor¬†
  • Patricia Votruba
  • Amy Wazny
  • Pat Wolfe
  • Julia Zgliniec¬†

Machine Quilters:

  • Faye Collingsworth
  • Sue Mezera¬†
  • Jill Miller¬†¬†
  • D‚ÄôAndrea Mitchell¬†
  • Carolyn Reynolds
  • Lois Russell¬†
  • Janet Sturdevant Stuart
  • Marita Wallace¬†

I look forward to seeing  you on Sunday for our Autograph Party!

Farewell, Jacqueline

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Jacqueline Lacey in her studio

We lost a dear friend this week. I met Jacqueline at Paradise Sewing Pfaff store in Poway, CA. She was the funniest person I had met in a long time! Jacqueline was creative in a free and exuberant way, sharing herself and her art with those who showed an interest. Jacqueline created and submitted projects for two of my books, Quick Star Quilts and Quick Diamond Quilts.

Jacqueline, Nancy O, Jan and Anna Mae

From Naomi: “Jacqueline had been in ill health the past couple of months. On¬†Thursday she was admitted to the ICU with pneumonia. Unfortunately,¬†her weakened body couldn’t fight the infection, and she passed away¬†on Friday, March 5, surrounded by her calligraphic and artistic¬†¬†family.

You are invited to share memories and celebrate Jacqueline’s life¬†with her sons, Steven and Gregory Lacey, and their families this¬†coming Saturday, March 13th, from 3-8 p.m. at 858 Summersong Court,¬† Encinitas CA 92024. Condolences may also be sent there. If you wish, please send or bring a tribute to Jacqueline for her¬†sons to have as a remembrance. It should be on 8 ¬Ĺ x 11 paper. You¬†can write or draw or glue (fabric?).”




NEW BOOK! Quick Diamond Quilts

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Watch for my newest book on newsstands this month! A few years ago I began brainstorming with quilting friends on all the quilts we could make with the Fast2Cut 45-degree diamond rulers. We had so much creative energy and inspiration to share!

Once the flurry fabric scraps settled, 32 new patterns were created ‚Äď far too many for one book. Thankfully the publisher agreed with me ‚Äď the designs could be sorted into two styles. Last year, my 4th title,¬† Quick Star Quilts was released, featuring 20 great patterns with diamonds pieced in star or kaleidoscope style patterns.


This month my newest book, Quick Diamond Quilts¬†is released ‚Ästinside¬†you’ll find 12 fresh new designs to¬†get your creative juices flowing!