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Diane Kirkhart


Diane began her sewing at an early age as many of us did learning from her mother. Her first project was a fully lined wool coat for one of her dolls. Mom said if you're going to learn, you may as well learn it all. She has since then had a love of all things fabric. She has dabbled in many crafts, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, bobbin lace and ceramics. She even did some painting for a while teaching friends and friends of friends. One afternoon in one such class there were several quilters. They asked if she would be interested in attending a quilt meeting that evening. Of course she went and as they say, the rest is history. Fabric was back in her life and she was able to do her art with fabric.

Diane works part time at Jinny Beyer Studio in Great Falls, Virginia. She is an award-winning quilter winning for applique and hand quilting. She has even hand-quilted a king size quilt for Elly Sienkiewicz which hung in a special exhibit in the Houston Quilt Show in 2011. She also has had one of her quilts (Beauty, Happiness, Family Love) shown at The Houston Quilt Show in 2012. She has sewn many sample quilts for Jinny Beyer Studio as well as samples for RJR Fabrics. She is married to her best friend Ken and have two married sons, two terrific daughters-in-law and five of the greatest grandsons ever. In August of 2017 she did a taping for the Quilt Show which aired February 25, 2018. The episode was about the three ways she chose to do Millefiori quilts from the book Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.

3005C Fiesta
4005C Resilience
5005C Border of Roses
6005C Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses

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