Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blog Hop Winners & Exhibition Opening Invite

Congratulations to Janie, who won the copy of Quilting Arts Gifts, and Stitchedbyme who will be entered into the grand prize drawing for Candy Glendenings bloghop for her new ebook!

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On another note, I'm delighted to part of a group exhibit that's opening this Sunday. We'd love to have you stop by and say hi!

The Arts Council of Metropolitan Memorial UMC
          Presents an Afternoon of Art and Music
 Sunday, September 28, 2014 Concert

Chicago Piano Duo

3:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Pianists William Phemister and Brian Lee
Works by Schubert and Brahms
Exhibition Opening and Reception
4:30 pm in the Great Hall
Stitched Together: Art Quilts by SIG-SAC
Presenting artists include: Susan Callahan, Connie Condrell, Diane Doran, Ann Graham, Cathy Kleeman, Linda Strowbridge, and Susan Walen
Exhibition Dates:  September 28 – October 26
Exhibit hours: M-F 9 am-5 pm; Sundays 9 am-12:30 pm

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church
3401 Nebraska Avenue NW / Washington, DC 20016
No admission charge, plentiful parking





Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sew Much Fun

I'm so excited for my lovely friend Candy Glendening and pleased to be part of a blog hop to celebrate her latest achievement. She's a prolific designer and I'm sure you've seen her many clever projects in various Quilting Arts publications. Now 18 of them are available in an e-book: Create Handmade Gifts for All: 18 projects for everyone on your list.

Candy is a natural teacher, and I've always appreciated her clear and complete instructions. 
She has a knack for color and design that gives her projects a contemporary flair. I love that her mini bird quilts, pictured below, could be used in so many ways - as gift tags, Christmas ornaments, or wall decorations.
Ever since I saw these jester stockings they've been calling my name. I think this is the year to make them.

So if you're looking for quick and stylish projects for the holidays and beyond this e-book is just the ticket. 

To celebrate the release of her e-book Candy is having a lovely giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post. The drawing will close Wednesday, September 24 and I'll announce 2 winners Thursday morning. The first person will receive a hard copy of last year’s “Quilting Arts Gifts” magazine. The second person’s name goes into a drawing for the Grand Prize, the messenger bag Candy made that is featured on the cover of the e-book. Candy will announce the Grand Prize winner the following Monday on her blog. Make sure your comment is connected to an email so I can contact you. And check back on September 25 to see if you’ve won. Be sure to visit all the blogs below for more chances to win.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Dinner at Eight Artists Exhibit 2014

I'm so excited! Yesterday the accepted artists were announced for this year's Dinner at Eight exhibit, and I'm in. Many thanks to Leslie Tucker Jenison and Jamie Fingal for all their work in creating and curating this exhibit. It looks like another great lineup of artists and I'm thrilled to be in their company.

The theme this year is reflections. I spent lots of time considering this, first thinking about literal interpretations as I have *many* photos of reflections in water and windows. Eventually, though, I felt better about doing something a little different. I wanted this quilt to reflect my techniques and styles, not be something in a totally new direction. Here is my piece, Intertwined.
Intertwined, ©2014 Diane Rusin Doran
Seahorses often have patterning (and sometimes coloring) that reflects the environment in which they live. By using transparency, I've made these seahorses do just that. Additionally, their appearance also reflects that of their kin.


Be sure to take a closer look at these detail shots. I threadpainted all of the green elements to add some depth and interest. Note to self: that amount of threadpainting takes way more time than you think it will.


If you've seen my Quilting Arts workshop on digital surface design you'll probably recognize how I created the digital collage. I started with a faux drip dyed background and worked forward from there. It was very fun to create.

I have another new piece of work to share very soon, so stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by!


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DVD Winner!

And the winner of Candy's wonderful new DVD, plus a lovely fern sketch, is Andi! Congratulations Andi!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Free-Motion Machine Sketching Review and Giveaway

I'm delighted to be a part of the blog tour for my friend Candy Glendening's newest DVD, Free-Motion Machine Sketching



Candy is an enthusiastic instructor who obviously loves to teach!



In this DVD she shares her personal design inspirations. I particularly like her descriptions of how to look at something and break it down to create an artful stitched sketch so that you can develop sketches based on your inspirations too.



She also gives step-by-step instructions on how to create a variety of motifs and construct a cloth book of sketches for reference. This is a great way to test out various fabric and thread combinations! I love that these sketches can be used for art quilts as well as fun tote bags and other projects.




Her relaxed and encouraging approach will have you creating your own thread sketches in no time.

How would you like to have a chance to win a copy of the DVD and a botanical sketch from Candy? Each of the bloggers on the tour picked a botanical for Candy to sketch. The winner on my blog will receive a thread sketched fern. 

Comments are now closed, thanks for joining in the fun!
To enter just leave a comment on this post by March 26 and tell me if you've tried free-motion sketching before. Here's the whole tour schedule - be sure to visit all the blogs for more chances to win.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Bit of Sunshine

on a cloudy day. My MAQF entry returned complete with ribbon and judges' comments.
"Sunrise Serenade"

You never know what you'll get with judges' comments. These are perhaps my all time favorites - "Charming", "Permeated with light" and "Love it!"  Well that certainly brightens up the day! I couldn't attend the show myself, but was so grateful that friends Kristin LaFlamme, Michelle May, and Lisa Ellis all took photos to share with me. I've been tiptoeing through the last few weeks due to a case of the shingles so this was a nice pick-me-up.

Stay tuned - I have something fun in store later this week.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!


After some extensive shoveling
I snipped this last night at about 10:00 from the Weather Channel website


I think my Valentines deserve a little treat.



Wishing all of you a very sweet Valentine's Day!