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. She has since then had a love of all things fabric. She has dabbled in many crafts, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, bobbin lace, ceramics and even did some decorative 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 and teaches at Jinny Beyer Studio in Great Falls. 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 Quit Show in 2012. She has sewn many of the shop samples for Jinny Beyer Studio as well as samples for RJR Fabrics. Diane is married to THE BEST EVER HUSBAND and they 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.
All images ©Diane Kirkhart, used with kind permission of the artist.