An Ending and a Beginning

March 10, 2018

After nearly 40 years of being in business, I closed Dimity down officially yesterday. Filed my last NYS sales tax forms and will complete my last federal paperwork later this month.

It is a bittersweet time for me. I truly thought I’d stay in business till the day I died. You know what made the decision for me?  I’m sick of filing the forms when I’m on vacation in Tucson every Spring. Such a little irritation, but one I didn’t want to bother doing anymore.

It will be nice having simplified tax forms next year too. The less forms I have to fill out, the happier I am.

My business experienced a lot of change over the years, and I enjoyed each and every challenge.  From selling knitting machines, writing patterns and teaching across the USA and Canada, to hand dyeing yarn, purchasing beads from Tucson’s great shows and reselling them, to exhibiting art quilts and selling some.  When one revenue source died, another was explored.  Life was never boring.

While my business is closed, I still have lots to explore.  Not sure if I’ll be starting a new blog or not, but there will definitely be different subject matter discussed now.

Garment making will most likely be pursued, and I doubt I could give up quilt making.  So stayed tuned, folks.  There is more to come.






Last 5 Mayflower Blocks

February 25, 2018

Ta-da!!! All the Mayflower Blocks are completed before month 11 templates arrive – even with the delay in receiving them. I’m oh so proud of myself.





Looking forward to receiving the next set, and might start making some of the 31 half square triangles needed to complete Delilah.   That will happen if I finish piecing the Comfort Quilt I’m also making. Now that I’m mobile, I’m getting to join all the quilters in our resort, and in danger of running out of quilt projects while in Tucson. That’ll teach me not to pack so light for future trips.


4 Mayflower Blocks

February 20, 2018

A few days of rain in Tucson resulted in me cutting out the fabric for all 9 Mayflower blocks. I usually select the fabric for a Delilah block, sew it up, then select the fabric for the next block. It is much more efficient to cut all the fabric at once, but I never bothered to do so at home for this quilt, probably  because I have lots of options at home.  Not so many in my 34’ RV.

No complaining though.  Lots of options, makes it harder to make decisions. It’s good to switch it up every so often.

So here are the first 4 Mayflower blocks:






Last 2 Sprinkled Delight

February 4, 2018

I’m happy to say the last 2 of these block designs are completed. Each one is different and I am very ready to start the next design.


The next fabric kit has not arrived yet so it’s a good test of my patience. My husband will tell you I have none, but I’m thinking he’s wrong,  as I’m not swearing and complaining about it much.  It’s hard to get upset about mail delays  when I’m in my happy place, and Tucson is most definitely my happy place in the winter.




Another 2 Sprinkled Delight Blocks

February 3, 2018

These little blocks are slowly but surely being completed, and one of them was actually sewn according to the directions.

This TOM was driving me crazy till I finally loosened up about it. I’ve never made a quilt using a fabric kit, and it forced me to work with colors a different way.  It took me 8 months to go with the flow. Yeah, I know, I know. Took me long enough, but it’s good to know I don’t have a closed mind. The doors might be mighty rusty, and take their own sweet time to open up, but they do still open.

This first block is the one done according to the directions, and the other is a variation on the design.



3 More Sprinkled Delights

January 29, 2018

Three more Sprinkled Delight blocks are completed and there are four more to go. While I’m having fun playing around with different ways to make this block, this is not one of my favorite designs in the Delilah quilt.

Here they are:



Sprinkled Delights and Year End Review

January 12, 2018

Just like I said in the last post, I couldn’t wait to start the next set of blocks for Delilah. I didn’t even wait for the templates and fabric kit to arrive, so these two blocks are variations of The Spinkled Delights Block.

I definitely prefer the more complex look of the second block.

This is the first time I’m creating a post on my iPhone and I can not figure out how to add text after I’ve inserted the photos, so here goes with my year end wrap up.

I have successfully purged 4,001 pounds of stuff out of my house.  Neither my husband nor I can see one bit of difference.  What the heck is up with that?

Seems we’re both guilty of still purchasing way too many items.  My downfall is fabric.  I won’t comment on what he buys because it covers a wide range of items.

There will be a different approach taken in 2018 because relocating is becoming more of a reality, and we need to get serious about downsizing.

Happy New Year to all and as always,




Delilah Turbine Blocks Completed

December 22, 2017

Month 8 blocks have been completed.  Now this was an easy block to piece – technique wise – but for some reason, I kept on reversing the large triangle when I was sewing the strips together.  Guess my geometrically challenged brain did not like that piece.

Here are the four blocks:

Mine 1

Mine 2

Mine 3

Mine 4

I love the first one, the second one is very different from all the others, the third one is okay, and the last one looks great when placed in the quilt layout, but doesn’t make my heart sing.  Only the first block makes my heart sing.

I made these blocks when I received some bad news, that was later discovered to be untrue – thank goodness.  Did have a miserable 30 hours or so, and those feelings influenced blocks 2-4.

I’m not going to remake them, as this quilt is a record of what I was making in the last year, and life is not always rosy.   It’s all good though.  It’s a true reflection of the year, and these blocks will remind me to be grateful everything turned out to be well after all.

Here is a picture of the quilt blocks made so far in the quilt layout:

Layout after block 8

Lots more  greyscale sections needed to be replaced by my pieced blocks, and I can not wait till my templates and fabric kit arrives for block 9.






Delilah 4 Patch Square Blocks Completed

November 18, 2017

The last two of these blocks have been completed:

mine 3Love the outward flying birds on this block, and just got the fussy cutting done from the small piece of fabric I received in the kit.  I’d actually like to purchase more of this fabric, but already own so much, I feel I should be using what I already own.  Nothing is to stop Santa from delivering some to me though.  😉

And here is the 4th and last block for the month:

mine 4Those fussy cut leaves ended up being a bit more dramatic than I thought.  They definitely overshadow the fussy cuts pansies, and I love the fussy cut pansies.

Those leaves are even dominate in the quilt layout:

Delilah 7It’ll be another week before I receive the next set of templates, so I will take this time to attempt making a top for myself.  I really need some new clothes, and might as well try.

Much as I love making quilts, they are piling up around Casa Diane.  I donate plenty, but somehow manage to keep a few, and I already own way too many.  I use about 40 of them for my trunk show – yes 40, but still have more in residence.

What I need are clothes, so I’m going to attempt making something for my three dimensional, curvy body.  Wish me luck with fitting myself.  I’d better figure out how, as this is the one I have, and it’s time to figure out how to adorn it.  😉

And yes indeedy, I used the word adorn.  I’m a senior, I’m not a conventional dress size, but I’m going to do my very best to shine in my me-made clothes.  I want my outer appearance to match my inner happiness.








Delilah 4 Patch Square Blocks

November 10, 2017


I’ve made two out of four blocks for this month’s Delilah TOM, and made one according to the pattern:

Mine 1

And one eliminating the center 4 patch, and placing a fussy cut piece of fabric there instead:

Mine 2

Both blocks contain fussy cut fabric squares – little birds in the first block, and roses and the center in the second block.  I had fun selecting fabric for these two interpretations, and have to admit, I like the first block much better than the second.  Why?  The 8 different border prints on the first block appeal to me more than the repetition of the blues and greens in the second block.  I’m slowly but surely morphing into the Jen Kingwell frame of mind – the more fabrics used, the better.  😉

Also, I made the second block the second day of catching a cold.  Whatever could go wrong, did go wrong.  Messed up the orientation of the fussy cut roses.  Took out the seams, realized I took out the incorrect seams, sewed them back together, ripped out the seams that needed to be removed, and jammed a pin in my sewing machine’s feed dogs.  Luckily, was able to remove it – intact.  It was a minor miracle.

Started putting the border fabrics on, and of course, tried to match areas that weren’t supposed to be sewn together.  Thought about forcing the seam, then thought, I’m not making great decisions today, and turned off the sewing machine.  Came downstairs, looked at the photo, and realized I had oriented the border pieces incorrectly.  They fit just fine.

The cold is still with me, and there are 2 more blocks to make for this month.  At one point, I had texted my friends and said I was only going to make one block from each month from now on, and make a much smaller quilt.  Then I thought, I’ve come so far.  It’d be a shame if I didn’t finish this, so am now all gung ho about it – for the first time in a long time.  You see, blocks of the month or templates of the month are not for me.  I don’t like working on multiple projects.  I like focusing on one project at a time and finishing it.  Finishing up a month, and then having to wait for the next shipment to arrive drives me bonkers.

Yes, I made the purse in between shipments, but I really want to work on the Santa quilt I started last year, and know I would just get into the Santa quilt, and then the Delilah templates would arrive, and I’d feel guilty about not working on them.  Seems I can only concentrate on one complicated design at a time.

It’s all good.  Santa can wait for December 2018, and Delilah will be completed on time, and I’m really hoping to squeeze a top or dress in between the Delilah blocks.  I sorely need some new clothes, and have a few parties to attend in December.  It’d be very nice if I had something new to wear to those parties.