Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Double Delight

By far my favorite rose is a Double Delight. Thankfully, despite the root rot which has taken it's toll on our garden, my Double Delight is still with us this year, sharing it's beautiful blooms and wonderful fragrance.




You guessed it, I have designed a quilt called Double Delight, although I believe the name was a coincidence, referring more to the two large panels of fabric which anchor the design.



Here is a very warm, very comfy, very rosy sample of Double Delight, made from a sumptuous flannel collection called Black Velvet. So we've nicknamed this quilt "Velvet Elvis".


Black Velvet Double Delight, Diane Weber, 70" x 82"


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Monte Carlo...Place, Pattern & Quilt

Several years ago I had the fabulous opportunity to visit relatives summering in Monaco. An insider's view to Monte Carlo is not to be missed! The James Bond images of beautiful people in crisp white linen and spiff black tuxes getting out of their red ferraris... are real!

Monte Carlo Casino, Summer 2005

The inspiration from this trip resulted in my Monte Carlo quilt pattern.



And here is the quilt, like many others, just listed for sale on eBay:


Monte Carlo Quilt, Diane Weber,60" x 76"

Monday, April 28, 2008

Gothic Windows & Quilted Rings

Isn't it interesting how we are drawn to the same shapes and images, even if in totally different ways.

I couldn't resist running behind this Gothic window tracery in the couryard of the Hotel de Sully in the Marais for a perfectly framed picture.



Notice how some very similar shapes made their way into this
Japanese fabric Kaleidoscope Rings Quilt made years ago.



Diamond Rings, Diane Weber, 54" x 67"



Sunday, April 27, 2008

Seasons

Sometimes, when people hear that I've migrated from the East Coast to California (more than 20 years ago...), they ask,
"Don't you miss the seasons?"

Well, we were lucky enough to not miss The Swell Season at the Paramount Theater last night, a birthday present for my now 20-year-old native-California darling girl. I cannot say enough about this wonderful band and what a fantastic performance they gave.



And then there are quilted seasons. My Haiku asian quilt pattern gives the opportunity to express the seasons in a quilt, using fabric.



This Haiku quilt and runner are all about the 'holiday' season.


Holiday Haiku, Diane Weber, 42" x 42" (SOLD)


Holiday Haiku Runner, Diane Weber, 42" x 15" (SOLD)

So there are plenty of seasons here in Northern California,
where spring is quickly turning to summer.



Monster Wisteria, Back Yard, April 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Favorite Pizza...

Made a trip to San Francisco's Potrero Hill to visit Megan and have a few slices of my favorite pizza.



Believe it or not, I've made a pizza quilt!



Pizza Rails, Diane Weber, 60" x 84"
This quilt was later sold to someone decorating the corporate offices of a pizza-making company!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Say Cheese

Where did the expression 'Say Cheese' come from?
Do they say 'Dit fromage' in french,
'Dire fomaggio' in italian?

Somehow, it has become the way to make someone smile.
In this case, it will especially work if you're hungry!



Cheese Farm, Netherlands, April 2008

I've designed several quilts that never fail to make the viewer smile,
usually accompanied by the expression, "Oh how cute".



Sunday Best Party Frocks, Diane Weber, 48" x 48"


Monday, April 21, 2008

Quilted Red Diamonds

Are the bricks forming diamonds on the arched ceilings of the arcaded paths of the Places des Vosges?



Another view of red diamonds, these on a quilted Artist Trading Card.


ACEO 6 of Diamonds, Diane Weber, 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Quilted Pink Stars

Star light, star bright...
First star I see tonight...
Wish I may, wish I might...
Have the wish I wish tonight.


I wish for a quilt with pink stars like the petals on a fragrant spring hyacinth.


Keukenhof Hyacinth


Fabergé Stars, Diane Weber, 65" x 65"

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A River of Flowers...

...or, purple flowers in unexpected quantities!



Yes, this is a real picture I took of grape hyacinths forming an absolute river of purple, winding among the yellow daffodils and orange tulips. This was taken at Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

Quilters sometimes find it difficult to make color choices. My advice, just look to nature.


Alien Leaf Forms Quilt


Friday, April 18, 2008

A Girl's Best Friend

Sure I like diamonds; who doesn't? But I didn't realize how much I liked diamonds until trays full of them were plunked down in front of me, and the nice young man said, "You can try on as many as you like."


About $10k worth of diamonds, mine for a few seconds

Much less expensive to put diamonds in my quilt designs.


Diamond Delight, Diane Weber, 42" x 48"


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Purple Flowers in Unexpected Places

I should have a bumper sticker, and a sign on my back, that reads "I stop to take pictures of flowers". I especially like it when I find flowers in unexpected places, like the front of this cafe. (Have you figured out yet where I am??)



Perhaps not unexpectedly, I love to put flowers in my quilts.


Dazzling Orchids, Diane Weber, Sept 2004


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A Village on the Water

To me, a village on the water is like a magnet, drawing me back over and over. I never tire of watching the moving water, the reflections of trees and buildings, the simplicity of a rusty old bike on a bridge.



Images like these find their way into my quilt art...


ACEO Fantasy Village, Diane Weber, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A City at One's Feet...

We don't always need lots of color to express an idea or theme in quilt art. Like the bored gargoyle... is he bored because the gray city at his feet lacks color today? Or is he just musing on what's going on beneath the exteriors in the vibrant City of Lights?


What's going on behind these gray gates?



ACEO Sweets, Diane Weber, 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"

This ACEO was modeled after the cover to one of my favorite books / stories, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Remember the gates that hid the chocolate factory? These gates really open, and when opened, reveal candyland!

ACEO Sweets (opened), Diane Weber, 7" x 2 1/2"


Monday, April 14, 2008

Pink & ... Blue...

I love to take pictures of doors when I travel. Big doors, colorful doors, powerful doors, with giant knobs and knockers or just plain fabulous COLOR!

Where is this door, in everyone's favorite color??




In my quilting, I've been a BLUE fan for a long time...


Blue Bouquet, Diane Weber, 38" x 41"



Sunday, April 13, 2008

April in...

Somewhere there is a beautiful cherry tree in full bloom, pink and fragrant against the pale blue spring sky...where am I??


Look carefully in the background...

Pink isn't my favorite color, but it does make for beautiful spring trees and lovely fabrics for making girlie pink quilts...