As a 5th generation quilter from Southern Ontario, Dianne cannot remember or imagine life without the warmth of quilts. Her career as an instructor began in 1976 and has taken her abroad as well as expanded into the presentation of numerous lectures and trunk shows. With traditional roots and a twist of the unexpected Dianne’s extensive research explores our country’s history in such classes as “Canadiana in Cloth” and “In Honour Of…” as well as enabling you to make fun projects with her pattern line of “Black Crow Quilt Designs”. With a (warped, playful) sense of humour, Dianne combines her love of Canadian textile history, red wine and ever changing roles of women; but not necessarily all at the same time. Dianne prefers to “preserve the past and use it as a stepping stone for future possibilities!” She was honoured to be the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year in 2010 and thrilled to be able to cycle across our magnificent country and explore it’s diversity of cultures and landscapes in 2011.
Canadian Influences: slide and trunk show
What do the cultures of the German Mennonites, the Scotch and English have in common? In the small pocket of Southern Ontario each of them, in their own way perpetuate the love of quilting. The influences that shaped how Dianne see colours and designs began in how and where she was raised. This presentation lets us peek into that life and how the later influences of the West Coast brought her quilting to where it is today.