Diane L. Murtha

Photo of Diane Murtha posing in front of one of her quilts, which features a pattern of blue diamonds over a white background

Lecture / Workshops


I’m excited to offer the following lectures to your group or guild:

Challenges I – Accept the Challenge & Win a Prize
An informative and humorous perspective on my quilt challenge experiences, including a trunk and slide show. I'll discuss what I've learned from the various challenges, other ways to challenge yourself and sources of inspiration. And most importantly how challenges can expand your quilting skills and inspire all your quilting!

Challenges II – The Next Step
Now that you are inspired to challenge yourself – what next?  I’ll discuss my challenge quilt project experiences.  I’ll discuss what you can expect if you choose to participate in a professional or invitational quilt challenges, tips and tricks to improve your success and advice from challenge organizers.

Attendees Comments:
“Loved the lecture!  I enjoyed the personal stories of Diane’s quilting journey, her enthusiasm, and passion”
“Loved her stories and inspiration!”


License to Play
A twist on tradition as we explore creative ways to modify some of our favorite traditional block patterns. We will play with several new techniques as we build our own small wall hanging size “License to Play”.

Paper Piecing
No need to be intimidated by New York Beauty spikes or curved piecing.  This class will increase your confidence in paper piecing.  We’ll also work with small pieces and try a little design.

Modified Quilt as You Go
Think of this technique as two-step quilting. This class yields 25 perfect 4 ½” quilted blocks embellished with a variety of applique options, then assembled. Quilting thru each block and batting individually makes quilting easy for both new and experienced quilters alike – no bulk or awkward struggling with a large sandwiched quilt. A great project for increasing accuracy, as well as small space quilting, like retreats, or for me, my RV! Add backing fabric and the second step quilting and you are done. This technique can be used to create any size canvas that can be appliqued in endless options. So much fun!

Attendees Comments:
“I want Diane back! Very informative and I think I can, I think I can NOW (after the demo)” - FMCA Rally, Minot ND
“I thoroughly enjoyed Diane’s Modified Quilt as You Go Session….her enthusiasm, her spark, her creativity and her technique. Thank you so much for sharing” - Sharon, Summerfield FL

References To Motivate You

Here are a few of my super favorite books that I reference in my lecture (in author alphabetic order)
Serendipity Quilts: Cutting Loose Fabric Collage, by Susan Carlson
365 Free Motion Quilting Designs, by Leah Day
Simply Stunning Woven Quilts, by Anna Faustino
Twisted: Modern Quilts with a Vintage Twist, by Mary W. Kerr
A Quilted Memory: Ideas and Inspiration for Reusing Vintage Textiles, by Mary W. Kerr
Doodle Quilting, by Cheryl Malkowski
Simple Start Stunning Finish, by Valori Wells
Radiant New York Beauties, by Valori Wells