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Diane Russell

Promoted Instructor

Location
Fairport, NY (willing to travel)
Phone
585-755-0411
Email
Dirussellfiberartist@gmail.com
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About The Instructor

Diane Russell is a self-taught fiber artist specializing in surface design and quilting.  She has been quilting and sewing for over 30 years, and an instructor for 25 years.  She also worked for the local Bernina dealer.   She has taught in many genres, including quilting and jewelry design.  She has been published in national magazines for her work.

Currently she is instructing in a variety of workshops including thread painting, piecing, rulerwork, free motion quilting, and various forms of surface design.   She has fallen in love with ruler work and Westalee rulers because of the precision, and beautiful designs that can be accomplished with a domestic sewing machine.   She is thrilled to be a Promoted Instructor for Sew Steady.  She is passionate about quilting and her enthusiasm shines through in her workshops.

 

 

44 thoughts on “Diane Russell

  1. Diane does a great job teaching her techniques virtually. She goes slow enough and explains everything as she does it. That’s what makes a good teacher. I loved this class and will watch another when she does one.

  2. Diane was easy to understand. I was so glad she altered the course to teach the basics.I enjoyed this class very much,

  3. As someone very new to SewSteady, I was glad she took the time to review how the rulers work. I practiced after the class and realized that I need to practice a whole lot more. Whether it was my thread, needle or quilt sandwich, I couldn’t get the result I was looking for. I will continue to practice and not be afraid to ask questions if need be.

    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Cathy, feel free to text or email me and we can work on it together. I am so glad you liked the class and took the plunge: looking forward to hearing from you! Diane

  4. The virtual class was very informative. I am learning a lot with the various virtual classes I’ve been doing. Diane was extremely good at explaining in detail what she was doing, which was very helpful for me. I can hardly wait to get started using my new rulers. Thank you so much for doing the class.

  5. Diane was obviously very knowledgeable about ruler work. She handled the virtual class extremely well. I enjoyed the class and look forward Toto getting into ruler work.

  6. Diane was the perfect instructor for this intro class. Her delivery was perfect and on point. Being able to watch at the same time as the presentation made everything very clear & attainable. I love ruler work but am self taught. Watching and listening to Diane gave me so much more confidence and ideas!

  7. I really enjoyed the virtual class. Diane did a wonderful job both explaining and demonstrating the use of the use of the rulers. It was a good idea to have a second person monitoring questions from the group so Diane could address them as she demonstrated. I would definitely take another virtual class with Diane. Thanks!

  8. I really enjoyed Diannes class. She is so patient and knowledgeable. Takes time to answer questions and explains everything so I can understand. Makes the class fun. Can’t wait for the next one

  9. The virtual class was great. Diane’s style of teaching fit my style of learning and now I am confident to start using my rulers. Thank you Diane and Sew Steady.

  10. Diane is an excellent instructor – easily one of the best demonstrating Westalee Rulers. I have watched many of these instructional videos and I would rate hers as top notch. Great job, Diane.

  11. Diane is a great instructor. She covers a lot material but manages to teach slowly enough so that you can follow along. She also gives you a lot of good tips. I will definitely attend another one of her classes. I learned a lot from this class and can’t wait to try it for myself. I just love the technique. So cool.

  12. I’ve had the Westalee ruler foot and the sampler set for over 2 years now but it’s always nice to watch these videos as a refresher! Diane was very explicit in her explanations, was easy to listen to, and her samples really added to the class! Great job! Now, to get my stack or rulers out again and get quilting!!

  13. I usually am bored too death, she was very easy to follow, didn’t have to keep going back to watch. Easy to keep up and take notes. So glad i signed up for it. She is great at teaching.

  14. I love the class! I learned so much! Thank you , Diane! I am researching my options now! I can’t wait to dive into ruler work. You made it look easy.

  15. I attended a workshop by another representative of Westelee nearly 3 years ago. While the instructor was knowledgeable and quite the saleswoman, I purchased far more than my budget would allow at the time. During that session she was not open to questions and had her own agenda. When I saw she was not the instructor for the Sew For Less segment, my consideration to see what other educators do (and I have watched YouTube many times!!!) was intrigued. What a contrast of teaching styles and no less VIRTUAL……I renewed my interest and your assistant was spot on with information! I actually wanted to send a thank you note to you because your personality, love for the product and rapport with students was superb! When you present at other locations, I will be sure to consider attending. What an asset you are to your company!!!!

  16. I have been looking for a class like this. I own some quilting rulers was unsure how to use them. Diane is excellent and thorough teacher. I already have put some items in my shopping cart and can hardly wait to get them and get started.

  17. I had heard about this class from a friend, and even though I didn’t have the basic tools for the class, I decided to take the class to see if the rulers would be something I’d be interested in purchasing in the future. Diane was an excellent instructor. Watching her and listening to her made me realize, quickly, that these rulers have the capability of creating very complicated designs in a very simple manner. Her instructions were easy to understand, concise and even on the one occasion that something didn’t go as planned, Diane did not get flustered, she just continued in a very professional manner and helped us to stay on task.
    Diane seems to have a natural ability to teach and it’s obvious that she enjoys what she does. She was well prepared, spoke clearly, had the camera at an advantageous spot where everything could be seen clearly and did an excellent job. As a result of being able to see the the many uses of these rulers, I would most definitely consider purchasing them in the future.
    Thank you for the opportunity to be able to review and comment on this class and the instructor.

  18. Diane is an excellent teacher, very organized and really seems genuine in her consideration for the audience she is teaching! Her presentation is easy to follow and she inspires me to want to try every single technique that she demonstrates. It is refreshing to learn something that seems very intimidating from someone who breaks it down into small bites so that it feels more like a new creative opportunity rather than a daunting mystery! Will be watching for more of her ruler work and her thorough and very helpful style of bringing this to all of us newbies out here. Very inspiring, now if only she could help me find more time!!!! LOL!

  19. I felt that it was a very rewarding class. I learned a lot about ruler work & it got me interested in learning more.
    Diane was a very good teacher & easy to understand.
    Thank you so much

  20. Diane was wonderful. I look forward to seeing future demonstrations from her. She sparked my interest in every thing that she did.

  21. Di is a great instructor for several reasons. 1) She knows her material 2) She shared many ideas on using them for many types of projects so that we could see the benefit of owning several types of rulers. 3) The birdseye view of what she was teaching was so helpful… it was if I was standing over her shoulder while she demonstrated. 4) She was open to and answered lots of questions. 5) Her enthusiasm for this company and its products was very evident. You can tell she has a passion for quilt making, quilting and for teaching. I highly recommend her for your next virtual or in person event.

  22. Diane is an amazing instructor. She takes the time to explain each part in a way to every learner. She is through in her delivery and you can tell she LOVES teaching, it shows!!! Nice job Diane, I’ll definitely be joining your classes again!

  23. The virtual class on Dec 4 was helpfull in getting over my hesitation to try ruler work. You explained and demonstrated wonderfully. Thank you.

  24. Great class! Very clear instructions and repeated them often as she continued with the demo. Clear understanding of the products also!

  25. Diane is well versed in the subject matter and beyond. I enjoyed listening to the class and the tips she offered. Grateful for the opportunity to go virtual and take advantage of this offering.

  26. I enjoyed the class. Even bought a few of the items she demonstrated. I do wish she would have been more organized. Several times, we were waiting for her to find something. But other than that I learned alot and appreciate the opportunity

  27. Great Class Dianne! It told me a lot about Ruler work and the variety of patterns you can create. I’d love to see a Virtual Class about Thread Painting, too. I decided many years ago that I would leave dying fabric alone, as I just don’t have the desire, or the space to make a good job of it. Thread Painting, I think i could manage

  28. Very informative. Liked all the little gadgets she talked about and purchased some of them when I ordered my extension table

  29. Diane is knowledgeable, well-spoken, organized, creative, and thorough. Instructions were given to easily understand. Explanations were provided when necessary. Diane’s sense of humor was appreciated. Very professionally presented.

  30. Diane did a very good job with the presentation last Saturday. She spoke clearly and answered any questions that were presented to her. I enjoyed it and certainly learned quite a bit. I will be anxious to try quilting with rulers myself!

  31. The virtual class was very good. I had only heard about ruler work. Seeing someone actually forming patterns from the rulers was great. The birdseye view was the perfect teaching tool.

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