Vision-impaired with glaucoma all her
life, Rose became blind as a result of an accident in 1984, a mere four days
before she was to undergo a cornea transplant. But not only has that condition
not slowed her down, Rose has used it to serve as a means to motivate others to
achieve their true potential.
She has used her lack of sight as a springboard to give motivational talks both
within and beyond the context of her ministry, Rose of Sharon Ministries. "The
way I look at it, if I can do what I have done, without sight, how much can you
do?" she said.
Her achievements are considerable. Even without sight, Rose was heavily involved
in the Nashville music scene as a journalist covering the various aspects of,
and personalities in, country music.
Diane's music connections have resulted in quilts being sold to such
personalities as country music legend Loretta Lynn. "I also made quilts for her
to hang in her gift shop," Rose said. Other celebrity clients include
Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Ralph Emery and others.
And that's not all. "President Bush has one of my quilts hanging up in the
office of his ranch in Crawford, Texas," Rose said proudly. She
also presented a baby quilt to Prince William and Kate, before Prince George was
born, while she was visiting England.
Diane began quilting on August 14,
1998. She set a goal to make 500 quilts within 10 years. She has exceeded
that goal and is now heading toward 1,000 quilts. Diane said, "I make goals and
go after them. I believe God chose this talent for me to have and I will
use it for His Glory."
So, how does a blind person make a
quilt at all, let alone make quilts that famous people would want?
"By feel," she said. "The
first quilt I
did, I did with polyester instead of cotton."
What's the difference? "I could feel the texture of the polyester," she said, "but
at that time cotton was too smooth to be able to feel."
Over the years, Diane has developed skills that allow her to
work with many different materials, patterns, stitches and
styles. What is it that
she feels for? "I do a lot of appliqué quilts," Rose said, "and you
can feel where the stitch is because it's smooth against the
main part of the quilt, while the part that's not yet
stitched is not smooth."
Diane uses a GO! AccuCut machine to die-cut the appliqués
into the different shapes she uses when assembling her
quilts. Diane enjoys choosing patterns from quilt books but
she also creates her own designs. Some of the quilt
patterns she has done are Jacob's Ladder, pinwheels, bear
paws, ragged quilts, paper piecing, and blue jeans quilts,
as well as many scenery quilts from her own vivid
Does Rose make
custom quilts to order? "Of course I do!" she said. "I make
any size quilt requested, I even make Photo Quilts."
One such made-to-order quilt she has made for the grandson
of the Fosters, 13-year-old Dylan Foster, features big
rig-type trucks appliquéd on it. Others Rose displayed
featured tractors, cats and other items requested by buyers.
Diane can also
create custom quilts. To purchase, please contact
ORDER, please call Diane
directly: (254) 799-7990
"And if God can
help me do it, He can help you do it.."