Hill is Cheyenne, Arapahoe, and Creek. She has been designing
and sewing quilts since the opening of her Indian gift shop
in Oregon in 1988. She has since sold the shop, and
she now lives in Spokane, Washington, near the Colville
Indian Reservation and the Spokane Indian Reservation, where
she continues to create her beautiful Morning Star Quilts.
talent for fashioning Morning Star Quilts seems to be no
accident... Many years ago during a naming ceremony,
a medicine man's spirits brought her the name Standing-On-A-Star-Woman.
"It certainly was prophetic," she admits. Diane was
a four-day Sundancer for 16 years, finally retiring in 2005.
She still attends every year to support her friends
and loved ones who are dancing in the sacred altar.
Diane went back to dance in the sundance in 2012, and plans
to dance in 2013 also. Awesome!
biggest reward comes when one of her quilts finds its way
into a Native American ceremony. "It's quite an honor,
quite a compliment," she says.
for the type of sewing machine she uses for quilt making,
she has recently upgraded to a Husqvarna Viking Platinum
755 Royal Edition.... and she's absolutely thrilled
with it. Diane doesn't own any other equipment.
"Everything else is just done the tried-and-true old-fashioned
way. Like our grandmothers did it. I think that makes
my quilts a lot more traditional."
Diane at email@example.com