Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIPs With Friends

I have been doing some pattern testing this past week.  
Testers had a 3 week turn around to get a top done and mine is done 
(well almost done), 
in just over a week!  
I don't see any way to get it quilted and bound by the three week deadline either, but oh well!  
This pattern is called Diamond Falls.  
We were allowed to choose our own fabrics so I'll start there.  
I chose to use some older Lizzy House fabrics, her Lizzy Dish line. 
 I was thinking about turning this into a picnic quilt for myself. 
 Since I didn't want to repeat a fabric, I threw in 2 of the duck/swan fabrics from Red Letter Day too.  

Even though most of these photos don't really do justice to the Kona Jade, that was the background.

There were a bazillion diamonds (or 196) to cut out.  
I got those all cut and was able to spend some quality time sewing over the weekend. 
 I got a lot of the diamonds sewn into rows and *some* of those sewn together.

Man oh man there were a lot of diamonds.  

I had to pay serious attention to placement especially as construction was on the diagonal!

Sorry for the bad photo.  My "design wall" is a flannel piece tacked up to the hallway wall. 
 It is the only wall big enough for me to use but the lighting is crap.  
Here is half of the diamond portion (actually 1/4 of the quilt) finished.

This gives a better idea of the true color of the background.  
It was almost dark and super windy so this is the best I could do for a photo last night. 

Phew half way there.

I have to say a few things about this pattern. 
 The cutting directions need some clarification, but once I figured that out, 
it was not a difficult to put together as I had thought it would be.  
It went together fairly easily.  
Makes me think I should try another diamond quilt. 

 I don't think I would have been able to do as good a job a few years ago. 
 I'm confident my piecing had improved a LOT as this actually matches and lies flat!  
Now I will be back at the Folksy Fish, sigh.  
This was a nice break.

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Vicki in MN said...

Nice choice of colors. I think diamonds are not for the faint of heart as matching them can be tricky.

Jayne said...

Its always a good idea to have testers for a pattern! It looks like a lot of work, but will be worth it in the end!

Rachel said...

Pretty! I like that jade background.

Melanie said...

Wow, because of the diamonds it looks rather complicated. Love the modern and sunny design! Looking forward to seeing it used this summer for a picnic :)

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