Carol has organized another fun blog hop for us! This time the blog hop is for projects featuring the diamond shape.
See the shape of this golden yellow diamond template? That's called a "round brilliant cut" shaped diamond, which provides the maximum reflection of light. I thought it was a perfect project to work on for the Be A Diamond blog hop. Although some quilters (including me) are wary of using templates, I cut my template diamonds using 2.5" strips and it was quick and easy.
|Me, Susan, Marj and Barb all working with the diamond template|
|working with the layout|
Susan and I used the small template and made our projects in reverse. She put the colour in the template position, and I put the colour on the edges of the template. It was fun at first, but then I realized how challenging it was to do the layout and needed to have the project laid out beside the machine as I sewed the blocks. I could have made the quilt construction much easier on myself to use one background fabric, but I didn't of course!
|wrong side of a block which uses 2 foundation papers|
This project is an interesting blend of using templates and paper foundation piecing. You can watch a video on how to piece the blocks using foundation papers here.
All the machine quilting was done with the walking foot. I stitched vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, and then stitched 1/4" inside the light diamond shapes.
Here is the finished quilt!
This bright and happy wallhanging wanted to called "Umbrellas". It has 144 pieces and measures 16.5" square.
Linking up to Alicia's Finished Friday and the One Monthly Goal Finish party because this project is my April UFO.
|right side of a block which uses 4 foundation papers|
Here are the diamond blocks I made from the leftover scraps. The plan of the moment is to sew these blocks into the backing of the Tula pineapple quilt. You can see the quilt top in progress here.
Here's the "Be a Diamond" giveaway... a lucky blog hopper will win the diamond template and 150 of the foundation papers!
A big thank you to Carol who organizes these wonderful blog hops for the online quilting community to enjoy! You can find all the Be a Diamond projects on the Pinterest page here.
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Kathy’s Quilts (that's me!)
Happy Earth Day!
|Earth Day - Say no to plastic pollution|