Diamond Delight Done!

My first self-designed modern quilt is done! I just adore this quilt!

It started out as a quilt kit that was ordered through Craftsy for me as a Christmas gift from my parents.

The kit came with a design that I did not care much for but the fabric I loved! It is High Street by Moda and also came with some Bella Solids in Zen Grey and Clementine. I took the same basic design idea – striped triangles – and flipped it around and played with it a while in Electric Quilt until I came up with something that I thought was extremely cool. The strings of diamonds remind me of 70s doorway curtains made of beads. (I think I may be showing my age here.) Anyway, it’s sparkling and shimmery and colorful.

The big diamond breaks up those smaller strings a little but doesn’t take over the whole quilt.
I quilted an echo around the small diamonds and also in the center of those quilt lines. This look is exactly what I was going for.


I continued that same quilting into the big diamond as if the regular diamonds were there. It keeps both front and back quilted symmetrically without weird lines going everywhere.

I have some extra fabric so I am planning to make an accompanying pillow cover with smaller diamonds so the effect doesn’t get lost. I think the inverted diamonds, that I added to the back – using the scraps from the original triangles, look great so I will add some of those to the pillow as well.

That Bella Solids Clementine binding is superb!! I wasn’t sure as I was cutting the binding strips but it really pulls all the colors together so well.


I cleaned up my sewing space and am ready for my next big project – Wavelength by Lee Heinrich at Freshly Pieced.
Here’s a sneak at the fabric selection:


Random Roundup #2

It was another random project week around here. First there were more potholders. I showed the first two off at work and now everybody wants some.

Then I made two more Sew Together Bags. One of them is mine! Pattern is available by Sew Demented on Craftsy.


I got to working on the big diamond in my Diamond Delight quilt and ended up finishing the top. That full reveal is saved for another day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Then there were this week’s stash additions.

A little orange and green bundle from a local shop.

Some ‘In My Room’ by Jenean Morrison.

Some low volume and some lite aqua. That includes Geekly Chic glasses which I’ve been looking at getting so I am excited to finally have some!

And some sweet cross-stitch patterns. One is a Winnie the Pooh quote by A.A. Milne that I need to start on soon. And snowmen are my favorite winter decoration – not the ones with real snow though. You just can’t take the California out of the girl. I like my winters chilly but without ice.
I’ve also got a Traveling Stash Box up for grabs here. There’s some great stuff in the box. Leave a comment here if you want a chance to be the next stop in it’s travels.

The Birds and the Bees

I missed the last link-up for the Triangle Quilt Along over at the Sassy Quilter. It was a very busy week and I didn’t get my top done until Saturday. But, I now have the top done and the backing finished and I am incredibly pleased with both. Here’s how it all started:

I started piecing the rows together in sections. Quadrants work better for me than rows when piecing large sections. I tend to be a bit more precise that way.
So, I pieced the left rows together 4 at a time then the right side ones. I joined the left to the right. This was done in 3 sections. My points are not perfect but some of them came out pretty good.


And some did not.

Oh well, you can’t really tell in the big picture.

It was a gorgeous day out so I took this top outside for some glamour shots.


I had stopped at Joann’s on the way home from work and found these lovelies to use as the backing.

It turned out great. I’ve been trying to think of a name for this quilt and as I was sewing this backing together it just hit me. The Birds and the Bees. The sweetest bees on the front and those birds on the back Perfect!

Now, I need to do the basting. Which is the part I continuously put off and the reason I have more quilt tops than finished quilts. This time I have a great excuse. How in the world could I have disturbed this?


Diamond Delight

I’ve been making a little progress on my Diamond Delight quilt top. I completed the full and half diamonds that I needed for the top and started to piece the diamonds into rows.

The bottom right will contain a large diamond and I had to order some more background fabric so that I can finish piecing that section. Hopefully the dye lot won’t be too different.

Once that section is complete, I can marry the two sides together for a completed quilt top. I’m really excited about this one!

On the other part of my design door is the triangle quilt for the Triangle Quilt Along over at The Sassy Quilter. I’m working on piecing the rows together.

The only stash added recently that I haven’t shared is this Happy Go Lucky charm pack that I won for the Virtual Quilting Bee finished quilt link party. It also came with a paper piecing pattern but I don’t know if that will be it’s final usage.

The prints are all super cute and summer picnicky. It could make a super sweet baby quilt. Time will tell. And, it’s time to work on piecing some triangle rows together. Update coming soon…

Linking up with IQuilt at Pretty Bobbins.

Early April Work-in-Progress

Works in progress. Seems like most of my projects have this status at the moment. First up is the Triangle Quilt Along quilt. This week is when triangles become rows.

I knew that if I laid these triangles on the floor, to decide on my layout and design, that I would have to redo it over and over again because the cats would invariably rearrange them with their sliding on the pretty fabric. It’s their favorite game. ๐Ÿ™‚
I don’t have room for a full-fledged design wall in my sewing space. I looked around and saw an area that might work on a smaller scale. The closet door! Light bulb moment. I draped some batting over the top of the door like this. The unfinished top of the door keeps the batting in place.


The door still shuts with no issues. Ta-da!! It was so exciting. So, I put some triangles up. No pinning. So awesome! The door will fit 4 rows of 17 triangles.

The QAL calls for 12 rows, therefore repeat 3 times. Finished rows I pinned on the back of the door inside the closet on the overhang of the batting. The cats aren’t even messing with it. It’s wonderful. I’m so excited to have at least a small little design wall.
So, I have a few rows done and it looks so cool. I’m incredibly happy with the color palette for this quilt.

Second WIP is my Diamond Delight quilt using High Street by Moda.

The triangles are all cut. I’m just working on cutting and attaching the grey background. I’ve had to tweak the pattern and am still working out some bugs but I like how it’s coming together.

Third WIP is a Disappearing Nine Patch using Sunnyside by Kate Spain. The backing fabric came in and I just need to piece that together and baste and quilt and bind it. There’s a lot left to do.

The only new stash I have this week came from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram. It’s a couple pieces of Joel Dewberry Heirloom and one piece of Kate Spain Terrain.

Let’s see how this all fares at the end of April. I doubt I’ll have a finish but I should make plenty of piecing progress.

Triangle Takeover

The sewing bug has hit me again and I have been pressing and cutting fabric like crazy.
I am working on a self-designed quilt that uses stripped triangles. So the first part of this one was to cut the strips.
The fabric is High Street from Moda. It is bright, saturated, and gorgeous! This was from a quilt kit that I received for Christmas. I didn’t like the quilt pattern that was included so I designed my own. The background fabric that was included is Kona Zen Grey and it also came with some orange for the binding.
Then I pieced 3 random strips together until I ran out of strips.
I then cut those strips into triangles.

I’m still working out the cutting measurements for the rest of the block. So, more to come….

I, once again, gave in to a Craftsy sale. I bought another Free Spirit Fat Quarter Box at a wonderful price. This one was a huge SCORE! Here come the photos:
20140329-175535.jpg So far so good. It’s such a pretty package already. I took it out and sorted it and it was even better than I expected.20140329-175651.jpg Wishing Well by Janean Morrison – it’s got to be close to the whole line.
20140329-175956.jpg A bunch of Lottie Da.

20140329-181600.jpg And some random prints.
I have no idea what I’m going to do with any of it.

Back to triangles……I also cut out an over abundance of triangles for the Triangle Quilt Along.

So, over 350 triangles later, I am ready to start piecing some of this together.

Stash Build – March ’14

I’m still not sewing much but I have been building my stash a little bit in preparation for some new projects. I picked up a bundle of Mellow Yellow to use for the upcoming Triangle Quilt Along being held over at The Sassy Quilter. I decided on yellow, grey, white, and black. I pulled a couple of fabrics from my stash but did not have a full spectrum of what I wanted to use. I think this bundle filled it out nicely.


I picked up that bee fabric from Busy Bee Quilting. Simply adorable! It’s Honey Bee from What’s the Buzz by Kanvas Studios.

I grabbed these So Sophie by Riley Blake charm packs and yardage from #thegreatfabricdestash at a great deal. I will find a great project or 3 for these. There were 6 charm packs in the group.

After my last Modern Quilt Gulld meeting we all headed to a local quilt store and I bought these beauties.

There’s some Wrens and Friends by Moda, Urban Patch is the green trees, some Riley Blake fillers, Zippee by Connecting Threads, and others without the names on them. I have no plans for these now but I know that they will find a home in a great quilt later on.
Besides the bees this is my favorite acquisition!

Shuffle by Riley Blake. I saw it being used in a few blocks lately and just needed to have it. The yellow and grey will be added to the triangle quilt, which doesn’t start for a few weeks yet. But, I’m ready.