Diamond Showers

Today is my turn in the Be a Diamond Blog hop hosted by Carol at Just Let Me Quilt. My quilt is called diamond showers. It is my original pattern. It started out as a elaborately planned paper-pieced pattern but turned into imrpov paper-pieced as it progressed.

I am really proud of the pattern and the way I designed it. I will post a design tutorial on how to design your own large-scale paper-pieced patterns.

Dresden plate before chopping off a section on the right. Checkout the huge carpenters’ compass. It lets me draw a circle up to 20″ radius.

The pattern is designed as blades/wedges of a Dresden plate. The diamonds are part of the blades. The blades are 18 degrees – needs 20 to complete a circle. Each blade has 4 or 5 diamonds and no two blades are the same. I randomly picked some diamonds to be the same color as the background. This gives the appearance of diamonds floating or showering down from above. Once the plate was assembled, I did not want the full circle – I chopped off about 5 inches on one side before appliqueing it to the background fabric.

My quilting machine is a 15″ BlockRockIt – which is the same as a Grace Q’nique. 15″ is not much to work with but I find it better than quilting on a domestic.

As you can see, I went completely crazy with the free-motion quilting. I used a ruler to just outline the diamonds – no quilting at all inside the diamonds. The background is heavily quilted using whatever motif came to mind. I quilted this on Sunday in a single session of about 4 hours. I still need to add a hanging sleeve and a binding, but I had to get pictures before the sun went down.

Chain of swirls runs along the length of the quilt.
Some seedpods and feathers. The blue in this picture is heavily distorted.
More feathers and some McTavishing and a funky wheel.
More feathers, a peacock, some pebbles and rocks. An attempt at matchstick quilting.
This photo shows off the texture of the quilting.

The details:
Diamond Showers
Size: 42″ X 56″
Background: Kona cotton Regal
(It is a deep, dark blue-purple. The colors are fairly accurate in the long shots. The color in the close-ups are heavily distorted.)
Diamonds: Alison Glass Sunprints 2018 and 2019
Quilting: freemotion
Thread: Aurifil 50 wt Mako Cotton #2745 (midnight)

Please visit all the other quilters on this awesome blog-hop:

April 22
Needled Mom
Keepsake Moments
Kathy’s Quilts
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Color, Creating, and Quilting
April 23
Ms P Designs USA
Vroomans Quilts
Marjorie’s Busy Corner
Melva Loves Scraps
Storied Quilts
Words & Stitches
Clever Chameleon Quilting
Songbird Designs
April 24
MooseStashQuilting
Beaquilter
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Creative Blonde 
Selina Quilts
Bumbleberry Stitches
Two Maker Chicks
Quilts By Joanne
April 25
Patchouli Moon Studio
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Hill Valley QuilterMageez Room
Websterquilt
High Road Quilter
Seams To Be Sew
April 26
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Days Filled With Joy
For The Love Of Geese
Quilt Fabrication
Stitchin At Home
Just Let Me Quilt

Linkups:
Colour Tuesday
Bee Social
Midweek Makers
Wednesday Weight loss
Needle and Thread Thursday
TGIFF @ Alycia Quilts
Whoop Whoop Friday
Friday Foto fun
Finished or not Friday
Freemotion Mavericks
Favorite Finish monthly @ MeadowMist

Q2 2019 Finish-a-long

I’m finally throwing my hat into the finish-a-along wagon. Finish-a-long (FAL) is a link up hosted by a community of quilt bloggers where a quilter makes a list of projects that she/he plans to finish that quarter and links up the list on one of the FAL hosts’ linky party.

1. Baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. Top is almost done. Needs to be quilted and bound.
2. Be a Diamond blog hop quilt. Construction is in progress. I hope to be done by April 21st! If I can’t get it quilted, I will blog with just the top. I will follow this up with a design process tutorial/post in May. I designed using a combination of EQ8, hand drawn templates and a programming language called Processing. Alison Glass SunPrints 2018 and 2019 on Kona Regal.
3. Complete the Summer in the Park quilt top. May be able to quilt in June? This is a 2+ year UFO.
4. Island Batik May challenge should be a modern quilt. I am planning to do a light, medium, dark 3D illusion quilt and try some heavy quilting.
5. This is currently hanging over the stairs near the kitchen. The pattern is 54-40 or fight. I made this maybe 3 or 4 years ago – before FMQ. I want to take it down and give it some more FMQ to enhance the curve illusion.
6. The Island Batik challenge for June is try a new technique. I’m planning to make two Cathedral window cushion covers using this YouTube tutorial from Missouri Star Quilts:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akKU0zg-qaw . I’ve never made the faux curve before. It will be a new pattern and a new technique for me. The cushions will go on our living room sofa.
7. Quilt the Bali sunrise. Not sure if I will even get this far in the list…
8. Finish the top for the Modern Plus Sign QAL. I worked on this quite a bit last month and I think I can wrap it up in just a couple of days but ……

Finish-A-Long hosts:

Alphabet Soup – New York Beauty

Alphabet soup? This post is about TBT, OMG, QAL, and BOM – appropriately called alphabet soup.

TBT stands for Throwback Thursday that Sandra Walker of mmm! Quilts hosts the first Thursday of every month. Quoted from Sandra’s post, it is “where we pull out, photograph, and tell the stories of quilts or quilted projects we’ve made before our blogging life! “.

My TBT this month is a New York beauty wall quilt I made in 2009 for a friend’s 40th birthday. I drafted this simplest version of NY beauty on paper, scanned and made as many copies as needed. The middle curve with triangles is paper pieced. At that time I didn’t do curved piecing – or I might’ve tried and given up . I cut the two outer pieces – the concave and convex quarter circles – a lot bigger than needed, glued the paper-pieced unit to them, and stitched on top like applique. I used a number of reds, oranges and yellows from my stash. Some are batik, others are prints and some are tone-on-tone blenders. The quilting is quite minimal – this was before I started free-motion quilting.


Have you seen these two gorgeous quilts – the first by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and the second by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms? Cheryl and Paige are hosting a Quilt-along (QAL) called Modern Plus Sampler using blocks/patterns from their book. I started my quilt a few months ago but somewhere along the line fell off the tracks. My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March is to finish the quilt top in time (March 28th) for the parade of quilts for this sampler. OMG is a challenge hosted every month by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.

My Modern Plus sampler in progress. I still need to make the big plus and the blocks inside the big plus and put them all together. The big plus will be either hot pink or dark teal. The background for the inside blocks will be white, and I will be using various pink scraps for the blocks.
My other QAL I’m doing is the Daisy Chain mystery by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts. The first set of sewing instructions came out on Monday and I’m all caught up. Not too late if you want to get started. The cutting and sewing went together quite fast.
Next on the agenda is my March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors. The theme is Vintage Reimagined. I’m making a log cabin with a surprise twist. Here’s what it looks like so far. Stay tuned for the finished top.
I will be part of the “Be A Diamond” blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Working on the design and gathering fabric for a brand new diamond quilt!

Linking:
Throwback Thursday at MMM Quilts
OMG
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF – hosted by Faith and Fabric Design
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Whoop! Whoop Friday

Black & White & Burnt Orange – B&W blog hop

Today is my turn in the Black & White blog-hop hosted by Carla of Creatin In The Sticks. Thank you, Carla, for including me in the blog hop.

I started this quilt with a scrappy B&W lone star center back in the summer of 2017. I planned on making it into a wall hanging, so I quilted it with straight lines in the star and free-motion swirls and feathers in the background space.

Later, I decided to make it into a quilt for a young man by name Anirudh. We’ve known Anirudh since he was a baby. He and my son, Anshul ,were buddies from preschool. Anirudh graduated from the University of Texas, Austin recently. Burnt orange is their color.

I played around with different layouts and decided to just do rectangles using several black, white and grey fabric. I had some very interesting B, W, G fabric including one with chess pieces, several with music notes and one from Zen Chic called Modern backgrounds, which had geometry figures and equation. Anirudh graduated with an engineering degree, and he played chess and the viola in middle school and high school. Going with the burnt orange theme, I used orange/rust solids and prints as sashing between the rectangles.

Since I had already quilted the center star, I quilted the top and bottom rectangle panels, as well as two solid white panels for either sides of the star separately. I used a variety of free-motion designs, sometimes just followed the motifs in the B&W prints.

The backing is a dark grey – the quilting shows better in the back than the front. Since I quilted each section separately, I put them together using a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) technique. The orange sashing in the back makes the back very interesting.

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers in the blog hop. Go back to Clara’s blog – Creatin In the Sticks for a giveaway.

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, Jan 21st
Just Let Me Quilt
Needled Mom
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Life in Scrapatch
QuiltFabrication
Scrapdash
Bumbleberry Stitches
keepsake moments
Vroomans Quilts

Tuesday, Jan 22nd
MooseStash Quilting
SewFreshQuilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
PamelaQuilts
That Fabric Feeling
Songbird Designs
Two Maker Chicks

Wednesday, Jan 23rd
Selina Quilts
Beaquilter
Quilt in a not-Shell
Patchwork Breeze
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Kathleen McMusing
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Thursday Jan 24th
Quiltscapes
Seams to be Sew
Storied Quilts – Me!
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Ms P Designs USA
Den syende himmel
Melva Loves Scraps
The Joyful Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Also linking to all the weekly linky parties.
Needle & Thread Thursday @ MyQuiltInfatuation
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilt
Whoop Whoop Fridays @ confessions of a fabric addict
TGIFF @ Alycia quilts
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered By Quilting
Linky Tuesday @ Free motion by the river