Sunday, March 20, 2011

Harvest Diamond Quilt

Yesterday was National Quilting Day (probably in the US - but any excuse to quilt!!) so I decided to challenge myself to see how much of a quilt I could get done in a weekend.

I started this layer cake quilt yesterday and I have almost finished machine quilting it. The pattern is "Diamonds at Large" from the book "Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts" by Pam and Nicky Lintott. The quilt is 45" x 60".
The layer cake (Saltbox Harvest by Deb Strain - Moda) was on sale at Hamels (the first time I ordered from them and I was very pleased).
It is so wonderful how fast a quilt goes together when you start with a layer cake (jelly roll, charm pack...).
I have made this pattern before (shown here), and it is one of my favorite patterns because it just uses one layer cake for the quilt - border, binding and all!

The binding is all ready to go.

I free motion quilted (on my DSM) feathered wreaths in the nine dark diamonds, with a plain copper coloured Aurifil thread. (My Feather Tutorial)

I made an oval template to trace the wreath shape, using the iron out white Clover pen.

In the rest of the quilt (the background) I quilted a large "puzzle piece" stippling. I thought the larger, round shapes would compliment the feathers and the fabric more than a variation of "McTavishing" (which seems to have become my "go-to" background filler).

I am using this lovely variegated Aurifil thread and a #80 Microtex needle for the stippling.
This lap quilt is to be a gift for a friend later in the year.

10pm - just the binding to hand stitch on the back - it'll wait 'til tomorrow.

You may have noticed that I added a button to the bottom of my posts - to print any post as a PDF (I wish I had found this earlier in the Quilt Along). The button is from the website Print Friendly ,and not only can you add it to your posts but you can put any URL into the website and turn it into a PDF - WOW!! A huge thanks to the people at Print Friendly!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!!
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