Wednesday, May 03, 2017

chain of diamonds

Welcome to day 8 of the No Scrap Left Behind blog tour! Cheryl, my good friend (and co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts!) is showing her version of the chain of diamonds quilt today. She made her quilt top two weeks! That's pretty intense, considering that there are 1709 seams in the quilt. (She counted them, not me. Ha!) I love that she used some of her Tag fabric in her quilt and that she put her own twist on the pattern. That's the way it should be! Her post made me teary-eyed in the best way. Please be sure to visit Cheryl and check out her amazing quilt! Of course, she is giving away a copy of the book, too.

This is one of the more intense quilts from the book, but I have to say that it was totally worth it! This is also the smallest quilt in the book, finishing at 50" x 60", which is still an appropriate lap size quilt. I wanted ALL of these quilts to be something that I could snuggle under!
This quilt utilizes the binding triangles... you know, the triangles that are cut off after mitering strips of binding together. (You can go ahead and groan.... I'm used to it!) I used a variety of whites and creams from the scrap basket for the background pieces, because I wanted this to be a true scrap quilt.
I pieced this quilt a little bit at a time. After pressing the blocks, I piled them in a basket and trimmed them in the evenings or whenever I had a spare moment. It helped to break down the tasks into little, bite-sized pieces. As the blocks were completed, I put them up on a design wall so I could see my progress. As the quilt grew, the motivation to keep going increased. (That is a very good thing!) It also helped me to see what colors or values that I needed to add.

If the quilt is a little too intense for your liking, this pattern would make a great throw pillow. The blocks finish at 2", so you wouldn't even need to scale down the pattern at all. Bonus!

21 comments:

thatfabricfeeling.com said...

I really love this. Yes, those little triangles would otherwise be tossed aside, but you elevate them into something wonderful. I made a small quilt like this but love your rainbow columns and will have to try this now as well.

Vera said...

Great use of scraps!

Ioleen said...

So colourful and fresh looking.

Di~ said...

When I fist looked, I thought maybe they were hour glass blocks. Another beautiful quilt, I love seeing your posts every day! :)

Gill said...

Fabulous - I love it!!

Julierose said...

Just a great idea--I am saving all my little triangles now--I love "No Scrap Left Behind"--definitely my favorite book of teeny tiny scrappy quilts--hugs, Julierose

Kate said...

Whoa. I've saved every binding triangle since I started quilting, and this is the first time anything has made me want to actually use them! Guess I know what I'm ordering me for Mother's Day!

Jodie Zollinger said...

Wow, I love your quilt and it's scrappy look. It is so cheery and modern. I love the concept of using up every bit of your scraps. I am trying to do that now with a sampler quilt I am working on.

KaHolly said...

It's just gorgeous!

Kokopelli said...

How lovely!

Sandra Lanter said...

I have been saving all the left over triangle squares for awhile now and was just wondering if there wasn't a quilt ready to be made with them. Good idea!

stamperwithdayjob said...

Love this one. I'm starting to see how you came up with the name for your blog. Ha

Kath said...

What an accomplishment - your quilt is fantastic! I definitely want a copy of this book.
ktsquiltdreams (at)gmail dot(com)

pingraham said...

I really love this quilt so much, and it's so helpful to read the process you took to create it! I think it would also make an adorable baby quilt! I absolutely love this one! FYI - just saw your book at JoAnn's! I had pre-ordered via Amazon to make sure I got it as soon as it came out, but it made me smile to see it in the stores! You inspire so many of us with your scrappy projects! Thanks!

Needled Mom said...

This is another beauty! I love the chains of color. I see a nice leader/ender project in my future.

pennylanequilts said...

This quilt is such a wonderful way to use those triangle scraps!

Roseline McIntosh said...

Incredible!!

Laura D said...

Lovely and Inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Where can I find the book?

Katherine Boyce said...

This is beautiful! All of your recent quilts have made such great use of positive/negative space. :)

Mary said...

Ha! Now I know what to do with all those leftover HST blocks!!!