Modern Diamonds - Pretty In Patchwork Sew Along by Caribousmom

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Modern diamonds
Status:
Complete
Started:
2013-04-01T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2013-08-09T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

In April, the Pretty in Patchwork Sew Along group will be picking a quilt of their choice to sew. I've narrowed down all the terrific quilts in this book to one: Modern Diamonds Lap Quilt. The pattern calls for strong colors, but I'm changing things up slightly because I won a fat quarter bundle of Lario by 3 Sisters from the Fat Quarter Shop a few months ago and I am dying to use some of it. I've removed the black from the quilt and am substituting the red fabrics in Lario...I'm also using pink and yellow in my quilt (rather than green and red which the pattern calls for). I think the contrasts will be enough to still have this quilt pop a bit - but it will definitely be more "low volume" than the quilt in the book.

I found 2.5 yards of Butterscotch and Roses by Fig Tree in my stash which I think works for the back (and I'll need to use some of the left over fat quarters from the collection to piece about a 1/2 yard more to make the full back).

Update April 22, 2013: I spent some time today laying out the start of this quilt and then pieced the first few rows (which are pieced on the diagonal). This is definitely not a beginner quilt! And it is REALLY essential to layout on a design wall before stitching as it is easy to get mixed up. I'm going to put some tips on piecing and pressing over on the Pretty in Patchwork Holidays group. I am finding this is a much "quieter" quilt then the one in the book, but I'm sort of liking that!

AND, thank goodness for photos because I just spotted a mistake where I swapped white blocks with yellow (bottom left hand corner)...so just now ripped that out and resewed. I will have to be super careful with the piecing, I guess!!

May 1st Update: Making slow progress, but getting there!

May 14, 2013 Update: Top is DONE! Yay. The updated photos are a little washed out (and the top looks way wrinkled) because I hung it over my porch  railing in the bright sun...

August 9, 2013: Quilt is quilted, bound, washed and DONE! Basic info on this one...

SIZE: 59″ X 63″ lap quilt

FABRIC: Lario collection by 3 Sisters for Moda (I was really lucky to win a fat quarter stack of this fabric from a Fat Quarter Shop giveaway)
PATTERN: Modern Diamond Quilt found in Pretty in Patchwork Holdiays by John q. Adams (page 99).

QUILTING: Straight lines following the large diamond pattern


Blogged about here.

 

Pictures

Quilt Detail from Back
Sunshot from the back

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Comments

Quilt455

These are really pretty fabrics and yup you are going to a whole different feel to this quilt. I think it is going to be another winner, I just love the pink fabric. I was also going to do the diamond lap quilt but now I am not sure. Might do one of the other ones. Hmmm, more decisions. Can't wait to see this one

Caribousmom

Quilt455 Thanks, Miss Cathie :)

Conniharns

Hey Turbo....great fabrics! I am sure this will be done by morning!!

Caribousmom

Conniharns Ha ha! I plan on finishing the quilting on my Kaleidoscope today and work on my table runner - so absolutely, this one will be cut, pieced, quilted and bound before midnight!

Conniharns

Hahaha...I knew it!! You kill me my dear friend!!

Rebeccajeffsmith

I love the colors you have chosen. It should be very pretty whenever you get it done. Whether that's tonight by midnight or in the morning. haha!

Caribousmom

Rebeccajeffsmith LOL. Thank you!

True

I missed this one...how pretty it shall be...I think I would have real issues keeping it all straight!

Caribousmom

It is a little confusing at times, True ! Not a quilt to work on when you're tired that's for sure!!!

Skynme

It's turning out beautifully, another amazing quilt from you. Great job, can't wait to see the finished project.

Caribousmom

Skynme Thanks so much! I am trying to at least get the top pieced before the end of the month so I can "take credit" for keeping up with the group! HA!!! LOL!

Skynme

I completely understand...I have been putting off finishing mine so hopefully I will get out of my funk and finish it this next weekend.

Mymble

This is so lovely-I especially love the reds ...( this was the pattern I planned to do as well but life is not cooperating- still seeing yours makes me want to make one someday even if it's not "in time" for the sew along)- I hope you're going to keep it- I doubt I could give it away:) - really fine!

Caribousmom

Mymble Thanks, Margaret :) I haven't decided yet what I'm going to do with this one...there are a couple of friends who I want to make a quilt for...and so I'm contemplating gifting this quilt ...but, we'll see!!!

Terryt1955

Keeping this straight even with a design wall would definitely put me over the edge. So I will just have to live again vicariously through you. I'm loving the quieter colors.

Rebecca

Diagonal sewing makes me so crazy. Amanda and I were discussing and we couldn't figure out why this wasn't done as straight rows since it seems like it would also work and be less confusing. Having a place to lay it all out is essential though.

Love your fabrics - the softer palette is really pretty for this!

Amanda

I agree one hundred percent about needing to make sure you have it laid out! I have messed myself up more than once now and have had to pick out stitches to make sure triangles are in the right place.

Caribousmom

Terryt1955 LOL. Thanks!
Amanda Glad to know I'm not the only one who messed up! LOL. I was being so careful. Did not even notice the mistake until I took the photo and then it jumped right out at me!
Rebecca I agree, Rebecca - diagonal layouts (especially this one) always confuse me...although I'm starting to get into the groove of the pattern now (I hope!)

Amanda

I've definitely messed it up more than once! Also, I've been piecing in horizontal rows instead of diagonal. So far I haven't run into any problems. I had to take a break from this one while I made a quilt for a friend and then cut MORE triangles, but I plan on working on it more this week.

Caribousmom

Amanda Sounds like you are as determined as I am LOL

Caribousmom

Carolmarie thanks! They're difficult but u could do it!!!

Caribousmom

Carolmarie You're welcome!! And I totally meant it - really!!

Rebecca

Gorgeous! Love the update. Are you finding the size of the triangles too fiddly? I'm thinking about making a mini that is at the 100% size of the triangle in the book rather than 200% for the full quilt.

Caribousmom

Rebecca the triangles r about as Small as I would want to piece...the difficulty is the bias and stretch which I think would have more impact with smaller triangles...if that makes sense

AllPatchedUp

Gorgeous!!

Caribousmom

AllPatchedUp thank!

Rebecca

Caribousmom Yeah that makes sense. Thanks. If I'm feeling brave and decide to attempt it I think I'll just cut a few triangles to give it a try first.

Caribousmom

Should have said thanks!

Caribousmom

Rebecca go for it!!!!

Rebecca

Caribousmom Haha, thanks! I just might. Need to get some other things off my list first though.

Caribousmom

Rebecca I hear u...me too!!

Mary

This is so pretty...love the colors you picked...

Caribousmom

Mary Thank you!

True

Oh I love this and I love the pictures with sun coming through reminds me of stained glass!

Caribousmom

True Thank you! I've seen other quilters do those sun shots and they always looks cool (like you said - as if it were stained glass!).

Terryt1955

Congrats on finishing the top! Beautiful and then some. Have you counted how many seams are in this!!

Caribousmom

Terryt1955 LOL- I haven't counted seams, but I can tell you there are A LOT!! I'm happy to get this top done. I also pieced the back today and hope to get it pinned in the next few days :)

Quilt455

How do you say beautiful! Really can't wait to see this one in person. Do not count the seams....just know there is a lot and they are all perfect!

Terryt1955

Exactly! There are so many seams and they are all spot on. How do you do it! Seriously! Can't wait to see what you did for the back. It's just as exciting as the front when it's yours.

Caribousmom

Terryt1955 and Quilt455 aw, thanks! But, trust me when I say this - those seams are far from perfect. I just trust no one will look too closely! LOL.

Mouseinmypocket

This is quite lovely. I look forward to seeing how you quilt it.

Caribousmom

Mouseinmypocket Thanks! I have no idea how to quilt this one - any suggestions?

Mouseinmypocket

I would probably do straight line quilting following the lines of the quilt, but if I had a long-arm it might be great to do something completely different, like a beautiful floral pattern. If you're hand quilting, I think just emphasizing the larger red diamonds would be nice.

Caribousmom

Mouseinmypocket thanks for the idea - I was actually thinking of doing diagonal straight lines, following the lines of the quilt - and so we are on the same wavelength. I also may do a few diagonals going the other way (sort of like a cross hatch)

True

LOVE this it is so pretty...just gorgeous colors and fabrics and how come together in pattern!

Caribousmom

True Thanks, Mary!

Aprilc

love! beautiful quilt!

Caribousmom

Aprilc Thank you!

Conniharns

Another beauty Wendy! So pretty. Love how the quilting came out. :)

Quilt455

This came out BEAUTIFUL! I just love the fabric; the colors work so great together. Wow! The picture with the sun coming throught looks like stainglass; I just love it.

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