When I saw the announcement for this hop from Carol, I just KNEW that I I had to be part of the event. You can find a full list of bloggers that are participating at the end of this post.
You will also find some details about a prize drawing. =D
Several years ago my daughter wanted to make a quilt as a gift for a friend. She perused some catalogs and found a pattern that inspired her.
She grabbed some graph paper and started sketching...
I liked the block as well and made a quilt for some friends who were getting ready to make a move to Romania where they would serve as missionaries. (shown below)
Now, you may wonder how does this even remotely fit into the diamond theme???
Well... with a little bit of quilting I was able to create the facets of a cut diamond...
Last year I had a bit of a lucky streak going and was selected as the the winner of two different prize drawings and won a batik jelly roll and a set of Aurifil thread... and they matched just perfectly! And I had been waiting to find the perfect quilt to feature them...
The stars aligned with this hop! It was like it was destiny... or kismet... meant to be!
As I cut and pieced the blocks and assembled the rows it reminded me of the birthstone charts that I used to look at in the Farmers Almanac when I was a kid.
I always thought that I was lucky to have the diamond as my birthstone... you know because it was considered valuable and precious. But it was a bit boring... it was... just white.
The other stones were just so... pretty!
BUT... when the light hits a diamond just right you can see a prism... all of the colors! Just like my quilt!
Just looking at the top on my design wall without the quilting it looked... well, like a diamond in the rough.
I quilted in feathers on the gemstone sections...
and then did straight line stitching with grey thread to make the facets. WOW! Did they pop!
I am in love with the way it turned out! But the white border needed something special. Something just as special as the body of the quilt. So I located some variegated embroidery floss and did some big stitch quilting. (the link will take you to IG to get a closer shot of the floss)
I consider myself lucky to have had just enough of the jewel-toned stripey fabric for the binding and the brightly colored hot air balloon fabric for the backing in my stash.
The finished size is 48" x 41". It took a little math to make sure that the white border would allow for the final border of 2-1/2 inch squares to come out perfectly.
It seems that the stars really were aligned for this quilt... the jelly roll, the thread, just enough binding fabric and a brightly colored backing. Maybe I should go play the lotto, or something...
But you could be lucky too! Leave a comment before Saturday, April 27th...
What is your birthstone?
And let me know if you like it, or wish that it were something different.
You will have a chance to win this quilt pattern, English Crackers
I love to hear from my readers... but remember, if you are a no-reply or anonymous commenter, you will need to leave your e-mail address so that I can contact you if your name is chosen the winner.
Be sure to visit all of the other bloggers that are sharing their diamond inspired quilts this week!
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