When I signed up for this blog hop it was in my mind to show off the baby blanket I had just finished for my new grand nephew who was born at the end of January. I spent each day working on this quilt for just a little bit of time over the last year or so, and all of the blocks were created entirely in my machine embroidery hoop. Sadly, when I went to take the pictures off the camera today something has happened to the flash card and every file on the card seems to be corrupted… I have most of them on my hard drive thankfully but not the most recent pictures I took so I have no picture of the blanket at the moment. Since the blanket was only shipped yesterday she doesn’t even have it yet to retake a new picture for me, but to me, I want to figure out why the flash card went bad… It’s not that I didn’t know they’d eventually go bad I just don’t know what I did to make that happen and that bothers me the most… Anyway, I can show you a sample as I did take a new picture of the sample block I made and I have other projects I’ve made in the past that do include diamonds…
First a thank you to Carol, who kindly moved me to today when I had an emergency fall on Sunday afternoon and ended up with an overnight stay in the hospital. I’m still quite sore and my headache comes and goes but overall everything else is good. I’ve played a lot of Zoo Tycoon this week… It’s my favorite pc game since I haven’t been able to do much of anything else. Also, thank you for hosting this hop, it really made me think about all those diamond projects I have done in the past and most of them involve the same block but placed in different variations, much like how we can do that with the Log Cabin.
I’ve always said the Log Cabin is my favorite block but I now believe that’s because it’s easy to piece together, it’s fast, no bias edges, and there is so much that can be done with them and my favorite display has almost always been one that forms the shape of diamonds, so diamonds for me are forever. 🙂 My projects page includes some of my other diamond projects from the past also, but it doesn’t include the one I’ll show you today.
The diamond in a square block is also a very versatile block and it totally amazes me at what we can do with it.
Many years ago, I created what is known as a Storm at Sea pattern. It includes a diamond in a square block and elongated triangles basically as a “sashing”.
I had to take these pictures on my hubby’s mobile phone, and they appear to be a bit on the grainy side. I do apologize it was quite a chore to even just learn how to get them off the phone and into the laptop so I could then upload them to my blog to write this post. LOL
You can still see the images to some degree… As you can see, I loved purple even back in the ’90s.
I do not remember why I chose to do purple, red and black, but for some reason, I thought it would work well together. It’s not bad, but no I would not do it again.
This is the first quilt that I tried FMQ on, it is also a Quilt As You Go quilt. I sectioned this into 4 large pieces, and quilted them, then put them together. I don’t do qayg the same way that I did it in the ’90s now, but it was funny to think about how I use to do it compared to how I do it today.
The most interesting part of this quilt is that the quilting design was taken quite literally, being it was my first time at doing Free Motion quilting and I was using stencils, the diamond in a square block all have a different design in the block and they are sea-related designs.
These are close-ups, if you look really closely (click image for a larger view) you might see the boat, the fish, the bird, and the shell.
As to the baby blanket…
I used Anita Goodesign’s Blanket Stitch Baby pattern and designs.
The above image was taken from Anita Goodesigns site, it is not my quilt. I wanted to show you some of the designs in the quilt. This is not a diamond in a square pattern, but more of a log cabin pattern. However, the only place that the log cabin strips are added is in the side, and corner triangles, and the blocks with the stars in the middle. The blocks with the applique design are all plain squares.
This is a sample block of the quilt I made. When I first start a large project with my embroidery machine I always make a test block with the design because I want to be sure I have everything set correctly. This quilt was created with a metal 8×10 hoop. It uses Hobbs Tuscany Superior Unbleached cotton batting, a piece of muslin was used for the back in the hoop itself, and cotton fabric is used on the top of the hoop. The muslin is placed there as something you won’t see once it’s finished, and while this is a qayg project, permanent backing is not added until you piece the blocks together. I did iron a piece of fusible interfacing on the back of the applique baby fabric (the pink fabric) as it does help give you stiffness and helps you cut around your shapes in the hoop much easier. I could have used heat-n-bond lite, but I prefer not to. Even tho I also own cutting machines I still prefer to cut my applique shapes in the hoop. I actually think it’s just easier and faster. This quilt was also made entirely with Aurifil Cotton 30 wt thread. I will post a picture of the full quilt when I get one from my niece once they receive the blanket. It turned out so cute and I am very disappointed that the pictures on my flash card became corrupted.
Today and Tomorrow’s Schedule…
Today – April 25
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