Diamonds Are Forever…

Be A Diamond

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

Patchouli Moon Studio | Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Hill Valley Quilter | Mageez Room
Websterquilt | High Road Quilter | Seams To Be Sew

April 26

Creatin’ in the Sticks | Cynthia’s Creating Ark | Days Filled With Joy
For The Love Of Geese | Quilt Fabrication | Stitchin At Home
Just Let Me Quilt

And if you’ve missed seeing the earlier projects from this hop, here is the rest of the schedule…

April 22

Needled MomKeepsake MomentsKathy’s Quilts
Kathy’s Kwilts and MoreColor, Creating, and Quilting

April 23

Ms P Designs USAVroomans QuiltsMarjorie’s Busy Corner
Melva Loves ScrapsStoried QuiltsWords & Stitches
Clever Chameleon QuiltingSongbird Designs

April 24

MooseStashQuilting | BeaquilterVicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Creative Blonde Selina QuiltsBumbleberry Stitches
Two Maker Chicks | Quilts By Joanne

We’ll see ya soon and …

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32 Responses to Diamonds Are Forever…

  1. AvatarDione Gardner-Stephen says:

    Sorry to hear about your fall, and I hope that you are feeling 100% soon. Looking forward to seeing your whole quilt…. I imagine after all that effort it is amazing, thankfully you can get new pictures of it.

  2. AvatarJoy McDonald says:

    Oh, I do hope you’re all better soon… taking pics can be frustrating, but the quilt is still gorgeous! xx

  3. Just now catching up, I do hope you are better now! So sorry to hear of your fall. Your projects look great.

  4. AvatarSelina says:

    It stinks that your pictures went bad but that the baby gets his quilt is really all that matters . It is a terrific design. Looking forward to pictures of the your quilt once there is a baby on it :-}

  5. AvatarSusan says:

    Lovely quilts on show!

  6. AvatarSusan says:

    It is always fun to look back and see how our practice has changed, as it should have in several decades. =) I’ll bet the baby quilt was darling.

  7. Hope you feel better soon! The Storm at Sea is an awesome diamond pattern to play with!

  8. AvatarBeth T. says:

    Oh, Marian, I’m so sorry to hear about your accident and hospital stay! Glad to know you’re home and feeling well enough to “hop”. Hope you are taking good care of yourself–you do a lot of looking out for others, I know. Thanks for sharing your photos, despite the technological glitches.

  9. AvatarJOAN says:

    Well, poop, I’m so sorry to hear about your fall. Nothing worse than topping it off with a failed camera card. Life just has to get better soon. I’m sending best wishes your way!
    Cute projects you shared !

  10. What a fun baby quilt! He will love it. :o)

  11. AvatarCarol Kussart says:

    Thanks for sharing the projects you had done–very interesting to see. Hope your recovery is quick and complete! Take care!

  12. AvatarRonelle says:

    Hope you recover very quickly from the fall, Marian.
    Thank you for sharing your projects with us. I love the baby quilt and can’t wait to see the final picture.
    Trust you’ll get the flash card mystery figured out.

  13. AvatarCarla says:

    So sorry to hear of your fall. Hope you are feeling better and your technology problems get solved. Cute baby quilt block.

  14. AvatarBrenda says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your fall and overnight hospital stay. Please take it easy and feel better soon. I totally understand about the pics. I had something similar happen in the past. My tip for the next time you need to get pics from a phone – I email mine from my phone to my desktop. Works great! I hope you will post the final picture when your quilt reaches it’s destination! I’d love to see it. I have a few of Anita Gooddesign designs but haven’t tried any of them yet.

  15. AvatarKarrin Hurd says:

    Sorry for your fall and your picture problems. The pattern for the baby quilt is darling

  16. AvatarSusan Shaw says:

    Sorry about your fall and ending up in the hospital. Also, sorry about your camera woes. I adore the Storm at Sea quilt. I’m sure the baby quilt is adorable, too and am anxious to see the finished quilt. I’m glad you were able to share with us on your day. Hope and pray that you are feeling much, much better.

  17. AvatarMary says:

    Your baby quilt is really darling and the Storm quilt is a great “diamond” design.

  18. AvatarColette says:

    Love the storm at sea, that is one of my someday projects. Cute baby quilt!

  19. AvatarVasudha says:

    Thank you for showing your delightful diamond projects. I hope you feel better soon. I love your storm at sea quilt.

  20. AvatarShelley D Buttler says:

    I hope you feel better!

  21. AvatarTheresa says:

    I have had my sure of troubles as well. It can be very frustrating to say the least. I look forward to seeing the final picture. What you are able to show looks lovely.

  22. AvatarRosemary Barron says:

    Even after the rough few days you have had, you still shared with us. Thank you for that. I love the baby quilt and I really like the Storm at Sea. On my To-Do list and has been for … way too long. Hope you feel better. Love your posts.

  23. The Storm at Sea is one of my “want to do” quilts but using plaids.

  24. So sorry to hear of your fall and your equipment malfunction. You have had a very rough week! Kudos to you for even attempting to write a blog post at all! That baby quilt is the cutest thing I’ve seen in a while!

  25. AvatarCarol S. says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a Storm at Sea quilt so it’s on my someday list. Yours is very pretty in those colors. You’ve sure had a run of not-so-fun things happening to you. The bump on the head was definitely not good and the flash drive failing would definitely make me run out the door screaming. LOL Glad your head is okay!

  26. AvatarDaryl says:

    Oh too bad the flash drive died like that and yes it is frustrating when we don’t know why. The quilt you showed from Anita Goodesigns is adorable. I love the log cabins and the applique. I hope you can share your quilt another time.

  27. AvatarBritt-Inger says:

    Marian, thank you for telling your story. And I understand that it is very frustrating for you to miss the final picture.And I am sure your final quilt is beautiful.

  28. AvatarDenise says:

    All beautiful finishes.

  29. Avatarlynn bourgeois says:

    This is a very sweet quilt, and will be treasured I ‘m sure. The technology hiccups surround us in our everyday lives. I’m afraid I couldn’t be any help in that area. Have a great day.

  30. AvatarMarjorie says:

    Oh…shame, please show us later. Love the baby quilt

  31. Marian, I’m sure your finished quilt is lovely! I do like the log cabin diamond idea.

  32. AvatarCynthia says:

    Very frustrating for you not to have that final picture. I look forward to seeing in the near future because I’m sure it will be great.

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