A change of pace today: my new quilt. I haven’t had a ton of time to sew this week so I haven’t been able to work on the Hunter’s Star Quilt, but I’ll be back to that soon. In the meantime, I’ve been working on my quilt for a while and I’ve made a lot of progress.
I LOVE my Drunkard’s Path bedspread. It’s so cute. However, it’s not warm enough for winter, so I decided to make a second quilt for myself. By the time I finish it, it won’t be winter anymore, but I’ll be done soon.
I thought I would make a window pane quilt with large diamonds, something that would be simple and pleasing to the eye. I cut out 10″ squares of especially pretty fabrics (of which I have many) and set them on point. I had an idea of how I wanted them laid out and how many rows of each I wanted, but my math was fuzzy. I thought I needed 28 squares and 8 triangles (or something like that), but I ended up cutting the squares a little haphazardly as far as numbers went. I didn’t decide how I wanted everything laid out and which ones I wanted for the triangles until I’d cut them all. Normally I plan kind of better, but since the quilt is just a nice blanket for me I didn’t worry that much about it.
Here’s my original layout drawing that I didn’t abide by:
Here’s my stack of squares – to be diamonds – and the sashing strips.
You may recognize the sashing fabric from P & J’s wedding present. https://habibihomemade.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/wedding-quilt-for-p-and-j-part-ii/
I decided to lay out the diamonds in rows – a row of black, a row of cream, and a row of blue, with the rest filling in the gaps in between. It works pretty well. I think it looks beautiful just because I used such pretty prints. Note how many of the Asian-inspired prints there are – those are some of my favorites. I had some triangles already cut, and then I decided which of the remaining squares to cut. I tried to arrange them all so that the directional prints were right side up – I had been pretty careful about cutting my squares that way – but you’ll note that a couple of the triangles aren’t quite right side up, including one of the red iris triangles and one of the Asian-inspired prints – the ladies in kimonos on a pale yellow background aren’t quite upright.
I pieced the diamonds in rows on the diagonal. Of course, I realized that my triangles – since they were cut from the same size as the squares – would actually be a little too small, but since they were on the borders it didn’t matter. I also realized once I was piecing that the triangles at each corner should have been quarter triangles, not half triangles (if that makes sense) – look how they extend beyond the line. I ended up cutting off weird sized scraps. It wasn’t a problem.
Here’s the finished top, minus the border around the edges, which I don’t appear to have photographed at this stage.
Next week I’ll talk about the back and putting the quilt together!