Thursday, April 25, 2019

My Diamonds for the Be a Diamond Blog Hop

It's my day to present my rendition of a diamond for the Be A Diamond Blog Hop.
I have to say I am really nervous. Normally when I am expecting company, I thoroughly clean the house, hide all the incriminating evidence, and make the best, labor intensive dishes so you will think of me as a fine, upstanding person who is worthy of being in your community.


However, today, that's not how I am presenting myself. I am sitting in my sweatpants, letting it all hang out, and letting you see the inner workings of my mind. If you are all dressed up in your fancy jewelry for this diamond blog hop, maybe you had better to visit one of the other presenters for the hop.


The rules were:
Make a project with a diamond block on it.
It can be a mug rug, pot holder, mini quilt, baby quilt, bag, etc.

Here's the list of diamond makers:
April 22
April 23
April 24
Today - April 25
April 26

You can find all the projects on the Be A Diamond Pinterest page HERE

My Diamonds 


After I was done having a discussion with myself for volunteering to join a hop during peak season at work, we came to a compromise.  I would make one small simple diamond quilt. No multiple diamonds, no big project. Just a small thing to hang on the bulletin board.  And with only one diamond, there aren't a lot of options so I was very literal.  I made a diamond quilt. The goal was to make something quick and easy without doing a lot of agonizing over choices. I even used fabric that is reserved for another quilt I am making. The challenge was to do it in the fifteen minutes I had available to quilt. This quilt took more than one session because of some mistakes I made in drawing.


My list of quilts to make includes a quilt that isn't square or rectangular, so this quilt does help with that. It isn't as nice as I would like, but I think it serves as a good prototype for future ideas.



After I finished that one, I decided to try again with the leftover triangles I had from the first quilt.   I really like this lacy fabric I got from Nann, so I made another literal diamond quilt. I just placed the triangles raw edge on the quilt sandwich. I used some of the embroidery stitches from my machine. The lacy fabric has some lacy embroidery stitches and the white has straight stitches. There is a diamond stitch around the quilt to secure the raw edges.

28 comments:

Cynthia said...

Well done to get it done. Sometimes get something small completed when the time is against you is better than doing nothing.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Setting achievable goals is a great way to work. Congrats on meeting them!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Nice pieces...thanks for sharing

Stitchin At Home said...

Nice to see a quick project.

For the love of geese said...

I didn't think about making a diamond like this. btw, I'm sitting at my desk working in jammies. Oh the joys of working from home and bing my own boss.

Britt-Inger said...

Well done to get it done. And nice to see a quick project

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

That's the way to go to set a goal and stick with it. Sweet diamond quilt.

Robin said...

Fascinating faceted quilting. It gives me some food for thought in creating upcoming projects.

gayle said...

Your interpretations of diamonds are making me smile! I never would have thought of that first one, and it's so wonderful! Diamond indeed!

Janice Holton said...

I'm with you on the sweatpants sister! I like the lacy fabric too. It has an old-fashioned vibe to it.

Frédérique said...

Great little project, cute diamond!

Vasudha said...

Cute project. I think giving yourself a time constraint and doing what comes to mind first is a good creative exercise. Your project has a fresh, spontaneous look.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Very cute. I avoid committing to anything when I know I am busy.

Needled Mom said...

A single diamond is a great idea for the hop. Glad you had the time to create it for sharing.

tink's mom said...

Love your self imposed rules on what you would make for this hop. Great 15 minute quilt. If only we could all come by diamonds at that speed. Fun stop, thanks for taking some play time with us.

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

So glad you were able to achieve your goal - and then some! Thanks for sharing!

Karrin Hurd said...

Great job getting it done!

Carla said...

I love quick projects as long as I learn something, it's worth the time to do. Great job showing diamonds. I'm joining you with the sweat pants.

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Very clever! I love both of them. The white diamond piece would be great to use as "mug rugs" (or glass rugs) at a wedding. Hmmm, maybe you have a new business - wedding mug rugs! May is my busiest month at work too, so I am impressed that you made Two quilts!!

Sharon said...

Good job! It's always a challenge to balance the demands of work and family, and still leave a little time for creating. Thanks for sharing your diamonds with us!

Calicojoan said...

Well now. I had no idea where might be a dress code! LOL!!!
I'm right there with you sister in my sweats! You are certainly on the road to a diamond studded project!

Quilter Kathy said...

That is a true round brilliant diamond shape! Well done!
Didn't know we were supposed to clean up! LOL

Susan said...

You had fun, and I like the diamond in your header

Emily said...

I like your diamond! Part of the fun of a blog hop for me is seeing all the different ways people think about one thing, and this is a perfect illustration!

Tanya said...

That is definitely a diamond! Good for you for thinking outside the box! I will check out your diamond hop list!

Quilting Babcia said...

It's always so interesting to hear how quilters approach each new challenge! I for one am glad to hear you don't "dress for success" when you set out making an experimental quilt, lol! Comfort over style is my mantra these days.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Very cool quick projects... I do like mini quilts :) xx

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

Love how you thought outside of the box with this one and used the time you had available. Great little diamond project.