Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Diamond Chronicles Quilt Top #1 is Done!

I finished my first version of my diamond series quilt tops.  Y-seams and all!  If you're wondering what this series is all about, this post will explain what I mean by Diamond Chronicles   This quilt measures approximately 40 x 48.

I think I will use up some of the yellow diamonds to make a scrappy yellow binding.  If I had to hazard a guess as to how many diamonds I started with, I would say at least 500 plus!  This quilt only used up about 60 of them.  I am so curious as to what the seamstress who cut these out intended to do with them all.

I'll share quilt #2 in a future post and hopefully get this one quilted too!

And on to other news.  As you know, quite a large amount of the fabric I acquired in that infamous auction happened to be Civil War reproduction fabric.  I am really starting to fall in love with quilts using those fabrics.  They feel so old fashioned and homey to me.  Anyway, I am dipping my toe in the water slowly by making something small.  I signed up for a doll quilt swap put on by Lori at Humble Quilts.  You can view the last 5 years results of that event here.  Maybe you'll want to join in next year.

Need some inspiration?
Here is my creation for this year's swap.  I still need to put a label on it and get it mailed.  
I haven't yet received my swap quilt yet but I'll be sure to share when I do!

I know my latest posts haven't had a lot of modern bright colored quilts in them like I normally do but I'm still working on THIS project  . . .

I'm kind of stalled out on it and haven't completed month 3 yet and we've already been given the instructions for month 4.  I better get with it!

Oh, I also joined a group on Facebook called Stitching With Joy.  She is going to give us some hints and tips on how to get your UFO's (Unfinished Objects) organized.  I was super surprised to find out I have at least 18 UFO's and I'm pretty sure there are more that I just haven't come across yet.  I am going to start working on getting these partially done projects finished up.  I couldn't believe it but Joy says she has 185!  Which was actually less than last year's total of 216!!  Where does she put them all???  Hey, at least she is making progress and I hope to do the same.

Last but not least, as I was searching through UFO's to be listed, I found this old quilt.

  It's super stained and worn out in a lot of places.   I'm not sure what to do with it.  I enjoyed studying the fabrics in it which appear to be from the 30's and 40's era?   Here are a few closeups of the fabrics . . .

The colors are amazingly bright on some of these!

Do you think my guess is about right?  
Any idea what the name of this block might be?

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  1. glad you have found a lot of good stuff in all that fabric that you got for a great deal

  2. Holy cow I am surprised you got your first diamond quilt top pieced! Congrats you rock! Love love your doll swap quilt and lookie at your feathers:D wonderful!

  3. Your dog quilt is so sweet and old-fashioned. The other quilt pattern is a leaf from the tulip poplar tree, which has four lobes. It is common in more southern states. I hope that helps with knowing the background of the quilt.

  4. I just love the way you put your diamonds together! Your other quilts are so pretty too... oh, and I have a big house - I have to, to store all the ufos, haha!!!! xx

  5. I love your first quilt with the yellow diamonds! That solid blue/light aqua is perfect. And I LOVE your BOM so far!!! So pretty!

  6. Such a flurry of activity in your studio!!! There is not a single dull moment there, even when the fabrics are muted. You have recreated a piece of history in your swap quilt. I am sure it will be admired by all. I am curious how you will resurrect this old quilt.

  7. Oh, my goodness, you have so much going on and so much fabulousness! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday.

  8. CONGRATULATIONS; your aqua and yellow diamonds top looks fantastic! And I'm swooning over your Sarah Fiehlke BOM as well so please catch up on that ASAP (LOL! -- as if I have the right to give anyone else orders!!). Check Barbara Brackman's block library for your vintage quilt block. I'm guessing it's meant to be either a flower or a leaf because of the stem. And I concur on your estimated date of '30s-'40s for the quilt. The fabrics look very similar to a family quilt I own that is embroidered with the date 1942.

  9. LOVE your little swap quilt! The antique one gives a lesson on not stressing about losing points/corners, etc.

  10. Your first diamond quilt looks great! And the doll quilt is beautiful; your borders and binding make the perfect setting.
    Kathleen, kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  11. Your yellow diamond quilt is amazing! Well done!!

  12. Your diamonds quilt is amazing... I know what it takes to get those suckers together! I look forward to seeing what some more become.


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