Monday, September 19, 2016

dealing in Diamonds

I've definitely fallen for this gigantic X block.  It's dramatic and such a quick sew.

Autumn quilt

Today I'm more than halfway through piecing the quilt top that emerged from my first X-block sketch.  This block likes to make diamonds, so when I sat down to dream with again, I created another diamond-y quilt design quite effortlessly.

dealing in Diamonds

Start with the X-block, then add a few paper pieced triangles, traditional hourglass blocks and some sashing and you get...

dealing in Diamonds

this!  I think it's sort of elegant and showy, like a cranberry tart, especially in these rich hues.  Luscious.

If it weren't for the home addition, the quilt top would easily be done by now.  Instead, I enjoyed painting (zero VOC paint!) and working on electrical outlets this weekend with the family.  Ok, it's really a stretch to say I enjoyed working on the electrical outlets.  I mean, big belly + low outlets = quite the challenge.  At one point I was actually kneeling on my bare knees on concrete trying to finagle some tough wires.  So, yeah.  But, I do enjoy the results!  The sewing room has painted walls, lights, outlets and vents!  This part of the process is so exciting.  As soon as the floors go in, I'll snap another photograph.

Oh, and I'll show you the quilt top when I'm finished too.  Wink.


23 comments:

  1. oh, wow!!! What a beauty this will be. I'm so taken with all those gorgeous colors and the layout is just perfect. And yay, how fantastic your sewing room is coming along so nicely.

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  2. This IS a terrific design! Can't wait to see more. Definitely elegant and showy!

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  3. Ooooh, this is one of my favorites of your quilts so far!! Are you going to sell it? (wink wink) -Ruth

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    1. Um, yes! I am going to sell it. But first, I think it might need to visit miss Emily Sessions at Emerson quilting for some special quilting!

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  4. Holy smoking mackarel!!! Amazing. The contrast, the values, the design. Another stunner in the making.

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    1. Haha, thanks so much Puppilalla! You're going to have to turn some of your challenge designs into quilts too. You've got oodles of stunner potential in them!

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    2. That is very kind of you to say. Thank you =)

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  5. This is stunning! Can't wait to see more. And I love that you work on home projects as a family!

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  6. Luscious is a great word for that red! Enjoy your sewing and nesting!!!

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  7. That quilt is definitely luscious.

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    1. Haha, thanks Shaka and CT. I couldn't resist saying it was luscious. It's the colors!

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  8. I was doing some no VOC trim painting myself when I went into labor. ;)

    p.s. the quilt is a stunner!

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  9. That color combination is a real knock out! What a cool design. I hope there will be a tutorial to follow (hint hint). And when you snap that next sewing room addition let's see that big belly baby bump, too! We women glow during this time.

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    1. I feel ginormous, so I've been camera shy. But, maybe! And, I have been thinking about doing a tutorial for the big X block, at least. I'll keep that in mind!

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  10. Great quilt design! I always love when a design I had in my mine works out in real life and look great, don't you? Your design surely does:-)

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    1. Thank you, Hildy! Yes, that's the best feeling. I think this design is coming to life in fabrics/colors that make it even better than I imagined, which is pretty fun. I guess fall colors are speaking to all of us at the moment.

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  11. This quilt is going to be gorgeous! Looking forward to seeing the finish!

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  12. Pretty stunning, Rachel!
    And the belly and kneeling and electrical work - oh my! Worth the results, I'm sure.

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  13. This quilt is exquisite. If only to be so talented. It is colorful, different and quirky to name a few adjectives. I LOVE it. It is one that should be displayed for everyone to devour. My favorite quilt of yours has been The Lotus Quilt. Now I have a new favorite.

    Leslie

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  14. Love where this quilt is going.

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  15. Very cool! It has a sort 1920's art deco vibe.

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  16. Very cool! It has a sort 1920's art deco vibe.

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  17. Luscious and so dramatic!
    Yay, for almost reaching the finish :)

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