Diamond Quilts

I don't make a quilt expecting it's going to be one of a series, but sometimes an idea is too good to play with only once.

Diamond Jubilee, 2015
I made this quilt as a high school graduation present for my niece, a hip West Coast girl. I didn't want to make her a typical quilt. I wanted something that would be new and fresh but stylish.

Some of my best quilts are made when I am barely paying attention - as if the quilt flies out of the ends of my fingers without any effort. This one took eight days - or rather six evenings after work to design and two days to sew the flimsy together.

Jewel Box, 2017

 Jewel Box came about because I had the idea to make a dark diamonds quilt. I screwed around with dark fabrics from my stash for weeks, not coming up with anything that worked for me. I set the idea aside and instead worked with fabrics that were darker than the Diamond Jubilee quilt, but not as dark and I had originally planned.

Once I let go of an idea that wasn't fully formed, I was able to embrace these middle value diamonds and this lovely quilt developed.

Dark Majesty 2017

No matter how much I tried to ignore it, I just knew a quilt with dark fabrics was in there somewhere. Finally I realized I needed more fabrics from which to choose, so I went shopping for dark fabrics with large prints that would form the backbone of the quilt. With those in hand, this quilt came about. It has been quilted, and is waiting for binding.

Tickled Pink, 2018

Sometimes an idea just pops into your head. What about a PINK quilt? I had to order fabrics, and I wrestled with the tiny background diamonds next to the bright ones, but it turned out just the way I wanted.

 My Mother loved the Tickled Pink diamond quilt (above) so much, she asked if she could have it.  I said no. I thought, I'll make her a scrab slab quilt. But I didn't really want to do that either. Looking around my studio, still messy from finishing the pink one, I saw all the discarded pieces and thought, what would happen if I used those...  Well, Dairy Cream (with Sprinkles) happened. I have yet to sew it together, but I wanted to share it.

I do need to stress that in these quilts, I want the viewer to first get the experience of the color first, and then to realize the quilt is made of three sizes of diamonds, and how they break up, and come back together, and then finally, all the different fabrics.


Robby H. said...

It's wonderful to see the evolution of this idea. You've made me want to make a diamond quilt. Although I'd be lying if I didn't mention that those bias edges make me hesitate. Oh well, I can enjoy looking at yours.

Mary Bolton said...

Love these diamonds! Thanks for the inspiration

Mona Kelley said...

Do you have a tutorial for the diamond quilt? I would love to try one.