I’d no sooner posted earlier this morning when my friend Deb texted me “Saw your post and have a few brighter fabrics if you want me to bring them up to audition? ” “Sure, I said.” and within a few minutes Deb was at my door with a small pile of fabrics she thought might fit into my array.
I choose a couple, then went through my stash again, this time not worrying about “Dots” but just looking for fabrics in shades that might work with the diamonds in my layout.
I cut out a number of diamonds in bold colours and dropped them into the layout on my floor. Looking at my pile of unused diamonds it’s obvious I’ve removed most of the very pale diamonds and substituted much stronger colours.
While I was rummaging in the stash, I came across a “dots” fabric I thought would be dark enough to blend with the rest so I cut out half diamonds for the sides, top/bottom, and corners. The dots are much further apart but the pattern is soft enough that it isn’t distracting from the main panel, just framing it. I will need more borders but I’ll deal with that when I have this all assembled (I may have just enough of the dots left for a narrow border and I will add a narrow turquoise border I think; what else, I’m not sure yet).
My layout is complete. I can tell by looking at the photo I should still move a few diamonds but I’m now reasonably happy with what I have.
I began assembling diamonds starting in what will become the bottom right corner (or upper left – I’ll see later which way I think the quilt will work best).
I’ll carry on with setting up the diagonal rows and attaching them to one another – painstaking work, because I want the points to align – that takes careful pinning at the joins before I sew. However, I’ve managed to align the points in these two rows reasonably well, hoping to be able to continue as I go along.
What I’ve realized is my decision to use the tiny dots jellyroll for this diamond project was a problem from the start – the strips were too narrow to make diamonds themselves and stitching them together set up conflicts I wasn’t able to resolve. That kept me stuck, not knowing how to move ahead. Stepping away from the lighter diamonds and deciding to use stronger colours freed me to explore my stash and consider other possibilities.
I like how this one is shaping up. The jewel colors are definitely working. Look forward to seeing the completed quilt.
The strong colors work well. Isn’t it amazing how a stifling idea can grip. Then when let go, ideas flow again.
I don’t think this is ever going to be my favourite quilt! However, I do intend finishing it and then move on to another diamond quilt where I choose a colour flow from the outset using fabric large enough to make whole diamonds! I’m sure I’ll be more successful with that.
Really good decision. I love the stronger saturations in this. It reminds me of some of the astronomy photos of nebulae. I’ll look forward to seeing more.
Melanie, I’m all about strong colour! The wishy-washy pale colours I started out with just didn’t work for me. Although I’ve started sewing the rows together I can see I will continue adding and subtracting and moving until I’m done.