Joshua’s quilt

ALERT:  Joshua, if by chance you are reading this, STOP and GO AWAY!  <grin!>  Ashley, if YOU are reading this you may, but please don’t share pics with Joshua!

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Yes, I am trying to get the photo below the screen line LOL!  In a small miracle, I have made some headway on Joshua’s quilt!  He graduated and got his GED in late Spring.  I started on it in late winter and hoped to have the top done by graduation.  Then I got the chance to make my video workshop (here) and was delayed.  Then I had hoped to have all of Autumn to work on it–but offers of articles and two bloghops to promote the now-out DVD intervened.  But I did get the diamonds made.  Yesterday I FINALLY got to put them up on the design wall, and I AM HAPPY!   If Joshua doesn’t like it (I’m sure he will), I’d love to sleep under this.

Clearly the quilt was inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s quilts.  I actually prefer the Philip Jacobs and Martha Negley prints to Kaffe’s, but had a lovely stash.  There was one print in particular that Joshua liked, so there are ten diamonds in that one, plus I plan to do a pieced “quilt modern-ish” back so the quilt will be two sided.  I think the quilt will be about 87 x 95 when done.  Yesterday I got the pieces up on the design wall (and partly on the floor):

Inspired by Kaffe Fassett's diamonds quilts.  I used the diamond template I had, then cut strips to make 1 inch (finished) sashing/borders for each diamond.  There are not two pairings the same in the entire quilt.  Doesn't the color just make you happy?  Now to get it pieced without messing up the order!

Inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s diamonds quilts. I used the diamond template I had, then cut strips to make 1 inch (finished) sashing/borders for each diamond. There are not two pairings the same in the entire quilt. Doesn’t the color just make you happy? Now to get it pieced without messing up the order!

As I was stitching the edges onto the diamonds, I started popping them up on the wall.  What a muddle!  Wasn’t happy.  So I tried grouping them by center color (large prints) and, when that wasn’t so great, by border color (smaller scale designs/prints).  That worked much better, so I chose a simple rainbow flow:  reds to orange-ish/yellow to green to blues.  When I got to the bottom of the number of rows I needed, I had lots of blues, so used them to fill in the triangles on the tope and sides and really like how the darker strips help contain the quilt.  I’ll use a dark-ish blue for a simple binding.

Now I need to upload a few photos to a transfer site in the cloud for my next article for Machine Quilting Unlimited!  WOOT!

 

 

 

13 Responses to “Joshua’s quilt”

  1. Robin Koehler Says:

    It is GORGEOUS!! This is one I have wanted to try but ALL those diamonds-YIKES!
    I just know he will love it!!

  2. Fitzy Says:

    It’s LOVELY! Thank you for sharing, I’m SURE he won’t peek!

  3. soireadthisbooktoday Says:

    That is GORGEOUS!!!!! You should be so proud! Your use of colour is knockout. I ADORE bright colours, and your use just blows me away. I am jealous now – I want the quilt for me, so if he doesn’t like it, remember my name! ROFL!!!

    Again, congratulations on a breathtaking quilt!

  4. Kit Robinson Says:

    I have been collecting fabrics for this very pattern! Yours is gorgeous.

  5. Marie Z. Johansen Says:

    It’s a beauty! It’s really quite fabulous – and I agree with you one Kaffe vs. Jacobs/Negly

  6. Marie Z. Johansen Says:

    how large is it?

    Congratulations!
    I have such a problem with wall space for designing. I got one of those Cheryl Ann’s walls that 72X72, but that’s not enough at times and they are not all that steady when they get to that size either.

  7. soireadthisbooktoday Says:

    I cheated. I bought a couple of those pink, foam insulation panels from my local hardware store. Then, I cut them to the size I wanted to fit exactly in the space I had. I needed more than one, so I taped them together with good old duct tape. Then, I cut flannel to wrap all the way around, and stapled the flannel to the boards and voila, perfection! It is light too, so when I moved I just pulled the whole thing apart and moved it with me. My new space was differently sized, so I got another panel and added it to my original. Had to add flannel, but it’s all good, and the size is perfect.

  8. Dorothy Karman Says:

    Sarah it wonderful! I love it, and the colours are glorious. Clever girl. Have a great Christmas.

  9. Dorothy Karman Says:

    Sarah it wonderful! I love it, and the colours are glorious.

  10. Beth-near Washington DC! Says:

    It is beautiful and I am sure he will love it… if not for actually sleeping under, to brighten any room (think rental) without paint. I think I prefer the other Freespirit designers as well.

  11. Sally Says:

    Love it! And I agree about preferring Philip and Brandon’s fabrics–not that I would pass up a few Kaffe’s…

  12. Gari Says:

    I would have peeked and then I would have been jumping up and down for joy. What a wonderful quilt, so much happy color.

  13. Dorothy Karman Says:

    Hi. Some time ago you recommended a particular brand of fusible, but I can’t remember the name. I am helping a friend with a McKenna Ryan quilt (gnash, gnash)and the fusible I am using, Applifix (A4 sheets)is giving me lots of problems. All the little pieces keep coming lose and falling off. Maybe I am taking too long doing it? Does it have a use-by date? I can’t work on it every day so it sits for a while between stitching. Do you have any advice for me? Do you recommend a particular brand?