Diamonds and Blooms and a Giveaway!
Paper piecing: you either love it or hate it. I have found that my students don't have a middle ground! It certainly can be confusing, having to work with a piece of paper between you and the fabric. But, if you want really sharp points without hand piecing, then sometimes this is the only alternative.
CONTEST IS OVER: #5 was my first pick, but she is "unknown." I'm so sorry I had no email to contact you. Then Random Number Generator selected #7, Sherry.
Here is my very first Diamonds and Blooms quilt, made in 2008. As you may remember from previous posts, I sew first and pattern later. I do NOT design in EQ and then try to flesh it out in fabric. I like to say: "I do what the fabric tells me to do!"
|Diamonds and Blooms: 34" x 34"|
It wasn't the paper piecing units that gave me grief. It was the patterning of those center diamonds! I went on to make 2 more quilts using my workshop samples (minus those diamonds!) I decided to retire this class and those sample blocks did not want to stay in the box unfinished!
Here is one block and then the subsequent quilt I created. I had to use two different background prints in order to finish the quilt! (This is one of my leftover blocks which is a giveaway!)
|Diamonds and Blooms block (7" finished)|
I decided to use 7 blocks and got creative with the assembly! And I had to introduce a 3rd background print. Fairly low contrast between some of those blades and the BG print, but it works and it's finished!
|Diamonds and Blooms in my "descending" assembly|
|Diamonds and Blooms block in Floribunda fabrics|
|Diamonds and Blooms|