" Do you not know?
Have you not heard???

The LORD is the everlasting GOD,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,
and His understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary,
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:28-31

"The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught." Isaish 50:4


Monday, March 18, 2013

Diamonds in the Rough

These brown fabrics kept calling out to me everytime I came across them in my 'sewing room'.  They're mostly fatquarters that Jodie Ann has shared with me over the  past few years, and somehow, they got placed with some bright fabrics, which got my head to spinnin'.    I just kept having a crazy desire to put them together into SOMETHING, not knowing what pattern I'd use, and realizing that I didn't have enough of any of the fabrics to make something big.

I really love this layout and wish that I had gone with it !
Well, I got the fabrics out one day last week and just started playing.   I went through several ideas before I started cutting out diamond shapes.

A star was an obvious consideration, but when laid out, it was just TOO traditional for me, even though the fabric combination was fresh.
Lottie is 3/4 grown, and gives you some idea how small the quitie was.
I finally settled on this layout, and spent a day assembling it.  It came out so very small that I first thought of turning it into a pillow sham for a full size bed pillow.   But it was a bit too big for that, and it wouldn't have gone with any quilt that I have anyway.

Today, I just cut and added 4 different fabrics for wide 6 inch borders.   I left all of the points of the diamonds on the outside edges until I had sewn on the borders, hopefully avoiding stretching .  I don't think that it is square, since I didn't square it up before adding the borders, and knowing that diagonal seams tend to make things go a bit wonky.  But it is big enough now for a lap quilt for someone who is wheelchair-bound, or for a baby quilt.   Hopefully, I'll baste it and machine-quilt it soon, though I'll need to buy some brown thread first !
In the closeup view of this, it sortof looks like it is pieced from squares rather than diamonds......it's NOT !

The finished measurements are are about 42 x 47 inches.

4 comments:

  1. Love the colors you've put together! Your quilt is so vibrant...I know it's going to make someone smile and feel loved!

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  2. Those browns are so rich, it makes the colors shine like gems! Great choice on the layout and diamonds, too ~
    :-}pokey

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  3. Awesome color combo! Wow the brights pop! I think you picked a great design. I'm wondering how you will quilt it now... Can't wait to see it again all quilted :)

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