Sunday, February 2, 2014

Diamond Ripples



It's finally done! 
The Modern Blocks Bee was the first online quilting bee that I ever joined. It was based on the book Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers, with each member of our bee choosing a block from the book for everyone else to make and send back to them. I chose Lara Finlayson's block Diamond Ripples way back in November 2012. I sent each member a pack of blue, green, and yellow scraps along with Kona Snow and hoped for the best. I honestly hadn't thought too much about the block, I just needed something that was easy and had simple cutting instructions! We were in the process of moving at the time, along with working on our harvest, all of course with four small kids so simple was key!


Boy, am I glad I chose this block! It really does make an interesting design when multiple blocks are put together. As my friend and bee-mate Deb said in a Flickr comment, "I really underestimated this block!" and I couldn't agree more! I was quite indecisive about the quilting, but ended up choosing to quilt 1/4" apart in the white spaces and left the colorful parts unquilted. 


For the backing I just used a few blue prints from my stash. I thought that having a colorful binding on the quilt would be a little distracting so instead I made my first faced binding using this tutorial from Victoria of SillyBooDilly. It was really easy, but since you have to hand-stitch the facing to the quilt it took me nearly a week to finish it. There is a good reason I machine stitch my bindings! Now the quilt is hanging upstairs adding a little color to the kids' playroom.

18 comments:

  1. Ooh, love how this came out! Unfortunately, after Hadley's 24" efforts, they will forever be known within Brit Bee as 'Diamond nipples' ;o)

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  2. WOW! The quilting on this just makes everything pop!
    Great finish.

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  3. Fantastic quilt, Toni! Perfect decision on the quilting too!

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  4. It turned out to be fantastic! I am so happy you finished it, it was fun to be a part of your quilt.

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  5. My gosh I love this one! Your quilting is just perfect - really brings out the design! And great idea to just a faced binding. Every once in a while, it's "just right" and this is certainly one of those times!

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  6. The quilting is perfect! It's turned out to be a very interesting and beautiful quilt.

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  7. Amazing job! Love the quilting on this! I am going to have to take a second look at this block, I love this!

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  8. Oh wow - I love the secondary patterns! It looks so different to mine!

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  9. It is so beautiful Toni and I am so happy to have played a small part in this quilt!

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  10. Just beautiful, I love the colors and the quilting

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  11. I love this Toni, such great texture!

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  12. So cool!!! Love the quilting.

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  13. Thankfully others have helped to tell you that this quilt is amazing, but I had to jump in too and say that it's just fantastic. As I looked longer I saw the secondary design as the white drew my eyes to another pattern, and that made it even more wonderful. I'm really looking forward to seeing what you sew up next!

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  14. Agree with all the positive comments, and I have to add--you are amazing to get this fabulous quilt done with four little ones orbiting your sewing machine! I love seeing all the photos--can't get enough of them--all the praise you earn is so well deserved. Bravo!

    Elizabeth E.
    opquilt.com

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  15. Love it! Your quilting looks great. I think you might be a bit of a perfectionist with your binding. That's why it took so long!

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  16. That looks wonderful! I totally underestimated that block, too. :D

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