Getting back to retirement, my scrappy diamond quilt pattern

After being retired for about 15 months, I took a job. It was just a temporary job, just going to last a month. Three months later, I’m finally retired again, until July for a month. So today I slept in, til 7 a.m. Took the dog for a walk at 8 a.m. and worked on my tan at the same time (I live in AZ so walking early can get you a tan but not a burn). I bought a bunch of graphics from two sites since I’ve gotten into vinyl and sublimation, ran errands, finally sent a baby present to my niece, and got back in time for my granddaughter to take my car so she could go to work.

So this afternoon I got into the groove. Finished and trimmed down 48 blocks for my scrappy diamond quilt. I’m now just about out of 1.5 inch strips, hooray!

Tomorrow, sublimation!

Instructions (for confident quilters and up):

  1. Cut a bunch of 6.5 inch squares. I use white, but have also used black. You want to have contrast between the squares and the strips.
  2. Mark your squares with two diagonal lines, one down the center, and one 2 inches from the center.
  3. Cut a gazillion 1.5 inch strips. You don’t have to make this a genuine “charm” quilt, but having lots of variety is good. Hint: make this with friends and exchange strips for greater variety.
  4. Using the “flip and sew” method, align the first strip along the edge of the center diagonal and stitch using a 1/4 inch seam. If your center diagonal line goes from lower left to upper right, you want to put the strip to the right of the line. For the second shorter diagonal line, you line the strip to the left of the line. Confused? The end result is that when you flip the seams over and press them away from each other, there will be about 2 inches of background fabric between the strips.
  5. Continue sewing strips and flipping them. Each block will have 8 strips; 5 on the larger side and 3 on the smaller side.
  6. Once the blocks are done, you will trim them down to 6.5×6.5 inches.
  7. Remember, this is a totally scrappy quilt and your strips will not totally match. Don’t be concerned, this is normal.
  8. Arrange the blocks so that the larger blocks match. As you put together your rows, you will see that you have alternating  rows of larger diamonds and smaller diamonds. Stitch them together. This is where the magic begins.
  9. Add your sashing if desired.
  10. Borders using a fantastic batik will make the quilt pop.
  11. 36 blocks will be 36×36 inches before sashing and borders. 48 blocks (6×8) will be 36×48 before sashing and borders.
  12. Quilt as desired. (Don’t you just love this phrase?)
  13. Enjoy!
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Need Inspiration for your quilting?

It’s a lovely day in Arizona, and when having my morning bagel I always have one or more quilting magazines to look at. It doesn’t matter how old the magazine is, I always get new ideas. I thought I would share the web links to some authors with you to give you inspiration and new ideas. This morning’s list is from American Patchwork & Quilting. It’s geared to getting you to subscribe and has several patterns for fat quarters. Listed below are the authors and their links. I haven’t vetted these to make sure they’re active, but take a look and let me know what you think.

Molly Hanson: sewwrongsewright.blogspot.com

Mari Martin: connectingthreads.com

Darlene Zimmerman: feedsacklady.com

Kimberly Walus: bittybitsandpieces.blogspot.com

Monica Solorio-Snow: thehappyzombie.com

Deanne Eisenman: snugglequilts.com

 

Upcoming shows

I’ve signed up for the new season of the Scottsdale Street Fair in, of course, Scottsdale, AZ. Held on Sundays through mid-may, the first show is October 7. I’ll be displaying my embroidery, quilts, and baby items.I’ve also starting doing screen printed tees. In addition, I’ll be selling my Scentsy warmers and fragrances and Velata, Scentsy’s new line of fondue warmers for Belgian chocolates. They have attendance of between 2,000 and 5,000 people weekly.

I’ve also signed up to be at Desert Mountain High School in Scottsdale for their monthly fund-raising. Will be doing the hand crafted items there. It’s organized by fellow shoppers I know. This is their first independent venture, and had about 25 vendors last month. I’m looking forward to working with them.

For more information on my wares, please check out my Etsy shop, KristaBDesigns and my Scentsy site at homescentsbyjanice.scentys.us.

The craft shows are coming!

The temperature is coming down- thank goodness! For those of us in the Phoenix, AZ area, that means temps are now down to only two digits!

It also means that the Briar Patch Marketplace craft shows have started, and I’m behind the eight-ball once again!

I’ve expanded my products to include t-shirts and lots of bling! I continue on with my bibs and small quilts. I got a heat press in June and can now do screen print transfers for team events, sports, etc.I’ve been having fun with the press, although there’s been learning moments-like the lightweight distressed little black tee with a beautiful cross on it. I must have heated it a smidgen too long because the glue went thru the front of the shirt and on to the back. As I was separating the front from the back, I found I had a really distressed look- the glue had ripped holes in the back! Oh well, now I have an opportunity to embroider something on the back of the shirt to cover up the holes! And I can’t have the iron on if the heat press is on because the circuit breaker goes.

Here’s the link to the listing of the Briar Patch shows.
http://briarpatchmarketplace.com/upcoming-events/

Please come see me if you’re local. Note- I may not make the 9/17 show, it’s AZ quilt shop week.

FYI- I’m Janice of Krista B Designs. You can also see my products on etsy at kristabdesigns.etsy.com.