I started a new quilt top about a week ago.
I did a tutorial on making the diamonds here http://timquilts.com/2015/07/20/diamond-tutorial/
I worked on it for a bit more today (the forecast was for rain so I decided to not work in the garden….It didn’t rain) A reader asked what I will do with the extra pieces from the ends of the strip sets. The way I am cutting them there is an extra bit on each end. See the half triangle on the left of the ruler.
I thought about it and decided on a way to use them. When you piece the strips they never come out even. different fabrics vary quilt a bit in width. Here is one end of a strip set.
and here is the other
If I cut the first edge even I can cut on 1/2 triangle from that end before I cut the full triangles.
Then after all the full triangles are cut I have a piece at the end to cut another half triangle.
If I put the half triangles together in a hexagon I get this
That hole in the center will go away when it is stitched together because the seam allowances will take that space up. and I will arrange the wedges better to distribute the color better. I don’t know what I will make with the hexagons, It might be added to another project …..it might need to be another quilt?
After I have them cut I match the triangles into pairs.
I pin them to match the seams
and then stitch and press
I have a bunch of them done. They are adding up. It is about 60 inches square at this point (it will be smaller when the diamonds are sewn together)
My plan is to make it something like 90 x100.
When I sit at the sewing machine I can look out into the yard and watch the activity at the bird feeder.
They need to be refilled but there were still a few birds and the squirrels wanted to be sure they got some too.
Teddy says hi