More Diamond Piecing

I started a new quilt top about a week ago.

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I did a tutorial on making the diamonds here https://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.

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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.

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and here is the other

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If I cut the first edge even I can cut on 1/2 triangle from that end before I cut the full triangles.

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Then after all the full triangles are cut I have a piece at the end to cut another half triangle.

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If I put the half triangles together in a hexagon I get this

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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.

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I pin them to match the seams

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and then stitch and press

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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)

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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

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Happy Quilting

Tim

 

12 thoughts on “More Diamond Piecing

  1. Sharon Eshlamsn says:

    Love that Teddy! Your quilt looks rather fantastic too😊

  2. Sandra B says:

    This quilt is looking great! Love all the colors….I apparently have not paid close attention before because I had thought the fabrics were solids!
    How nice to be able to see out into the yard while you are sewing….can you see the garden as well? I have two windows near my sewing machine, but I can only see out of them if I stand up….
    It is good to see Teddy today!

    • timquilts says:

      They have such small print that they do read solid.
      I can’t see the garden from the sewing machine…..but in a year there will be a nice garden there to see…….

  3. Shirley says:

    Oh my we feed the squirels TOO!!! My hummingbird feeders are also very busy, and the finch feeders! Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts and Teddy!

  4. Nerida Duncan says:

    Its going to be a bright happy quilt. Love what you are doing with the ‘left overs’. Hi Teddy.

  5. Lorij says:

    I like all the colors. You know I like the way it dances. Such a happy top. Ooh, look at Mr. Bright eyes. He didn’t miss out today 😄.

  6. Won’t you need those half triangles to square off the sides of your quilt top?

    • timquilts says:

      they wont work for that…the angles of the strips are wrong. ( I will post a picture of why they are wrong for that next time) I will likely leave the edges jagged, or I will have to make blocks specifically for the edges

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