02 February, 2016

Hand Pieced Diamonds Ready for Layout





This is an old one!

I started these hand pieced diamonds back in 2011. Woah. For a few years it was my go-to hand project. Never a complaint about doing them at all. Then handwork fell to the side as my baby boy got bigger. Then I discovered appliqué. I'm sure I haven't sewn a stitch on this in at least 3 years.

In my recent clean-up of Quilts Under Construction I pulled these out for closer inspection. I even pressed them for the first time. Oy. There is a lot of mismatched seams. Oh well. And clearly I kept cutting them bigger because the more recent section does not match the original section at all. That's because I didn't use the same template throughout. I just grabbed a random diamond every time I needed to make more. Oh well.

Now I think it might be time to turn these into something. I did quite enjoy the hand piecing so I am going to continue with that. But first I have to decide on a layout.



Something like was my first instinct. That way it doesn't matter if the diamonds don't line up. Or maybe pull that small section out a bit further? And do something with those extra bits currently just pinned to the wall on the left.



Then I thought of doing something like this. Quite different. And now those extra bits could find a home. Or not.

I'll let them sit for a bit, but hopefully not five more years!

7 comments:

Allison said...

I love your fabrics and the way you put them together. Your second proposed design speaks to me much more clearly than the first. The simplicity lets your beautiful piecing be the star of the show without being overwhelmed by a bigger design element. Definitely worth finishing--not just because you have put so much work into it, but because it will make a very special quilt.

Robby H. said...

Very eye-catchinig and I look forward to seeing what you decide.

Darlington Delights said...

Love your diamonds. I have some elongated hexis that have sat for years as well.

Jennifer said...

i like the second layout the best. lots of negative space, and I like the way the extra (smaller) diamonds just drip off the third column. i'll be waiting to see what you do with it! today is my first session of a quilt class I'm teaching at my LQS- it's a scraps class, and I'm using your book SUnday Morning Quilts as my inspiration and jump-off! going to encourage my students to organize and USE their fabric!

Linda Fleming said...

Love the layout! Too much symmetry is boring!

Karen said...

Hand pieced--Wowzers!

Karen said...

I like the second layout, but I want the last three strips to be in line with the other columns. Like columns along a walkway you see going into the distance. That doesn't make any sense. This is what I mean:

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