Monday, February 6, 2012

2011 Challenge: Diamonds Royale - Neutral

Neutral version of this pattern, which I have to say will never be my favorite. Just can't get that mitered corner to work right at the point where it meets the quilt center. Anyway, this was a great opportunity to use up most of that red teddy bear fabric that went into the borders, as well as some odd kinds of solids in the center. I'm kind of liking how it came out (from this far away!).

One of the problems I have with this pattern is that I just can't seem to come up with anything good to use for quilting the middle that would allow for continuous quilting the entire thing. And the extreme contrast between the diamonds and the sashing doesn't help. I ended up doing some stacking pebbles - alternating big and small - done just freehand and with a line down the middle to keep me from having to travel. So it's probably more a string of pearls than stacking pebbles. The borders I used a stencil I had, marked with my Frixxon pens. I used the iron to take out the marks, then later noticed some white residue around the markings. But it all washing out just fine, so I wasn't going to worry about it.

Pieced the back again in my effort to try to get rid of some of this fabric. And didn't even notice until I put the picture in that I didn't center the front top to bottom with the back. Oh well. I love using up this fabric, but pieced backs like this are pretty time-consuming. I'd rather be piecing a front, thank you.

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