Remember the song “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”? (It’s from the Broadway show Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, later made into a movie with Marilyn Monroe.)
I’m not 100% sure diamonds are a quilter’s best friend, but one of our triangle swap group made her scrappy triangles into a beautiful diamond quilt, so I had to do the same.
I was especially happy to have backing printed with diamonds, and a blue striped binding fabric that worked.
I quilted with a metallic thread recommended at Studio Stitch, and it is the ONLY metallic I’ve ever used that gave me no trouble at all. It’s Fujix King Star metallic embroidery thread, and I was pleased with it! It’s thin, so it didn’t show up much, but I’ll be using it for other projects.
I don’t think you can see the silver thread on the white fabric at all, but look for the wavy lines on the dark blue areas.
Finished block size: 6″ x 12″
Finished quilt size: 48″ x 51″
Made with swap blocks
Pieced and quilted by me
My goodness… how I love this quilt! Those scrappy diamonds are the “bee’s knees.” (Do you know that expression?!) I really like how the diamonds look glittery because of the fabric values in each one. Just perfect. Now you make me want to make something like this too! It sure looks like a fun project.
It was a great way to use scraps. We swapped a different color every month for several months.
Thank you. It was fun 🙂
Diamond blocks are challenging, but scrappy diamonds…oh, my! How did you do these? I love the scrappy, and the printed background fabric is the best!
Hi Chela! I used the tri-recs tool, which was absolutely worth the money.
What fun! The scrappy diamonds sparkle. (As all good diamonds should.) The striped binding is perfect.
Thank you 🙂
Beautiful! I love how the scraps are in different shapes within the diamonds, really giving a look of gemstone facets!
Just look at those perfect pointy points. I am in awe!
Super great, Zip!
ps-was down with flu so didn’t catch the quilt exhibit – darn!
Oh, man! Bummer about the flu, even if you hadn’t missed the exhibit!
Very fun–very sparkly–and in this case, diamonds are Mary’s best friend. You really elevated your scrappy triangles into something really lovely. Way to go!
Thank you 😊
That is gorgeous! Very good use of scraps!
And thank goodness the diamonds were easier than they appear!
I’m making a Diamonds Are a girl’s Best Friend quilt too. I am making diamonds that are 11 inches long and 5.5 inches wide.
I like how yours are staggered and wondered how you determined what the offset was. Is there a proportion of the diamond that you moved the next column down? I see that you have some plain blocks to make up the difference so the columns are even but I can’t tell how you sized that. Do you mind telling me how you figured that out? Thanks. I really love the quilt and I will send you a picture when I get it done. Mine’s going to be quite a lot bigger I think.
Thank you, Marjorie
Hi Marjorie! I’m emailing details to you. I’d love to see your quilt when it’s done!