Let me see if I can answer those questions.Originally Posted by dmackey
Yes, it took about a month, more or less. I started looking for the pattern on 8/23, and started sewing without one about 8/27. I finished on 10/5, but there was a week while I was waiting for more fabric to arrive, and I spent another 3 days away from home, more time wasted getting the rods for the John Flynn frame and putting it together. I'm getting a lot more credit than I deserve, because it really is NOT a complicated job of sewing. (But that's okay - I love the compliments.)
I cut the diamonds from a strip that was 2.75" in width. So the diamond's finished height is 2.25". After the log cabin strips are added, the finished height of the diamond log cabin block is 10.75, and its sides are 12.4. If they don't come out precisely to that, it doesn't matter, as long as all the blocks are the same size and the angles are correct.
All of the blocks are the same, but in the second round the fabric placement is different. And in the last round I used all lights. The Amish design uses a solid there, and the book version (described below) has amazing dark purple stripes that appear to radiate out from the center.
The link you gave is one of the Amish sites I visited. I also found a book, The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts, with a quilt titled Chrysalis: Log Cabin Variation III by Maria McCormick-Snyder, made in 1979. I wish I could show her quilt here, but that would violate the copyright. It's a diamond log cabin star made with silk, cotton, and rayon in blue, green, and purple. She has the lights and darks reversed so there's a beautiful blue, green, and purple star in the center.
I will try to do a tutorial of sorts, but I assure you that the sewing is easy, and all the information is already here in this thread.