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    Okay, so I want to make a quilt for a friend of mine (and hopefully it won't be like the last quilt where the friendship falls apart right after the quilt is finished) and out of all the ideas I came up with this is the one I like the most. And sorry for the weird angles of the designs...I can only do so much on Paint and Kodak EasyShare.


    Quilt block (without color)


    Full quilt design without color


    Full quilt with color (this might not be the final result)

    I'm a little scared about working with this design because I've never worked with diamonds so I don't know how to piece them together or how difficult it will be to piece them together in this fashion (?). And I still got to work out the specifics like how big the quilt is going to be (I know its going to have to be wider than my last quilt), how big I have to cut out each piece, how much fabric I need, etc.

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    That will be an awesome quilt. Are you going to make it in black and purple or was that just the colors you used to show us? Those colors are my cousins wedding colors to the T. I think that would be a great color scheme. :D

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    Purple and black was the one I liked the most. I tried it with red/black, hot pink/black, and light blue/black and they were nice, but didn't quite have the same appeal as purple and black did. The color scheme might change, but its highly unlikely that it will unless I find an even better color scheme or something that suits Deni's style a little better (I know she likes black. Purple I'm not 100% positive about, but I got a feeling she does.)

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    I love the colors and the design, the purple just seems to float in the air. Please post pictures when it is completed.

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    Yes, please do post pictures. I cannot wait to see the f*****ed product. :D

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    I think it looks great with those colors and I like the design

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    there are lots of ways to make those diamonds that don't have to be scary. the best way would be to paper piece them. when using diamond and triangular pieces, precise cutting and seam width are critical. paper piecing eliminates almost all the worry.


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    I think that design is amazing!!! Your friend will totally love it...and if your friend doesn't....my fav. color is purple!!! Can't wait to see it done!

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    Keep us up to date on your project. WE are rooting for you. If you can do a denim quilt, you can do anything! :D :D :D :D

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    That's going to be a gorgeous quilt flying_v! I love the purple and black. So vibrant.
    The last time I did a quilt that had diamond shapes like yours ("storm at sea") I did the diamond blocks using paper piecing. It was a breeze that way. Sharp points and an accurate size each and every time. Good luck! :)

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    You are a true artist!! That quilt is going to be lovely. After the job you did on your last quilt, I have no doubt that you will do well. With every quilt you make, your soul grows. Watch and see.

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    I agree - I would foundation piece (paper piece) those diamonds.

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    First diamonds and now possibly paper piecing. Gee, seems like every quilt I make I jump into a totally different learning experiance.

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    Experiencing lots of new techniques is what makes us well-rounded quilters. Have fun with it flying_v and you'll be so glad you tried something new the next time you need that technique for a quilt you're just dying to make. :) :) I'm sure you're going to do just great!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lin
    Experiencing lots of new techniques is what makes us well-rounded quilters. Have fun with it flying_v and you'll be so glad you tried something new the next time you need that technique for a quilt you're just dying to make. :) :) I'm sure you're going to do just great!!
    You got a point. But each quilt I've worked on or want to work on uses a completely different technique or medium that I've never worked with before. I go from patchwork made from denim to diamonds that might have to be paper pieced. Who knows? Maybe after this one I'll work on the Zelda map I planned out which involves a crazy amount of applique. I don't know...I would have thought that I would have perfected a skill before jumping to the next one. ...please tell me if I'm not making any sense. lol

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    I don't think I ever came close to perfecting any techniques before moving on to something different. At some point, I'd keep doing the same thing until I felt comfortable with it, like applique or paper-piecing. But, there are so many wonderful ideas out there, and it seems like almost every day some talented quilter discovers another one, so I will more than likely never learn them all. But I'll sure try! LOL

    I really think it's ok to try everything that interests you or makes the job at hand a little easier.

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    Speaking of paper piecing, what would be the easiest way to go about that? Based on everyones comments I'll probably have to use it.

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    f v g don't doubt your self. i'm sure you can do it . it might take some time but you can do it. please try to post your denim quilt would love to see that . can't wait to see this one.

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    Trying new techniques keeps you from getting bored :!: You will be such a good quilter because you are willing to try different things. And when you :!: :D

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    FVG,
    Re: Paper piecing
    Do some practice pieces before you start on your quilt. Trust me, you'll smile more later if you do. Do a little four patch wall hanging or a pot holder using scraps. It takes just a little getting used to but once you have the hang of it you're going to love it. Also, if you check out the 'storm at sea' pattern on the internet you'll find your diamonds already designed for your paper piecing.
    Have lots of fun now. That's what it's all about! (I tell you this because I remember my first paper piecing project! :mrgreen: )

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    Paper piecing is really easy, and not at all expensive. You just need to buy Reynolds Freezer Paper, cut out your diamond pieces, iron them on the wrong side of the fabric and then cut out leaving a quarter inch seam allowance. You will be amazed at how crisp and clean your diamond points will be. I made a table runner that used hexagons, triangles and ciamonds to make sunflowers. I love it.

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    I might have to go out and buy freezer paper. Well, I do have an unboxed roll of some sort of cooking-related paper that I've used to trace designs from various things, but I'm not quite sure if its freezer paper or waxed paper (is there a difference?)

    Anyways, do you leave the freezer paper in or do you take it out?

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    http://www.quilterscache.com/StartQuiltingPages/startquiltingthree.html

    Quilter's Cache gives some very good directions about paper piecing. Better than I could give you in this small space.
    I started out using freezer paper (it is different from wax paper) but now I just use what ever paper I have on hand. You do tear the paper out when you finish so you need to sew with a much smaller stitch than normal. I use a 1.5 on my Pfaff. This will perferate the paper and make it easier to tear.

    Here is the template Quilter's Cache gives you for storm at sea. It may give you a "little" help with your pattern.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/images12/stormatseacornersB.gif


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    I read the directions on that site and except for the part about using a small stitch and a 90/14 needle...I just don't get it. :?

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    I made you a variety of template and paper piecing patterns for 12-inch blocks and for 16-inch blocks. experiment with scraps until you find the one you like best, then go for it! :P
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