Today is my turn on the Piece and Quilt with Precuts blog hop. It is a lovely new book by Christa Watson of Christa Quilts. She has designed fun piecing patterns as well as included suggestions for how to do the actual quilting. Christa has a way of making quilting easy for everyone.
I picked a pattern called “Twinkling Diamonds”.
When I went on vacation this summer, I picked up some fat quarters of Amy Sinibaldi’s new line Little Town. There are the most adorable little houses just perfect for fussy cutting. When I sat down to make my Twinkling Diamonds blocks, I wondered if I could shrink the pattern down to use the fussy cut houses in the center of the diamonds.
I checked with Christa to make sure she was ok with that. Christa is just an easy going kind of person. Her response was “Sure! Feel free to interpret it however you like. Then readers will be able to see how versatile the designs are and how easy they are to scale down.” It’s true. This design was easy for me to make half the size. I like how the original pattern has a dark background. The twinkling diamonds really stand out. For my version, I wanted a snowy look for the background to go with the fabric I picked for the diamonds. I thought it went well with the cute Winterberry Spice print as the diamonds and the houses as the center of the diamonds.
I hand quilted with some big stitches to give the background some texture. Then I machine quilted around the diamond centers and the outside of the large diamonds. I used my stitch in the ditch foot, but offset my needle just a little to have the off white stitching create a nice frame.
I contemplated using a faced binding, but thought a little line of the snowy background would be the best way to finish it off. I’m really glad I didn’t face it. I think the binding is the perfect touch. I’m still not sure if I’ll call this a table runner or a wall hanging. Either way, I can’t wait to use it once the weather cools off.
Christa has a great Facebook group you may want to check out. She offers all kinds of helpful piecing and quilting tips and gives you heads up on her latest Craftsy classes and lectures. She also posts Facebook Live videos which are always fun and full of good information.
Thanks Christa, for letting me have a sneak peak at your book before it came out. It is a great resource for any quilter’s library.
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