Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop: Twinkling Diamonds

I'm thrilled to be a stop today in the celebration of Christa Watson's new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts. She is a very talented quilter, and great at writing instructions. My first taste of her instructional style was The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, which she co-wrote with Angela Walters. I was hooked, and when she asked for participants for this hop I jumped at the chance.

 
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It was really hard to decide which quilt to pick from this book because it is packed full of wonderful designs. Ultimately I decided to go with Twinkling Diamonds, because it was in my top 3 (which were all #1 in my mind), and because it just happened to fall in the same week I was taking over on the @52quilters IG account! 

One of the things I loved about this design from the start was that it was larger blocks that really show off your fabric, so my original plan was to use my Tula Pink Anniversary FQ bundle, but I needed background, and neutrals for the center of the diamonds. Somewhere in the course of picking out the diamond centers (my brain was thinking of doing a gradation with solids in the opposite direction as the prints) the teal, yellow, and orange were together, and just like that my original plan unraveled. 

What I was going to use.

What I ended up using.

Now, using rich orange as a background was way out of my comfort zone I didn't purchase enough to make the size quilt in the book (which I've come to regret), but just enough to make about 8 blocks. Since I now want to make this larger, and need to track down more teals and yellows (thankfully I was able to get more of the orange background), my top isn't quilted. I do  know when I quilt it though I will be using Aurifil to quilt it.

 
 

One of the things I chose to do in the assembly of this quilt was to play with directional fabrics in the blocks, and loved the result. After assembling the top I ended up with 3 blocks left over so I'm sharing those as well.  

 
 

Thank you for visiting and reading about my Twinkling Diamonds Quilt. If you haven't already take the time to go visit the other blogs in the hop. You won't regret it! All the links are listed below, along with everyone's IG handle so you can see what they are up to there as well.


FRIDAY AUGUST 18 – SQUIGGLES

Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore
Kate Colleran Blog: Seams Like a Dream IG: @seamslikeadreamquilts
Sharon Parcel Blog: Yellow Cat Quilt Designs IG: @punkydoodle53

Click here to see Christa’s version of Squiggles.

SATURDAY AUGUST 19 – GRIDWORK

Sandy Maxfield Blog: Sandy Star Designs IG: @sandystardesigns
Joanne Harris Blog: Quilts by Joanne IG: @turtlequilterjo
Teresa Mairal-Barreu Blog Sewn Up: IG: @teresadownunder

Click here to see Christa’s version of Gridwork

MONDAY AUGUST 21 – FREQUENCY

Nancy Scott Blog: Masterpiece Quilting IG: @masterpiecequilting
Martingale’s Blog: Stitch This! IG: @martingaletpp
Lorinda Davis Blog: Laurel Poppy & Pine IG: @laurelpoppyandpine

Click here to see Christa’s version of Frequency

TUESDAY AUGUST 22 – S.W.A.K.

Sherry Shish Blog: Powered by Quilting IG: @poweredbyquilting
Michelle Bartholomew Blog: Michelle Bartholomew IG: @michellebartholomew
Allison Dutton Blog: Allison Sews IG: @allisonsews

Click here to see Christa’s version of S.W.A.K.

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23 – STARSTRUCK

Lissa LaGreca Blog: Lovingly Lissa IG: @lovinglylissa
Sherri Noel Blog: Rebecca Mae Designs  IG: @rebeccamaedesigns
Sandra Healy Blog: Sandra Healy Designs IG: @sandrahealydesigns

Click here to see Christa’s version of Starstruck

THURSDAY AUGUST 24 – DOT’N’DASH

Laura Piland Blog: Slice of Pi Quilts IG: @sliceofpiquilts
Cheryl Brickey Blog: Meadow Mist Designs IG: @meadowmistdesigns
Jen Frost Blog: Faith and Fabric IG: @faithandfabric

Click here to see Christa’s version of Dot’n’Dash

FRIDAY AUGUST 25 – TWINKLING DIAMONDS

Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder

SATURDAY AUGUST 26 – WINDOWS

Terri Vanden Bosch Blog: Meanderings Along Lizard Creek IG: @lizardcreekquilter
Suzy Webster Blog: Webster Quilt IG: @websterquilt
Katie Joy Church Blog: Wild Prairie Studio IG: @katie_joyquilts

MONDAY AUGUST 28 – KITES

Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Jen Rosin Blog: A Dream and a Stitch: IG: @adreamandastitch
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio

TUESDAY AUGUST 29 – ARROWS

Lynn Kline Blog: Monkey Needle IG: @monkeyneedle
Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore

WEDNESDAY AUG 30 – SPOOLS

Jen Shaffer Blog: Patterns by Jen IG: @patternsbyjen
Sandra Starley Blog: Textile Time Travels IG: @textiletimetravels