Diamonds just might be forever

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Natalie you aren't supposed to read this post. Stop right there.

I really knew better than to start a diamond quilt project when I've never done one before. Not now. Not when I'm so busy with so many things. I remember Terri talking about her diamonds more than a year ago. And I thought "I'm not doing one of those - ever!" Ha. So I know diamonds are tricky.
I really knew better but when I saw this Lone Star quilt above at Alpine Days this month I was moved to eat my words. Sherri told me that Fig Tree had a good pattern for a Lone Star. So I ordered the pattern. And then I started the quilt.
But because I wanted mine to look less like a 3 color quilt and more like the scrappier vintage version from Alpine Days I did run into a few problems. I've done my share of unpicking this weekend.
Lining up the diamonds is not even the biggest problem. It is following directions and changing them as I go. I want my diamonds bigger and since I'm using different fabric the diagrams have been a little confusing. But I'll get the hang of it yet. I'm not turning back. I have lots of this quilt still to go. Since this will be a wedding present I don't have time to keep making mistakes and unpicking. I've got to buckle down and concentrate. It is fun though. If it wasn't fun I wouldn't do it.

-nanette
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45 comments

Patricia said...

Its' lovely!!! The wedding couple is so lucky. Keep goin'. It will be well worth it. Love ya tons. Tricia

Muddling Through said...

See now, that's the problem when you can't leave well enough alone. I know whereof I speak. :)

Seriously, you've done a beautiful job! I can't wait to see the finished work.

amy smart said...

Wow! It's going to be fantastic. I can't wait to see it!

Barbie said...

Wow, this will be gorgeous! Good for you for trying something you said you'd never do...a Lone Star is on my To Do list too so I can't wait to see how it turns out. Happy Sewing.

Lori Holt said...

Nanette...that is the PERFECT wedding quilt:)
Don't give up...you are doing a great job and I'm looking forward to seeing it!
x lori

Sherri said...

What a wonderful quilt! Amazing! And there is such a sense of satisfaction too...that comes from getting those diamonds to line up!

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, how exciting! I was just telling my mom over the weekend that she needs to get her unfinished lone start quilt out and get to work on it!

Stephanie said...

It's going to be beautiful. I did my share of unpicking this weekend. No fun!

Rhondi said...

The quilt is looking great. What a lucky couple!

Annette said...

It's going to be so pretty. I really admire star diamond quilts but haven't yet got up the courage to try one.

PamKittyMorning said...

Looks pretty. I used the Quilts QuiltsQuilts pattern to make my quilt. Not so good on the matchy but it was fun.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh my goodness, she is going to love it and all the morw for all the love you have put into it!

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love it!

Kaaren said...

What a beautiful quilt. I just love the fabric and colors. I've always loved the Lone Star pattern but have never had the courage to even get past the 'thinking about it' stage.

Thanks for sharing, Nanette. It's a biy comforting knowing that even the 'best' encounter challenges. (wink)

Trisha said...

I have always wanted to try a Lone Star quilt. What a great wedding gift for the country western wedding. I am sure she will love it!

Candace said...

Once you get going on your diamonds...no sweat, Nanette (cute rhyme!)!! I made a Christmas stocking with them - it didn't take long to get the hang of it. Natalie is going to be thrilled!
Cheers!

beth said...

so-o-o beautiful! what a great project!
keep up the good work.

Ginger Patches said...

It's going to be so cute! I know you will get it down just fine. And when you do you can come back and take the rest of us who haven't yet attempted diamonds through it step by step and holding our hands...lol!!

Carrie P. said...

You are braver than I am. I don't know if I will ever attempt a lone start quilt. I will just watch you.

happy zombie said...

I've always wanted to make one too. And funny PKM mentioned the QQQ (Laura Nownes) one... that's the one I want to do!

Standing ovation for you!

Nedra said...

Yours will be stunning! I look forward to seeing your progress.

Rumi said...

It will be lovely Nanette!

Fiesta said...

so far it looks lovely Nanette and I have absolutely no doubt that you will get it done and it will be loved.

Sandi said...

I would probably be doing a lot of picking as triangles are a challenge for me so I'm sure diamonds would be, too!! It will be lovely when you finish and oozing with love for you-know-you! What a lovely gift it will be!!

pratima said...

It is going to be a wonderful present! I love the light hearted and whimsical fabrics you are using for the theme :o)

gloria g said...

Wow! All I can say is beautiful!!!! You can do it!

The Rabbit Factory said...

Just loveeeee lone star quilts!

nettie said...

this is going to be great! i can't wait to see the finish.

Julie said...

I so don't have enough patience, or skill, really to do diamonds.(other than the kind that go on my finger :) Yours look fabulous!! Julie

MichelleB said...

The fabric is adorable! I can hardly wait to see it finished.

Pat said...

I'm sure you will master this in very short order!!!

jacquie said...

i can't even imagine how wonderful it would be to get a wedding quilt from you. sorry about the fits and starts, but i sure am glad you're having fun with it.

em's scrapbag said...

You're so brave and it is going to pay off big! This is going to be a fabulous quilt.

Janet said...

The efoort is going to be worth it, I just know it'll be fabulous by the time you're done. Keep going.

Jackie said...

Your diamonds look wonderful!

Shari said...

Good luck! I know it will be beautiful!

Messy Karen said...

i love it. and your cute fabrics.

Jan said...

Ohhhhhhhh it's gonna be a real beauty! An absolute perfect choice for the upcoming wedding :) The best of luck to you as you continue onward with the "Lone Star Journey :)"

potsandpins said...

Okay - now I know you're NUTS! But in a good way! I have done my share of "diamonds" and I have come to the conclusion that only those that fit on my fingers are the ones I'll deal with! I cannot wait to see this finished - I'm sure it will be wonderful and I love the colors and the scrappiness of it - but what a lot of work!!! If you don't end up in an asylum it will probably be one of your very favorite quilts!! Good luck!! xoxo, The Other Nanette

Living on the Spit said...

What a great story that will be in that quilt. It is gorgeous!

I got your package the other day...thank you SOOOOOO much. I went back thorough your posts to find your tea towel tutorial...I am having a lot of fun with them!! Thank you so much...you really made me smile when there wasn't a lot to smile about.

Micki said...

Wow! This is going to be drop dead gorgeous!
Micki

Deb said...

WOW!! You ARE brave~ Always wanted to make a lonestar; guess I'm too chicken to try ! What pattern are you using? I'm loving what you're doing~

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nanette, I know this won is going to be another winner. Looks great. Can't wait to see it finished.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

jen duncan said...

Well, I wonder if we can honestly call ourselves quilters until we have tackled such a pattern. :-) Look how many of us you are inspiring! As always ;-)

Michell said...

wow,these are looking great...

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Michell
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