diamond panes – a finished quilt


I was so excited about this quilt that I immediately made it a backing and quilted it. As you’ve seen, that hasn’t been happening often these days! I love (love!) Carolyn Friendlander’s newest line for Robert Kaufman, Carkai (available in December), and I’m quite pleased with how it looks in this design. I won’t lie, I’m also pleased that I was able to draw out my own templates for this design and have it (mostly) work. I really had a hard time cutting into this fabric with my hand drawn templates!


You can see my inspiration in the first photo above – those diamond panels on either side of the windows on this beautiful barn at Shelburne Farms. (I’m also loving those curved lines on the second panel – maybe that should become a quilt too?)


So as to not waste any of these great fabrics, I used the small curved pieces I had left over from cutting out the diamond shape for this pieced section on the back.


I used a print from Carolyn’s Doe line for the remainder of the backing – these lines pair so well together!

(chicken photobomb!)

It’s quilted simply with straight lines — I’m sure it would look amazing to have a different type of quilting in the diamonds and something else in the low volume section to emphasize the secondary design, but I unfortunately don’t have time for that these days, so simple it is. Luckily I really like simple quilting, so this works for me. I think these lines are 3/4″ apart and give great texture but still keep the quilt nice and soft.


I asked the kids who this quilt should be for and they immediately said ‘bump bump’ (as baby #3 is known) and I think that’s a good call. I know I’ll enjoy seeing this one on the floor as a play mat!


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not as planned…

…but a quilt top nonetheless. This will be a quick post today, as this top isn’t one I’m particularly fond of, but I think it’s also good to show the ones that don’t go as planned as well.


I can’t even remember what my original plan was for these fabrics. I imagine I selected the pretty Liberty of London prints for yet another patchwork quilt (I do love myself a Liberty patchwork quilt!), but then felt maybe I should branch out and try something else. I opted for half square triangles, but after making and trimming all those hsts, there was something I didn’t like about it – maybe the solid gray I chose? I don’t know, but like this previous post, it was really bugging me that I never sewed the blocks into a top.


So here it is, and once again, not a favorite, but at least I feel a bit better that the blocks actually have been sewn into a quilt top.

Even though I don't love this one, I do so love these great Liberty prints! You can find a great selection of Liberty of London prints at these great shops -

Jones & Vandermeer
Lady Belle Fabric
Pink Castle Fabrics
Westwood Acres and

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diamond panes in Carkai


Today I have another quilt to show you that was inspired by the Farm Barn at Shelburne Farms. I’ve always loved the details on the barn, and while snapping an inspiration photo for my post for the Quilt Local blog tour, I took a few of this section of the barn.


I was intrigued by these diamonds on either side of the windows – I like how they’re slightly curved, and I loved the thought of being able to show off fabrics in that diamond section.

photo 2-2
(a selection of the prints that will be available at Nido when the line is available)

I was hanging onto this idea until I found the right fabric, and surprisingly enough, the right fabric came around sooner than I expected. A friend snagged a bundle of Carolyn Friedlander’s upcoming Carkai fabric for Robert Kaufman. She brought it over one day and I couldn’t stop exclaiming over it. So much so, perhaps, that she felt she ought to leave it with me. I pretended to protest, but really I was already thinking about this quilt idea.


I separated the low volume prints from the brighter prints and drew up a template for my curved diamond. I don’t sew curves too often, and I can’t say I have any experience drawing up my own template, so it’s certainly not perfect, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that my blocks actually looked as I was hoping. I had to adjust the template a few times, and it’s still not right (you can see that the diamond sides don’t always line up as I’d like), but having already cut out all the pieces, I had to go with it and be ok with the non-matching points.

I’m excited about the design though, and I think I’ll spend some more time working on the templates to get those curves to work out better.

[you could achieve a similar look using a drunkards path block, but since I wanted my center diamond to be one solid fabric (not pieced) and to have a less curvy shape, I decided to draft my own]


Oh, and Carkai? Having sewn with it, I find myself wanting a whole bunch more. Carolyn’s work is superb, and I think the colors in this line are my favorite of her lines so far. I’m so happy that we won’t have to wait all that long for it to be available – December is right around the corner!

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