Diamonds on the Beach

We spend a lot of weekday hours away from the house.  Both of us have about an hour long commute.  So the two furry kids have a dog walker who comes over mid day to spend time with them and let them out and walk them.  She is the best and when she asked me to make a quilt for their beach house I knew I had to come up with something fun.

The only thing she asked for was beachy colors.  I know she would have loved to have some flip flop fabrics worked in, but that will have to wait for a smaller wall hanging piece.  Given the liberty of using predominantly blues I was ready to go.

Next was figuring out where to go.  After going through various books and patterns, I decided I really wanted to do Elizabeth Dackson’s Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend from her awesome book ‘Becoming a Confident Quilter’.  Check out her site at http://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/.

Before I started to work on the piece, I again experimented with the Simple Curves ruler from Cheryl Phillips.  I have another piece I had played with and am now enthralled with the possibilities of adding curves.  Everywhere.

So I took some of the fabric I had purchased for this project and created this.

 

I thought if I was creating something for the beach, it needed waves.  Close enough!
I thought if I was creating something for the beach, it needed waves. Close enough!

And then I thought I would use this and then do the diamonds pattern and it just kept going from there. I did eliminate the spacers in the original so the diamonds all touch.  I quilted it using a blue variegated thread and followed the curves.

The finished piece.  It was amazing fun!
The finished piece. It was amazing fun!

I did the back using the fabrics from the front and kept it very simple.  I figured if she doesn’t really dig the front, she’s bound to like the back!

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