Saturday, January 23, 2016

blue diamonds

Scraps from scraps... when I made the RSC2016 blue blocks last week, (Read all about it here) I had strata left over.
Perfectly good strip sets that I couldn't throw away.
with a bit of resewing I was able to get the diamonds in the top photo.
This appeals to me on several levels.
1. I love to see scraps turn into something else
2. I like diamond shapes (and real diamonds hon are you listening?)
3. It's very exciting to see what shows up in improv. I have already done this before with other colors

I remembered how to get around the bias problem from the first blocks.

lay the strata facing, mirror image, and pressing to see if the strata are lining up perfectly.
Draw a diagonal line the way the book says to cut.


Sew 1/4" on either side.....





trim on the drawn line




open up, just to make sure you sewed it right.

GENTLY press the seam to one side and done.

These aren't pressed yet so they look offset in the pic. For the most part they are perfect matches.

That's beside the point that I didn't like how the strata blended and may not use the four blocks in my finished quilt.
This method was so much faster and easier that it makes up for perfect joins to me.

Note: I wrote this last week and scheduled it to drop into place on Saturday for the link party. 
I live in the greater Washington DC area of Maryland and we are watching a storm approach that will likely cause massive power outages. If so I will be off line for up to a week. Wish us good luck.  
Linking to AD HOC at sewslowly.

39 comments:

  1. Good luck...looks like you are still on line for now!

    And using scraps from scraps...oh what fun. Those diamonds will make a lovely second quilt.

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  2. your blocks look good! hope you have a treadle, so you can keep on sewing! ha! stay warm and safe...

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  3. Oh good luck in that storm--"Diamonds ARE a girl's best friend" after all lol I love yours--tho' the sparkley kind are my favorite too hugs, Julierose from snow-ey CT

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  4. Lovely work, and I hope the storm is milder than they predict and that you are able to stay warm!

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  5. Love the diamonds! I hope that you are weathering the storm well and that you don't lose power. Keep warm and safe!

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  6. Love your diamonds!
    I hope the storm doesn't cause you any harm. At least you have a bunch of gorgeous handwork projects to work on if you lose power. Stay warm and safe!

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  7. hand work! Stay warm. Every time you do something I see something similar in a pile in my room somewhere.......maybe I need some snow days...

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  8. Hope you are safe and sound inside while the storm passes. So glad you solved the bias edge problem.

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  9. I love diamonds, too (and they're my birthstone!). Have been thinking of the same idea - string-pieced diamonds for RSC scraps. Just need to figure out cutting, as I don't have a diamond ruler. Stay warm & safe!!

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  10. Looking good Leeanna! I love those diamonds at the top. Hope you are warm and safe. (And have power to read this!)

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  11. Hoping your power stays on -- have fun fondling your scraps, even if you can't do much stitching.

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  12. Beautiful blue diamonds. I always love to drop in to see what kind of gorgeousness you are working on.

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  13. Everyone knows that diamonds are a girl's best friend. GREAT use for those spare parts!!

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  14. Great blocks and thanks for that tutorial! Stay safe and warm.

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  15. Those squares are colorful, look like my Strips That Sizzle. Your reindeer are such sweeties with their cute expressions, and the painted squares are 'dreamy'. Good luck with the weather. Beth is headed back to Hopkins tomorrow, hopefully.

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  16. Hope all is well! I used to live in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring MD years ago. We moved away the week after it got 22 inches of snow heading back to our home state of ND which gets lots of snow. My husband rented out his shovel and snow boots during that storm.

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  17. Hope you are doing well, especially since all of the snow we were supposed to get moved north to where you are.

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  18. Hope you are coping - we had quite a bit of coverage of the weather you're having on our news last night, no doubt more tonight - looks nasty as!!
    Keep Safe.

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  19. Jumped here from Show Off Saturday. Awesome diamonds, and what a great way to use up your leftovers. Right now the East Coast is getting pretty hard hit. Prayers for you! Stay safe and warm.

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  20. You have such great fabric, I'm glad to see you can use every last precious scrap. I hope you don't loose power :-/

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  21. Your diamonds are great! I know what you mean about how fun it is to turn scraps from one thing into something else. I was just looking at some blocks I have like that last night and wondering what I couod do with them. Hope you are managing with all the snow.

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  22. Fun diamonds! Great way to use very last bit. The strata blocks turned out beautifully. Thanks for the tip. Hope the storm dies down a bit before it reaches you.

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  23. Good lucky" Stay warm and safe. I do belive in you, It is great to turn scraps into something new. I am also working on scrappy real diamonds. What a coincidence!

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  24. Hope all is well! This is going to be beautiful!

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  25. Beautiful! It's always good to find new ways to use the leftover scraps! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Love the diamonds, such a great use for scrappy strips! Hope you survived the storm, sounds like a worry.

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  27. You are so good at using your scraps. I hope you are well.

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  28. Hope you are warm and toasty playing with fabrics. You always find the neatest ways to solve problems. The diamonds look great.

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  29. Thanks for sharing how you get perfect matches. Hope you are digging yourselves out and the power stayed on. We're still waiting for the snow plows to do our street. But, never fear, we're going out today no matter what.

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  30. I like that mirror image trick ALOT!! I will definetly try that!!

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  31. Seemed to be a good weekend to hunker down with a sewing machine! Love the blue diamonds.. looks like it will be an awesome quilt!

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  32. I hope you are through the worst of the weather now and have power! Your diamonds look great and I love that they are the scraps from the scraps.

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  33. Great tutorial, LeeAnna. I've sew scrap blocks to make something similar but never used the same strata on each side. This reminds me of the housetop blocks that have been percolating in my mind. A good way to make some blocks.
    I hope you were safe and warm during the storm. We left a few days before the event and were very happy to be back in warmer climes.
    Thanks for linking this with AHIQ.

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  34. Your diamonds are gorgeous, LeeAnna!

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  35. I like your diamonds. Thanks for sharing your process, very encouraging.
    Stay warm!

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  36. Lovely use of scraps! Thanks for the tip about cutting.

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  37. Fantastic diamonds! And yes, thanks for the tutorial. I've tried cutting them without success. In fact, I finally chose to chop them into pieced scraps. I'm definitely going to try your technique.

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