Saturday, October 15, 2016

Canary Diamonds and a little demo

Continuing the yellow challenge this month, behold canary diamonds! One on the right is sewn and the one on the left is going to stay individuals for now... til I decide on a setting.
I had so many bitty scraps in the yellow bin, and threw them over to the machine as I sorted them...
Whew! That's a lot of puzzle pieces right there folks!
Sew a little piece to another, keep going, until you get some of these...
Hold up the template to see if they're big enough
Yep, so now just use that turning mat to trim them into tidy little diamonds
Arrange them on the wall then sew them in rows.

Oh you'll need more than that to make the large diamond... I used 9 smaller diamonds.

First offset the points by a quarter inch, and sew into three rows.

Some people like to trim little dog ears off points.
Not me, they help me line it all up when sewing the rows together.
I'll show you what I mean...


You have pressed seams going up on one row, down on the adjacent row so they will nestle.

When you place the rows right sides together to sew the long seam,  the points are next to each other.


To place them perfectly fold one seam the wrong way, just for a moment, til the points are directly on top of each other.



See how they now look like one point??

Good, hold this in place with your pincer finger grip, and lay in a pin, let the seam flip back over so the points look next to each other again, sew the long seam gently.

These are all bias (stretchy) edges.

And the diamonds are matched  perfectly in place when you're done!


Remember these bias edges when you press. Be gentle. Keep it all in line. Viola!
See what other people are making  with yellow over at so scrappy




41 comments:

  1. These diamonds look great. What a way to use your scraps

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  2. Beautiful yellow scrappy diamonds! I love what you are making here!

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  3. Nice! You had me at 'small scraps'! I love seeing how others use scraps. It makes me so excited to dive into my own!

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  4. Thanks for the demo! I love your diamonds, and it makes me think maybe I should try some "made" fabric for an RSC project myself.

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  5. What a great way to use up those little scraps. Thanks for sharing the demo.

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  6. Amazing demo and those diamonds have such TINY pieces...what is it they say? waste not, Want not....hugs Julierose

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  7. Love those diamonds!
    And I totally agree about leaving those dogears until the last seam is sewn. Such a help in lining things up!

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  8. Gorgeous yellow diamond LeeAnna!

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  9. Great to see you back in action. I love the colors--the topaz from a few days ago was so magical. Where do you get your fabrics?

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  10. Thanks for the demo. It's one of those little tricks that should stick in my brain, but get lost in there somehow. Age? No, it can't be. All your diamonds do look perfect.

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  11. So bright and lovely. I've been almost away from using my machine for a long time. Now I hope to do some sewing the next months.

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  12. Great selection of yellows you got. They make very interesting and bright diamonds. Great job! ;^)

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  13. Great idea for crumbs. I'm always looking for fun ways to use them and this looks like one of those fun ways!

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  14. Okay...that might be crazy in more ways than one. But quite delightful!

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  15. Welcome back. There will still be down days, but you have turned a corner. I can't wait to see these diamond crumbs (or is it crumby diamonds) all a quilt or whatever they become.

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  16. Wow, those really are crumbbum diamonds, and we love them!

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  17. I'm so happy that you seem to be back in the sewing groove! Between last week's blocks and this week's diamonds, you're on a roll!! Way to go!! xo

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  18. Beautiful canary diamonds Leeanna! And thx for the demo tute!

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  19. Great use of your scraps. xx

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  20. Very nice! Thanks for the tutorial too.

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  21. Very pretty! A nice sunny yellow to brighten a sunday morning.

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  22. Awesome! I love tiny scrap blocks! Especially these : )

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  23. Wonderful yellow daimonds! And such a great way to use up all those scraps!

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  24. I am in awe of the work you do manipulating fabric into pieces of art.

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  25. I should get my bag of weirdly shaped scraps and do something similar. It would free up some space and make a great project! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  26. I've enjoyed seeing your diamond blocks each month this year. It is such an inspiration to see how RSC participants interpret the monthly colors.

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  27. The yellow diamonds you have made are very nice!

    Dollandesign

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  28. You make that look so easy and fun. Love the bright yellows! Wendy at piecefulthoughts@gmail.com

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  29. That's a nice collection of yellow scraps put to brilliant use! Thanks for the demo.

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  30. These are little wonders!! I just loved the phrase"threw them at my machine" followed by that perfect visual! 😂

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  31. love all the yellow - and the creative castoffs around your machine!

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  32. Great tutorial....I love yellow in quilts !

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  33. They are beautiful. While it's probably not easy to sew all those scraps together, the process sounds fun. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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