I feel like my Diamond Stars have been a WiP for ages, but really, it hasn’t been that long. I just kept getting distracted with other fun projects! But I got busy today, decided that 7 blocks were enough, and put it all together in a little quilt top.
That sounds all nice and easy doesn’t it? Like I just sat down at the sewing machine, threw a few bits of fabric at it and voila, a quilt top! Yeah I wish. I think I broke my brain trying to work out this quilt top.
I sat for ages trying to figure out how to do the side set triangles, and then, wait, I don’t actually have typical corner triangles? So what do I do now?! I went back to my original design on EQ7:
Huh. I originally planned 8 blocks. That would have worked well if I had remembered I had Marieka’s block to add in. But did I think of that? Nope. Fortunately a little bit of rejigging on EQ7 gave me the layout I had in mind – and I was able to match my layout to the one on the screen. Notice I didn’t add those originally planned cornerstones? Yeah that was too much thinking for my already over taxed brain.
I did however find a fabulous resource for working out sizes for corner and side set triangles. There’s even a little chart at the bottom! Awesome! Of course, the chart does work a LOT better if you can follow directions well (let’s just say I have 16 triangles of the wrong size to add to the scrap bin – wait no, planned for another project, yeah that sounds organised!).
So that’s it. Finally some progress on the diamond stars. Now to make a back (which will have to feature Marieka’s fab block!) and get it done – perhaps for next week when I’m hosting TGIFF! Oh and if you’re keen – the Diamond Star is a free paper pieced pattern that you can find here.
Also wanted to say a big thank you to all those lovely bloggy types who responded to my call for pattern testers! I have a fab list now for future reference. Thanks also to those who have already tested blocks for me! I have now added the Sushi block to the Craftsy shop, and will have a few more patterns added soon.
Pop over and see Heidi and Kelly’s versions of the sushi platters too! They both did a great job on this pattern!
Right now to go do something fun and relaxing while my brain settles down after all that strenuous quilt layout and triangle stuff it had to do!
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