A few months back i decided to “weed out” some of my unused quilting books and magazines. Giving them to a dear friend Mary that teaches quilting classes, i knew it would be a great way to get them off my shelves, where they had been collecting dust for years, and into the hands of others that might actually use them! When looking over all the books i came across ”The Creative Pattern Book” by Judy Martin. I had made a quilt from the book years ago for a cousin’s wedding. The marriage didn’t last but from what i have been told the quilt is still around. The quilt was called Grandmothers Diamond RIng and i remember how complicated the finished quilt looked but how easily, if you followed the cutting directions, the quilt was to piece. I did not do much custom quilting back then, matter of fact i am pretty sure i probably quilted it with a pantograph pattern. A quick look at the chapter on the Diamond Ring quilt and i knew instantly that i could do so much more quilting wise with it now than i did back then. i also knew exactly which one of my customers i would be able to con… i mean talk into making it!
Remember Mary? The one that teaches the quilting classes and was also gifted all the books from my shelves that i no longer wanted? Mary is an amazing quilter, no really she is. Her quilts are almost always perfectly pieced, almost never have a wavy border and if her points are even a 1/16″ off she will take the block apart and fix them. I have only ever quilted a couple of her quilts that had problem, and she warned me before she even gave them to me that they had issues. Now remember my hatred of irish Chains? Mary would be slightly responsible for that too! She teaches beginning quilting to a lot of people and the first quilt she has them make you ask? Yap, The Double Irish Chain. I have to agree with her that the Irish chain is a great first quilt but i also have to admit i get a bit tired look at them.
Getting back to the Diamond Ring quilt, I KNEW that this was a perfect quilt for Mary, now to just convince her to make it. Well it wasn’t all that hard to do really i just had to say Scrappy, Reproduction prints, quilt show quilt , and BINGO she was buying fabrics before i even loaned her my book! Mary LOVES scrappy quilts and reproduction fabrics! I had warned her that the pattern was a bit different from her favorite pattern designer Eleanor Burns books, but if she would follow the cutting directions and didn’t rush that when it came to piecing the little bits together they would line up perfectly. it didn’t take mary Long to finished the quilt and bring it to me to quilt for her but it has taken me a few months to decide exactly how to quilt it! (see my last post on Sketching Out Quilting Design) i had to ask for some help from other machine quilters before i was happy with the finished quilting.
So here it is, Grandmothers Diamond Ring made by Mary H., machine quilting by Elizabeth Karnes