I finished this great pillow during nap time. This is why I love diamonds. It turned out so fun, but I also hate them because it is so dang hard to get all the points to meet. Does anyone have any great tips for lining everything up? I definitely did better with practice toward the end of my piecing, but it was driving me crazy. There are many imperfect points on this pillow.
We have my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas this year. They are fully aware that they are getting a quilt for Christmas so this isn't spoiling anything. I even asked for some input from my sister-in-law on what she would like. Her favorite color is green and their front room is decorated with some green so I am definitely using that. The other day I bought a sweater with an argyle design on the front and thought argyle would make a fabulous quilt for them. My SIL loves argyle. Although, this pillow reminded me that I don't like piecing diamonds and would probably have a nervous breakdown making a quilt full of them. So sorry Sabrina, no argyle quilt for Christmas, but it would have been wonderful.
I struggled over how to give this the argyle look. I seriously considered using this technique from Moda Bake Shop. After testing it out, I knew it wouldn't work. I racked my brain for ideas and finally asked my husband what he could come up with. He immediately said, "Why don't you just quilt the lines with a zig-zag or something?" It really was brilliant and much more true to the real argyle look. I tried about 10 different decorative stitches and opted for this one. I have never used decorative stitches and had a bit of a learning curve. I pushed my fabric too much sometimes and messed up the design. I learned I just had to guide it and let my machine do the work.
I opted for a simple back with just one pieced strip. My fabric is some flavor of brown I had in my stash, Kona Ivory and Kona Green Grass. By the way, green grass just might be my new favorite color. I love it! I love it even more because Joann's carries it, and that means I can use my 50% off coupons. I cleaned my local store out last week.
The final pillow size is about 20". The diamonds were cut from 3" tall strips making them 2.5" pieced. Now I think I need to come up with a couple more pillows to go with it to change out my summery pillow covers for fall ones.