I had two quilts accepted to hang at QuiltCon this year, which was a huge privilege given the volume of amazing modern quilts submitted. One of the quilts was my Rainbow Plus quilt (from this pattern):
The other quilt was made from my Diamonds in the Deep pattern… you might remember this version I created in navy:
I’d wanted to sew a version in red for a while, but was keen to sew something other than just plain solids. When I saw Alison Glass’ gorgeous Handcrafted 2 fabric line, I knew Speckled in Tomato was the fabric I was looking for.
The red was beautifully vibrant and the pattern was in a dark beige/tan – a nice change from white. It matched perfectly with a Moda tan solid the store had in stock, which I took as a sign from the universe that the pairing was meant to be.
I wish I’d stopped to take a photo of the fabric for you, but the truth is I cut into that yardage as soon as I got home. I was very inspired 🙂 The whole fabric is wax-resist dyed with spots, and both edges of the fabric (parallel to the selvedges) have three border lines. When I cut my strips for the log cabin blocks, they were delightfully speckled, with perpendicular stripes at each end.
It makes for a fun effect over the whole of the the quilt. I made the pattern as per the instructions, I just kept in mind as I was sewing to try and use speckled and striped alternately where possible. When I laid my blocks out, before sewing the top together, I also swapped and rotated blocks to achieve an even spread of patterns.
I sent this quilt to Kelly at the Quilt Machine to be long-armed with a flame pattern, which played in nicely with the quilt’s name. Beautiful job, thanks, Kelly!
I backed it with some Amy Butler yardage I had in stash and then bound it with the remnants of the Speckled in Tomato.
I love how it turned out, especially the extra interest the fabric gives to the overall design. It really reminds me of a bushfire and all the flotsam, jetsam and debris that swirls up on hot air currents.
Best of all – it looks a bit complicated, but the fabric does all the work for you. I’m pretty happy with that 🙂
If you’d like to make your own version of Diamonds in the Deep, you can find the pattern over here.
Have a great weekend!
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