Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

What started out as a pile of very out of date, small print fabric that I have dipped into for years and years and can’t seem to make a dent in has turned into one of my very favorite finishes, in a very long time. This quilt was inspired by the quilt that Jane Austen made.

I consider myself a hand quilter, but wanted to play with machine quilting and this one seemed like a great opportunity. I quilted 1/4″ inside and outside of all the 1″ sashings. This left 4 ” sections unquilted. This is further far apart than I ever quilt. Normally I quilt everything within an inch of its life or of another line of quilting, whichever comes first. Having only 1/2″ spacing makes for very heavy quilts. Not the case here, this quilt feels like it could float away, it is so light and cuddly. I hope some little girl with wrap her self up in it and feel special and loved. And know that she is.

Jane Austin quilt

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend

A Sewfrench original
48″ x 68″
Machine pieced, machine quilted.
Warm and Natural cotton batting.
Donated to Margaret’s Hope Chest‘s Wrapped in Hope program

Previously discussed here,  here and here.

I was recently struggling with some quilt designs and realized that my stash was seriously deficient in monochromatic fabrics. So after talking with Diana at Pink Chalk Fabrics she put together this very modern, tone on tone, color with white fabrics, things I’ve never owned before, fat quarter group. She can read minds, that woman. What a luxurious hand these new fabrics have. They are even more gorgeous in real life! When my package arrived, I had a little flash of nostalgia. Someday I’m going to miss this old fabric that has been a part of my life still the beginning of my quilting. It has always been there, languishing in the cupboard, and somehow I don’t think it can ever be totally be used up.

But what if it is???

Tell me I am not alone in my thinking. My goal was always to use it up, but now I’m wondering….

   

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46 Responses to Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

  1. For the record, I loved this one from the very beginning and still do!

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  2. What a feminine, sweet, wonderful quilt. I do hope it finds a loving home!

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  3. What a beautiful quilt! I think I have some of those pinks in my stash, as well. Like you, my goal is to use up my stash but when I finally use up something, I do feel a little twinge of sadness. I always try to think of how loved the new quilt will be, and that makes the sadness go away.

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    • sewfrench says:

      Thanks, Kathy.
      I think when I bought all these pinks, over several quilts, I was buying in yardages. I now almost always buy in fat quarter or half yard cuts. Rarely do I buy yardage unless it is for a specific purpose, sashing, backings, a planned quilt…. So it seems it will never be totally gone! Of course, I do sleep under one of these pink quilts every night, so I shouldn’t ever be sad!

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    Such a gorgeous quilt! I love it! I must be very out of date, too, though, because I love your pretty stack of pinks in small prints (lol). I’m a calico girl at heart. But I see what you mean about them being a bit prosaic, especially compared to the FQ bundle Diana put together. However, you have breathed new life into them in that diamond quilt. A bit of modern mixed with such sweet calicos . . . so amazing. What a great finish! Thank you for linking up!

    xo -E

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    • sewfrench says:

      Thank you, E. And I should never have called them ugly, dated, old…. I have heard from so many who are calico girls, like yourself. I must be a fence sitter because they are a HUGE part of my stash, so I must have loved them at one time, LOL!
      Thanks for the kind words.

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  5. I just machine quilted my first quilt too. I’m a hand quilter. It was fun bit I’ll stick with hand quilting. Your quilt looks great. I love the look of the fabrics together, that is one sweet quilt.

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    • sewfrench says:

      Thanks, Amanda. It’s great to hear from another hand quilter! I’ll probably continue to push on with a few more machine quilted ones, just to try to catch up with my tops! I’ve got several tops designated as hand quilts now, but many more in stacks or in my head as machine quilts!

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  6. audrey says:

    I love what you did with this quilt. The quilting is perfect! It’s always so amazing to me what people can do with their ‘old’ fabrics when they want to. For some reason, there seems to be less pressure using up the old stuff and then great things can happen as a result.

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  7. such a sweet, pretty quilt! and I definately have fabrics that I love and am afraid to use up 🙂

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    • sewfrench says:

      I never really gave it a lot of thought until I received that really modern stack, of new fabrics, and then it hit me. Everything I make will eventually evolve into something totally different. I’m not good with change, LOL!

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  8. I love that you used fabric from your stash and that it still has a fresh look about it. Beautiful finish! Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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  9. Janet K says:

    Gorgeous! And I guess whether you use it up depends on how small are the scraps you are willing to hang on to!

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  10. Oh that’s such a sweet quilt!! I’m sure it will be WELL loved 🙂

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  11. Ellie Q says:

    Visiting from Can I get a whoop whoop…love your diamond quilt! Did you use at template or just cut strips and then sub cut them on an angle?

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    • sewfrench says:

      Both, sort of. I cut strips, then sub cut them. I had a paper template that I taped to the back of my cutting ruler to make it easier to get the final cuts accurate.

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  12. Jennie T. says:

    What a lovely little quilt. I’m sure it will make some little girl very happy. Now I want to make one for my little girl!

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  13. Cindy @ In A Stitch says:

    The quilt is so pretty. The colors work so well together and it looks so soft and comfy. How wonderful it would be to snuggle under. Great job!

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  14. Laura says:

    This is lovely 🙂 your old fabrics have been put to good use but this is the beginning of a new era for you. You will love your new bundle 🙂

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  15. Carin says:

    The quilt is beautiful, and i don’t think you’ll ever regret making it!

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  16. I just love your Diamonds are a girls best friend quilt. Pinned it!! To save for inspiration at a later date. Stumbled upon your blog through Confessions of a Fabric Addict-Love it!

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  17. Sarah Craig says:

    Beautiful quilt!! I love the soft colors and the diamond design!! Whoop whoop!!

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  18. Lynette says:

    What a beauty! I love the simple quilting and what it does for the design. This would make a good design to use some charm packs I’ve had no idea what to do with.

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  19. Love it when ;you can use something that has just been waiting on the shelf for the right moment! Great job!

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  20. Myra says:

    Oh, that is just beautiful. Really lovely. I love the reference to Jane Austin’s quilt as I am a big fan of hers. : )

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    • sewfrench says:

      Thank you! I think the florals in softer colors really make it a JA style quilt. I have another one in the works that can not be considered a JA quilt, it is Kaffe Fassett BOLD!

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  21. Céline says:

    It’s beautifull, he’s perfect.

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  24. Amanda says:

    Is there a pattern available for this quilt? The diamonds are throwing me off.

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  26. Jan Schanck says:

    Is the “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” pattern available? I cannot seem tot find it here or at Pink Chalk Designs?

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  27. Teresa says:

    I am going to try to make this quilt for my grand-daughter. I will start this week. It is darling! Thank you for the inspiration.

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    • Sewfrench says:

      I look forward to seeing it!

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      • Teresa says:

        I made the quilt top; took me just under two weeks. The size is closer to 51 x 61 with probably a different size of diamond that you used and I used sky blue colours. I love how it turned out. I don’t know how to send you a photo of it.

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