Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Diamond Strings Quilt : :

Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt

My Rock 'n Romance Diamond Strings Quilt As You Go quilt is finished! We made several stops on our drive and around town to get these photos to share here today. Yesterday turned out to be such a beautiful day, with the sun shining bright but always changing, casting sunbeams, spots, and shadows on so many of my pictures. In the end I think this is just one of those quilts that's beauty shows best in person, but I tried my best!

Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt

This is the second quilt I've made using Pat Bravo's Rock 'n Romance fabric collection. The first was made for Pat to use in her  R 'n R promotional ads & video, and was quilted by the amazing Angela Walters. I haven't seen it finished, in person, but I do remember watching this fun video by Fat Quarter Shop from quilt market and then the shock that followed after hearing my name mentioned! If you watch it be sure to notice all that beautiful quilting!!

Well, after having my skull quilt featured in such a special way, I've been waiting for the perfect quilt idea to strike, one worthy to use up the rest of my R 'n R stash. Then a couple weeks ago while deciding which fabrics to use for my niece Ceci's quilt I kept going back to my stack of Rock 'n Romance and eventually sketched out my new quilt idea.

The rectangle blocks are made using the same technique I'll be sharing in my next tutorial -- combining cotton batting as my foundation and quilt as you go. Once squared up, the large rectangle blocks measure  10" x 18" and the blocks made with both strings and Pure Element solids measure 10" x 14." 

R & R Quilt Blocks
Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt

Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt
I wanted to create an ombre color-blocking effect using both pink & purple solids at the top and bottom of this quilt, and I love the end result! It made it difficult deciding which edge should be the top, just for picture taking sake, but it doesn't really matter with this pattern. Any way goes!

Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt
Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt
It's bound using AGF's newest blender, Squared Elements in both Fuchsia and Watermelon. From my Tula Pink Aurifil collection, I pulled a 40wt variegated thread that matches my binding fabric choice perfectly!

Tula Pink Varigated Aurifil & AGF Squared Elements in Fuchsia & Watermelon

Here you can see the pretty decorative stitches I added using several more colors of Aurifil, along with a few of the built-in stitches my Janome offers. I love those special details!

Squared Elements Binding in Fuchsia & Watermelon

Rock 'n Romance String Diamond Quilt

I can't wait to give this quilt to Ceci! Now that this one is finished and Sylvia's Tule Sunset is on it's way to Sew Shabby Quilting, I have just four quilts left to make before Christmas! A "Princess Castle" quilt for Josie, a Superhero quilt for Ben, one for my oldest niece Kiele, and one for my Kaiden who has such grand ideas his quilt alone could take me as long as it's taken me to make the seven I'm considering finished. But I'm excited for the challenge!

This promise to make my children, nieces, & nephews all a quit this year has bettered me in so many ways. It truly is amazing!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- Have a great day!!    Maureen

63 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love the colours. Your photos are great! The colour really pops out. :)

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  2. Gorgeous as always Maureen. I cannot wait for the instructions.

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    1. I still have to get pics of my finished Herringbone QAYG, but I think I'll be ready to share the quilt on Thursday and then the tutorial on Monday, since I already have my Friday Fabric Giveaway scheduled. I'm excited to share it!!

      Thanks Ginger!

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  3. Beautiful quilt! Love your color choice.

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  4. Awesome.Love your fabrics choice.Can´t wait for a tutorial.Great pics.Have a fun week!

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  5. Everything you make is so beautiful. You were made to make quilt, Maureen!

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  6. oh Maureen .. without the cute puppy distract of the picture of your quilt, this is so adorable quilt ..*Lol .. I don't mind to see your cute puppy all the time anyway*
    You are lucky to have a beautiful view around you too, make quilts more and more beautiful - and you must have a loyal follower to holding your quilt too .... what else I can say ? beautiful girl with awesome works !! - well done, Maureen ..

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    1. Yes, I love Potter County, especially in the Fall! And, my quilt holder is my husband, Kevin, he is so supportive! I'm very lucky!! :) Thank you!!

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  7. This is more beautiful than I was expecting! You are very talented :)

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  8. Beautiful quilt and beautiful setting- thanks for sharing!

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    1. Well, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!

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  9. This is amazing! I saw it on facebook and I just had to stop by your blog to check out all the pictures. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  10. What a great idea to fill the solid space in multiple colors of decorative stitches! I really want to touch this quilt and see it in person. I need a new machine and am trying to get as much as I can in one. I definitely think some decorative stitch options need to be in the options.

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    1. Oh, I wish you could! Those special details are so pretty up close! I have the Janome 12000, but there are seceral Janomes that include these decorative stitches. I'm trying to work my way through them all. There are so many!!

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  11. Wow this is just stunning. I LOVE the effect of adding the solids and the colors you chose - I remember you mentioning that you weren't sure if this would be "girly" enough for your niece with the dark colors, but I think your solids made it perfect!

    You have such an amazing eye for color and design - thanks for sharing, can't wait to see the next one!

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous ... love your photos, your string blocks and the solids with decorative stitching are amazing! You are inspiring, Maureen!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, I think the solid color-blocking parts of this quilt really makes it!

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  13. Love the quilt and the decorative stitching. You did a great job with the pictures-- great photos in so many places.

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    1. Thanks, Jan! I think Ceci is going to love those decorative stitching details. This is such a beautiful time of year here in Potter County, Pa. It made choosing just one place to take my pictures impossible!

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  14. Maureen ~ your quilt turned out so beautiful ~ love all the photos!

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  15. The added effort you put into your quilts in photographing each one so beautifully is very inspiring to me. You can see how much you love making them. Thank you for sharing so generously with all of us. Visiting you is such a bright spot in my day!

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    1. Aww, thank you Karey! I LOVE making, especially quilts these day, and photographing them is becoming half the fun! Thank you for being so sweet!

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  16. oh you are so talented...i adore it!!!!!

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  17. You "rocked" this quilt, my lady! Fantabulous is every way! Love the colors at each end...they complete the quilt. Way to go!

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  18. I always enjoy your quilt photography so much. The fabulous backdrops you find to showcase them. :)

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  19. I love all your quilts/projects Maureen but this one is one of my favs! Just wondering...Do you drive around the countryside just looking for cool barns, stop in and ask if you can take pics? Seriously? so cool! (:

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    1. Well, we always know where we're going before we head out the door and most of the cool barns we go to are places my husband used to work when he was a farmer. At this barn there used to be an old goat that lived with this pony, but he's gone now, so we like to visit from time to time. :)

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  20. what a gorgeous quilt, Maureen. I love all those amazing colors playing together :)

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  21. Such gorgeous work you do!

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  22. I love this quilt! I can't wait to see the tutorial!

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  23. It's fab, loving those decorative stitches, it really sets off those solids :o)

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  24. Absolutely splendid! Your attention to detail (the decorative stitches, binding and thread) really adds a nice touch. I enjoyed seeing the photo backgrounds almost as much as the quilt!

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    1. Thank you Julie! Yes, it's so pretty here in the Fall! I'm always looking for the chance to add in decorative stitches when I can and those solid areas made the perfect place to showcase some of my favorite ones.

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  25. Such different colors but they really work.

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  26. This is such a vibrant, beautiful quilt! I love the mix of fabrics you have used. Very spirited and fun.:)

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  27. This quilt is so beautiful Maureen, really stunning! And I think the photos are amazing as well, the backdrops that you choose are always great. Well done & good luck for getting the rest of your to-do list done.

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  28. Ooh, I have a FQ bundle of Summerlove that may just be screaming for this pattern! Love it!

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  29. Oh, I definitely want to make one of these for a Christmas present!

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  30. Maureen!! This quilt turned out even more amazing than I imagined it would be! You are so inspiring!

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  31. Your quilts are always stunning and this is no exception! Those solids you added at the top and bottom are so perfect and frame the quilt beautifully. I agree with so many of the previous comments - you are so inspiring!

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  32. Wonderful quilt! Ceci will love it! And love your photos. What a nice day to be out and about.

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  33. Love how it turned out!!! Rock 'n Romance has to be one of my all time favourites--now just to go get myself some yet...

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  34. Love this one Maureen. Are you sharing this as a tutorial?

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  35. Love your photos - the quilt colours against the gorgeous backdrop of autumn tinged trees are stunning. Love the angles of the quilt in the photo of the gazebo thingy and against the grey wood shed too. It appears you live in a very picturesque part of the world. It's a stunning quilt..well done :)

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    1. Thank you! I love that gazebo shot, too, I thought the peak mimicking the diamond strings was pretty cool! :) It's very beautiful where I live as long as you don't focus on the empty downtown storefronts and rundown houses due to the poor economy here in our little town. It's surroundings are so beautiful, which is why I love it here!

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  36. This is absolutely stunning Maureen! I have to say that I wasn't sold on Rock N Romance when it first came out but the more I see it, the more I feel the need to stash it :)

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  37. Spectacular! It's just stunning. I'm going to have to try your QAYG method. I've been wanting to make a string quilt. I'm sure your niece will love it.

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  38. Отличная работа! Красочно, ярко, краетивно.

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  39. Absolutely gorgeous, Maureen. Wow. What a lucky niece!

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  40. Fabulous and sew inspiring. Truly Unforgettable. Take care.

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  41. I just love this! And the photography is amazing! I wish we had area like that to shoot here in Miami.

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  42. I just love this quilt! And the photography is amazing! I wish we had areas like that to shoot here in Miami.

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