Closer up you can perhaps see that I am quilting on either side of the seam lines inside the stars and just around the muslin hexagons. This is a one-block quilt -- all made from the diamond shape. The tumbling blocks quilts are made the same way but with different color patterns to make it look completely different. Here's a tutorial on how to do the tumbling blocks. http://www.fabriclandwest.com/quilters%20corner/projects/tumblingblcks1.htm Since I am so new to this, I just don't know how to make something link to just the phrase, so I'll have to keep putting in the links with the web addresses till I get smarter.
This is current project #2.
It is made from Moda's Simplicity line by 3 Sisters. I'm not normally a flowery, pastel kind of girl, but this line as well as Seaside Rose (also by 3 Sisters) just grabs me. I haven't had a baby girl in almost 9 years, so I should not ever be buying stuff like this, but I can't help it. People always ask me "What's it for?" with regard to my quilts. Silly, naive people, quilts are not always "for" anything or anyone. Sometimes they just need to be made because they're beautiful. I have a large number of children who always want a blanket to snuggle under while they watch TV (even in the summer, because the AC freezes them), so you can really never have enough blankets -- even in Texas. I'm tellin' ya.
I typically draw out a quilt ahead of time. I don't always buy fabric with a specific quilt in mind, so then I have to design one. I love sawtooth stars, and especially stars within stars, so I decided to put different things in the middle instead of just a plain old square.
A four-patch in the center.
I do label the blocks in my quilt and number them so I know what order to put them in. Then I number the rows so I will know which row goes next to what. I label things on my diagram too. Even with all that, sometimes I end up putting things in the wrong place. Oh well, quilting isn't an exact science.
I think this is my favorite block -- with the diagonal strips in the center. It's just so fun to me. Yes, I am feeling so clever about this quilt, however, I am feeling a little sheepish about the level of blurriness in my photos. I am not so good with the close-ups. I turn off the flash so they don't wash out, but somehow I guess my arm isn't steady enough. I'll post a picture when I get the quilt top put together. I have several other quilts to show you, but I'll probably have to put them on a different post, because my eyes are bugging out of my head now, and I should probably go make my bed or something equally mundane. I hope you enjoy!