Monday, October 28, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Diamonds Baby Quilt in Technicolor

It's that time again and I'm pleased to share my latest finish with you for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I made this for our new little man who is making an appearance any day now. In fact, we thought he was going to come yesterday but it was a false alarm and we got sent home from the hospital. As much as I'd like to meet him, I'm trying to be patient until he's ready to get here. 
Finished Diamonds Baby Quilt

The main fabric I used is Technicolor by Emily Herrick. I love the bright colors in this collection, they are so fresh and fun. I used Cotton Couture in Midnight for the background and backing, and added a few other prints in various oranges and navy and white.
Diamonds baby quilt detail

For the quilting I stitched in the ditch around all of the diamonds first, then did pebbling in the background. I love the zig-zag that offsetting the diamonds creates. I quilted a variety of designs in all of the blocks, using a combination of free-hand work and rulers. I had SO MUCH FUN quilting this, I was almost sad when I finished it.
DIamonds Baby Quilt

I didn't want the thread to distract from the fabrics, so I used white thread in the blocks. I LOVE how the back turned out where all of the designs are easily visible.

This is my favorite block. It's inspired by Angela Walters' dot-to-dot quilting designs. 
Favorite Quilted block

It was fun coming up with different designs that I could do in continuous lines from one end of the block to another.
Quilting detail

I did the binding scrappy in all of the oranges that I used in the quilt. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I'm planning to make another one in a different pattern for our little man's big-boy bed at some point in the future--I've got plenty of fabric left for it.
Scrappy orange binding

Quilt Stats:
Baby Quilt, about 37" by 50"
Quilted by me on my Innova Longarm machine.

I'm entering the Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side in the Baby Quilts category. There are some beautiful entries so far! I always love to see what everyone comes up with, there is so much inspiration.


  1. I use a lot of blue and orange so this colour palette makes my heart sing! Great work.

  2. Beautiful! Love that you used the blue for the main colour.

  3. It's a great quilt and I love the different quilting designs done in the diamonds.

  4. Your quilt is so fun. I love the boldness of the negative blue. And how fun is the back?/? with all your quilting showing through. Congrats.

  5. Love this quilt and all of your quilting just makes it even more fun!! Great job using Dot to Dot!!!

  6. what a gorgeous quilt! I love the quilting from the back view - you are so talented!

  7. It looks great Barbie-You are so blessed and talented.

  8. This is wonderful! The colors are so cheerful and the quilting is amazing!

  9. The quilt is fantastic anyway, but your quilting is just gorgeous! I love the back, and all the different designs in white in each of those diamonds. Oh, it's such a great quilt! I kind of want one for my own now... I'm off to see if you've put it on your pinterest page! I hope baby has stopped keeping you waiting for him by now :)

  10. This quilt is lovely, and the quilting totally makes it! LOVE! :)

  11. Beautiful quilting! The fabric is a great choice for the pattern. Good luck with the little Mr!

  12. Great choice of colours, interesting design and awesome quilting! You get my vote for favourite baby quilt! Oh and if he isn't born already, I wish you a safe delivery and hope that you can enjoy your first days with your little newborn!

  13. That's absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour combo and fabrics you have chosen and the quilting it fantastic!

  14. Fun quilt and very fun quilting!

  15. I love this quilt. I am a huge fan of technicolor, and especially love it with that dark blue. Of course who would not like orange with the dark blue. Great choices.


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