Friday, February 5, 2016

Diamonds in the Sky - a quilt for Modern Quilts Unlimited Magazine

Today I am so excited to show you one of my quilt finishes from last fall!  The quilt is called Diamonds in the Sky and it appears in the Winter 2016 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine



Way back in November 2014 I found that I had won Editor's Choice in the block design contest held by Modern Quilts Unlimited with my block Diamonds in the Sky.  As part of the prize, I got make a quilt and pattern from the block for the magazine.

Diamonds in the Sky was made using all Robert Kaufman fabrics; Kona solids in White, Seafoam, Turquoise, and Peacock and Equations in Black from the Science Fair collection by Illustration Ink.  The quilt is all paper pieced (which enables such cool angles and sharp points) and measures 48 1/2" x 60 1/2"".

I pondered the quilting a long time before deciding on treating each fabric separately using matching thread colors. I used a dense back and forth quilting in the blue diamonds, straight lines in the white, a switch back design in the light green, and an outline and swirl in the black.  





I must admit that this was a lot of paper piecing of the same block, but I think that the graphic design created by the blocks was worth it.



I love the Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine, the magazine is so full of great quilts and inspiration. Check out the Winter 2016 issue!

I am linking up to Link a Finish FridayWhoop Whoop FridayThank Goodness Its Finished FridayFinish It Up FridayFabric Frenzy Friday, and Show Off Saturday @ Sew Can She.





38 comments:

  1. Wow! Congratulations! That really IS a nice quilt. The colors are spot on for the design. I agree even with paper piecing, it was worth it.

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  2. Wow! So striking. Well done and congratulations.

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  3. Congratulations! That is a very dramatic quilt. I love the math fabric.

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  4. Cheryl, congratulations! What a long time to have to wait for the reveal, but so worth it! Your quilting in the green, just makes it! Great finish!

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  5. It's beautiful, which makes all the work involved totally worth it.

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  6. Congrats! Beautiful design! All that paper piecing was worth it, with those great sharp points. And the fabrics and quilting are spot on.

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  7. Congratulations, Cheryl. That is a stunning quilt. Paper pieced too!!

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  8. It turned out beautifully, Cheryl. The design is so crisp, and the paper piecing was a great choice for it.

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  9. This is stunning! What a gorgeous design and paper pieced too! The colors you used are really amazing together! So well done!

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  10. What a striking design, Cheryl and your fabric choices were spot on! A really gorgeous quilt. Bravo!

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  11. Great quilt design Cheryl. I love the precision of paper piecing but the process is not a fast one. But it was worth it on this one!

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  12. Congrats on the win Cheryl. It's a great design.

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  13. Wow-stunning! Congratulations on a win well deserved!

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  14. Another great quilt. Congrats on the win! Well deserved.

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  15. This is gorgeous. The first pattern I saw when I looked at it was the Maltese Cross made from the black prints - the diamonds were secondary!

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  16. Congratulations Cheryl. This quilt is so striking. The paper piecing makes it so precise.

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  17. Fabulous design. I like the color choices.

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  18. I love this design. It's so crisp. (I know I say that a lot, but that's why I love paper piecing.) But what I love most is how each color stands out from the others as it's own design. Congrats on a wonderful finish that you had to keep under wraps for so long!

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  19. Congratulations! It is a very beautiful quilt. It must have been a lot of work to do the quilting with matching threads, but the result is definitely worth it.

    -Soma

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  20. It's such a great design and you did a fantastic job on the quilting!

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  21. Another Incredible Beauty Cheryl! It's easy to see why you won! The paper piecing was clearly worth it too. I love how you used two tones for the diamonds and I love that the black is an equations print. Great job with the quilting too.

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  22. Wow Cheryl - this is absolutely gorgeous!! I wasn't going to get the magazine because I have too many as is, but now I just might have to! Awesome job!

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  23. Wow, Cheryl! This is amazing!! I love everything about it...the design, the colours, the quilting...Congratulations!

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  24. Stunning Cheryl. Wow, what an impact. Congrats for you on yet another publication. I just love your style.

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  25. Congratulations it's stunning!! I love the piecing but I'm just as impressed by the dedication to quilt each bit differently!

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  26. It's a really neat quilt. I love the colors you used. Very fun - congratulations!

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  27. Congratulations Cheryl in getting published! Very striking quilt yet simplistic. Love it!

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  28. Congratulations! This is a stunning block design and a lovely quilt.

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  29. Very fun! Congrats :D I love how dynamic this quilt is.

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  30. I love the graphic design of this quilt, Cheryl. So much so, that I just purchased the magazine! Thanks for continuing to inspire us.

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  31. Stunning quilt! I think the solid fabrics really make this pattern shine.

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  32. A very striking design. Congratulations! I am sure it was hard work but well worth the effort. =)

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  33. Looks great! Awesome design and color choices!

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  34. This is such an amazing design and you chose incredible fabrics to bring it to life. Especially that Equations. As the binding, it makes the perfect frame! And the quilting is beautiful. Well done and congratulations!

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