Introducing Diamond Detour! September 22 2014, 1 Comment
Say hello to the newest pattern of the Sassafras Lane bunch, Diamond Detour! This is our fun new take on our popular Diamond Alley quilt pattern. We made the diamonds smaller and ditched the sashing. Show off your favorite prints, create a cascade of color or feature a single print as the background. The pattern included three sizes: Tall (33" x 45"), Grande (58" x 77") and Venti (84" x 99").
The Diamond Detour pattern is fat-quarter or 10" square precuts friendly. For the cover quilt we used some luscious Kona Cottons (including some of their newest colors!). In the Diamonds we created a cascade of color using the following Kona Cottons: Cerise, Pomegranate, Honeysuckle, Watermelon, Tangerine, Torch, School Bus, Sunny, Corn Yellow, Citrus, Wasabi, Chartreuse, Parrot, Sour Apple, Cypress, Breakers, Lagoon, Copen, Lavender, Violet and Geranium. We chose the Pepper solid for the background to create a strong background. We love how the diamonds pop of the quilt!
My Mom, the amazing quilter behind Wolf Creek Quilting, quilted feathers in the background diamonds and horizontal serpentine lines in the colorful diamonds. She used a rainbow variegated thread that adds a gorgeous texture to the quilt!
You know me, I love to make a fancy binding! I added 1 1/2" wide strips of each color to the binding, separated by 3/4" background pieces. When my Mom added the binding she put the fancy piecing along the right side of the quilt. The rest of the binding is made from the Pepper solid used for the background.
Making fun labels has become a slight obsession of mine and this quilt was definitely a victim! I used our basic Quilt Label Tutorial, but before I folded it in half, I did some super small piecing! I created a little rainbow using small scraps from the quilt top and pieced in a yellow strip to write on. It sure was fun to make =] In he picture just below, you can also see a peek of the backing we used. It is widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. Wide backs are the best!
Taking photos of the quilts we make is one of my favorite things to do! I usually drive around and get lost to scout out new locations to take photos, but last time when I was in CO, the tree in my parents front yard was calling my name! It is the perfect height to hang quilts from (with a step stool). I hung the quilt as straight as I could and snapped some shots.
Then, I draped the quilt over the branch and took about 100 more photos. I liked how the quilt draped and looked more natural and at ease floating from one corner. Below is the shot we chose for the cover. What do you think?
Thank you to Robert Kaufman for providing us with such a gorgeous collection of fabrics! This quilt will be hanging in our booth in Houston, so be sure to stop by and see it!
The Diamond Detour pattern is available here in PDF and paper form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane pattern, we would love to see it! Be sure to stop by everyday this week for more versions of the Diamond Detour, a giveaway and a sale. It is going to be a fun week! Happy Sewing!