Friday, August 21, 2020

Sneak Peak: Diamond Chain

Quilting on Diamond Chain is actually done but I'm only showing a bit of it until it's bound and ready for its glamour shots.  The pattern is also called Jewel Box, Northern Lights, Jacob's and World's Fair from what I can tell.  I've got an old booklet (1988) called Templates for 171 Four-Patch Quilt Blocks that I use to find interesting blocks to make.  Most of the names for the block came from that booklet.  (And, don't worry, I don't use templates unless I absolutely have to but it's pretty easy to figure out the block pieces without templates.) The name Diamond Chain came from a video by Jenny at Missouri Star.  I liked the block, found a big hunk of backing fabric and a bunch of scraps and kept making blocks until I figured I'd done enough.(You can see it here and here.) 

That's all the quilting I'm showing today.  I spent most of yesterday watching a couple of Accuquilt Zoom sessions.  I've been to a few educational sessions from AccuQuilt since we started staying home.  I consider a class/session a rousing success if I learn one new thing.  And, yep I did and right after the class I tried it and it worked like a charm.  It has to do with trimming the ends of binding strips to make it easier to sew the strips together.  (I think I'm going to be trying it again fairly soon!) 

I'm including this pic of a butterfly mainly because we've seen so few of them this year.  Wasn't he nice to pose so well for me?  Last year the Yellow Tail was a female because of some blue on the bottom of the wings. I "think" this one is a he. 

I believe I mentioned several posts back that I was giving up on my hummingbird feeder as I had seen no hummers visiting.  Well, within a week or so of taking the feeder down, cleaning it, and putting it away we saw one looking for it.  So, I made some more nectar, poured it in the feeder, and hung it outside.  We've seen a lot of single birds there.  I've never seen 2 birds flitting around the feeder but Pat says he has from time to time.  I'll keep supplying the nectar until we don't see any more birds. 

I've already completed a couple of my goals this week.  I'll be sharing how I'm doing on that sometime on Tuesday.  For now, I'm linking with Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Beauties Pageant #94, and Finished or Not Friday. I hope you can do a little blog surfing to see what folks are up to. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 


  1. I haven’t seen any butterflies this year, but then, there aren’t a lot of flowers around my complex - mostly shrubs and tree. Glad the Hummers have arrived.

  2. Nice quilt and pretty quilting. I've been watching a lot of tutorials also while at home.

  3. Oh fun!! Glamour shots!! that will be fun!

  4. That's one of my favorite quilt patterns. I really like the quilting design you used, Bonnie. Happy finishing!

  5. Beautiful butterfly photo! He/she's a looker, for sure. And I'm looking foward to seeing more of your Diamond Chain. The little corner of quilting we can see sure looks good :)

  6. Love the swallowtail photo!!! Glad you got some hummingbirds. We never get 2 at once on our feeder--one always chases another away. I heart your quilting! I just did Ginger Ice on a quilt.

  7. My sister (who's an environmental educator) said that hummingbirds are bulking up in preparation for migration now so you should be seeing a few more of them. That particular quilt book is one I've never heard of--interesting how we're now able to eyeball block construction (and even quilt construction).


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