Introducing … Diana!

I am so, so very excited to finally share our latest CQ pattern!  Introducing, Diana!

I have been hoarding a little stash of Fat Quarters from Kate Spain’s Honey, Honey collection, just waiting to find the perfect block to show off those large sclae prints.  It turned out that the classic Broken Dishes block was just what I needed!  I pieced and trimmed what seemed like a million HST … and then with a little bit of strategic pressing, managed to get all of the seams to nest together and all of the blocks pieced without PINS!!!!  Now, I am a creature of habit and an inveterate pinner … but my points rocked on this quilt!  I just might have joined the no-pinning-revolution!

CQ Diana Collage 3

 

 

This was the first project I did start-to-finish on my new beast of a sewing machine, and while “quilting” is still not my favorite part of the process, it is WORLDS easier on a machine with such a large harp space!  And this is no small quilt!  It finished at 69″ x 85″!

1409 collage 2

 

In keeping with the simplicity of the quilt top, I just decided to finish it with some echo quilting within and around the perimeter of the the Broken Dishes block.  I used a larger stitch length to give it a hand-quilted-esque feel.  On a side note, while trying to get a beauty shot while I was attaching the binding, I noticed a series of notches on my press foot!  Lo and behold, the notch at the bottom of the indentation is exactly a ¼” away from the needled … so when you need to stop sewing ¼” away from the edge of your project … like when attaching the binding … you know exactly where to stop – GENIUS!

CQ Diana collage

 

I’m sure I’m not the first person to notice this, but it was such an A-HA! moment for me!  So, anyways, I backed it with a beautiful grey floral print from Connecting Threads, bound it with my favorite lavender sprig print in coral …

 

CQ Diana 04 with logo square

… and then whisked it off for a little photo shoot at my favorite childhood park.

cq diana collage 4

So, there she is – soft floral prints, Broken Dishes blocks, and crisp, white sashing – all wrapped together in the perfect summertime quilt … just meant for picnicking on the shore near by Barry’s pond!  The quilt, incidentally, was named after the best friend of my favorite childhood heroine.  If you know who I’m talking about, then you’re truly a kindred spirit, indeed.  And now, she’s happily living in her new home with my very best friend.

If you’d like to make your own Diana quilt, the pattern is available here.  Blocks finish at 14″ and can be constructed totally without pins … so you can spend less time sewing and more time enjoying the summer sun!