A few weeks ago, the long-term Diamond quilt project pulled from a pizza box on my studio shelf was pin-basted for quilting.
I never really know how I'm going to quilt something until it's on the sewing table. I use the pin-basting time to consider my options, but it always comes down to a last-minute decision.
Ever since I started quilting, I've enjoyed the entire process of making a quilt, including the quilting. And I like the control I have over the process when the quilt is pin-basted and quilted on a domestic machine.
I really thought those light blue alleyways were going to be quilted with long lines of feathers.
But that's not what happened when I inserted the needle to quilt the sashing elements. Instead came a squiggly, angly, flowy fill pattern in each long ric-rac column.
With the blue filled in after about a week or so of morning quilting sessions, it was time to decide how to quilt the diamonds. The photo on the pattern cover showed some soft curves to outline each diamond. Looked nice, but, meh.
Then I had an idea to start with a tear drop, then surround the tear-drop with canoe-like shapes to form something like a seed pod in each scrappy diamond.
Once the quilting strategy is in place, all that's left is executing the plan. And that's where I am now. Three of the nine columns of diamonds are complete. Then the borders.
Progress is slow but forward-moving!
And the best part is that this project is nearly complete.