You’ve seen this box before. It’s jammed full of 1″ 60-degree diamonds that I’ve printed on fabrics and that I received in various Inklingo swaps. (As an aside, that’s one of the bonuses of Inklingo – you know that any shapes you get in a swap are going to be perfect every time.)
I’ve made tons of little stars with these diamonds and it seemingly hasn’t made a dent in the number of them — and that is only one of the boxes. There’s another one just as jammed full of diamonds. I opened the box during the holidays, thinking I’d make a few more stars. I made one and decided I wanted to do something else. That was after I’d finished making the 2″ Drunkard’s Path units as I seem to have to have a project that involves small pieces on the go at all times and the 1″ diamonds fit the bill perfectly.
Then I saw a tumbling block quilt on a blog. Sorry, now I can’t remember which blog. So I decided to start making tumbling blocks with some of the diamonds using a white in all the blocks. In just a few minutes, I had 100 or so of the diamonds printed on a white-on-white fabric and was ready to stitch. They stitch up so quickly that it’s easy to have a stack of them done in next to no time.
In fact, all of these were done almost as an afterthought most evenings when I was working on New York Beauty blocks or other projects. After finishing a NYB or other block, I’d still want to stitch but perhaps not start another NYB or whatever it was I was working on.
Then I’d take a little trio of diamonds from this box (yes, it’s a new PIB) and would have 5 or 10 or 15 of the little tumbling blocks done in no time.
They’re addictive to stitch. Very, very addictive to stitch. And it’s such fun to see a little group of them finished.
A few quick snips with the scissors and the seams are graded. I finger press as I make them, so just take a pile to the ironing board and press them every few days.
After reading yesterday’s comments and looking at the photo of all the NYB blocks, I decided to make a few more and make the first NYB top with both the Monet and Tiffany Lamp blocks together. I’ll get them all back up on the design wall today and hopefully have the placement figured out and pictures for tomorrow.
Baxter donned his sportscaster outfit whilst covering the R.A. Dickey press conference for Kat TV Sports yesterday. Baseball season can’t start soon enough for us!
After all that excitement, he crashed. Not in a nice comfy, soft kitty bed though. No, he had to crash on the rough scratching surface of the Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher.