Red Diamonds – Chain Piecing

I decided to get all the red diamonds pieced into pairs for the remaining 21 blocks of the Christmas Fireworks top. There were stacks and stacks of the diamonds like this one.

Each group in the stacks contained 16 of the diamonds.

So I loaded up the needle case with needles threaded with red thread.

Then it took just a few minutes to get each stack pieced into pairs like this.

Each stack turned into stacks and stacks of pieced pairs of red diamonds. Now all the piecing left to do is either continuous piecing or curved piecing or both. That piecing should go faster now that the diamonds are all pieced into pairs and the 21 blocks may get finished by mid-January – may being the operative word.

Everything for each of the remaining blocks is in this container with the exception of the black fabric framing pieces.

I know this is a little out of focus, but I love the look on Baxter’s face.

“Chain Reaction Lab”

14 thoughts on “Red Diamonds – Chain Piecing

    • Hi, Teresa

      Thank you!! Having everything in one spot and ready to just pick up and sew makes it so much easier for me to stay on track. And using the needle holder with 10 threaded needles makes it oh, so easy to gets more done as I”m not constantly stopping to thread my needle!

      Cathi

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  1. The red fabric is way beyond utterly gorgeous. Baxter, love your eyes, and Mr Q, your ‘toon is once again priceless. Press that launch button, and look out for mid January!!

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    • Hi, Jean

      Thank you! I had that red fabric in my stash for the longest time, just waiting for the right project – and this was definitely it! I think I may have been a bit optimistic with the mid-January finish date. I’m thinking it may be more like mid-February.

      Cathi

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  2. Love the look on Baxter’s face. Thankyou for reminding me that I can chain piece by hand too. I have alot of white POTC framing pieces that I will now assemble faster, so I can enjoy putting the coloured centres together.

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    • Hi, Simone

      I know it probably sounds so odd to machine piecers, but we can chain piece by hand and it does save a lot of time!! So does that needle dome – I just thread 10 needles and can sew and sew without having to stop to thread my needle. I’d be lost without that now.

      Cathi

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  3. You inspire us with all your organization talents. I’ve got to try the needle holder. The toons and photos of Baxter are a delightful.

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    • Hi, Bernie

      Thank you. The needle dome is such a time saver – I thread 10 needles and that means lots and lots of sewing time without having to stop to thread needles. I’d be lost without it now.

      Cathi

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    • Hi, Julie
      It’s called Quilt Dome and is made by Clover. I believe most quilt shops should have it. I found it on Amazon where it’s called Dome Threaded Needle Case. It’s great to have 10 needles pre-threaded so that you can just sew for ages without having to stop to thread your needle.

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