Tuesday, January 15, 2013

WIP Wednesday~Rain Dance

I've been working on my Rainy Days and Mondays project this week that I decided to name "Rain Dance" I'm on a quest to finish a UFO from last year.  But tonight, I realized that maybe it should be called "Rain Storm".  I have spent the evening calculating, cutting, figuring out I was wrong, and recutting.  Ugh.  But, I've figured out a strategy that's working for me.  Finally! Although some of the pieces still don't seem straight.  The small diamonds in the sashing are dots from the fabric line, and the setting triangles are from the same polka dot yardage that I used for my Swoon background.

The problems started when I enlarged the original pattern pieces at a copy shop.  120%? 125%?  I couldn't remember.  Which wouldn't be a big deal unless I needed to cut rectangles to slash corner to corner to get the correct size setting triangles for the edges.  (These diamond quilts are more complicated than I realized!) Enter the calculator, ruler, etc.  Cut the rectangles too big, etc.  *sigh*  So finally I just ended up using my diamond pattern piece and folding it in half and tracing it to trim down my "how-did-this-happen" pieces that, after all of my careful calculating and double checking, were the wrong size. And Bingo.  It worked.  

And I was finally able to start setting some rows together.  This is my make shift design wall, a piece of batting hanging on some shelving. 

The other rows are patiently awaiting their sashing so they can be sewn on, too.

Though the diamonds are frustrating, it's coming together quicker than I thought it would.  Once I put all of the rows up with the portion I had already sewn together, I almost decided that it would look better with all white sashing.

But that would require a lot of ripping out, and besides, I have all of these cut out. So I'm just going with the original plan. 

This is the pattern..

It's a free download.  I don't know what I'm going to do with the border yet.  I might make a scrappy border using all of the leftover fabrics from the RD&M FQ pack.

Well, off to bed as tomorrow is my helping parent day at kindergarten. Gonna link up with WIP Wednesday, Fabric Tuesday
and Freemotion by the River.

Hope you're having a good week so far!

OH! I almost forgot declare my intentions to "Drop and Give Me Twenty" for the month of February.  A pledge to quilt 20 minutes a day Feb. 1 ~ Feb. 28, over at my friend Beth's blog.  The button is up there in my side bar.  If you want to go link up and join, there  are tons and tons of prizes this year! 



I love the diamonds..and I think it will look terrific when you get it all put together!

It will be worth all the trouble in the end as your quilt is going to be gorgeous!

MsMidge said...

Beautiful diamonds! I was looking at a diamond pattern and thought it too difficult for me, and then chose something that is turning out to be rather "challenging" lol.

Nati said...

That is seriously cute! Thanks for sharing, visiting from freshly pieced and becoming a new follower!

Cath said...

Love it Kelli. Is there a link to the pattern.....I can't seem to find it.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Sue C said...

Keep persevering - the quilt is gorgeous.

Love the quilt and the umbrella fabrics. Good work on making sure it works!

Despite all the trouble you had sizing the blocks, it is turning out lovely!

Melody said...

This quilt is going to be spectacular and well worth the figuring out

Ellen said...

Your quilt is going to be so pretty you will forget all about the troubles!

That's awesome you were able to figure out how to calculate the correct size and you kept working on this quilt!!! I probably would have "shelved" it for a bit. RD&M is one of my favorite lines ever. I made one of my first quilts from it.

Have a great day, can't wait to see it finished!

Chris said...

The diamonds are beautiful. I have the same quest. I want to finish some of the UFOs I have this year. Luck to both of us :)

The diamonds look great and I think the little red diamond really pops and adds a lot! Thanks for sharing.
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Brandie said...

I love it! But now you're scaring me with math.

quiltmania said...

Wow, your diamond quilt is going to be fabulous!

This is so cute! I love that umbrella print!

Kris said...

Kelli - Even with all the trials of this quilt, it is going to be darling when you are finished!! Love the fun colors!!

Carly said...

Oh, I think it is lovely! The fabrics are so fun and pretty together!

That sounds painful, but looks great!

Rebecca said...

It looks great, I love diamond quilts!

Jennie said...

Well done with the diamond maths! I love the fabrics you're using. I'll have to investigate the pattern too. Beautiful!

Rachel said...

Oh my goodness, I would not want to be doing the math, but that is coming along SO beautifully!

Merel said...

I love them umbrella's. Makes me smile. Lovely pattern.

Sandy said...

I love the diamond pattern. This one would be perfect for all my scraps!

Kelli, it looks great! I know it is frustrating when things don't go according to plan but sometimes the results are even better! I'm glad you are leaving the smaller diamonds in the sashing....I think they really pop and set off the bigger diamonds!

Lisa Lisa said...

I love this fabric. I dislike quilting math very much!!! Love the diamonds!!!

Kim said...

I have wanted to try one of these diamond quilts--but now you are scaring me! LOL

Good luck with DaGMT-I am also joining the challenge. I look forward to seeing all you accomplish in February!

Sharon said...

Enjoy DaGMT - I'm in for 30 minutes a day! My list isn't huge but I'm hoping my accomplishments are!

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