More Diamond blocks

More Diamond blocks

In response to last weeks Work in progress report I managed to get myself beautifully side tracked this morning and faffed so much I have not done my email either!

Last week I asked people if they ever used blog categories to track back and read the back story of a large project. I received a wonderful response to the question as everyone said they did.

So I have been busily going back through posts that relate to this diamond block  project and allocating them a new category of Diamond Block crazy quilt. I think I have caught all the posts. I will check again on the weekend when I have a little more time.

Of course in the past you can always browse through my Wisps and Wips section but then I guess people have to read everything I have been stitching not just about this project. I quite enjoy seeing all the posts run in order so hopefully you do too.

Anyway her are my latest blocks. I hope you enjoy them.

This week as you can see I have completed another 2 blocks and done my usual image cropping to remove the seam allowances as I found people could ‘see’ better what I was doing when I started doing that. As usual you can click on the images to go to larger versions and click on the magnify glass icon to see closer details again.

Below is a detail from this block.

The flowers motifs and silk ribbon used on the ribbon are from the same dye bath. (I use Procion dyes) The stem to the lace flower motif is worked n Portuguese stem stitch worked in hand dyed pearl thread.

The second block has  Chain stitch scallops that are patterned with beads and a row of buttonhole is topped off with antique (and very matt) sequins held in place with a seed bead.

A spray of little flowers of cast on stitch worked using hand dyed wool thread. The middle I have stitched a tiny gold bead.

As you can see many of the fabrics used in this quilt have a paisley pattern on them and the bottom one is from a mans tie.

In going back through my posts I have realised that this year at least I have managed to keep one of my resolutions in the new year to post more images of projects as I work them.

Mind you I can definitely see how this is very much a WISP (Work in Slow Progress) this project is but at least it is steady – just slow. That is why I don’t call it a UFO as there are some projects that just take time and I thnk it is is important to recognise that. I have learnt with hand work the process requires that I just have to accept it and it’s a case of slow and steady gets things done.

The back story

If you are interested in the back story of this quilt and seeing photos of each block as it was made browse the posts  in the Diamond block crazy quilt category

Posts on How to assemble a Crazy Quilt which include;

Online Crazy Quilting Classes:

Just a quick reminder for those who are interested in taking a class with me. You will find all my classes listed under the top tab imaginatively titled Classes online you will also find information on how online classes are run.


  1. These are beautiful, as usual, Sharon. Thanks for showing the detail pictures. It really helps me to figure out how you create such gorgeous blocks, even though I don’t seem to have a space of time to try any crazy quilt block stitching myself right now. But you’re keeping me inspired to start sometime.

    Rev Deb
  2. Holy Cow! I wandered through from Homekeeping Heart’s place and am amazed at the beauty of your work.

    I recently purchased 8 or 10 hoops and some thread and a book on embroidery, thinking I would start. Looking at your work I’m not sure that me and Mr. Needle are ever going to be very close.


  3. I love what you did on these blocks! I also can’t wait to see them all assembled!

    I’ve always admired your fabrics and am pleased to hear alot of these are mens ties. I’ve been buying ties lately myself as I notice they have quite interesting patterns [and textures on some of those vintage specimens!] that cannot be found elsewhere. Also not a bad buy for a buck. I did find one thrift that was selling them for $4 tho .. what were they thinking???

  4. Sharon, what I love about all WIPs, including yours, is that they are direct portals into how the “stitch practitioner” is thinking about things, a view into the decisions made while stitching. This is so intimate!
    Especially when stitcher and viewer are sharing the same language, we can read into each other, almost like graphologists…

    …So as we say in the States here, “You got game, Girl!”

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