Thursday, January 23, 2014

Making My Way To The Podium

Sometimes I surprise myself, and this is one of those times. Not only did I take up my Olympic challenge, I beat my deadline by about 2 weeks. My Blue Diamonds are done - yay!

Curiosity got the better of me so I sifted through my books to get a better idea of when I would have started it. The pattern is from Kaffe's first book, Glorious Patchwork, which was published in 1997, so I likely started this in '98 or '99. It also means that my 'carbon dating' was off by about 5 years and its been 15 years in the works. Oh boy.


Like most things that we avoid, it ended up going together much easier than I had expected. I remembered having trouble lining up the seams but this time around it was easy peasy, and I love the end result.

I had miscounted the blue striped setting triangles that I needed by one so I decided that, in addition to the pink triangles that I had worked around one corner, I would insert 3 along the bottom edge, and I quite like it.

The fabrics are wonderful and it looks great on a bed. It would have been nice to have more larger florals in it I think, but I still like it.

And what I like even more is that it finally migrated off the back of that chair and is now ready for quilting....M


Susan said...

That's a great finish, and shows that no UFO is a lost cause. It was just waiting for the right time to be finished.

audrey said...

It's possible too that the reason it wasn't as difficult as you remember is because you have so much more experience now! It's a lovely quilt and I think the tie-in with your Olympic quilt idea is wonderful. Now it will be even more special to you.:)

Karen H said...

A gold medal finish for sure! I too love the addition of the pink striped fabric; it adds so much visual interest. This is going to be a wonderful quilt when it is quilted. Way to own the podium Marie!

Brandie said...

It's Gorgeous!

Monica said...

I always loved this pattern too, although mine never made it past the fabric purchasing stage. Congratulations on the finish!

Anonymous said...

This looks so beautiful! I'm also so inspired by Kaffe Fassett and love his diamond pattern. I have an adorable bundle waiting and I may use diamonds for them.
Sunny wishes from GREECE! x Teje

Marit said...

Love your top! That pattern has been in the back of my mind for years ... thank you for added inspiration!
; )

liniecat said...

Luscious fabrics and simple shapes, beautiful