Thursday, April 25, 2019

Be a Diamond Blog Hop - An Ode to My Great Grandmother

For a while I was stumped on what I wanted to make for the Be A Diamond Blog Hop.  I finally decided to make a small mini quilt/table topper.



Instead of piecing, these diamonds are fused and blanket stitched.  It was less time consuming than all the paper piecing that would've been required.  I picked a fun navy prints with blue and purple leaves and a solid blue batik from my Island Batik stash and went to work.  I am an Ambassador for Island Batik and I always have a blast with their fabrics.



I then had a lot of fun with the quilting.



So, where did this block come from?  A family heirloom!  My great grandmother was a quilter.  This quilt was what she considered her "masterpiece" quilt.  It is hand quilted and stunningly gorgeous.  My grandmother gifted it to me for my high school graduation because she know how I would value it.  And I do!  I decided to make one of the blocks (hers were hand pieced) with raw edge applique in remembrance of my Great Grandma Grace. 



If you love to applique, check out my Facebook Group Machine Applique Adventures.  AND if you live near Minnesota come check out my classes at the Minnesota Quilters annual show in June!

Be sure to check out all the others on the hop!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

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26 comments:

  1. Fantastic project. Love your grandmother quilt. What a treasure you have.

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  2. Your mini quilt is wonderful, and your Grandmother's quilt is so pretty!

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  3. How sweet to honor your Grandmother with this project. The mini quilt is adorable.

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  4. What a sweet project and the story behind it is touching.

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  5. I love your mini and how you honoured your grandmother!

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  6. Great mini, and I love that it was a replica of something you cherish.

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  7. Very smart to applique all the teeny diamonds! Great mini.

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  8. You couln't have chosen more perfect fabrics for this. The contrast is beautiful.

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  9. I love your mini. It is so beautiful

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  10. Beautiful! I do love applique and I do sometimes make paper pieced or other blocks the fused and blanket stitched applique way too. Your grandmother's quilt is gorgeous too!

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  11. Nice Suzy! I love that you shared your inspiration for the mini quilt and that it was your Grandmother's quilt. Would you be interested in participating in my Quilters Through The Generations series on my blog. I hope to hear from you soon. MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQaulityCustoms(dot)com

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  12. What a BEAUTIFUL inspiration piece from your great grandmother. I am sooooo envious of people with a quilting heritage. That is a true treasure and your little mini is a great diamond project! You certainly do have creativity in the genes!

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  13. Your mini and the inspiration are both so delightful. My diamond quilt is paper-pieced and about half way, I was tempted to switch to applique. I persevered and finished the quilt though. I don't know if applique actually saves much time. Careful blanket stitching does take time too.

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  14. You did your Great grandmother proud with your "new fangled" techniques. She would love it!

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  15. That quilt is certainly something to treasure. Your replicated block looks so nice too.

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  16. Your grandmothers quilt is stunning. Your tribute piece is wonderful. Love that you appliqued the diamonds on. great idea.

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  17. Beautiful, Suzy! It's such a joy to have family heirlooms, and your grandmother's quilt is definitely a masterpiece!

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  18. A gorgeous tribute for sure. I love that you appliqued the diamonds. Great idea! Your quilting is always so pretty and inspiring.

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  19. Gorgeous project, love the colors

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  20. What a great idea, and I'm sure that your great grandmother would have loved it too! Happy quilting!

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  21. Your just amazing...but I've told you that before. Your great grandma has to be proud of you. Beautiful projects!

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  22. It's fantastic! And a lovely nod to your great grandma!

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  23. That is one beautiful table topper - pretty fabrics and a great design!

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  24. That is really beautiful! And what a great tribute to your great grandmother!

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  25. Very cool! And I love how it was inspired by a family heirloom! xx

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  26. Beautiful project and very touching connections. Your Great Grandmother's quilt couldn't have found a better custodian!

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