Friday, July 25, 2014

Introducing ... Diana!

I'm so, so very excited to finally be share our latest CQ pattern!  Introducing ... DIANA!



I had been hoarding a little stash of Kate Spain's Honey, Honey, just waiting to find the perfect block to show off these large-scale prints.  It turned out that the classic Broken Dishes block was just what I needed!

I pieced and trimmed what seemed like a million HST ... and then with a little planning ... managed to get all of seams to nest together and pieced all the blocks without PINS!



Now, I am a creature of habit and an inveterate pinner ... but my points rocked on this quilt!  I just might have joined the no-pinning-revolution!

This was the first project that I did start-to-finish on the beast, and while quilt finishing is still not my favorite part of the process, it is WORLDS easier on a machine with a bigger harp space!  And this was no small quilt - it finished at 69" x 85"



In keeping with the simplicity of the quilt top, I just decided to finish it with some echo quilting within the Broken Dishes block and around the edges.  I used a larger stitch length to give it a hand-quilted-esque feeling.

On a side note, while trying to get a beauty shot as I attached the binding, I noticed a series of notices on my presser foot!  Lo and behold, the notch at the bottom of the indentation is exactly a 1/4" away from the needle ... so when need to stop sewing 1/4" away from the edge of your project, you know exactly when to stop.  GENIUS!


(I KNOW I'm not the first person to notice this ... but it was one of those light-bulb moments!!)

So, anyways ... I backed it with this beautiful grey floral print from Connecting Threads and bound it with my favorite lavender sprig print in coral ...



... and then whisked it off for a little photo shoot at my favorite childhood park.  So, there she is!  And she's very happily living in her new home with my very best friend.


I'm happy to share that Cora's Quilts Diana pattern is now available in our etsy and craftsy stores and we're celebrating this week by offering it at 25% off, through 8/1/14.  Use etsy coupon code: ANNEandDIANA to receive your discount.


Diana - Soft, floral prints, Broken Dishes blocks, and crisp, white sashing come together to make the perfect quilt for picnicking by Barry’s pond.  Blocks finish at 14” and can be constructed without pins, so that you can spend less time sewing and more time enjoying the summer sun.


This week, we're sharing our new quilt in these linky parties!

A HUGE thank you goes out to my wonderful pattern testers, who did such a beautiful job piecing their own Diana blocks and quilt tops with minimal notice!  Please stop by and give them some love!





Shauna @ Shauna's World




















16 comments:

  1. It was a pleasure to test this pattern for you. I had fun, loved the pattern and the block. Thank you again for the opportunity!

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  2. Nice pattern! Pretty quilts! I wandered in from Shauna's to see all the other test quilts ... :) Pat

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  3. That is a very cool block pattern - those fabrics are darling!

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  4. Looks so beautiful and fresh. The colours come together really well.

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  5. Lovely pattern, and I love everyone's blocks. It's so nice to see this in different color ways so you can see how versatile the quilt can be. Great job!

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  6. What a lovely quilt and pattern - I always love to see patterns that can handle a large print. Lovely Finish!

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  7. Such a soft and pretty quilt-nice job!

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  8. Beautiful quilt. I love this pattern.

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  9. Oh what a great pattern. Looks totally different all the different fabric styles, modern, solids, 30s repro. I will definitely have to give this one a try

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  10. what a gorgeous design! Just beautiful!

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  11. Wow! So glad I came across your blog. This quilt design is beautiful! Love what your testers have done too.

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  12. Ha! I had to go look at my presses foot and guess what? You got it, a 1/4" mark. Thanks for that tidbit - I've never noticed that mark before. :)

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  13. Your quilt is stunning - I'm a real sucker for Kate Spain! And thanks for the tip - guess who just found a 1/4" mark on their piecing foot?

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  14. I like traditional looking blocks and wish I had time to make something like this one soon.

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