Quilts of Valor – Diamonds

Loading the next Quilt of Valor, this one is a really nice diamond pattern. The red, white and blue prints go really well together. The pattern is so simple, just large half square triangles arranged in a nice pattern with red squares.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Loading it on the longarm, ready to begin quilting. I auditioned thread, and decided on red for a bit of punch on the white areas.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

This one had a different issue that I have frankly never seen before. The middle border is larger than the outer border.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

I think part of the reason that this happened, is the quilter used bias seams in the borders. I have no idea why piecers do this. You need a bias seam in binding, but not in borders. Using straight border seams to join border strips will result in a more stable border, just like piecing the blocks.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Luckily, a bit of stretching of the final border and steaming the middle border flattened it out for easier quilting. I stitched the edges down to hold it in place.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

The backing gave me a bit of a fit in the quilting process. These raveling edges produced strings that got wrapped around the encoder wheels on the longarm machine head, and made a mess with the quilting. There was a section I had to take out, as the machine started skipping stitches and not sewing at all while I moved the head. When the encoders don’t spin, the machine doesn’t stitch. If you have a backing like this, pink the edges to prevent the raveling.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

With this linear pantograph, it was so obvious when a glitch happened.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

The pantograph is a modern design called Contempo by Lorien Quilting. I thought it would be suitable for a more masculine design.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

It does well with the backing too, a perfect starry print for this QOV.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Aurifil in the top and Bottom Line in the bobbin, made for subtle quilting.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a closer look at the corner.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Once again, my favorite thing to do is pick threads that show in the backgrounds of the piecing and blend with the colors in the quilt top.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

Even though the pantograph is quite linear, I think it works well with this design.  So, all done and ready to give back to the piecer for binding.

Quilt of Valor Diamonds at From My Carolina Home

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24 thoughts on “Quilts of Valor – Diamonds

  1. Thank you for doing these quilts.
    Love this “walk about ” pattern. I have used it 4 times and one is cut out to sew. Uses 10 &1/2
    Blocks so it is great for large prints.

  2. Gail Rachow

    Love the pantograph in red on this quilt. Now that I have seen you doing this I appreciate all that goes into finishing one of these quilts. You do such quality work.

  3. Jennifer Rauch

    Love seeing “your” quilts – someday i may progress to longarm quilting, but today i am DOING THE HAPPY DANCE! Simple reason – Charlie’s quilt top is DONE – I’ve figured out my machine, my scrappy second border design looks great, I love the backing I’ve chosen. . . had trouble sleeping last night because I wanted to go look at that quilt! Probably going to just stitch in the ditch, tie & bind, as time is closing in for delivery visit. Just wanted to share with someone this momentous occasion!

  4. Hi Carole,
    I enjoy seeing all the different quilts you work on. These diamonds really pop after the quilting, I think. I like the pattern you chose and the thread color. ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole! Such a great quilting pattern you chose for this quilt. It always amazes me at the way you just are able to fix the problems you encounter in these quilting situations and they always turn out amazing. My applause always goes to you! Deanna and I are working on table runners today. We chose something light and easy this weekend. Hope you have a great day!

  6. Melanie

    Masterful quilting while correcting so many issues. The quilt design is perfect; love the pattern of the quilt also, so simple, perfect for a man who will treasure it. Yes, hope to do some piecing today….and cleaning out my fabric cupboards for donations to our guild’s country story on Saturday….a sort of flea market where we end up taking home other people’s castoffs in exchange for donations to the guild’s fundraiser, always fun. LOL

  7. Loris Mills

    I think I have heard that those bias seams in borders were to make them less noticeable or something….stands out so much more obvious to me, however. I’m with you and always use straight seams if I need to piece them. Great fix with your steam, etc. It turned out lovely!

  8. Lesley Gilbert

    Great job done in the end Carole – I always enjoy reading your posts about how you fix all the ‘problems’ in the quilts you receive and give tips to future quilters 🙂

  9. Shirley

    Thank you so much for sharing your tips on quilting. I have often wondered why one is supposed to use a straight border seam vs a bias seam, and now I know 🙂

  10. Kristi

    I love the ‘thread that shows on the background’, but blends into the foreground! Marvelous idea. I’ve done a couple quilts like that, but never actually articulated why it looks good. And I always use a straight seem on the border, but I have seen quilt books that describe a bias seem. I’ve avoided it mainly because it seemed like a pain! Glad to know there was a method to my madness!

  11. Kristi

    Oh…and I forgot to say, I’ve been making quilt backs! Two done yesterday, hoping another one today! Tomorrow I get to take a trip to the car dealership in the ‘big city’ for maintenance. Making a trip to the fabric store too to looks for backing fabrics and some big cones of thread!

  12. dezertsuz

    It looks great, and so easy to sew. I’m not quilting today, maybe some embroidery later, maybe not. Really, I just want a nap. LOL

  13. Thank you presenting this wonderful quilt and your stitching while at the same time teaching us about what works with long-arming! I appreciate it!

  14. I really like the quilt design. Thanks for the explanation re quilting showing up in the background, but not so much with the main design. Makes perfect sense, but I’d never have thought of it.

  15. I’ve always been taught to make bias seams on the borders, not straight seems. I didn’t realize that straight seams were preferred. Beautiful job with the quilting. It was interesting to see how you addressed each challenge along the way.

  16. I like what you did with this top. I’m longarming for Quilts of Valor, too. I’ve used the Starlet pantograph from Urban Elementz twice. I’m ready for something new.

  17. Enjoyed your tutorial quilting project. I piece QOV QUILT tops. It is such a humbling experience to present the finished quilt to a vet. Everyone cries. You can’t help it. I started May 2017, not knowing diddly, but have progressed with each one with The Lord’s help. It has changed my life. I never heard of QOV before that time. We live in a small town in Louisiana called DeRidder. Our quilter, Teresa is our QOV REP for our parish & adjoining parish. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR VETS.

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