Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Stay at Home Round Robin - Second Round

It took me a couple days, but I finished my second round for the Stay at Home Round Robin (SAHRR). 

Our hostess this week is Emily from The Darling Dogwood, and she called diamonds for this second round. Now, I’ve never done diamonds before in quilts, and there are many ways to attempt them. That’s why it took me two days (well, two afternoons) to finally get them - I had to play with the possibilities, explore, cut and sew fabric and see what worked and what didn’t. 

This is how my block began for this week, before diamonds. 

First I tried wonky diamonds like dear Wonky Wendy. As I recall, last year she called wonky stars and I couldn’t do them. So I tried wonky diamonds this year and couldn’t do those either. My brain can’t seem to grasp how to cut pieces large enough to fit their spot when reversed. I’m spatially challenged, I guess. I can do expert-level Sudoku, but I can do wonk. 

So next I tried economy blocks (square in a square) with half-square triangles and various fabrics from my pull. They were underwhelming. So I tried them in a single color and it still lacked punch. By then, I was getting punchy. So I worked on other projects.

On the next afternoon, I had a brilliant idea to use my Accuquilt dies. First I pulled the half rectangle triangle die and cut up some more fabric. *Cough* With four pieced black/color rectangles placed together, the diamond ended up being humongous. I thought of cutting triangles (die cut or with rulers), but they were also too large. One more look through the dies - OH!! I have a diamond die. DUH. I bought my original Go! Cutter used from a quilter and it came with a lot of dies, many of which I’ve never used. 

A couple hours of cutting and sewing and trimming and Voila! 

So now I’m back to a square piece of about 20-ish inches instead of a rectangle, but there are still four rounds to go, so it’s all good. And the good thing is that I got to play and experiment and learn more than I ever wanted to know about diamonds!  And I’ve probably got enough scrappy fabric off-cuts to do an entire round of crumb piecing if someone call that for a future round. 

Anyway, come check out all the fun variations at this week’s link-up here (everyone has through the weekend to link up, so check back often!)


  1. Kudos on using some of your Go! cutting dies! Experimentation is good for us. Fourth times a charm, Cathy!! :o))

  2. Perfect! And you had fun with your AccuQuilt cutter! ;-)

  3. The important thing is that it looks great! Do you now have a couple of giant diamond "seeds" for another quilt, too? That would be a bonus!

  4. Hi Cathy! I love the kitty fabrics you've used. Are you still doing CQ? I'm glad to see you're still posting on your blog, too. Mine is pretty much abandoned. The blog site made "improvements" that made it so much harder to place photos and text, so I just gave up. But I'm still doing CQ!

  5. I really like where this is going! Such fun!

  6. Looks great! Sometime experimentation is the way to go, even if you have to go through a few tries. I love what you decided on, and even better that you could cut with the accuquilt!

  7. I think I see that math must have been involved in this and I know, without even trying, that I would be the Queen of Wonk if I were to attempt it. Kudos to you!!


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