I've been looking for an excuse to try out the stitch and flip technique used in Quilting Modern, and after much debate, I decided to try it out in this little quilt to celebrate a friend's new baby girl. The diamonds are taken from the Blind Co-Pilot quilt in the book. That quilt uses several different stitch and flip shapes, but I decided to focus on the diamonds in a more traditional layout.
I used prints and solids in my current (and lingering) girly color combo obsession -- pinks, coral, and orange -- in a very scrappy style. Each diamond was laid out in a very improv manner. My original plan was to add a full border to each diamond wish sashing to separate the blocks, but after laying them out, I decided I liked the look of the bigger border around the set of diamonds. After consulting IG, I added an additional linen border to increase the size of the quilt and separate the scrappy border from the scrappy binding.
The pieced backing uses a bit of the linen, two prints from the front, and one coordinating print. I quilted it with white thread in a radiating diamond shape. I quilted the lines about 2.5" apart to keep the quilt nice and soft for the baby. As always, I attached the binding by machine.
I definitely had my reservations as this quilt was coming together. I'm never very confident when I do improv, and I was pretty sure I was going to hate the quilt with each block I made, but as it came together and the borders were added, I did a total 180 and really love the final product. I hope the little one and her mommy do, too.
I'm linking up to the Craft Book Sew-Along at Live.Love.Create.