Quilted Diamonds 1
My first book will teach you everything you need to know about hand piecing an heirloom quilt. Enjoy a relaxing, portable project.
QD1 has chapters on appliqué, quilting designs and scalloped bindings which are not included in QD2, and there are also detailed, illustrated instructions for hand piecing.
160 pages, soft cover, stitched binding, optional CD (to use with Electric Quilt)
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Discover the advantages of hand piecing with freezer paper templates in Quilted Diamonds 1—also known as Quilted Diamonds: Jane Austen, Jane Stickle, and Friends
Quilted Diamonds 1 was inspired by the Jane Stickle Quilt (1863), which is the subject of the book Dear Jane™ by Brenda Papadakis, and by the Jane Austen Quilt (1812).
The QD method uses freezer paper templates and a running stitch. It is faster, simpler, more precise, and more portable than English Paper Piecing. It is my favorite technique although I also enjoy machine piecing and appliqué with Inklingo.
And then. . . QD1 and QD2 inspired me to invent Inklingo.
Freezer Paper Templates
The pre-Inklingo hand piecing technique taught in the books is wonderful and it is still the technique I prefer to use when I print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo.
I teach the freezer paper template method for hand piecing in Quilted Diamonds 1 and Quilted Diamonds 2—but only for hand piecing and appliqué—because the shapes are so small. However, the same freezer paper method applies to machine piecing, so I still recommend freezer paper templates when shapes are not available from Inklingo (yet).
Trace from the book or Print from Electric Quilt with the Optional CD
If you have Electric Quilt software (EQ4 or newer), you may want to add the optional CDs of patterns, at $10.00 each, so you can print the QD patterns on freezer paper, instead of tracing on freezer paper from the book.
At the time the books were published, EQ4 was the latest thing from Electric Quilt. Now we use EQ8! In 2002, I was the first author or publisher to offer an optional CD, so quilters could print instead of trace. It was revolutionary.
The QD CDs are $10 extra. The CDs do NOT allow you to print on fabric in the way we do for Inklingo. It would be a mess of black ink everywhere because EQ does not print the outlines in anything but black ink—the worst!
From the back cover of Quilted Diamonds 1
I am proud of the cover design on all of my books, but especially this one. (IMHO, I am good at covers.) It tells you that the book includes:
- 209 diamond patterns from Love & Friendship (the blue and white quilt), named with quotations from Jane Austen’s novels
- photo of the Jane Austen Quilt (1812)
- photo of the Jane Stickle Quilt (1863)
- illustrated, easy-to-follow directions for hand piecing, applique & reverse applique, settings for diamonds, innovative hand quilting designs, and scalloped bindings.
Wow. That is a lot but the best part is the endorsements from the characters in Jane Austen’s novels,
Inklingo shape collection for Quilted Diamonds (March 2015)
In celebration of the re-printing of Quilted Diamonds 2, there is an Inklingo shape collection for QD too! Quilters requested an Inklingo shape collection for the sashing, plain diamonds, and cornerstones for Love & Friendship and it is available now! To celebrate, there is a new printing of Quilted Diamonds 2 with DVD.
The new Inklingo for QD shape collection (INKQD) is a small, inexpensive shape collection with a few setting pieces, so if you piece some diamonds from QD1 or QD2, Inklingo will make it easier to assemble a quilt top. You can turn your hand pieced diamonds into squares by machine too!
I think this new shape collection is a nice way to ease into Inklingo if you haven’t tried it yet. (Where have you been since 2006?)
Also Jane Austen Related
The diamonds are inspired by the Jane Austen coverlet but are a different size. For a pattern for a replica of Jane Austen’s quilt, please see my Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery book and the Main Jane Austen Page.
See Jane Austen’s Writing Table Quilts DVD too.
Postage is exactly what I pay without a handling fee. I can often fit two or three different books in one flat-rate Priority envelope to make maximum use of postage. Mailed from Niagara Falls NY.
Austen-tatious Diamonds Facebook Group
Discover the advantages of hand piecing with freezer paper templates.
My Quilted Diamonds books were inspired by the Jane Stickle Quilt (1863), which is the subject of the book Dear Jane™ by Brenda Papadakis, and by the Jane Austen Quilt (1812).
If you have Electric Quilt software (EQ4 or newer), you may want to add the optional CDs of patterns, at $10.00 each, so you can print the QD patterns on freezer paper, instead of tracing.
The diamonds are inspired by the Jane Austen coverlet, but are a different size. For a pattern for a replica of Jane Austen’s quilt, please see my Jane Austen Patchwork Mystery book and the Main Jane Austen Page.
See Jane Austen’s Writing Table Quilts DVD too.
I have seen the Jane Austen quilt several times in England. The 209 diamonds are named for characters, situations and phrases in Jane Austen’s novels and letters.
Did you ever imagine making a quilt block called “What are men to rocks and mountains?” (P&P Ch 27) Get ready! How about “Frank knows a puddle of water when he sees it.” (E Ch 23)
The title of a novel written by Jane Austen at age twenty, then revised in 1812, probably while the quilt was being made, and published as Pride and Prejudice in 1813.
Jane Austen, remembered by her niece Caroline.
Jane Austen wrote most of her novels at Chawton Cottage in the dining parlor. Her novels were a secret from everyone except her immediate family. It has been passed down through her nieces and nephews that she particularly asked that the annoying squeak in the hinge of the door not be oiled, because it gave her the warning she needed to tuck her pages out of the view of a surprise visitor.
(P & P Ch. 58) Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth, remembering her spirited refusal of his first proposal of marriage. (I think this name is especially appropriate because Diamond # 33 is a variation on Papa’s Star and the little pieces for the center star are just a little smaller.)
(MP Ch. 10) Fanny has no enjoyment in hearing Mr. Rushworth’s complaints in the wilderness at Sotherton. (Hmmmmm. And this diamond is related to B-6 Wild Goose Chase. Apropos, n’est-ce pas?)
(P & P Ch. 22) The strangeness of Mr. Collins’s making two offers of marriage within three days, was nothing in comparison of his being now accepted.
There are a few hundred more, plus some interesting references to the novels in the text.