This project centred on just one patchwork shape: the diamond.
Simply spend far too much time deciding which fabric to use for the six centre diamonds and another for the six outer diamonds, making one large hexagon.
I've tended to use vintage fabric for the inner diamonds which are sewn together as a 6-pointed star and modern fabric for the outer diamonds. The fabric is cut roughly into a diamond shape, allowing about a 1/4" seam allowance. The fabric is first tacked onto paper (I use something like Conqueror which is a bit thicker than regular copy paper but I don't like to use anything as stiff as card). The diamonds are then whip stitched right sides together with tiny stitches.
The best thing about this project is that if you wanted to start it right now, you easily could. There are no fancy rulers required. I picked up this little old 1970's book in a charity shop in Frome some time ago.
The pictures and fabrics used in the projects are fairly hideous but the information is basic and sound. The most useful section is at the back and helps you draft your own templates such as hexagons and of course, diamonds, in whatever size you desire.
So, get yourself a piece of card, back of a cereal packet would do, and draw yourself a diamond. Use that template to trace onto the fabric and make oodles of paper templates to which to tack your fabric. Assemble your fabric, needle and thread and away you go!
My diamonds are quite large and it is a very time consuming project. From my horizontal position on my sun lounger, I just about managed to make one of these a day (but of course, I had to have rest days in between!) I haven't really done much on this project since I've been home but it is handy to pick up now and then as it's so portable, great for rail and Tube journeys.
This quilt could be a while in the making. But who's in a hurry?
Happy weekending, may the sun shine...