This post is part of the Tula Pink Sew Along!
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This amazing quilt is from Jeannette of Gone Aussie Quilting. Jeannette is a beyond fantastic quilter…just one look at her finished quilts says it all. She’s also a long armer. Find out more on her blog!
Hi, I’m Jeannette, an American living in rural Australia and I blog over at Gone Aussie Quilting. I would like to thank Sara for inviting me to participate in this awesome event! I have been quilting since 2005 and have been a fan of Tula since her very first fabric release. I’ve been hoarding, ummm… sewing with her fabrics ever since. When Sara asked me to participate in reviewing one of Tula’s patterns I knew I would be breaking into one of my most precious bundles, Nest, to use for the quilt. I was so pleased when I found out my first choice of “Honey Honey” was available to be reviewed. I love diamonds and everything about this pattern is aesthetically pleasing to me.
Since this would not be the first quilt I’ve ever made using one of Tula’s patterns, I was able to start with confidence knowing that the pattern instructions would be clear, concise and heavily diagramed. Since the fabric requirements for Honey Honey involve 4 half yards for the center of the diamonds and 2 honey buns or 14 fat quarters for the borders, I quickly decided that with an entire fat quarter bundle of Nest as well as extra yardage that I would have plenty of fabric to add a few rows and make the quilt just a little bit larger than the pattern size. The pattern calls for you to make 39 diamonds, I made 59 diamonds and had plenty of extra fabric from my fat quarter bundle to spare.
After learning Tula’s technique for cutting your diamond shapes with the 60 degree mark on your ruler, the construction goes together quick quickly building two sides at a time and trimming down afterward. Tula shows you a few pointers on how to get the segments to match up as diamonds are somewhat trickier than other shapes to get points to match up. I would also recommend that you follow her strip sizes so that you ensure that you have enough fabric on each side before trimming down.
My favorite part of this quilt is that once the top is done, you trim it down and use the scraps from the trimming to use as part of the backing! I love this as it adds a little bit of interest if you choose to use a solid backing fabric. For my backing I used Kona Glacier and all the scraps from the front pieced as Tula instructs in her pattern. Possibly because of the larger size of my quilt or the fact that I needed a bit of extra backing size to attach to my long arm machine, I did have to make a couple extra diamonds for my pieced back.
Tula included in the pattern a suggestion on how to quilt this that would give it an argyle look. I was very tempted to try it, but I felt these particular fabrics needed more than just straight line quilting. I decided that the Nest fabrics needed denser quilting and so I chose an all over feather pattern and quilted on my Gammill long arm machine. All in all I was very pleased with the results and would rate this pattern as good for intermediate level quilters.
Thank you Sara for inviting me to participate! It was Tularific!