I’ll just say it up front. I don’t like purple. I’m not sure why – probably because it clashes horribly with my red hair.
When my 10 year old asked me to sew a purple blanket for him, I wondered if I could sew a blanket with purple. Could I spend weeks frolicking in the purple or would it be just too much for me? (I tried to coax him into a blanket with his second favorite color, orange, but he didn’t have a word about it.)
I’m happy to report that I was actually able to quilt with purple. I even like the last quilt!
Diamonds in the deep QAL
I made my purple quilt as part of the Diamonds in the Deep Quilt Along that I hosted, which was the encouragement I needed.
You can find the diamonds in the Deep PDF pattern here in my shop.
The Quilt Along started in July and was just being completed. I would like to show what some of the participants (including myself) produced.
The icon elements* The range comes in a variety of colors – they are great for the Diamonds in the Deep pattern as they have a small pattern that adds subtle interest to the quilt. The AGF Decostitch range is also very pretty (and would have been my preference if it hadn’t been purple) – the Low volume fabrics* are particularly beautiful.
The log house blocks for the diamonds in the deep pattern are very easy to sew. I recommend sewing with a tight quarter-inch seam so that the blocks are a little oversized at the end. Then you can cut them back to get very accurately sized blocks.
What color thread are you quilting with when quilting in purple?
This is such a common question. I made a quilt with X dye – which colored thread should I use for quilting?
The answer is almost always: dove gray.
It doesn’t matter what color your fabrics are, dove gray (a light, flat, matte gray) goes wonderfully with it. It is especially good if you have a lot of different colored fabrics in your quilt. Or if you have a pattern like Diamonds in the Deep, which relies on the contrast between the two fabrics and guarantees that both colors will stand out too much on the other fabric.
The dove gray is spot on – you still get the lovely texture of the quilting (on both white and colored fabrics) but it doesn’t try to steal the show. It has definitely become my favorite color for quilting (the second favorite is a similar flat matte beige-brown color if I use more brown-tinted neutrals).
As for the quilting pattern – I went for swirling spirals. I really like the way curves look against the angles of the log house blocks which is why I chose this pattern (thanks to Lyn von Lyns Quilt Cottage for the nice long-sleevedness).
If you’re struggling to choose a binding material, you’ll love the Diamonds in the Deep patterns as they are easy to tie. Just choose the same fabric that you use for the outside edges of your log cabin blocks and it will blend in beautifully.
I use My zigzag binding tutorial machine tie this quilt. As so often, I couldn’t find a thread that exactly matched the purple fabric. One thread was a little darker while another was lighter. In these cases I tend to choose the lighter thread. For me it is not so noticeable and fits in better (just my opinion).
For my underground, I was looking for something with a touch of purple. That way, I knew it would match the purple tie (and thread). That wideback stuff was just the ticket. It’s called the Lava Lamp and the purple goes well together (it’s a very useful wideback – it would go with many different quilt tops).
Okay, enough purple already. Time to see something better Diamonds in the deep Quilts in other colors.
Your beautiful quilts!
Leigh also made a twin size quilt from a mix of 8 Tula Pink fabrics, which with a touch of pink weighed heavily on the orange. I think you will agree with me that they mix wonderfully for a very neat, scratchy effect.
Pat sewed a nice teal, low volume version of the pattern. I love the small pattern in the low volume – very delicate.
Julia made a classic navy and white, with the addition of a navy border.
Leanne opted for a beautifully glowing red and white version:
Kathy also turned up red and white with a grunge-style fabric:
Cheryl also made a purple quilt and combined it with a beautiful gray and multi-colored center square. It’s so noticeable.
Gloria combined two tone-on-tone fabrics to give her quilt a nice textured feel:
I enjoy seeing all the different color combinations people come up with for this quilt pattern. You are all so smart and thank you so much for sharing your work with me (well, with all of us). Don’t stop sewing and share these photos (or tag me on Instagram and Facebook).
If you want to make diamonds in the deep quilt yourself, you can You can find the pattern here in the shop.
Have fun sewing!
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