diamonds in the deep: a finish.

Diamonds in the Deep

I am so excited and proud to share with you my finished orange-version of the Bonjour Quilts pattern Diamonds in the Deep. This quilt has taken up the better part of 2014, and it has been a huge learning experience for me. It was my first time working on a queen-sized quilt, my first time testing a pattern, my first time experimenting with value, and my first time collaborating with a long-arm quilter. And I can say, I am a better quilter for having been through the experience!

Diamonds in the Deep

I plan to elaborate on my experience working with a long-arm quilter in the future, but for now, I just want to emphasize how amazing Shelly Pagliai of Prairie Moon Quilts is to work with, and, as the pictures clearly show, how amazingly talented she is! I feel so lucky to have *met* her and to have had the stars align so that we could work together on this quilt. Shelly custom quilted the entire quilt using hand-guided free-motion. Each block is quilted with a total of five separate patterns, to complement and highlight the piecing.

Diamonds in the Deep

The binding on the quilt is Denyse Schmidt’s Voltage Dot in black, and the design of the fabric is echoed in the outermost layer of each block.

Diamonds in the Deep

I could not be happier with the end result. As hard as it was to make a quilt of this size, I also feel a queen-sized sense of accomplishment and pride for having tackled this challenge. So many hours and so much love went into the making of this quilt (both mine and Shelly’s!) — I think it’s the perfect embodiment of our efforts!

Diamonds in the DeepDiamonds in the DeepDiamonds in the DeepThanks for hanging out with me while I bask in the glory of this finish! I hope that everyone in the states had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Linking up (later this week) with Needle and Thread Thursday, Finish it Up Friday, and, as this is one of my Q4 Finish Along goals, The Littlest Thistle.


  1. Such a marathon effort, Kim, thank you so much for all your help with perfecting this pattern. I absolutely love your colour choices and the binding in particular was something I wouldn’t not have thought of myself but looks fabulous.
    Wishing you decades of snuggles under your queen-sized beauty!

  2. Wow, wow, wow! Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better … the quilting is exquisite. I love the texture and depth it creates in the quilt. You’ve never revealed where this quilt will live. Oh, how I hope you’re going to keep it for yourself!

  3. Linda

    I just found you and this more than lovely quilt through Jeni Baker’s weekly share. It immediately caught my eye because orange is my favorite color, and the colors and the pattern jumped off the page and told me to find the incredibly talented quilter that made it!! I am speechless as far as describing it goes. Just know that I would steal it from a baby if I got a chance….lol. I plan to start following your blog now.l

    xo Linda

  4. Wow it must’ve takesn some very detailed planning to get that ombre effect just right. Your thoughtful work really shines through on this sunshiney quilt. Congrats on an amazing finish.

  5. katieQ

    Wow!! This quilt is a beauty. All the hours of work you put into it certainly paid off. Shelly did an amazing job quilting it.

  6. I just followed a link to your quilt and it is Stunning!!! I purchased the pattern and am going to make one, too. I have a lot of orange fabrics and just can’t get over how gorgeous your quilt is. Wow!!

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