When I saw the Imperial Diamonds pattern in the July/August 2011 issue of Love of Quilting, it really spoke to me. I had some precut batik strips in my stash and had been looking for a project that would really showcase the beautiful variety of blues, browns & tans in the collection.
This pattern seemed perfect since it featured a neutral background and allowed me to add some coordinating fabric in the border. The sheer number of points that would need to be carefully aligned on this quilt, as well as the fact that is was composed of strips instead of blocks, almost scared me off. However by the time I read through the directions I was already picturing it on my bed, so I forged ahead.
I'm so glad I decided to try it. In fact it went together much faster than I expected. All but the borders were completed during a weekend retreat with my guild. Jean Nolte's directions were very clear and I was able to do a respectable job of not cutting off any points by carefully measuring and trimming the seam allowances on each strip prior to joining them.
I made some matching pillow shams out of the scraps and this beautiful quilt has graced our king sized bed ever since it was completed. I've been quilting for about 10 years and this project is hands down the one I am most proud of and pleased with.
Thank you for publishing this fabulous pattern!