Hi Quilting Friends,
Welcome to the “Be A Diamond” blog hop, hosted by our friend Carol from “Just Let Me Quilt“! A great big “Thank You!” to Carol for being the hostess with the mostest!We always look forward to Carol’s blog hops, and are so excited to see all of the great projects that are posted by the participating bloggers. You’ll find a list with links to their blogs at the end of this post!
This blog hop has me thinking about diamonds, so here are some things that occurred to me:
Science time! (I just LOVE science time, especially chemistry! Quilting time will come in a couple of paragraphs, so please be patient!) Diamonds are made of carbon, element #6 on our Periodic Table of Elements, which is the 4th most common element in the universe, and the 15th most common element here on Earth.
A single carbon atom can form up to four covalent chemical bonds, and is the basis for organic molecules. We’re “carbon-based life forms”, after all! Coal and other fossil fuels are made of carbon too.
Pure carbon, when in its solid state, most often occurs in the form of graphite (the “lead” in your pencil) which forms in the lower crust of the Earth. Diamonds are created deep within Earth’s mantle under enormous heat and pressure, which is why they are so rare. Diamonds are unique in that they have the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any naturally-occurring material, and they are chemically inert as well!
So, perhaps, this is why “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” and “Diamonds are forever.” It could also explain why the diamond shape is such a popular design element in quilting patterns. Diamonds are a representation of strength and beauty, and quilters are a wonderful combination of both characteristics! Today I’m going to share some of our designs that feature diamonds.
The border of this miniature quilt features diamonds!
So does this pretty pieced snowflake block!
And this Hunter’s Star miniature quilt,
And the Mariner’s Star! Are stars made from diamonds? Or does it just twinkle, twinkle like a diamond in the sky?
I usually create a small project to follow each blog hop theme, and this time I decided to make a pair of pretty hot pads for our kitchen. I love this Mariner’s star block, and so I did a quick search through my stash and found the perfect fabrics to coordinate with our kitchen wall paper.
I’m pleased with how they turned out, and they are MUCH prettier than the other hot pads that we normally use around here (see photo below, LOL). I don’t even know how this sort of thing happens. Perhaps it is because my hubby likes to cook, but isn’t very careful with our hot pads? Or we could just blame it all on our kids and their love affair with tater tots, LOL!
And now, on to another Diamond! His is a rare talent, and I’ve always loved Neil Diamond’s songs. Here’s one of my favorites, and you’re invited to sing along as I always do:
Thank you SO much for hopping by today! I hope that you’ve enjoyed seeing my little project, and that you’ll take the time to visit the rest of the bloggers who are “hopping” with us.
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