Facets Quilt

Facets by Amy Friend

I finished my Facets Quilt late last night and photographed it early this morning before the rain started.

This quilt design uses 9 over-sized paper pieced diamonds constructed from templates that I created.  I started this project in a less intentional way than usual.  I had mocked up a block on the computer and liked the idea of using half solids and half prints.  I wanted the printed halves to be very similar in color to the solid halves but to be a slightly lighter shade or include some white in order to hopefully create a little bit of dimension.  It was only after making a few of the darker diamons that I thought that I would like to create a “faded” or pastel version of the block. I ransacked my stash and came up with some prints and solids that worked quite well.  I used a combination of Kona and Art Gallery Pure Elements solids from my stash along with a few older prints, some newer Carolyn Friedlander prints and just introduced AGF collections (including Fleet and Flourish, Essentials II, and Paint and Chalk).

Facets by Amy Friend

The layout was decided upon after playing around with the blocks on my design wall.  I knew I wanted to leave vast areas of negative space but wasn’t sure what fabric color I wanted to use.  My palette was pretty usual to start with but I am continuing with my personal exploration to use a variety of colors in my backgrounds rather than the easy fallbacks of white and grey. I settled on this Zucchini Kona.

Facets by Amy Friend

My quilt is quilted with a 50 weight Aurifil thread that was a close match to the background.  I stitched in diagonal lines and then a crosshatch in the lower left corner.  This is similar to the quilting I did in my last quilt but I liked it so I did it again!

As I was quilting this, I couldn’t help but think that I could never pull off wearing this shade of green.  Isn’t it fun that we can quilt in any colors we like?  Who cares if it doesn’t suit our complexion or a particular wall color. It’s satisfying to create for sake of design.

Facets by Amy Friend

I used this great Cotton + Steel print for the backing. It is just a few shade deeper and coordinated perfectly.

The quilt finished at approximately 54″ x 62.



  1. Beautiful. I just love the design and layout.

  2. JoAnne Davidson says:

    This is one of ,y favorite quilts that you have designed. I really want to make it as soon as you get the pattern together. I can see this made up with Kaffe F fabrics.

  3. Wow that is stunning! I love the effect of the solids and prints together. I continue to be impressed with such beautiful straight line quilting particularly on a quilt that is 5 feet long!

  4. Sharon T says:

    Please consider writing this up as a pattern. Love it!

  5. Barb Brian says:

    Beautiful quilt…love the design & color choices!

  6. This is just gorgeous and I love the layout!

  7. Absolutely stunning!

  8. Veronique says:

    What a clever design! The result is quite stunning. Thanks for sharing your design process, it’s very interesting.

  9. Very stylish as usual!!!

  10. Betty A. says:

    You continue to push the envelop, thank you! This one is just very smart and usual, I cannot wait for the pattern!

  11. This is a beautiful quilt. I love it!

  12. This is stunning. I absolutely am in love with it and especially the background fabric.

  13. gretchen says:

    really nice! i enjoyed reading about how the design came together – great work!

  14. It turned out beautifully! All you choices were spot on!

  15. Absolutely love everything about this quilt!

  16. Gorgeous!

  17. Fran Rolfsen says:

    Very dimensional and striking! It reminds me of the hot air balloon festival in Temecula, California and the striking patterns that some of the people have on their big balloons. I’ve seen some recent pictures and patterns for gemstone quilts lately and want to make one similar to yours. Beautiful quilt, Amy Friend!

  18. I love this quilt, Amy. Have enjoyed watching its progress.

  19. Love this quilt and I have enjoyed reading your design process and thoughts. I look forward to you writing a pattern for it so the rest of us can make one, too! Very striking!

  20. Robin Olvera says:

    Are you going to make a pattern?

  21. Elizabeth Strickland says:

    Would love to have a pattern for this quilt! Do you have one in the works? I hope so.

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