Tutorial :: Diamond Illusion Quilt Block

January 2nd already, I truly cannot believe it!    The last few months have been full of family time and it has really been nice.

I hope to get back in the swing of things and I thought I’d kick the year off with a new tutorial.

Several had questioned how this quilt was made and eighty years later, here you go!


Click on the link below to open the PDF tutorial.


Update * Here is a great tutorial on creating the square in square blocks.

Please let me know if you have any questions while using it.   Hope your year is off to a good start!

Debbie - Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

Susan - Hi Lindsay thanx for sharing this tut. this will definitely be my 1st quilt of the year. But please can you advise? Did you make some squares low volumne and some squares in dark colours to achieve the shading result? Susan

Beth - Love the look of these blocks – can you share some basics about making the Square in a Square blocks?

Gina - Thank you so much for the well illustrated tutorial . The PDF format is fantastic. I have saved it on my ipad. It’s a good block for a bee !

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Snow Star :: Aurifil Mini Quilt Challenge


I’m excited to have a finish to share today!

Every month Sew Mama Sew sends out a call for contributors through their newsletter.   For the month of December it was a challenge to use  Camille Roskelley’s aurifil thread pack to make a mini quilt.

These beauties arrived and my only requirement was to use at least 2-3 spools in my design.

Christmas is my favorite time of year so that was my focus for  thread colors.    As for design, I’ve been working on a new quilt pattern called Snow Star and this seemed like the perfect way to make a small sample.   win, win!

This was my first time using contrasting thread for the quilting and it was a fun change from white.    I was surprised at how much I liked the end result!

The Snow Star pattern will be available in January and includes several finished sizes.

Thank you SMS and Aurifil for the challenge!

xo, Lindsey



Geta - Beautiful pattern and quilting. I love your fabric and color thread choice.

Patti - This is so gorgeous and I can’t wait until the pattern comes out.

Katy - Love the quilting you did on this!

Kelie - I love your mini!!! It’s sooo cute! Can’t wait for the pattern!

Cindy - That is one seriously awesome quilt! What a great pattern! Congrats :) Cindy

Marsha - Love it!

kara - This pattern is fabulous! I actually said, “wow!,” outloud when I saw the thumbnail picture come up on bloglovin!

Tamie - Wow!

Kris - Love your pattern! Fabulous quilting!!

Diana Nelson - Love this pattern – Hopefully the pattern will be available soon.

Debbie - Darling and what a fun challenge!

diane stanley - gosh Lindsey, this is fantastic.

Kristin S. - I love what you made! That green thread really stands out and the shapes all work so well together. A stunner!

lori jones - love it!

Mara - Beautiful! I look forward to the pattern :-)

Aurifil Mini Quilt Challenge ~ Lindsey Rhodes from LRstitched | Sew Mama Sew | - […] already shared mini quilts from Geta, Jennifer, Vanessa, Amy and Penny. Lindsey Rhodes of LRstitched has been working on a Snow Star quilt pattern and decided the challenge was the perfect opportunity […]

Jenny - Oh, wow! Fabulous. Love the pattern, the colors, and the amazing quilting — trees!

Natalie - Lindsey, It looks great, love the fabric choices and the thread colours. using coloured thread certainly changes the look of any quilt.

Mae Hennessee - Love your Quilt Pattern ,and your colors. Ill be looking for the Pattern. I enjoyed looking through your site.

Nina Weston - Love the quilt. Looking forward to the pattern.

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Circle 7 Bee :: Susannah Kate’s Quilt

September was my chance to work on the quilt for Susannah Kate.



SK chose beautiful colors for her quilt.   Ice Blue, Coral, Mustardy yellow, grays and low volume prints.

I really enjoyed the laid back approach to this quilt.   I just measured and pieced without thinking.  Pure joy!

Since I’m the 4th out of 7 people to work on the quilt, I felt like I needed to help increase the size a little bit.

I added a top and side strip by randomly piecing strips together.



I had a serendipitous moment when I spotted this circle 7 in some fabric I’d pulled from my stash.



Dana’s quilt has arrived and is up on my wall.   I have some words to piece for this one.   Can’t wait to share!



Jennifer @ Ellison Lane - Your part looks fabulous- super cute with the Circle 7 in there. And I so wanted to snag those eyeglasses for myself. I had a hard time putting those back in the bag! I MUST order some for me.
Wonderful work my friend!

Valerie - The circle 7!!! That is awesome! We should totally have tried to put that in all our quilts :). This just arrived on my doorstep today-loving her quilt.

ayumills - The colors of this quilt is so nice! I love what you added! Those glasses!!

Flying Blind - Beautiful colours; it will be stunning x

Cindy - What a pretty and unique quilt! Love the colors and the low volume fabrics make it look so cozy. :) Cindy

Courtney - Wow, it is coming along so well! I love that circle 7 bit! Perfect touch!

Katy - Oooh, loving that colour combo, and the circle 7 was inspired!

Laura - I love that paper pieced block in the bottom right!

Susannah Kate - Oh My Glob!!! I’m just loving everything I see! The circle 7 is an AMAZING little detail and those butterflies are one of my favorite all time fabrics! Thanks Lindsey :) SK

Julie - Loving the colors in this quilt! Cool and Calm with a splashes of Vibrant Mustard! Brilliant!

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Patchwork Please SAL Wrap Up


The Patchwork Please sew along has come to a close.   Though it’s a looong sew along, I can’t believe it’s over!

I hope you had fun?

We had so much buzzing activity in the Zakka 2.0 flickr group.

Support, inspiration, encouragement.


19 weeks

567 members

1.360 pictures added



I am so thankful for those of you who joined in the sew along this year.   For many of you this was your 2nd Zakka sew along and we had a lot of new faces too.

I love to go and look through the pictures and see such a diverse group of projects that are each unique to the maker.


Thank you Deb for joining on and helping me make this happen!  I appreciate you so much.

Thank you to each blogger who shared their inspiration and tips for each individual project.   You really help to make this SAL special!

A BIG HUGE thank you to each and every sponsor who generously donated over $1600 in prizes!
















Sorry if this reads like an awards speech, but it’s the truth.

But the biggest thank you goes to Ayumi!   You really outdid yourself with this book.    Each page feels so ‘you’.   Thank you for letting us sew through your book!

Phew!   If you can stand to read a little bit further, I have the winner of the $100 gift certificate to Fabric Worm.

There were 6 who linked up as having completed all 19 projects.

The winner is #4, Laurie.  Congrats!


xoxo Lindsey

Marci Girl - Congrats Laurie, you totally deserve it and I am in awe that 6 people made every project, so impressive!

Vera - Congrats! Thank you all for fun and enjoyable SAL!

Laurie - Thanks, Lindsey and Debbie, for a great sew along. It was a ton of fun, and I learned a lot. I hope we can do it again next year!

ayumills - Lindsey, I am so thankful that you and Debbie made this sew-along so successful!! I truly feel very lucky. It must have been so much work to organize the whole thing with your other commitments in life. Thank you so very much!!

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Scraps For Sale + Hemisphere Pattern Winner

The winner of the Hemisphere quilt pattern is # 44

Flying Blind – Such a cute pattern – and the solids look great!

Congrats H!


Also, this week I finally went through my scrap bin and put together some scrap packs.

If you’d like one just list the number along with your email and zip in the comments and I’ll update them as sold and delete your comment.

Sorry for the crumby phone pictures!

They are $10 each + shipping.  All weigh around 8.75 – 9 ounces.   I’ll ship int’l too.


1. Reds + Oranges  SOLD

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2. Reds + Pinks SOLD

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3.  1lb bag of Cold Spring Dreams Scraps ( includes a few 1/2 yards, fat quarters and scraps) SOLD
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4. Blues + Aquas SOLD

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5.  Aquas + Blues with Velveteen SOLD

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6.   Navy + Aqua with Velveteen SOLD

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7. Greens SOLD

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8. Gray, Black, White SOLD

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9.  Thomas Knauer 8 fq bundle of Flock + Charm Pack of Frippery $10  SOLD

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Zrinka - How much would be international shipping for #2?
Zip code: 10000, Zagreb, Croatia

Danielle - Want 3!

Teresa - Please may I have set number 5 and number 3 or 2 if possible but I don’t want to be greedy… It will be international shipping..
Thank you.

& Congrats to Hadley on her win..!!

Flying Blind - Thank you so much – I have a plan already xxx

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