This is what it looks like close-up.
Gwen Marston's excellent book Liberated String Quilts (do you have your copy yet? Don't delay too long - it's out of print) has a couple of examples of antique quilts using string diamonds set this way. This one has a lot of solid diamonds:
I LOVE this one. I was considering making this quilt when I started stringing my diamonds, but only after getting them together did I realize these are fatter diamonds (for a 6-pointed star, rather than 8-pointed). I would still like to use this quilt as an inspiration one day, but I think I'll do it in red, white and blue with touches of cheddar and yellow like this one:
I'll have to make it when I have a chance to raid Bonnie's stash of shirtings and repro fabrics. Hee hee hee. Yes, you heard it right, I want to use repro fabrics instead of brights and novelty prints. What's happening to me?
Speaking of Bonnie, she just made a great tutorial for making Maverick Stars. They are great. You could do a whole quilt this way or just make a few for your crumb quilt.
On a similar topic, I believe I have enough diamonds for my String Lone Star, but I'm going to make more. I love the idea of putting smaller string stars in a crumb/orphan quilt, ala this utility quilt also pictured in Gwen's book: I received these orphan letters from Clare:
And these from Kimberly, along with some fun orphan blocks.
A big thank you to both of them.
And now some links. Vera has made several very fun small quilts using free-pieced letters. Check out her Feb 21st and 23rd posts in particular.
Knit One Quilt Two Kristin is playing with arrangements of her crumb blocks. Go see what fun she's having.