Friday, April 1, 2011

Diamond Quilt - A Tutorial

As soon as I saw this quilt I knew I had to make one like it.  But the whole time I was cutting out diamonds I kept on thinking about Lone Star quilts and so this quilt was born.

(can you see one of our chickens?)

I LOVE this quilt.  It is on it's way to my new niece right now.  It was one of the hardest quilts to let go of.  I love pink and yellow together.


I pulled together quite a few lines to make it.  There is Bliss, Meadowsweet, Hunky Dory, Aunt Grace, Heather Bailey and some others that I forget.  I think I am going to make another one out of reds and whites to use as a tree skirt at Christmas.

Do you want to see how I made it?  Easy as pie.


Cutting:  Cut a strip of fabric from selvage to selvage (with of fabric - WOF) 6 inches wide.


Simply cut on either side of your 6 inch ruler.  If you have a 5 inch ruler cut the strip of fabric 5 inches wide.  It will make your quilt smaller but will save you a major headache in the next step.


Identify the 60 degree cutting lines on your ruler.  


Line up the 60 degree line with the side of your fabric.


Starting at the selvage end of your strip, carefully cut on each side of the ruler and Voila!  You have a perfect diamond!  Keep cutting.  Unfold your strip for the final cut.


To make a quilt that is approx. 1 yard on each side (I forgot to measure before I put it in the mail!  Drat!) you will need to cut 60 diamonds.  Each 6 inch WOF cut will give you 5 diamonds.  It will take exactly 2 yards of fabric - that does not take into account any squaring up, so give yourself a little wiggle room.

You will need:
6 diamonds for the first round
12  diamonds for the second round
18 diamonds for the third round and 
24 diamonds for the forth and final round 

Do you see the pattern?  Keep on adding 6 for each round you want to do - go as big as you would like.  You could make it mixed up and scrappy like mine or do rounds of the same fabric.  If you do rounds, I would suggest cutting your diamonds with 5 inch sides.  Why?  Because you can cut six 5 inch diamonds out of a WOF.  Since the rounds are in multiples of six it will leave you with less leftover fabric, but you will have to do more rounds to make up for the smaller sized diamond.


Sewing:  Lay your diamonds out on the floor or design wall as desired.  Leave a little gap between the six "slices of pie."  We will sew each slice together separately.


Break each slice up into rows and sew each row together.


When sewing the diamonds together, don't line up the point of one with the edge of the other.  Overlap them a bit so that the point of one of the diamonds sticks out a bit.  I am sorry the picture is so blurry, but can you see how my needle is going to start sewing at the intersection of the two pieces?  That is how they should be lined up.

Iron the seam allowances in opposite directions for each row.


Sew the rows together.  I am  not usually a big pinner, but I pinned this at every block intersection.


To have your diamonds line up correctly, overlap the seams as shown above.  Can you see where the seams cross at the top?  The top of the cross should be 1/4 inch below the edge of the fabric.  I know, it sounds tricky, but it gets almost automatic the more you piece.


Repeat for all 6 wedges.


Sew three slices together.  Repeat for the other three slices.


Sew the two halves together.



Start pinning at the center.  This was the seam I had the hardest time with.  My diamonds did not all line up, but that is how it rolls sometimes.  The most important thing is to make sure the center diamonds intersect correctly, because that is where the eye is drawn.



Quilting:  Quilt as desired.  The tops of the diamonds will be cut off so you do not have to worry about having batting or backing all the way to the tips and do not have to quilt all the way to the tips.


Trim off the excess batting and fabric by cutting the tops of the diamonds off in a straight line.


Voila!  You have a hexagon quilt made out of diamonds.  Bind, wash and love!

 Ok, you talked me into it. 
 I'll show you some more pictures.

The back pieced with scraps and stash.

Just hanging out on the porch.

So, do you have any better ideas for a name than "Diamond Quilt"?  I tend to be very basic and literal in my naming, but I think it need a more catchy name.  Let me know if you make a "Diamond Quilt."  I would love to see it!

50 comments:

  1. I love this quilt and the tutorial seems so easy. It will go into my I must try this folder.
    Thanks,

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  2. That is the best tutorial for a star quilt. I'm going to try it out right away !!! Thanks so much.

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  3. I love it and the colors are beautiful. I think I will modify it a bit to make a tree skirt. Thank you for the great tutorial!

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  4. This looks like great fun! You have made it look so simple to make such a complicated looking pattern. This is on my list of things to do for sure!

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  5. Love this! I figured there were "Y" seams in there somewhere! Thanks so much.

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  6. Thank you so much for such a brilliant tutorial! I will definitely be trying this quilt :) and following your blog too!

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  7. this is so pretty! :)

    I love the fabrics, and I like the 60 degree diamonds too.

    Won't it make a happy little tummy time quilt? :)

    (P.S. You should submit the idea to the Moda Bake Shop, maybe even as a tree skirt with a Christmas line... it's beautiful). :)

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  8. so so pretty - thanks for sharing - and I'd call it a Hexa-diam Star - it's HEXAgon shape overall - made out of individual DIAMonds and from the center out, each round looks like a STAR, which could be highlighted by using different intensities of fabrics (dark center, medium second round, light third round, etc).

    no matter what you call it - it's beautiful!

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  9. Definitely going on my to do list. LOVE IT!

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  10. I am in love with this! I am peeking at my fabric now seing if I can scroung one up. To me it looks like pink (and yellow) lemonade. Perhaps your name should be something about that? I have a fabulous recipe for Lemonade Stand Pie it is named...I think that title would suit this wonderfully. Love it, the colors, all of it! Thanks for sharing.

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  11. I'm just beginning the process of quilting and trying to read all the information I can before I get started. Please excuse my ignorance but what is WOF?

    Lisa

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  12. WOF = Width of Fabric

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  50. Hi Leila! I'd like to highlight this post on my linky next week (June 3rd) called: Tuesday Archives...the linky party that lets you rejuvenate OLD quilting posts according to a weekly theme. Next week one of our themes is DIAMOND quilts. Stop by and check things out and let me know! THANKS! Val from myplvl.blogspot.com

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