Hello blog land, Dorian here, from RidgeTopQuilts. Today I want to talk about diamonds.
My very favorite quilt pattern that uses diamonds is the Lonestar.
Using quick strip piecing and cutting, you can cut these diamonds out easily.
Cut on the diagonal.
And piecing is a breeze, without quite so many little seams to sew.
Then put your diamonds together, like in the top picture.
And add your backing pieces. Oh no!! That means you need to do 'Y' seams! Don't fear, they are not hard, they just take a little patience. I have a tutorial for you right here, if you need some tips.
You can make a HUGE star, that covers most of your quilt. Or you can make little ones, make a bunch of them, or only a few. There are tons of variations on putting these together in a quilt. And lots of patterns for the Lone star out there.
And scrappy? Oh yes! Use up those scraps. Here are two scrappy wall hanging versions I have done.
Yes, I am a 'controlled' scrap user. Verses a 'spontaneous' scrap user. I like to use scraps, but also like control of where my colors are going.
You can use strips. Or you can cut your diamonds out of small pieces and sew them together to make your diamond.
Sew them together.
And make your strips, put them together in the same way.
But you can do more than just Lone stars. There's the 8 point star. Which is what the Lone star is, but the simple 8 point star only uses 8 diamonds all together.
You can put setting triangles on the ends, and make these fun rectangles.
Play around, make some neat designs. You just might come up with a great pattern. Here's a fun windmill.
Or make a border strip.
Or you can reverse half of the diamonds, so they are pointing the other way, and make something like this border strip.
|'Phires Compass pattern by Jessica Smith of the Quiltandneedle.com|
You can also cut rectangles in half on the diagonal, and put four of those pieces on your diamond. Like this..
And use it in storm at sea variations.
|Storm at Sea variation pattern by Jessica Smitt@ the Q&N|
Hope you've enjoyed playing with diamonds with me!
Thanks for having me here Samm, it's always a pleasure.