How To Piece A Diamond Quilt From Fabric Stash?


This was done using the new diamond templates that were included with the Quick Star Quilts book by Jan Krentz.

I have found the pattern for the quilt that I will make, and I just adore this book.

Therefore, in order to cut the center diamonds for my quilt, I chose to make use of the templates.

And now I can honestly say that I adore the templates.

Look down below to see how I cut the fabric to make the star that will be the focal point of my new quilt.

However, it seems that I am having trouble placing orders for books and templates. First, I used up all of the books, and now I have a large number of books and templates that have not been claimed.

Due to the state of the economy, I have made the decision to concentrate my quilting efforts on the materials that I already have on hand. The Lord knows that I do not lack anything.

As I was searching through everything, I came across this cute little stripe, and after looking through Jan’s book, I realized that she uses fabric with stripes and other geometric patterns. Therefore, I made the decision to give it a shot.

I folded my fabric in half so that I could place the diamond template on top of the fold. This is because the diamond template is only half of a diamond. I took care to align the stripes in my fabric so that they would form a diamond when folded over and stitched together.
  
The next thing I did was figure out how big I wanted my diamond to be. The pattern has markings in the form of lines that run from side to side (parallel with the bottom of the template). I am going to assume that these are inch lines, and that each of them would represent an inch on either side of the diamond; however, this is something that needs to be verified. I made the decision that I wanted the length of my diamonds to be about average, so I located the fold in the fabric five lines in from the point where I wanted the center of the diamond to be and used that line as my guide.
  
As I was positioning the template on the fabric, I realized that some of the lines can be utilized to precisely center it within the design of the fabric you are using. For instance, the second red line coming from the tip could be placed in the middle of the stripes next to the turquoise color. This would guarantee that the diamond is cut precisely in the middle of the pattern on the fabric.
  
After you have successfully aligned the template, cut the fabric and divide the piece into two parts. Because I was cutting with both my right hand and my left hand at the same time, the first cut I made on the right side was off, and I had to correct it by making another cut.
  
When I opened up the fabric, I saw that there was a neat little design in red that crossed the diamonds. It was a diamond-shaped pattern. Because the fabric needed to be refolded in order to obtain a sufficient number of diamonds, I took care to fold it in such a way that the red design would be consistent with the diamonds that had already been cut. Check your fabric to see if there are any patterns that appear on it, and think about how you might be able to align the patterns.
  
After I was done cutting all of the diamonds, I laid them out on my flannel board so that I could prepare to sew them together. You will observe that there are two distinct patterns to choose from. It would have been possible for me to cut the fabric so that it only featured a single pattern. This is the star that sits in the center of my quilt. I plan to make a quilt based on the pattern Painter’s Palette, which can be found in Jan’s book Quick Star Quilts. Although I can’t promise that my quilt will look like a painter’s palette, I did enjoy the pattern of the one you made.

Read this review if you want more information about the book written by Jan.

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