OK, HERE WE GO!! :) - Warning, this post is picture HEAVY! AND this is NOT a quick make. . . just saying. Accuracy in cutting and in seams is essential. And STARCH the bejeebers out of the fabric BEFORE cutting. Really, you'll be glad you did. I'm not trying to talk anyone out of doing this - I absolutely love making these, I just want to give full disclosure up front. :) I like to do things backwards, so here is a picture of the resulting
|This diamond measures 19.25" horizontally point to point X 32" vertically point to point. It's big! :)|
From the strips and using the Sidekick I cut 9 diamonds from three different fabrics. Here's the first way this ruler is handy:
|Line up the ruler to the 3 1/2" line and cut end off strip.|
|Flip the ruler over (notice on the picture above Sidekick is upside down and in this picture it is right side up. Am I the only one that has issues figuring out where to put rulers when dealing with diamonds or triangles? OK, don't answer that! :)|
Now take those pretty diamonds and lay them out in your diamond grid.
|Eagle eyes will see that the way my grid looks now, is NOT how my blocks ended up. . . :) I have NO idea haha|
|Just make sure enough strip is left ABOVE the first diamond to make the angle of the diamond extend to the opposite side of the strip. . . sorry, I cut the top off in the picture :(|
Now you are going to cut the strips resulting in individual units. Here's how:
|For the second cut, flip the ruler over, line up the 3 1/2 inch line again and make the cut. Tip: Sewing an accurate AND very straight 1/4" seam is essential.|
|Here is the first picture that it is clear, I ended up with a different configuration. . . hmmm I do like this one better! :)|
Sew together all units #1 and #2 chain style if you wish :) I even cut the first one off after I had all three sewn, and then sewed #3 for that row, cut the second one off, sewed #3 for that row and sew on... Now you have this:
|Now is a good time to snip off those dog ears. I used my straight ruler and just made sure the strip was still consistently 3.5" wide.|
|And now you have this.|
Here's the fun part. Now we are going to cut this apart. How crazy is that?? Cut the pink finished strip in half (measure 3/4" from outside edge of diamond) like this:
Sew on the 1 inch strips to the outside and inside of the first strip, the right side of the second strip and the outside of the third strip. Should look like this:
Trim all tails:
Sew outside strips to inside strip to look like this:
Now cut the other way, same 3/4" inch (remember, if you are using different sized strips, just cut those strips in half) the other direction like this:
Confession time. I got sick of taking pictures at this point. . . Here's the rest of the story with no pictures. Sew the remaining four strips to the outside and inside of strip one, right side of strip two and outside of strip three. Trim. Sew strips together and you should end up with this!
OK, that's cool, now what do you do with it??? :) How about make six, place in a star configuration - how awesome would that be?? I'm gonna be honest, I haven't figured out how I would turn that into a square quilt - but I'm going to ;)
How about just put them in rows? The 'filling' to make a square quilt would be great negative space to do some pretty stellar quilting, don't you think??
If you have any questions about making this, please either comment or send me an email - firstname.lastname@example.org. If you leave a question in the comments, I will answer in the comments and email you back. I'm guessing if one person has the question, another will have the same :)
Linking up with Lee for WIP Wednesday and Lorna for Let's Bee Social and Kelly for NTT and Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.
Until next time, keep on quilting!!