Finished size: 60” x 72”
Intermediate Quilting Level
The diamond and square shapes open the door for several options in constructing the blocks. Looking at the diamond blocks in this quilt, there are some using two 60º triangles sewn together to create the diamond, and others have the diamond shape with strips sewn around each side of the triangles. The side pieces are added to each side of the triangles, and then they are sewn together, creating either square or rectangle shaped blocks. The blocks with the squares in the center (set on point) are put together differently. Oversized triangles of background are added to the squares (with or without border strips), and then they are trimmed to the desired size.
Strip sets from 2 1/2" strips are sewn, then cut as needed to fill in as sashing strips between blocks in the rows and on the sides of the rows, so the square and rectangular blocks fit together and allow a strip of a feature print to run from top to bottom in the quilt. Looking closely, you will see two narrow strips of a solid fabric also running from top to bottom in the quilt, plus some larger square and rectangular pieces of solids to fill in some of the “checkerboard” sections.
Since this is a technique instructional pattern, you might want to make a few of the blocks and sew them together into a table runner, or make a pillow or two. This will get you comfortable with using this technique.
Using lights, mediums, and darks from one color family works well for this quilt. The accent solids would be again, lights, mediums, and darks from your color family. For example, our color family is blue, so there is a robin egg blue, ocean, royal, lake, deep blue, storm, grape mist, malibu, niagara, astral, and prussian–all different shades of blue. If there are still some interesting pieces and “checkerboard” scraps left over afterwards, make them into a pillow or two to accompany the quilt..