They say “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” and “Diamonds are Forever”. I say, ” Diamonds are Forever is a quilter’s best friend!” Diamonds are a very simple and quick way to fill any space or to create a border. This pattern is fresh, modern and elegant at the same time. This pattern would look great “morphed” with a few flowers, or just combined with spirals.
Begin by drawing rows equidistant apart. In the samples below, the lines are one inch apart.
Next, draw “tick” marks every one inch apart.
Begin stitching on the center line. Stitch up at an angle to the upper rail. Stitch down to the tick mark on the center rail.
Stitch across the center rail and down to the bottom rail.
Return to the center rail at the tick mark and begin the next diamond.
Continue stitching to create a row of diamonds.
To fill a larger area with diamonds, draw several lines. Place the “tick” marks on every other line.
Stitch two or more rows to create a more complex pattern.
The fun of Diamonds are Forever is playing with the proportions. Make the “tick marks” closer or farther apart or draw the lines wider apart.
Experiment with the sizes until you find dimensions that fit your quilt style.
NOTE: This tutorial was stitched on Kona Kaufman cotton solids with Aurifil 50 wt cotton thread in the bobbin and Sulky Rayon thread on top with Schmetz #80 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820 (a domestic sewing machine)–without a stitch regulator– which I never use.
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” –Confucius
Be a diamond,
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