Learn how to sew this pretty little quilt, based on 60 degree diamonds.
Cutting diamonds looks like a hard task? Do you need a special ruler? NO! I will show you how to cut diamonds with the regular, rectangular ruler that any quilter owns.
You will cut the diamonds from fabric strips, so you can cut strips in any width you want. I started this tutorial with a 5 1/2” wide strip.
Align the 60 degree line of the ruler (marked in this picture with the yellow line) with the bottom edge of the strip. The angle between the left edge of the ruler and the bottom edge of the fabric (se the yellow arrow) measures 60 degrees.
Trim along the left edge of the ruler.
The end of the strip will look like this.
The next cut is based on the width of your strip (W – marked with yellow in the picture below). My strip is 5 1/2” wide so I will align the 5 1/2” line of the ruler with the left edge of the strip.
If your strip is 3” wide, align the 3” line of the ruler with the left edge of the strip.
Trim along the right edge of the ruler.
Repeat and cut as many diamonds as you need.
For a setting like below, you need 6 diamonds.
You can add strips along the edges that create a SHARP corner as shown below.
Here is what to do.
Cut strips in the desired width. For this finished quilt top I cut my diamonds from 4” wide strips and I cut the white strips 1 1/4” wide.
Stitch the first strip as show.
Trim the excess of the strip.
Stitch the second strip .
Trim off the excess.
For a more beautiful design, add one more row of strips.
Join the diamonds; stitch first the top half of the block, then the bottom half then join the halves.
Quilt the top as desired.
If you need to finish the quilt quickly, skip the binding – follow this tutorial (it’s GREAT for quilts in unusual shapes!).
I hope you will use this tutorial. You don’t need too much fabric and it is a quick piecing!
Have you seen my latest fabric stars and wreaths?
Patterns here, if you want to make your own stars.
Barbara Parker says
I love the design! Especially with the fabric you used. Where did you find that beautiful ornament fabric?
Geta Grama says
The fabrics are from the GLOW collection by Wishwell Studio for Robert Kaufman- still in stores!
Margaret Burnett says
This is a gorgeous star pattern!! Thanks for sharing, Geta!
Darlene Sewista says
Brilliant and after you explain it, it really looks easy. I definitely want to make this. I love your fabrics too! Thank you.
Judy Sewlitta says
Thank you for showing me another way to use my ruler. I love the pattern and the fact that I don’t have to purchase another ruler to get this fun look. Love your fabric choice too. Can’t wait to give this a try. Already have a few layouts bouncing around in my head.
Thank you so much for showing me how to cut diamonds and make the stars
This is great! Thank you for sharing