I have been posting about my progress on the St. Marks quilt from Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts, so I thought it might be fun to show you how easy those diamonds are to make. The templates are in the book, but you have to enlarge them somewhat. You could use mylar or cardboard to reinforce your templates. Then you just cut around the template, using your ruler to help you cut straight lines.
I am not as fond of templates as I should be. Sometimes they are necessary, expecially if you want to center motifs, but for this quilt you can use an easier method.3/8". Now cut a strip that is 3 3/8".
3/8" strip. Cut off the edge of your fabric to square up for this angle.
3/8" mark on the new straight edge of your angle cut. Cut your diamond.
Continue cutting until you have as many diamonds as you need. You will want to re-square up your strip every couple of cuts to keep your angle at 60 degrees. Since I wasn't sure exactly how many blocks I was making, I cut more than I will probably need. If I have leftovers I can make a small project, or a pillowcase.
This 9 patch diamond block takes a combination of 1 light/medium, 4 lights, 3 mediums, and 1 dark. I have been having problems chooosing those light/mediums, so just use something that looks good. Lay them out like this.
Now sew them together in diagonal rows.
When you line them up to sew, they will look like they are out of line, with a bit of the point showing on each side. This is how they need to be when you sew them.
Press the diagonal rows of 3 so that the seams are going opposite directions.
Diamonds Forever quilt....