SNOW­FALL

Grad­u­at­ing di­a­monds in a mono­chrome palette make for a sooth­ing sew, and a quilt you’ll want to snug­gle in on blus­tery days

Love Patchwork & Quilting - - CONTENTS - BY MICHELLE WILKIE

Grad­u­at­ing di­a­monds in a mono­chrome palette make for a sooth­ing sew, and a quilt you’ll want to snug­gle in on blus­tery days

NOTES

Q Seam al­lowances are ¼in,

un­less oth­er­wise noted.

Q Press seams open, un­less

oth­er­wise in­structed.

Q RST = right sides to­gether.

Q WOF = width of fab­ric.

Q Tem­plates in­clude seam al­lowances,

where nec­es­sary.

Q For tem­plates, see p89.

FAB­RICS USED

Solids are Kona Cot­ton Solids from Robert Kauf­man, as fol­lows: Q Fab­ric A: Metal

Q Fab­ric B: White

CUT­TING OUT

1

From Fab­ric A cut:

Q Ninety six (96) 2¾in squares for the

small di­a­mond block.

Q Ninety six (96) 6½in x 2¾in pieces for the

small di­a­mond block.

Q Ninety six (96) 3¾in x 2¼in pieces for the

medium di­a­mond block.

Q Ninety six (96) 6½in x 2¼in pieces for the

medium di­a­mond block.

Q Ninety six (96) 4¼in x 1¾in pieces for the

large di­a­mond block.

Q Ninety six (96) 6½in x 1¾in pieces for the

large di­a­mond block.

2

From Fab­ric B cut:

Q Five (5) 2$/ in x WOF strips. Use the Small Di­a­mond tem­plate to sub­cut forty eight (48) di­a­monds.

Q Six (6) 3in x WOF strips. Use the Medium Di­a­mond tem­plate to sub­cut forty eight (48) di­a­monds.

Q Six (6) 3 / in x WOF strips. Use the Large

CRE­ATE AN IL­LU­SION OF FALL­ING SNOW BY IN­CREAS­ING THE SIZE OF THE DI­A­MONDS ROW BY ROW

Di­a­mond tem­plate to sub­cut forty eight (48) di­a­monds.

3

From the bind­ing fab­ric cut: Seven (7) 2½in x WOF strips.

PIEC­ING THE BLOCKS

4

Place the shorter Fab­ric A small di­a­mond strips (2¾in square) against one edge of a Fab­ric B small di­a­mond piece, RST. Sew in place and press open. Re­peat on the op­po­site side (Fig 1). Trim the edges in line with the di­ag­o­nal of the Fab­ric B di­a­mond.

5

Sew a longer Fab­ric A small di­a­mond strip to both the top and bot­tom of the di­a­mond from step 4 (Fig 2). Don’t worry too much about lin­ing the edges up. Press the seams open.

6

Trim the block to 5½in square, align­ing a min­i­mum of three of the di­a­mond cor­ners with the 45 de­gree an­gle lines of your ruler to en­sure the di­a­mond is cen­tral.

7

Re­peat steps 4–6 to make a to­tal of forty eight small di­a­mond blocks. Re­peat steps 4–6 again to make forty eight medium di­a­mond blocks and forty eight large di­a­mond blocks.

JOIN­ING THE BLOCKS

8

Ar­range four small di­a­mond blocks in a four-patch, with the di­a­monds point­ing to­wards the cen­tre. Sew to­gether (Fig 3). Press seams. Re­peat with all the re­main­ing small di­a­monds. Then re­peat with the medium and large di­a­monds.

9

Ar­range the four-patch blocks into six rows of six, po­si­tion­ing the small di­a­mond blocks at the top and the large di­a­mond blocks at the bot­tom. Join the blocks into rows, then join the rows to­gether to com­plete the quilt top.

QUILT­ING AND FIN­ISH­ING

10

Cut the back­ing fab­ric in half across the width. Re­move the selvedges and sew the two pieces to­gether us­ing a ½in seam. Press the seam open.

11

Press the quilt top and back­ing well. Make a quilt sand­wich by plac­ing the back­ing fab­ric right side down, the bat­ting on top, then place the quilt top cen­trally and right side up. Baste the lay­ers to­gether us­ing your pre­ferred method.

12

Quilt as de­sired. Michelle quilted straight lines ver­ti­cally and hor­i­zon­tally through the mid­dle of each row. Trim off the ex­cess bat­ting and back­ing fab­ric and square up the quilt.

13

Sew the bind­ing strips to­gether end-to-end us­ing di­ag­o­nal seams. Press the seams open. Fold in half length­ways, wrong sides to­gether, and press. Sew the bind­ing to the right side of the quilt, cre­at­ing a neat mitre at each cor­ner. Fold the bind­ing over to the back of the quilt and hand stitch in place to fin­ish.

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Michelle Wilkie Michelle is a self-taught quil­ter and quilt de­signer who loves pass­ing her skills to oth­ers through teach­ing fac­to­tum-of-arts.com ml_wilkie

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