If someone asked you to make a quilt themed “diamonds” what would you make? When this was a recently theme in the Doll Quilters Monthly Swap I found myself fairly swimming in ideas.

To start with I though I might try my hand at some EPP diamonds, not the pointy type but the type you wear. I drafted a few patterns, trialled one, and alough I was pleased with the result I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to use for this particular project.

EPP Diamond | Mud, Pies and PinsThen I thought of my “Starburst” pattern and decided I could make a smaller version of that. I miscalculated my dimensions a bit however and the final sections of what was to be “Citrus Starburst” ended up larger than I had planned and even a half star was going to be a little too large for the mini size I wanted to make.

Citrus Starburts Quilt Pieces | Mud, Pies and PinsBack to the drawing board I went. I started playing around with some blocks on EQ7 and one of the ideas I came up was based on the Right and Left Diamond in Square block.

EQ7 Diamond Quilt Design | Mud, Pies and PinsI quickly figured out that I could make this idea into a quilt by using solid sqaures and four patch blocks on point so I went back to EQ7 and quickly drafted the pattern I wanted to try using some of the diamond prints from Moda’s Birds and Berries fabric line by Lauren and Jessi Young.

"Stepping Stones" EQ7 quilt design | Mud, Pies and PinsAlthough I’d never made a quilt with on point blocks before I found the whole process quite simple and by constantly referring back to my layout diagram I had it pieced very quickly. I was also very pleased with the simple cutting instructions given by EQ7 for the end of row triangles. I had originally thought about putting a turquoise border on the quilt but I didn’t like the finished result so I simply bound the “Stepping Stones” quilt in the planned border fabric instead.

"Stepping Stones" mini quilt | Mud, Pies and PinsAs backing fabric I used a Kate Spain Good Fortune print as I felt it matched will with the border fabric.

"Stepping Stones" mini quilt back | Mud, Pies and PinsI kept the quilting simple and just echoed down each line of diamonds.

"Stepping Stones" mini quilt | Mud, Pies and PinsI can now happily tick the box next to working with on point blocks and I am confident this is one technique I will be using again.

"Stepping Stones" mini quilt | Mud, Pies and PinsI also think that is one pattern I think I would defintiely love to scale up and make a larger version of. While I really love the effect given by using just two fabrics for the diamonds I do think it could also look great using a selection of fabrics from a charm pack, or even a layer cake, for the larger squares.

Linking up with TGIFF which is over at Riddle and Whimsy this week, and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop.

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7 thoughts on “Playing With Diamonds”

  1. I love the movement the different size diamonds give the quilt. It reminds me of dripping water and jewelry. And thank you for sharing your design process. Lovely finish!

  2. I’m usually having trouble to stick with one idea as well 🙂 Your mini turned out lovely.

  3. A rather simple yet elegant on-point mini! And after all this time, I finally figured out what EPP means. I lost a few marbles after the kids were born.

  4. Really like this quilt, sometimes simple is just best. And I think you’re right, larger variations would be great.

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