Quilt pattern: Diamond Days

I haven’t published a quilt pattern in ages, but I’m excited to show you Diamond Days, which is out today in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine!

Geometriquilt: Diamond Days quilt pattern

Diamond Days is a paper-pieced pattern featuring a single block that’s rotated and repeated. The diamond shape features 6 facets, which means there’s lots of opportunity for featuring different colours and prints. I used a selection of 6 Kona Cotton Solids: Emerald, Cypress, Surf, Magenta, Dark Violet and Cerise. Definitely not my usual colour palette, but I really love it in this quilt! I also used Kona Cotton Solids in Silver for the background and Black for the diamond outlines.

Diamond Days was quilted by Valerie Cooper from Sweet Gum Quilting. She picked the perfect twinkly design to make the gems sparkle! I love Valerie’s work.

Unlike many of my quilt patterns, Diamond Days didn’t start out as a Sunday sketch. I submitted another design to the magazine, and then-editor Alice Hadley (no relation!) helped me tweak it. Here’s the resulting sketch, designed in Electric Quilt 8. Luckily the fabrics look much more vibrant in real life!

Geometriquilt: Diamond Days quilt design

If you’d like to make Diamond Days, you can find Love Patchwork & Quilting in newsagents and online. Issue 94 is on sale from today, 20 January. And no worries if you get the issue online; Love Patchwork & Quilting templates are always freely available on their website.

If you make this pattern, I’d love to see it. Tag me on Instagram (@geometriquilt) or send me an email!

Sunday sketch #238

I use curves so much more in my designs now than I used to… probably because I feel more comfortable sewing curves now than I did when I started out quilting. This week’s Sunday sketch uses two blocks in an alternating arrangement: one block is all curves, while the other one is all angles (creating a star shape).

In the first iteration of this design, the stars are coloured differently depending on whether they’re in a ‘flower’ (a shape created by 4 half-circles) or between them.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-1

Colouring all the stars the same way brings those shapes more to the foreground….

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-2

And reversing the colourway of the stars – by making the arms dark blue, and the centres white – pushes them to the background, and makes the flower shapes more prominent.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-3

Reducing the colour palette, and flipping the colour from the flowers to the stars, changes the design once again. Look at the movement now! Suddenly secondary curves emerge from all those connected star shapes. I love this version.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-4

But wait, there’s more… 🙂

Adding another colour brings more movement. Now it’s like two pieces of lace, one pink and one yellow, overlapping.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-5

How about we remove the white flowers altogether, and just stick with the stars.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-6

Hmm, perhaps that’s a bit busy (although I still love it). Through those last few designs, another shape has emerged: the stars surrounded by a halo of concave curves. Here they are again, in an alternating colourway. Don’t you just love those big curvy curves that emerge from the dark background?

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-6b

Anyway, let’s add the missing blocks back in (once again in white).

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-7

We can minimise the amount of white by colouring only the centre stars of the flowers.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-8

To help connect the two groups of shapes, let’s make the centres of all the stars the same colour: white. This also helps to bring those larger curves – which almost disappeared in the last few iterations – back into view.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #238-9

From the first iteration to the last (for now) – all the same design, but quite a different look and feel for each one. I’ll share more versions next week. I have loads!

This design is relatively simple: two blocks, arranged in an 11 x 11 checkerboard pattern. One block consists of two semi-circles, facing each other. The other block is a star shape made of 4 kite-in-a-square blocks, with the kite heads made up of a half-square triangle – 4 of which form the centre square of the star. (Does that block have another name…? Probably, but I don’t know what it is.) The only difference between all these designs is which elements are coloured, and how. Which is your favourite?

 

 

Sunday sketch #237

Something simple, in a week that’s been anything but.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #237-1

This design also works in a reverse colourway, with the pinks creating heart shapes that overlap lemons.

Geometriquilt: Sunday sketch #237-2

This one would be pretty easy to make into a quilt: it’s all squares and drunkard’s path shapes using a consistent background colour.