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!
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!
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!
More curves this week. I used a similar block design in Sunday sketches #203 and #204 – a drunkard’s path-like block of concentric circles. Anyway, this time I rotated the blocks randomly. And connected them to each other, or to themselves, so that the lines continue around the design. Sometimes they create enclosed shapes, other times they double back on themselves or reach dead ends.
I like the movement in designs like this. Even though it’s not a regular, repetitive design, it still adheres to several (self-imposed) rules. So, controlled chaos. The best kind! 🙂
And, of course, there’s always the inverse colourway.
This design would probably need to be made with templates and/or paper piecing, for accuracy. I’m not a big fan of foundation paper piecing – I want to love it, but it causes me no end of grief to (a) sew and (b) write patterns for. (When I lived in Ireland, I once heard someone describe Guinness as “an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire” haha – that’s foundation paper piecing for me.)
Anyway. I still love the look of this design!
This week’s Sunday sketch is a bit of a cheat… but since I set the rules, I figure I can break them now and then 🙂
Occasionally I’ll look back over old sketches and see if I can improve them. My designing and sewing skills have developed a fair bit in the past few years, so sometimes I see new ways of doing things. That might be by colouring designs differently, finding a different method of assembly (in my mind), or repurposing a block somehow.
This design is a reworking of Sunday sketch #41, from way back in April 2017 (!). I recreated the design in Electric Quilt 8 (I did the original with pen and paper), coloured it, and arranged the blocks on point.
(Part of me wants to rework all my sketches in this green!)
I also played around with a different layout.
I thought I’d come up with an easier way of assembling the blocks too, but then realised that it would still require a Y-seam. Or maybe paper piecing would be the best method (which is what I said in April 2017!).