Friday, July 14, 2017

Amish Diamond Quilt Block

Today's quilt block is the Amish Diamond Quillt Block.  I found this block through one of the quilt groups I am a member of on Facebook. I signed up for a block swap and this is the block we are doing. Like a lot of traditional quilt blocks out there the directions didn't work with my brain. There was nothing wrong with the directions they just didn't work with how I do quilt blocks.  So it was the perfect candidate for a Mel update.

amish diamond quilt block


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I wasted so much fabric on this block. The cutting directions were over complicated. I like to see you need X amount of blocks X size. Telling me to cut a rectangle and then cut squares means I am going to goof. I now have to figure what to do with all those miscut pieces so I don't waste the fabric.

Amish Diamond Cutting Directions


1 green square  6 1/2"
4 green rectangles 3 1/2" x 6 1/2"
8 black squares 3 1/2"

I am making twelve of these blocks for the swap. So I multiplied all those by 12 and have been chain piecing to make these quickly.  Thanks to my cutting mishap I will have to make a trip for more green fabric.

Amish Diamond Quilt Block Construction




Don't throw away those triangles you trim off when snowballing the center square.  Those are big enough to turn into half square triangles for another project.  Each block will give you four half square triangles and if you are doing enough for a quilt you'll have enough half square triangles to make another project.

Amish Diamond Quilt Block Tips

  • Nest Those Seams - You saw how to do it!  Nesting seams makes sure everything lines up in the corners and helps cut down on bulk just like spinning your seams.
  • To get the points on your square to come out correctly sew with the square on top.  When you sew the seam make sure your needle is on the outside of the X.  That X you see in the stitching is your point.  If you are on the outside of the X your points will be perfect.
  • This block is 12 1/2" and there's no trimming allowance in it. To give yourself a little breathing room use a scant quarter inch seam.  Also, press very well.  Starch may help.
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Melissa Shields
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