Diamond Pavers Quilt Tutorial

Jenny Doan

Diamond Pavers Quilt Tutorial

Quilt Size: 68" x 68"
Time: 9 Minutes
Jenny Doan demonstrates how to make a gorgeous Diamond Pavers quilt using 10-inch squares of precut fabric (layer cake), complimentary yardage, and a Missouri Star 10" Square Template. For this project, Jenny chose Honey Run 10" Stackers by Jill Finley for Penny Rose Designs.
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Hi everybody, it’s Jenny from the MSQC. And I’ve got a great project for you today. Take a look at this quilt behind me. Isn’t this fun? There’s so much movement, so much going on. But I think you’re going to be surprised at how quick and easy this is. And it’s just a fun block to make. So to make this quilt what you’re going to need is one packet of ten inch squares. And we have used Honey Run by Jill Findley for Pennyrose Fabrics. You’re also going to need some complimentary fabric, a yard and a half of black, a yard and a half of white does all those little pieces. Now because we’re going to cut that fabric into 2 ½ inch strips you can also use the rolls. And so that’s what I used was the rolls. You’ll only use about a half a roll but I keep those around just for these moments. For your border, your outer border out here you’re going to need a yard and a quarter and we have a nice six inch border out here. Your backing, we just used the little dot on the backing and we used 4 ¼ yards. But what I want you to look at on this is because this is Honey Run and it’s all about bees, we quilted it with a little bee quilting. And isn’t that cute? I mean it’s just a really cute little quilting of those bees back there. We also used the MSQC ten inch square ruler on this. And let me show you how to do this because this is just so quick and easy.

So this is the block we’re going for right here, just like this. And so we’re going to take a plain ten inch square over here and we’re going to take our strips and what you want to do really is that you want to divide your strip stack lights and darks because on the light fabric you’re going to put a dark strip. And on the dark fabric you’re going to put a light strip. And you can see that in the quilt back here so this is a light square. We’re going to put the dark strip around that. And you just want to watch that. And what I did right before I even started, to make sure I had even amounts, was that I went ahead and put, you know divided mine right in half so that I had lights and darks. I’m going to consider this a light square which means we’re going to put a dark strip on it. So what we’re going to do with this is I’m going to just lay this strip from the corner, the top to the corner like this, just like this. And sew a quarter of an inch down the side. Now we’re going to do this on all four sides, all four sides, but what matters is where that wide part ends up because that’s what really makes the quilt. It makes the little block pop. So I’m going to line this up. And I’m just making sure that this isn’t any bigger than 2 ½ so that we can just sew right along the edge. And go ahead and sew to the bottom. We’re covering the whole square like that. And I need to grab my rotary cutter here. And we’re going to grab a little ruler and I’m just going to trim this off like this. And then we’re going to press it back. So I’m going to lay it back like this. Now when I started doing these I chain pieced a whole bunch of these so they’d all happen at the same time. Now what you want to remember is wherever the wide part of your strip comes in, that’s the part you want to keep wide. So when we go here we’re going to do it the opposite way. So see how, see how we’re going from narrow to wide. We want to keep the wide part on the same side and we want those to be diagonal. And so we’re going to go ahead and put this over like this, make sure that this strip when it folds over like this is going to cover that edge and do a quarter of an inch . And then we’re going to do the other side. It’s fun to me how just adding a little bit like this makes such a cool block. Alright now let’s go ahead and press this over. And you can see the angles are starting to happen already. Alright now we’re going to do the same thing on this corner over here. Now this is our, our wide corner. And so what we want to do is we want to do the wide corners are opposite each other. So you’re going to lay it from the narrow to the wide. And we’re going to sew a quarter of an inch on this one. Alright. Now I’m just going to go ahead and make sure this is over to give it a nice slant without going too far. You don’t want to go too far. You want to make sure that your strip will come back and cover that. And we’re going to press that open. And then we’re going to trim this off and we’re going to do our last side. And so then again remember this is your wide part so this has to be the wide part so we start wide. And I tell you this on every corner because for me it’s like I kept going, oh wait where am I. You know, so I’m always checking myself to make sure. So we’re wide on this side and narrow on the other. We’re going to go ahead and sew a quarter of an inch. Alright now we’re going to press this back. I’m going to move this over here so you can see this better. Alright now I’m going to flip this over. And I’m going to make sure, see you can see the, you can see the ten inch square on the back like this. And you can see from the front it looks pretty wonky. So we’re just going to lay our ten inch square on here. It should cover your ten inch square pretty close on your, on your other one. And we’re just going to square up on all four sides here. So we’re going to trim and trim. Trim this side. And I’m going to turn it now. I should have brought my rotary mat up here shouldn’t I. Alright so we’re going to do one more turn here and trim this side right here. So we just trimmed those little pieces off. That’s all we have for waste. And now we have a perfectly square ten inch square that we’re going to be able to put together.

Now when you put this together I actually, when I do anything like this I start from the center because I want to see, that’s how my brain works. I guess I just start from the center. So I put my four together and then I decide if I want to do, you know, where they’re all coming in this row and then I’ll do this row. And then I fill in the sides. You really can actually build this with quadrants. So you can build this in four corners where they all come in like this and put them together. But let me show you how they lay together because once you start putting them together this will be fun for you. And there’s lots of ways to set it. So I have some, I have some light ones and I have some dark ones here. Alright so here’s a couple of light ones. So what I want to do here is we’re going to put this together. And I’m going to do, and again this is just how my brain works. So I”m going to do, you know, I make sure I lay them out, light dark, light, dark, like this. Small points to the center like this and another one. I would never put two checks together so there we go. Two there’s our little bumblebee. And see how that goes together.

Now let’s look at our rows so the sake of rows. So we have one, two, three, four, five, six, and we have one, two, three, four, five, six. So I did six by six on this which means that I didn’t use my whole, my whole packet of ten inch squares, I just used 36 squares but I wanted it to have that square appearance where all the four quadrants were the same. So it’s just quick and easy. You can obviously do whatever you want to do. You could make them into little blocks, you know, little four inch blocks like this and do the whole thing. It just comes together quick. Don’t be afraid to play with the layout. This is one of those quilts that you know when you start making these squares you’re just like, huh, that’s really easy and it’s really cool and you end up with an awesome project that takes way less work than you thought. So I had a lot of fun with this quilt. I love the optical illusion that comes together and how it makes these cool designs. I hope you enjoy it too. It’s just a quick easy block. It’s going to make a quilt that is 68 by 68. And we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Diamond Pavers quilt from the MSQC.

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