Sewing Diamonds Tutorial

Janice recently acquired some 60 degree diamonds and asked for tips on sewing them together. I wanted to make a mug rug, so I decided to create a tutorial and kill two birds with one stone. Here are my scrap diamonds.

I cut them with this die for my Accuquilt studio cutter. And that leads to my first tip, you must cut accurately. However you choose to cut your diamonds, due to the angle, errors are multiplied.

Next I decided on my layout.

I’m sewing this in columns. Here is the column on the right in the photo above laid out in sewing order.

When the pieces are placed together to sew, the dog ears should be off set by 1/4 inch at the top and bottom.

This next photos should give a clearer idea of what I mean.

That little “V” is where your needle should be when starting the seam.

If the offset is correct, when you open the seam, you will have a straight row without any jogs.

As you practice, you can line this up by eye. Until then, check with a ruler. This is wrong.

After adjusting, this is ready to go.

If it helps, you can draw the seam line as shown below.

I don’t use any puns when sewing these diamonds. When I’m done with the columns, I press the seams in opposite directions as shown below.

This allows my seam allowances to best together.

This is how the intersections should look when pressed.

I trimmed my piece down when I was done sewing. I’ll share this little finish after it has been gifted.

I hope this was helpful. Have a great day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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9 Responses to Sewing Diamonds Tutorial

  1. Thanks for the great tutorial — I will definitely give this a try 🙂

  2. jean fletcher says:

    AND love your fabrics of choice. I too am a traditional quilter and LOVE the 1800’s reprints, which are getting harder to find with quilt shops closing. That’s why we collect and have a stash of fabrics for when we can no longer find what we want!

  3. shoshana says:

    thank you, very clear

  4. anudge says:

    Very Helpful. Thank you!

  5. LoriD@ Humble Quilts says:

    YOu make it look so simple!

  6. Janice says:

    Thank you, Katy! That helped and now I need to try it and see if I can sew them correctly!

  7. Thanks for the great tutorial. I must admit I tend to hand piece diamonds, but you make the machine work look easy.

  8. Val W says:

    Great tutorial. Though I did smile when I read you didn’t use any puns when sewing these diamonds. I wouldn’t either – maybe a few cuss words, but no puns!

  9. Linda Sacerich says:

    Very nice and clear directions

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