Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday.
I have struggled my whole quilting career to cut diamonds from a strip of fabric and I am not quite sure why as I have good spacial perception and usually no problem visualizing where to put the ruler and the lines of the ruler. Not so with diamonds – a struggle just about every time until I figure it out again and the light bulb turns on.
Hopefully this tutorial will help others who struggle as well.
All that is needed is some fabric, a rotary cutter, mat and a 6 x 24 inch ruler.
Cutting a 45° Diamond
The same steps apply whether cutting a 45°, 60° or 30° diamond.
Cut the strip of fabric to the size of diamond needed making sure that the ½″ inch seam allowance is added in. For example if a 3″ diamond is needed the strip needs to be cut at 3 ½″ wide. Trim off the selvage.
Place the ruler on the fabric strip with the 45° line along the bottom edge of the strip and the end of the ruler is at the corner of the strip.
Cut off the excess fabric at the beginning of the strip to create the first 45° cut. Try not to manipulate the pieces too much as they are now cut on the bias and will stretch out of shape.
Move the ruler along so that the 45° line is still along the bottom of the fabric strip and line up the 3 ½″ vertical line on the ruler with the cut just made.
Cut along the ruler edge to create the diamond.
Keep on moving the ruler along and cutting to the end of the strip.
An 8 pointed star can be made with the 45° diamonds.
A bit of an odd shape these ones are.
Straight forward and easy – until the next time.
Tune in next week to see how these diamonds are sewn together to create a block.