To make this lap/toddler quilt top (36″x52″), you’ll need: cotton quilting fabric for colorful diamonds, white cotton quilting fabric, rotary cutter & mat, acrylic ruler at least 4″ wide, thread
Notes: I press all seams open. Also, these instructions assume that you will use a narrow quilt binding – 1/4″ or 5/8″ finished.
Lay out your colored diamonds on a design wall (or floor if you’re like me). Start with a row (left to right) of 10 colored diamonds, only the side points touching. Then a row of 9 right below, then another row of 10. You’ll end up with five rows of 9 diamonds between six rows of 10. Keep re-arranging until it you’re happy with the placement, then add white diamonds all around the edge.
Now it’s time to assemble the quilt top. First, sew your diamonds into diagonal rows, starting at the top left.
Row 1: 1 white
Row 2: 1 white, 1 color, 1 white
Row 3: 1 white, 3 color, 1 white
Row 4: 1 white, 5 color, 1 white
Row 5: 1 white, 7 color, 1 white
(there are 17 rows)
Finally, stitch your rows together to make your quilt top. Because your diamonds have bias edges, try your best not to stretch the rows too much as you’re stitching, or your quilt top won’t lay flat. But – the nice thing about the bias edges is that you can stretch them just a little if you need to, to get your points to match up. This part is a little tricky. You’ll get the hang of it after you’ve stitched a few. I’m not very good at matching points – most of my points aren’t perfect. But as long as they’re close, it looks perfectly fine in the finished quilt.
Now trim off the points around the edges & square the corners. Trim the sides & top in nice straight lines, 1/4″ outside the points of the colorful diamonds.
Your quilt top is done! I also did a quick baste stitch (on my machine) around the edges to keep them from stretching while I was quilting, but this is totally up to you.
Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!