The slanted diamonds quilt block is one of those that does exactly what it says on the tin – it forms diamonds that are slanted! In fact each block forms one and a half rows of slanted diamonds and it’s when you put several of them together that you get the full benefit of the pattern. I have made it here as a 6″ square.
Cutting requirements for the slanted diamonds quilt block
2.7/8″ squares: three blue, three white
Making the slanted diamonds quilt block
Make half square triangle units with all the squares. Lay a blue and a white square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a seam 1/4″ either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units.
Press the seam allowances towards the blue and trim the corners to reduce bulk in the seams.
Lay the half square triangles out in three rows of three. Across each row the half square triangles all point in the same direction as each other. In rows one and three they are placed with the blue triangle top left of each square while in row two they are placed with the blue triangles bottom right of each square.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the slanted diamonds quilt block..
The interesting thing about this block is what happens when you sew several of them together. In order to continue the slanted diamonds pattern, you need to sew them together with one upside down so that the two half rows are sewn to each other to complete another row. That will then give you three complete rows from each pair of slanted diamonds quilt blocks.
I think that this would make a stunning quilt border – you would just need plenty of patience to make all those half square triangles!
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