The Renaissance diamond quilt pattern is a Fabric Freedom pattern designed to show off their Renaissance fabric range. The design is theirs but I wrote the pattern for them. They have now asked me to design their quilts as well, so I am looking forward to showing you my first design for them when the fabric reaches the shops. This is the same fabric range that I used in the attic windows quilt.
I do not feel that this pattern is suitable for a beginner quilter, which is why I have not used it for my weekly emailed project.
The basis of the Renaissance diamond quilt is three different blocks, with two columns of each block. The full quilt has six columns of eight blocks each, with a light 1″ sashing between the columns and around the outside of the quilt.
The quilt measures 43″ by 50″ and I have used 3/4 yard each of the two blender fabrics, 1/2 yard each of the two script fabrics, 3/8 yard of the large flower fabric and 1/4 yard each of the remaining four fabrics.
Cutting requirements for the Renaissance diamond quilt
I know that I normally list the square sizes at the beginning of the pattern, but in this case there are so many different square sizes that I will give them with each quilt block.
Making quilt block one
Cut eight 4.3/4″ squares in each of the rose on black and rose on white fabrics. Cut thirty two 3.7/8″ squares in the red blender fabric.
Cut the blender squares in half along one diagonal. Place one of these triangles on each edge of the floral squares.
Sew two of the triangles on opposite sides of the square and press. Then sew the two remaining triangles to the other two sides of each square. Trim the edges of the newly formed square where the triangle tips stick out.
Make eight blocks in black and eight in white. Sew them together in two coloumns of eight blocks, beginning with a black square and then alternating with white all the way down the column.
Making quilt block two
Cut thirty two 2.5/8″ squares in the green leaf fabric and the pink/white floral fabric. Cut sixteen 4.3/16″ squares in the red script and pink script fabrics.
Cut the script squares along both diagonals to make four triangles from each square.
Sew the 2.5/8″ squares together in pairs and then sew two pairs together to make four patch units.
Place a pink and a red triangle on each side of the four patch unit. Sew the triangles together in pairs to make a larger triangle on each edge of the four patch units. Check the placement of the colours: the pink triangles are placed either side of the green squares and the red triangles are placed either side of the pink/green floral squares.
Sew the triangles to the four patch unit in the same way as above – sew two opposite edges first, press and then add the two remaining triangles.
Make sixteen of these blocks and sew them together in two columns of eight blocks each.
Making quilt block three
The third block is a little more complex than the other two, but it is assembled in the same way. Cut sixteen 4.3/4″ squares in the large flower fabric. Cut thirty two 2″ squares in both the pink script and the red script fabrics. Cut sixty four 2.3/8″ squares in the dark blender fabric.
Once again the principle is to sew a triangle on each edge of a central square. Cut the 2.3/8″ squares in half along one diagonal.
Place the large square in the middle. On each edge place one red or pink script square with a triangle on either side of it. Note that the red squares are diagonally opposite each other and so are the pink script squares. Place the triangles so that they will form one large triangle when sewn to the squares.
Begin by sewing the triangles to the squares to form larger triangles. Trim the edges of these larger triangles where the triangle tips stick out.
Sew two triangles to opposing sides of the large floral square, press and then sew the remaining two triangles to the edges of the square.
Make sixteen of quilt block three and sew them together in two columns of eight blocks.
Assembling the renaissance diamond quilt
This is the easiest part of the quilt!
Sew together strips of 1.1/2″ wide light blender fabric to make seven strips 48.1/2″ long and two lengths 43.1/2″ long.
Sew the columns of quilt blocks together using the 48.1/2″ sashing strips. Begin with one column of quilt block two, followed by a column of quilt block one and then two columns of quilt block three. Then add the second column of quilt block one followed by the second column of quilt block two. The sashing strips need to be at each side of the quilt as well as between each column.
Finally sew the 43.1/2″ sashing strips across the top and bottom of the quilt.
That completes the renaissance diamond quilt. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Unusually for me, I have actually finished this quilt so I thought that you would like to see the back.
The quilt is too wide for just one piece of fabric for the backing, so I have sewn a 5″ width of pink fabric down the middle with a length of green on either side.
For the quilting of the renaissance diamond quilt I stitched in the ditch on each side of the sashing strips. I then stitched around the central diamonds by sewing zigzags up and down each column.
Here’s the video: