The diamond ring quilt block is also known as Grandma’s Choice, Old Favourite and Fanny’s Favourite, but I think that diamond ring is the prettiest name for it. It’s a very simple but striking pattern and I have made it here as a 52″ square quilt. I’ve used four diamond ring quilt blocks, each 24″ square finished size, using 1/2 yard of gold fabric, 1 yard of purple and 1.1/2 yards of white. As usual, you can buy these fabrics at a 10% discount in this week’s special offer.
Cutting requirements for the diamond ring quilt
Purple fabric: forty four 3.1/2″ squares, sixteen 3.7/8″ squares, four 6.1/2″ squares
Gold fabric: four 3.1/2″ squares. For the border you’ll need to cut five 2.1/2″ strips across the width of fabric
White fabric: sixteen 3.7/8″ squares, eight 6.1/2″ squares, sixteen 3.1/2″ by 18.1/2″ rectangles, sixteen 3.1/2″ by 6.1/2″ rectangles
Making the diamond ring quilt block
Make half square triangles with the 3.7/8″ squares. Place a white and a purple square with right sides together and mark a line along the diagonal. Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line to produce two half square triangle units. Press the seam allowances towards the purple and trim the two corners where fabric sticks out. These are now 3.1/2″ squares.
Lay the patchwork out as shown. There are two white and one purple 6.1/2″ squares across the middle of the block. Above and below this row there are two rows made using the 6.1/2″ white strips with either squares or half square triangles on either side.
This central section is then framed with the 18.1/2″ white rectangles together with three purple and one gold square in the corners.
You can see now that the larger triangles in the corners of the central area are made using a square and two half square triangles – this is always a simple way of making large triangle shapes.
Sew the squares together across the rows in the central area. The middle row is 6.1/2″ high while the other rows are all 3.1/2″ high.
Sew the corner squares to each end of the white rectangles on the sides.
Sew the rows to each other. This includes the white strips at the top and bottom of the block.
Sew the remaining strips to either side of the block. That completes the diamond ring quilt block and you will need to make four of these.
Assembling the diamond ring quilt
Sew the blocks together in two pairs, rotating them so that the gold corner squares are always in the middle. Sew the two pairs together, forming one large gold square in the middle.
For the border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of gold fabric. You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.
That completes the diamond ring quilt top. It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding. Full details of these steps can be found in the beginner quilting section.
Here’s the video:
What a lovely sunny week we have had here in Ludlow. I’ve taken breaks from my packing to go for some lovely long walks in the surrounding countryside while it lasts – the sunshine that is, not the countryside. Tomorrow I’m off to the National Quilt Championships at Sandown Park so I’m hoping for a slightly cooler day.