Square Diamond Quilt Block

Square diamond quilt block

Square diamond quilt block

The square diamond quilt block is a simple four patch block with lots of designs within designs.  It really makes a striking quilt and I have shown below two quilt ideas – one with a little red added in to give it some  pop.  I have made the block here as a 16″ square.

Cutting requirements for the square diamond quilt block

2.1/2″ squares:  four white, four green

2.7/8″ squares:  sixteen green, sixteen white

12.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  two white, two green




Making the square diamond quilt block

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units with the 2.7/8″ squares.  Place a green square right sides together with a white square and mark a line along the diagonal.  Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line.

This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.  Press the seam allowances towards the green and trim the two corners where the fabric sticks out.

Central section of the block

Central section of the block

I’ve made the central section of the block using mostly half square triangle units.  Lay the squares out in six rows of six.  There are two white squares in the top and the bottom rows, with two green squares in the two side columns.  The rest are all half square triangles and I think it’s easiest to look for the larger shapes when you place them.  In the top and bottom rows there’s a larger green triangle pointing away from the middle.  On each side there are two green hill shapes formed with a square and two half square triangles.  On the top and bottom rows there are two white hill shapes formed in the same way.  In the main part of the block there are two pairs of green diamonds, each formed with four green triangles and three white diamonds across the middle, again formed with four white triangles.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the central section.

Complete layout for the square diamond quilt block

Complete layout for the square diamond quilt block

The frame around this section is made with the 12.1/2″ rectangles and four half square triangle units.

The green rectangles are placed on the top and bottom and the white rectangles are placed on the sides.  There is one half square triangle in each corner.

Sew the rectangle and two half square triangles together down each side to form columns.  Sew the green rectangles to the central section to form another column.

Finally sew the three columns to each other to complete the square diamond quilt block.

Quilt suggestions

Basic quilt suggestion

Basic quilt suggestion

I have shown a quilt made with sixteen blocks sewn together in four rows of four.

Alternate quilt idea using red rectangles and block rotations

Alternate quilt idea using red rectangles and block rotations

This makes an interesting quilt in its own right, but then I tried using an extra colour and rotating every alternate block.  For this one I have changed the white rectangles to red, leaving the green rectangles in place.  I think this one is more interesting than the basic quilt version.

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Rose

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Comments

  1. HI Rose, thanks again for another beautiful quilt. I love the simplicity of it. This would be very quick and easy.I really like the red, would look great in UofM colors too. What are your exciting plans for this coming weekend?

    • Hi Linda. Malvern quilt show this weekend – I’ve realised that it is no further away now than when I lived in Ludlow, so I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Less is definitely more with this pretty pattern – very effective! Have fun at the Malvern quilt show.

    • Thanks, June. I’m amazed that Malvern is no further away from Birmingham than Ludlow – definitely looking forward to the show.

  3. Dolores Pilla says:

    Love this pattern–So much fun to make two color quilts–thanks again for another lovely project

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