Diamond Ring Quilt Pattern


Diamond ring quilt

Diamond ring quilt

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.

Completed diamond ring quilt block

Completed diamond ring quilt block

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

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

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.

Diamond ring quilt block layout

Diamond ring quilt block layout

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 across the rows

Sew the squares across the rows

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

Sew the rows to each other

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.

Sew the blocks together in pairs

Sew the blocks together in pairs

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.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

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.



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  1. Darlene Crosby says:

    Hi Rose, I love this diamond quilt! Thank yo sew much for taking the time to share your patterns and teach with your videos. I don’t comment often, but wanted you to know I appreciate you!

  2. Cecilia Alcantar says:

    Dear Rose, I like the way you hold up with so much energy in your busy life.This quilt is lovely, and I look forward to hearing more of what you learned at the Quilt Championships @ Sandown Park!

    • Thanks, Cecilia. There were some gorgeous quilts – such a shame that I can’t show you any photos. There were also loads of stalls, but I managed not to spend too much.

  3. Rose, Rose, now I am saying this lovely: which one do I start with? I love them all!! Diamonds are a girl best friend and its my birth stone. So, I’ll start with this one. Another idea I could make a sampler quilt take each square that you have shared with us and put it into a quilt. Thanks again for all of your patterns that you shared with us with simple instructions. I look forward to receiving your email every Friday. Enjoy your son’s wedding and I hope your move goes smoothly. Thank you for taking your time to give/share us your talent.

  4. Sarah Burnett says:

    I I love this block and I agree diamond ring is the nicer name. Good luck with your move, I know how exhausting it can be. Sarah

  5. Marlene says:

    Another great quilt. Thank you so much.

  6. This design couldnt have come at a better time as we are celebrating our diamond wedding anniversary this autumn so have time to make the quilt. Good luck with your move. Julie

  7. Dear Rose – what a lovely happy looking design. Looks good. Hope you have a lovely time at Sandown Park.
    all best Janny

    • Thanks, Janny. I’m calling in to see Katy with the bunting and lavender bags for the wedding, so it’ll be a busy day.

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