Floating Diamond Quilt – Free Pattern

Floating diamond quilt

Floating diamond quilt

In the Floating Diamond quilt I have used the sashed four patch quilt block as an alternative.  Both are very easy blocks and I think they go well together.  I rather like all the secondary designs that form within the quilt.

The blocks are 12″ square finished size and I have made eight floating diamond blocks and eight sashed four patch blocks.  The quilt measures 52″ square and I have used 1 yard of lilac fabric, 1.1/4 yards of purple and 1.1/2 yards of green fabric.




Completed quilt blocks

Completed quilt blocks

Cutting requirements for the floating diamond quilt

For the floating diamond quilt blocks:

3.1/2″ squares:  forty eight purple, sixteen lilac

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty two each in lilac and green

For the sashed four patch block:

4.1/2″ squares:  sixteen green, sixteen lilac

2.1/2″ squares:  sixteen green, sixteen lilac

8.1/2″ by 2.1/2″ rectangles:  thirty two purple

For the border you will need five 2.1/2″ green strips cut across the width of fabric.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

Make the half square triangle units

Use the 3.7/8″ squares to make half square triangles.  Place a lilac and a green 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.  This produces two half square triangle units which are now 3.1/2″ squares.

Floating diamond quilt block layout

Floating diamond quilt block layout

Make the floating diamond quilt block

Lay the patchwork pieces out in four rows of four.

Place a 3.1/2″ purple square in each corner with a lilac/purple four patch unit in the middle.  Fill the remaining spaces with half square triangles.  Lay these so that the green triangles together form larger green triangles pointing away from the middle.

Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  The block measures 12.1/2″ square at this stage and you need to make eight of them.

Sashed 4 patch quilt block layout

Sashed 4 patch quilt block layout

Make the sashed four patch quilt block

This block is even more easy to make!  Once again place a four patch in the middle but this time use lilac and green 4.1/2″ squares.  Use 2.1/2″ squares in the corners.  Place two green corners to follow one diagonal and two lilac corners to follow the other diagonal.

Fill the remaining spaces with purple rectangles.

Partially sewn block

Partially sewn block

Sew the pieces together in the top and bottom rows.  For the middle section you need to sew the four patch unit together first and then you can sew a purple rectangle to each side.

Sew the rows to each other.  At this stage the block also measures 12.1/2″ square and you need to make eight of them.

Row one

Row one

Assemble the floating diamond quilt

Sew the blocks together in four rows of four blocks.  In row one use a floating diamond at each end with two sashed 4 patch blocks in the middle.  Note the directions of the diagonals:  the green squares in the middle two blocks begin in the middle and move towards the side.  In the floating diamond blocks the purple squares begin in the corners and move towards the middle.

Row two

Row two

For row two you need two floating diamond blocks in the middle with a sashed 4 patch block at each end.  The squares in the diagonals continue the lines begun in the first row.

Row three

Row three

Row three also contains two floating diamonds in the middle with a sashed 4 patch at each end.  Now the green diagonals are moving from the sides towards the middle and the purple diagonals are moving from the middle towards the edges.

Row four

Row four

Finally in row four place two sashed four patch blocks in the middle with a floating diamond at each end.  The diagonals continue in the same directions as they did in row three.

Sew the blocks together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

Add the quilt border

For the quilt border I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green fabric.  You’ll need two lengths of 48.1/2″ for the top and bottom with two lengths of 52.1/2″ for the sides.

That completes the floating diamond quilt top.  It is now ready for layering, quilting and binding.  Full details of these steps can be found in the quilting for beginners section.

Here’s the video:

Sunrise in Iceland

Sunrise in Iceland

Last week I promised you some of my Icelandic photos.  There were so many to choose from that once again I wrote a separate article.  You can read about my Icelandic trip here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About Rose

Comments

  1. Irena Mangone says:

    Love your quilt the Colours. Are soothing.

  2. Very nice pattern and all in my favorite colors. How long did it take you from start to finish to make the quilt?

    I envied your trip to Iceland. Some of the pictures were breathtaking, especially the Northern Lights. Good video of the geyser. I read that there are lots of them here in the US. The most well known is in Yellowstone National Park in Western Wyoming. I read that there are 500 geysers in Wyoming alone.

    Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us next week.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you like the quilt. I always find it difficult to say how long a project takes me because I tend to do a bit then take a break and do something different before going back to it – I find that I need to stretch my back and relax my concentration. This particular quilt was made a few weeks ago because I knew that I’d be short of time with all the travelling I’ve done in the last few weeks.
      I had no idea that there were so many geysers in Wyoming – and I bet that the weather there is warmed than the temperatures that we encountered in Iceland! Perhaps I need to put Yellowstone on my bucket list!

  3. This is a lovely quilt Rose and definitely one to make when I have time. I’ve been really busy this year making patchwork tops for fleece rugs for 5 of my grandchildren. I do all my patchwork by hand. I also made a large Christmas tablecloth for another of my granddaughters with heaps of photos in. My fingers always get lots of holes when sewing the photo fabric and the needle catches me!!!

    • Hi Judi. I admire you for doing all your patchwork by hand. I’m far too impatient and try and do as much of my sewing as possible on the machine. Your Christmas tablecloth sounds amazing. Lucky granddaughter!

  4. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Love the quilt and not only because it is purple, it is really lovely too.I am writing this first and then I am going to go on your Icelandic trip. I really love when you take these trips. I am baking cookies and getting ready for the holiday.
    Hope you have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. I thought that you’d approve of the purple. I love taking these trips but I don’t usually take several so close together. What a busy runup to Christmas this is proving to be!

  5. Thank you for always sharing your quilt patterns. My husband was diagnosed with cancer and quilting gives me comfort, so again thank you.

    • Joyce, I’m so sorry to hear about your husband. I hope that quilting will continue to give you comfort in the difficult times ahead.

  6. Gwendy Burtz says:

    Hi Rose,
    This is a very nice design!

  7. love you blog about Iceland – was on my bucket list for ages and finally managed to get there a couple of years ago. It was very bit as wonderful as I had thought it would be.
    Busy making my first quilt with a lovely Christmas pattern material – will be for next Christmas though! thanks for your videos and tops

    • Hi Margaret. The landscape in Iceland is quite breathtaking, isn’t it. We had a wonderful guide on our tour – probably the best guide I’ve ever encountered. He had so many lovely tales and anecdotes to share with us.

  8. Colleen McKinlay says:

    Hello Rose,
    So enjoyed your travel log on your visit to Iceland. What a wonderful trip for you and your daughter. Absolutely love the Floating Diamond quilt pattern. Makes me think of spring time…especially around Easter time with the lilac tones and then springtime green. Definitely on my to do list after Christmas. Thank you for another delightful pattern.
    Colleen

    • Thanks, Colleen. Glad you liked the travel photos. I agree with you that the colours feel very springlike. We have snow in Birmingham today, so it’s good to think ahead to spring.

%d bloggers like this: