Diamonds in Rings Quilt Pattern

Diamonds in Rings quilt

Diamonds in Rings quilt

For the Diamonds in Rings quilt I have used jewel colours to create a four patch diamond in the middle of rings of blue.  The design may look quite complex, but it is really quite easy to make.

To make the quilt I used 1/2 yard of purple, 3/4 yard each of light blue and of green, together with 1.1/4 yards each of dark blue and white.  As usual you can buy these fabrics at a discount in this week’s special offer.

The quilt measures 57″ square, using nine blocks which are nearly 18″ square.

In order to celebrate ten years since I launched Ludlow Quilt and Sew I am holding a 20% off sale – full details at the bottom of the page.




Completed quilt block

Completed quilt block

Cutting requirements for the Diamonds in Rings quilt

3.1/2″ squares:  seventy two white

3.7/8″ squares:  thirty six dark blue, thirty six white, nine purple, nine green

4.5/8″ squares:  thirty six dark blue, thirty six light blue, nine purple

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

Nine patch unit

Nine patch unit

Make the nine patch unit

Begin with the nine patch unit forming the middle of each block.  Use the 4.5/8″ squares to create two rows of dark blue, light blue, dark blue and one row of light blue, purple, light blue.

You could use individual squares here or sew strips together along the length and then cut them at 4.5/8″ intervals.  Sew the rows to each other to form the nine patch unit.  Make nine of these.

Add the edges to the blocks

I have added a large patchwork triangle to each side of the nine patch unit.  This turns the unit so that the squares appear to be formed along the diagonal lines.

Make half square triangle units

Make half square triangle units

For these sections I needed to use half square triangles.  Make these using the 3.7/8″ squares of green and purple with white.  Place two squares 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.  Press the seam allowances away from the white and trim the two corners where fabrics stick out.

You will still have 3.7/8″ squares in white and dark blue – these are cut in half along the diagonal and used as separate triangles.

Purple triangle sections

Purple triangle sections

Form half of the large triangles using a purple half square triangle in the corner.  Next to it lay a white square and a dark blue triangle.

In the row beneath this, use a white square and a white triangle.  For the third row you just need a dark blue triangle.  Sew the pieces together across each row and then sew the rows to each other.  Make eighteen of these.

Green triangles

Green triangles

Now make similar triangles but with a green half square triangle in the top left hand corner.  The remaining pieces are exactly the same as for the purple triangle above.  Make eighteen of these green triangles.

Add a triangle to each edge

Add a triangle to each edge

Assemble the blocks

Add one large triangle to each edge of the nine patch units.  Place them so that you have two purple triangles opposite each other and two green triangles opposite each other.  In the photo I have placed green triangles at the top and bottom with purple triangles on the sides.

Sew the triangles two at a time

Sew the triangles two at a time

Join these triangles to the nine patch units two at a time.  Sew the triangles to the top and bottom of the nine patch unit, press them open and then sew the remaining two triangles to the sides.

The triangles are slightly longer than the nine patch edges – this is by design.  When sewing a triangle to the central unit it should stick out about 1/4″ at each end.  This will give you a straight edge to the finished block.

At this stage the blocks measure just under 18″ square.  Make nine of them.

Three rows of three

Three rows of three

Assemble the Diamonds in Rings quilt

Sew the blocks together in three rows of three.  Make sure that the purple corners are always top left and bottom right of the blocks.  Otherwise you won’t get that pretty four patch unit formed where the blocks join together.

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

Green quilt border

Green quilt border

Add the border

I have used 2.1/2″ strips of green for the border.  You will need two lengths of about 53″ for the top and bottom and two lengths of about 57″ for the sides.  You’ll need to measure your own quilt to be sure of the lengths as they may vary a little from mine.

That completes the Diamonds in Rings 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:

https://youtu.be/Ab-3YJEzefg

As I mentioned above, it is now ten years since I started this business.  It has been a wonderful decade and I have met many lovely quilters from all round the world.  In order to celebrate this, I am offering a discount of 20% on all orders over £6 from today till next Thursday.  Take a look at https://shop.ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk/.  The discount will be taken off automatically at the checkout section.

By the time you read this I will be at the NEC for the wonderful Festival of Quilts.  I hope to be able to bring you photos of lots of lovely quilts next time I write.

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Comments

  1. Hi Rose,
    Beautiful quilt! And aptly named because the fabrics you chose give the diamonds a sparkly look.
    Our friendship doesn’t go back 10 years but it does go back 7 years when I found your Website. First it was on how to spray baste a quilt and the second 3 years later instructions on how to make a flange binding. I couldn’t have done both without your help. I used the flange binding on the Rail Fence quilt that I gave my niece on her 60th birthday.
    Have a great time at the Quilt Festival! Wish we had them here.

    • Hi Claire. Glad you liked the quilt. I can remember you making the railfence quilt. I hadn’t realised that it was for Susan. I’m sure she loved it. You would have loved the Festival of Quilts – so many lovely quilts on display.

  2. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    Another great pattern. Love the fact you put purple in it I love purple. This one is on my to do list.
    Congrats on 10 years . I can’t believe that I have known you that long. You are what I call my friend on the other side of the pond. Love all the patterns you have done over the years. Just think how many there have been, and no repeats.
    Thank you for all your hard work.
    Have fun at the Quilt show I envy you, Show pictures
    Have a great weekend and Happy Quilting.
    Sandra

    • Hi Sandra. It has certainly been an unforgettable ten years – so many quilts made and so many quilters befirended! Glad you like this week’s pattern – I thought you’d like the purple. The Festival of Quilts was wonderful – bigger and better than ever.

  3. Isabella Whiting says:

    I like your diamonds in rings quilt pattern I am very fond of blue so I might have a go at this one

  4. SheilaLymn says:

    Hi Rose 10 years is it that long since I have been in contact with you ,I have put so many quilting friends on to your site and they have all enthused about your projects,me and the girls are going to the NEC on Sunday and looking forward to seeing the Baltimore Album quilt section as I have one in progress.Thank you for your friendship Rose love Sheila xxx

    • Hi Sheila. Hope you have a wonderful time at the NEC tomorrow. The Baltimore Album section is lovely – as are so many of the other quilts. So many talented quilters out there. I appreciate all your comments and emails.

  5. Olive Procyshyn says:

    Dear Rose,
    Thank you again for a very nice design, and congratulations on 10 years in business.
    Glad you enjoyed the Festival of Quilts today.
    My friend and I are coming up on Sunday but we have a much longer journey than you did!
    Best wishes
    Olive

    • Hi Olive. That’s one of the major advantages of living in Birmingham – the NEC is easy to get to. The Festival is wonderful – more quilts than ever this year and many new traders. I think that it is spread over three halls rather than two and it was absolutely heaving with happy quilters. Hope you enjoy your visit there today.

  6. Congratulations on having this wonderful site that you share with us. I look forward to receiving your mail. I have made some of the quilts that you feature and they are scrumptious to say the least. I fully intend to make this one. Love the size.

  7. Ten years! Congratulations.

    As I read this I was afraid you were going to say this is your last letter, and I realized I don’t say “thank you” to you nearly often enough, so, thank you, Rose, for so generously sharing your patterns and life with us.

    • Thanks, Reberta. That’s very kind of you. It’s been a marvellous ten years and I certainly don’t regret starting the business.

  8. Rose, Congratulations on your ten years
    It was great for me to find your site. Your tutorials are always
    very understandable. I, for one, benefitted greatly from them.
    Enjoy your trip to the festival of quilts
    Looking forward to the photos and to your next
    appearence on the sewing quarter. This week’s pattern is lovely.
    Thank you, Rose, for your generousity.
    Hope the quilt your making for the sewing quarter isn’t a big
    complicated one. Two weeks to make it whew! Breathe and relax.

    • Thanks for your kind comments, Mary. I’m glad you’ve found my quilt patterns helpful. I’ve enjoyed making them and being able to share them with other quilters. The quilt I’m making for the Sewing Quarter is a fairly simple one and the cushion pattern is interesting.

  9. Carol Smith says:

    Congratulations on your 10 years. I love your quilts and look forward to seeing them. Love this one . My must try and must make list is so long now!! Long may you continue. It’s too hot for big quilts here in Spain at the moment so it’s little projects in air conditioned room .

    • Hi Carol. Yes, I can imagine quilting in the Spanish heat would be difficult. Maybe a good time to finish off those smaller projects that can sometimes hang around! (Well they do in my workshop anyway!)

  10. Hi Rose thank you again for your great quilt pattern. A few of my friends from my Quilters group are at the Quilting Festival – hoping they come back with lots of ideas! Enjoy – maybe I’ll get there next year 😊.

    • Hi Dianne. The festival was stunning, as ever. I liked some of the other quilts more than the prize winning ones, but they were all fascinating. Loads of trade stalls as well – many that I haven’t seen there before.

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