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.

### 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.

### 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.

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.

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.

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.

### 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.

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.

### 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.

### 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:

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.