Last Quilt Top of 2016 – Squares & Diamonds

For a number of reasons, 2016 was a challenging year for me. However I still have many things to be grateful for so I’m not throwing myself any pity parties!

So I did not have a lot of quilting time available, but I did take advantage of a cold wintry weekend to make a top for which I had an idea brewing for quite a while.  This is the result:


This was made with what I call a “double-snowball” technique.  When you “snowball” the corners of a square, you take a small square, line it up in the corner of a larger square right sides together, and attach it by sewing a diagonal line down the middle then trim off the excess and press out.  You end up getting a somewhat round block that is commonly called a “snowball”.  Like the photo below:snoball-example


However I did a variation of this by first sewing a border around my center square, then I attached a smaller square on each corner, trimmed and pressed out, then attached a smaller square to the corners again to make a block that looks like this:


After I made several of these blocks I sewed them together, sewed on borders, and ended up with the quilt top pictured, which had a squares and diamond pattern.

If you would like to make a similar quilt, click on the following link to see a tutorial for my Squares and Diamonds quilt.  You can also click on the Tutorials tab and get to it there as well.

6 thoughts on “Last Quilt Top of 2016 – Squares & Diamonds

  1. Alison

    Thank you so much for this and the tutorial. My partner requested a quilt with only black and red, no grey, no white, and wanted to avoid a ‘plaid’ pattern while still being masculine. Your pattern and colours are perfect. I started yesterday and it looks beautiful so far. When I was buying fabric I showed your quilt to the owner of the store. She quite liked it as well, saying it is a very effective use of the colours and sketched out the pattern. You have fans

    I plan to quilt it by sewing an X across each block in red thread. I hope you’ve been able to finish yours and will post it sometime.

    All the best!

    1. denmck Post author

      Thank you for the comment Alison. I’m glad this is working out well for you. It sounds fabulous! I’ve not yet finished it, but I hope to be able to get back to sewing by the middle of this year. A lot going on right now that hasn’t allowed me much free time. SOON…

  2. MacCupcake

    Isn’t it so satisfying to finish a long standing project! Every once in a while I force myself to finish quilts by giving myself a self imposed restriction to not start anything new before everything already in progress has been finished! Sometimes if is fun to come back to something started and look at it with fresh eyes! Your completed quilt is no exception, its gorgeous!

    1. denmck Post author

      Thanks Kathleen! I had this fabric sitting in my sewing room for about 2 years or so and finally used it! I think this pattern really stands out in black and red.


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