This week, I have moved my Blockbuster Challenge blog up one day for an excellent reason. Tomorrow, I'm participating in the Northern Woods Blog hop, so I had to move this blog post up one day.
Today, I have Diamonds in my eyes as I make Blockbuster #15 Floating Diamonds, the last one in Series One.
Floating Diamonds uses the Studio 180 Design, Diamond Rects® Tool and I used three colors from my Island Batik Fabric Stash from past years.
I started with making the 3" x 6" Diamonds. Referring to the chart that came with my ruler, I needed strips of fabric that measured 3 1/4" wide, to cut out the diamond centers. Placing my Diamond Rects® tool on my stack of strips I made my first cut.
Rotating the strips around, I made my second cut using the Diamond Rects® tool.
I now had 4 perfectly cut diamonds, two of each color.
Next, I started to cut the side triangles from 2 3/4" x rectangles that I cut from a 4" strip of neutral fabric.
This would yield 2 side triangles per, one rectangle and I need 4 side triangles per diamond.
Now that the diamond center and the side triangle were cut out. I positioned the side triangles around the diamond center, making sure the bias edge matched the center bias edges and the straight edges were facing outside.
I started stitching the two opposite sides together on the center of the diamond. Making sure the edges matched up, and pressing away from the diamond.
Then continuing with the remaining sides and pressing away from the diamond.
Now I was ready to trim the rectangles down to size. Using the trim down side of the Diamond Rects® tool, I placed it on top of the rectangles and trimmed down to 3" x 6".
Now that the diamond rectangles were finished, it was time to cut out 8 - 2" x 5" rectangles of the neutral fabric and 4 of each color I used as the diamond centers. I laid them out and stitched them together.
Now I have the long rectangle units made, I again laid the blocks out and stitched them together with the Diamond rectangles. I wanted the colors to be the opposite of the diamond rectangle fabric.
Once that was done, I began stitching the four blocks together.
Blockbuster #15 Floating Diamonds is now complete. There is a lot of color combinations you could do with this block. I'm looking forward to next week when we start series two. I think they will be challenging blocks, but rewarding at the same time. This is great practice as I prepare myself for the Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Class in July.
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