2012 – Commission Quilt – 2 – Diamond Cutting Tutorial

After selecting a wide range of fabrics as my initial palette, I decided the scale of my pieces. Since it was to be a large quilt, I cut 4-inch diamond shapes (as if you were cutting a strip 4″ wide, then sub-cutting it on a 45-degree angle┬áinto 4″ diamonds). I positioned my diamond tool in one corner of the fabric, so my strips were cut at an angle to the outer edges of the fabric. The resulting diamonds have slightly bias edges, and the grainline is straight through the body of the diamond shape.

Place a diamond tool at the edge of the fabric.

1. Place a diamond tool at the edge of the fabric. 2. Place a long ruler next to the smaller diamond tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut at this established angle from edge to edge.

3. Cut at this newly-established angle from edge to edge. [1/2 of a 45-degree angle = 22.5 degrees.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Align the longer ruler with the freshly-cut edge.  Cut an angled strip, the desired width (3" in this photo).

4.┬áAlign the longer ruler with the freshly-cut edge. 5. Cut an angled strip, the desired width (3″ in this photo).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Re-position the smaller tool on the strip. The woven grainline should bisect the shape in the center.

6. Re-position the smaller tool on the strip. The woven grainline should bisect the shape in the center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut one or several diamonds from the angled strip(s).

7. Cut one or several diamonds from the angled strip(s).

 

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