The June/July 2022 issue of Quick + Easy Quilts is available now on newsstands. Instructions for my quilt, “Chain of Diamonds,” begin on page 60. Aren’t the fabrics so bright and fun?! Best of all, the patchwork is Layer Cake (10″ squares) friendly.
Two unique features of this 66″ x 80″ quilt are the sashes cut from text print and the Flying Geese units featured in the top and bottom borders.
The design back story: I wondered if two coordinating yet contrasting 10″ squares plus a background fabric would provide enough fabric to make a traditional chain-style block. On graph paper, I sketched a block I thought would work and tried it using two 10″ squares leftover from a layer cake. My theory proved successful! The block was quick and easy to make, and I love the way the blocks chain diagonally across the quilt. This design is a fantastic way to use nearly all the squares in a layer cake.
I chose pale aqua for the quilting thread, and the pantograph design is “Chantilly” by Patricia E. Ritter and can be found at urbanelementz.com. I think my grand niece would love this bright quilt made from vibrant summer-time colors.
The magazine editors noted that the quilt meets the size requirements for a Quilt of Valor, and they included a computer diagram in red, white, blue, and tan on page 64. What other colorways can you imagine this design made with? Leave your ideas in a comment below for a chance to win a magazine. The drawing will be on June 3rd.