Starring Diamonds Wall Hanging
Inspired by Make the Cut from designer Wenche Wolff Hatling of Northern Quilts
Quilt tester: Laura Boehnke
Amounts specified for the first three fabrics in this list are minimums. If you choose to fussy-cut prints, as quilt tester Laura Boehnke did, the yardage needed will depend on your chosen print or pattern.
- 8--3" squares assorted prints (star unit hexagons)
- 8--12" squares assorted light to dark prints (star points)
- 2--12" squares white dot (star unit diamonds)
- 5⁄8 yard gray dot (star unit diamonds, quilt center background)
- 1 yard yellow dot (quilt center background, binding)
- 1⁄4 yard black stripe (inner border)
- 3⁄4 yard diamond print (middle border)
- 5⁄8 yard black print (outer border)
- 2-1⁄2 yards backing fabric
- 45x61" batting
Finished quilt: 36-1⁄2x53"
Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width.
Measurements include 1⁄4" seam allowances. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
About the Method
Because of the many set-in seams in this project, hand-piecing is the recommended assembly method. Careful machine-sewing from dot to dot also would work.
Cut pieces in the following order.
Click on "Download this Project" to get the patterns. To speed the cutting process, use acrylic templates to rotary-cut pieces A, B, and C.
Be sure to transfer the dots to the templates, then to the fabric pieces. These dots are matching points and are used when joining and setting in pieces.
From each assorted print, cut:
- 1 of Pattern A
From each assorted light to dark print, cut:
- 6 of Pattern B
From white dot, cut:
- 12 of Pattern C
- 6 of Pattern D
From gray dot, cut:
- 36 of Pattern C
- 8 of Pattern D
From yellow dot, cut:
- 5--2-1⁄2x42" binding strips
- 6 of each of patterns D and E
- 4 of Pattern F
From black stripe, cut:
- 2--2x35" inner border strips
- 2--2×x21-1⁄2" inner border strips
From diamond print, cut:
- 2--5x38" middle border strips
- 2--5x30-1⁄2" middle border strips
From black print, cut:
- 5--3-1⁄2x42" strips for outer border
Assemble Star Units
Whether you are hand- or machine-sewing, begin and end all star unit seams at the marked matching points. Not sewing the seam allowances down allows you to set in seams and to press finished units in the desired direction once an entire unit is pieced.
To match up dots when piecing, stab a pin through one dot from the wrong side of the fabric, then come up at the second dot.
1. Gather one print A hexagon, six B star points from a single light or dark print, and six white or gray dot C diamonds. Lay out pieces in their finished positions according to Diagram 4.
2. Layer A hexagon and one B star point with right sides together, aligning the edges to be joined. Join pieces with a 1⁄4" seam allowance, carefully sewing from dot to dot (Diagram 1). If you are hand-piecing, do not cut your thread; instead, take a tiny backstitch at the dot and sew seams that follow with the same thread. Open pieces and finger-press seam toward hexagon.
3. Sew an adjacent star point to an adjacent hexagon edge. Repeat to add remaining star points to hexagon (Diagram 2).
4. Starting from the hexagon, sew together short edges of two adjacent star points. Referring to Diagram 3, set a C diamond into the joined points. Use a continuous thread and start sewing from an outer corner; stitch toward the center, then away from the center. Repeat to join points and set in remaining diamonds to make a star unit. Press star unit flat. 5. Repeat steps 1–4 to make eight star units total.
Assemble Quilt Center
1. Referring to quilt center top row in Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out two star units, two yellow dot D triangles, two white dot D triangles, and two yellow dot E triangles. (If you want directional fussy-cut motifs to go in one direction, pay attention to hexagon orientation in star units.) Sew one white dot D triangle and one yellow dot D triangle to opposite edges of each star unit. Press seams toward D triangles. Then join all pieces in the row. Press seams toward right-hand end of row. Trim excess yellow dot D triangles even with long edges of E triangles to make a two-star row. Repeat to make three two-star rows total.
2. Referring to quilt center second row in Quilt Assembly Diagram, lay out one star unit, four gray dot D triangles, and two yellow dot F pieces. First sew two D triangles to opposite edges of star unit. Then sew a D triangle to each F piece. Press seams toward D triangles. Join all pieces in the row to make a one-star row. Press seams toward left-hand end of row. Repeat to make a second one-star row.
3. Referring to Quilt Assembly Diagram, join two-star rows and one-star rows to make quilt center. Press seams in one direction. The quilt center should be 18-1⁄2x34-3⁄8" including seam allowances.
1. Sew black stripe 2x35" inner border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add black stripe 2x21-1⁄2" inner border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward inner border.
2. Sew diamond print 5x38" middle border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add diamond print 5x30-1⁄2" middle border strips to remaining edges. Press all seams toward middle border.
3. Cut and piece black print 3-1⁄2x42" strips to make:
- 2--3-1⁄2x47" outer border strips
- 2--3-1⁄2x36-1⁄2" outer border strips
4. Sew long outer border strips to long edges of quilt center. Add short outer border strips to remaining edges to complete quilt top. Press all seams toward outer border.
1. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing; baste. Quilt as desired.
2. Bind with yellow dot binding strips.