Layered Diamonds - Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew
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Layered Diamonds {Quilt Theory Collection 2}

I am so excited to be wrapping up the Quilt Theory Collection 2 blog hop today! Our goal at Quilt Theory is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, and we design collections of patterns printed on small cards and one-page PDFs. As a group, we have become a strong team as we worked through writing, testing, editing, and quilting the patterns in our collection.

For our second collection, we challenged ourselves to write patterns that utilize precut bundles of fabric. We hope you find a lot of inspiration in our collection to make quilts from your favorite bundles in your stash.

Layered Diamonds - Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Layered Diamonds – Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

I named my design for this collection Layered Diamonds as a nod to the fact that the pattern is designed for layer cakes (10-inch squares of fabric) by placing them on point with a few key blocks being pieced or layered as well. I used a selection of Jennifer Sampou’s Black and White 2 two paired with bright, rainbowy, jewel tone Kona Cotton Solids to create my version of Layered Diamonds.

Layered Diamonds - Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Layered Diamonds – Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Layered Diamonds will help you beautifully showcase your favorite layer cake prints with very little waste and left over fabric! The lap size quilt finishes at 54-inches wide by 67-inches tall.

Layered Diamonds - Quilting Detail - Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Layered Diamonds – Quilting Detail – Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

I used 50wt Aurifl 3817 (Marrakesh), which is a bright, jewel tone variegated thread for the quilting. It is really a fun extra detail that is not too vibrant from a distance and adds nice depth upon closer inspection. My husband thought a “seismograph” inspired back and forth wavy line quilting motif would compliment the piecing, and I love how his suggestion turned out.

Layered Diamonds - Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Layered Diamonds – Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

To frame the quilt, I cut my binding strips from additional layer cake squares of the featured “layered diamonds” (in my case, the Kona Cotton Solids) to create a scrappy binding.

Layered Diamonds - Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Layered Diamonds – Quilt Photography by Michelle Bartholomew

Many thanks to Robert Kaufman Fabrics for providing the fabric for my Layered Diamonds quilt and to Aurifil for supplying the thread behind the quilting magic.

Layered Diamonds - Version Two

Layered Diamonds – Version Two

If you follow me on Instagram, you got to watch me this week as I dove into my Kona solid stash and created a second (inverse) version of the Layered Diamonds quilt, which had been playing as an idea in the back of my mind since I finished the first quilt.

Layered Diamonds - Version Two Quilting Detail

Layered Diamonds – Version Two Quilting Detail

I just adore the space themed panels featured in this version! You will be seeing more of this fabric again very, soon. For the quilting, I used the last of my 50wt Aurifil 3817 to quilt large, double loops across the quilt.

All Quilt Theory designs are available now as downloadable PDFs through our website QuiltTheory.com. Pattern cards coming soon to a local quilt shop near you! Let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns.

Quilt Theory Collection 2

Quilt Theory Collection 2 – Photograph by Michelle Bartholomew

If you haven’t visited my fellow Quilt Theory members this week, I highly recommend going to get more information about their designs for Collection 2 (and pssst… we all have giveaways!).

Quilt Theory Release Blog Hop Schedule

Friday 5/12 – Quilt Theory
Saturday 5/13 – Kitty @Night Quilter
Monday 5/15 – Michelle @Michelle Bartholomew
Tuesday 5/16 – Daisy @WarmFolk
Wednesday 5/17- Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
Thursday 5/18 – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
Friday 5/19 – Lorinda @Laurel Poppy and Pine
Saturday 5/20 – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl <– You are Here!
Monday 5/22 – Quilt Theory

~ Giveaway! ~

To celebrate the launch of Quilt Theory, I am giving away a PDF my pattern*, Layered Diamonds, along with a PDF of all of the Quilt Theory Coloring Pages. To sweeten the deal, I’ll also include a $25 gift certificate to Fabric Worm.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below.

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The giveaway ends Wednesday, May 24th, at midnight eastern time and a random number generator will select the winner. The giveaway is open to participants 18 years or older and international participants are welcome. *If you buy my pattern and then you win it, I’ll refund you or let you pick out another free Quilt Theory pattern. 🙂

22 thoughts on “Layered Diamonds {Quilt Theory Collection 2}

  1. The rainbow brights are superb, and the first one is subtle. Fantastic design.

  2. Your design is awesome! I love both the regular and reverse versions!

  3. Cindy says:

    I am not sure which version is my favourite, they are both stunning.

  4. Both versions are beautiful, but I find the inverse quilt to have a graphic impact. Lovely work on both!

  5. Great quilt pattern and think of all the opportunity to fussy cut fabric!

  6. Pat T. says:

    Congratulations on a great design!
    (What a *talented* group you all are! Looks like you had fun creating together!)
    Pat T.

  7. Lorna Jones says:

    Great use of layer cake-s!

  8. Beautiful quilts and a great way to use layer cakes. An opportunity to fussy cut!!

  9. Beth LaMotte says:

    Wow! Simply stunning!

  10. Those are all really great quilts! love the quilting you did on yours!!

  11. wannajava says:

    Just amazing, I love your patterns,

  12. Rochelle Summers says:

    I love this design. Setting it on point makes it snazzier. The inverse version is so colorful. Great pattern

  13. It is fun to see how such simple shapes can still make a striking quilt. I also enjoyed viewing the gray fabrics you used as a background as I was recently scrambling to find enough different grays for a Stash Bee block. I had very few!

  14. thedarlingdogwood says:

    Lovely pattern! I especially like the version in reverse. The bright colors are fabulous in this!

  15. Yvonne, awesome design and I love the seismograph quilting!

  16. joannequilts says:

    I love these!

  17. Your quilt looks great! I can’t decide which version I like better. I love the idea of simple patterns that can be kept to a page.

  18. Another great pattern! I do like the binding on the second version.

  19. Great quilt design Yvonne! And I love the seismograph quilting too.

  20. Gorgeous! Love both versions. Congrats on a the new pattern. I never know what to do with layer cakes that have a lot of lights, this would be perfect.

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