The Diffraction pattern includes instructions to make two versions of the baby size (40″ x 40″) cover quilt as well as 2 alternate baby quilts, a large lap quilt, and a queen size quilt.
Inspired by an improv mini quilt I made in June 2018, I wanted to challenge myself to expand the idea and achieve greater piecing precision. The solid, two color, high contrast palette strips down the design for maximum graphic impact.
Fabrics & Materials
To make my version of the Diffraction quilt, which I entered into the two color challenge at QuiltCon 2019, I used Kona Cotton in Nightfall and White and coordinating 50wt Aurifil thread #2784 (Dark Navy) and #2024 (White).
I quilted ribbon candy between the rays of the Diffraction Block. To help emphasize the central “X” shape that is created, I quilted vertical lines to help separate the shape. Echo quilting in the corners helped fan out the design. But most importantly, I quilted around each “ray” line to stabilize the quilt as a first step, which was also very beneficial for tackling the bulky corners where 3 blocks join together.
Diffraction Pattern Details
The Diffraction quilt pattern creates a modern two-color baby quilt while helping you hone your precision piecing skills. The pattern offers a detailed, step by step piecing tutorial and also includes additional layout options to inspire you to make larger, dynamic quilts. The possibilities with the Diffraction block are almost endless! In addition to the cover quilt option, the pattern also includes materials and cutting instructions for 2 alternate baby quilts, a large lap quilt, and a queen size quilt.
Diffraction is on sale in my pattern shop as a digital pattern at a special introductory price of $10 through Friday, April 9th. Once you make a Diffraction quilt of your own, you can share it via social media using the hashtag #DiffractionQuilt.
I would like to thank Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs for her technical editing, advice, and consultation throughout the pattern writing process. When I was testing out the idea, Cheryl made a test block which really showcases the fun possibilities of the design (see below).
Diffraction is made using traditional piecing methods. Because the slice and insert method used inserts 1″ strips, it’s a perfect design for featuring fun background prints, like the test version of the block that Cheryl @meadowmistdesigns made above. Cheryl also opted to use a gradient of colors for the pieced rays, creating additional interest to her version!
Ardell @rosecityquilter‘s version of the Diffraction quilt also showcases a fun background print!