1 ruler, 1 rotary cutter for making half diamond units by Claire Haillot May 4, 2021 written by Claire Haillot May 4, 2021 426 Welcome back! Yesterday I started to show you how to make a Diamond Hexagon using the Sew Easy Triangle Ruler 60° for an oversized throw cushion. It’s a really simple technique that gives an intricate design – in other words, it looks difficult to make while it’s quite the contrary! So, let’s continue this exciting project. Making Half Diamonds for the Diamond Hexagon Cushion We covered how to make the triangles (aka diamonds) for the pattern in yesterday’s post, and today we’ll make the Half Diamond units using the Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler and the OLFA 45mm Quick Change Rotary Cutter. I’m quite fond of this rotary cutter, as I can easily change blades in just a single click. No more confusing assembly with a washer and a nut! I just need to slide the locking mechanism and the blade immediately pops out! And it’s really easy to insert a new blade. Another thing I like is the innovative spilt blade cover which allows for extra safety protection while cutting. It’s perfect for right and left-handed quilters since each side slides back and forth independently. Watch the video to see for yourself: Making Half Diamonds Remember at the end of yesterday’s post I mentioned keeping all your scraps? Now’s the time to bring them back onto your cutting mat, along with your Sew Easy Half Diamond ruler and your OLFA Quick Change Rotary Cutter. Step 1 Cut 8 Half Diamond units from your scraps while ensuring that: 4 units have the 60° angle on the left 4 units have the 60° angle on the right You should also have one extra unit from yesterday’s Step 4 (if you truly cut 3 triangles out of each rectangle, that is) and you could use it to make these half diamonds. Don’t hesitate to sew more 2¼” strips together should you need to as well. Step 1 with the 60° angle on the left Sew additional strips together should you need to before cutting a Half Diamond unit. Step 2 Stitch a 1½” strip from your solid fabric to the edge of 4 half diamond units from Step 1 as follows: 2 units with the 60° angle on the left 2 units with the 60° angle on the right Step 3 Cut a 1½” strip from another fabric of your choice (I chose the green with orange polka dot). Stitch to the edge of 4 half diamond units from Step 1 as follows: 2 units with the 60° angle on the left 2 units with the 60° angle on the right Final layout of the Diamond Hexagon Cushion That’s all for today’s instructions. Hope you’re enjoying making the Half Diamonds using the Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler. Come back tomorrow for the big reveal! You’ll get to see just how easy it is to make the Diamond Hexagon oversized throw cushion! This is part 2 of 5 in this series Go back to part 1: In quilting, diamonds made easy with the Sew Easy 60° Triangle Ruler! Go to part 3: 4 easy steps to piecing the colorful Diamond Hexagon cushion top Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs362battingdiamond hexagonsFairfieldGÜTERMANN threadsHalf Diamond RulerKlasse'notionsOdif 505OLFAQuick Change Rotary Cutterquilt blocksrotary cuttersRulersscissorssew easythreadsTriangle Ruler 60°tutorials FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Claire Haillot Claire Haillot shares her passion for quilting among her neighbors in the United States and Canada as well as her cousins in France. Claire has been active in the quilting industry since 2004. At first, she opened a quilt shop and started to teach, write how-to guides, and translate patterns and product information into French for American companies. In 2006, she started her own line of patterns and later began publishing patterns and articles in Canadian, European, and American magazines. You might have seen some of her work in Quilter’s World, Pratique du Patchwork or Canadian Quilter. She decided to close her brick & mortar quilt shop in 2016 to be able to concentrate more on teaching, writing, and creating. She collaborated with PlumEasy patterns to launch the Dancing Diamonds and Gem bag patterns. Claire has also won a few awards for her work: • Juror’s choice in Salon 2012 • Second Place in Vermont Quilt Festival of 2014 and 2016 • Second Place in Salon 2016 • Best of show at the Quilt Festival in Chicago and Houston 2018. previous post In quilting, diamonds made easy with the Sew Easy 60° Triangle Ruler! next post 4 easy steps to piecing the colorful Diamond Hexagon cushion top YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... The trick to quilting for texture | Double... Create texture with thread painting and invisible thread... How to applique houses and landscapes with HeatnBond HeatnBond EZ Print Lite makes printing out applique... Quilt a table topper for all seasons –... An easy way to make an embroidered wall... 7 simple steps to lovely wool applique |... 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