1 trick to match up diamond shaped block points perfectly

Yesterday, I talk to you about sewing the pieces to make the rows, using the Heirloom thread cutter and a GO Iron mini travel iron to make the job easier.

Today I’ll finish assembling the Valentine quilt, square it off and prepare it for quilting. Here’s how it looks now:

Individual rows sewn, ready to be sewed together.

Now that the rows are done they need to be sewn to one another with seams matching using a straight seam. When you’re trying to match the seams, I have a little trick for you. Due to the angle of the diamond shape, if you offset the top dog ear by ⅛” to the left, your points will be beautiful!

Placing the rows together, place top dog ears ⅛” to the left.

Once all rows are sewn together and all seams are pressed it’s time to trim the outer edge of the quilt. Ensure that you cut ¼” above the point as shown below:

Getting ready to trim the points.

Once the edge has been trimmed, it’s time to baste and quilt. I believe that not all quilts need to be densely quilted, so I decided to keep the quilting on this piece very simple as you’ll see below on the back of the quilt.

Back of wall hanging showing the quilt’s simple quilting

Almost there! The last thing to be done is to attach the binding. As I don’t like a lot of binding showing on the back of the quilt I cut 2″ strips for my binding. I sew my bindings ¼” from the edge.

Sewing binding on the wall hanging.

Tomorrow we’ll sew the binding to the back of the quilt. I’ll also show you more quilting tools including a little hidden secret within the Heirloom thread cutter.

This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2:  Use diamond shaped blocks for your Valentine’s Day quilt

Go to part 4: Clever Clips and Wrist Cushion make quick and light work of binding a quilt

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4 comments

Diane April 15, 2019 - 5:21 pm
I wasn't having much luck piecing my diamonds until I read your 1/8" offset tip and now it's smooth sailing, thank you so much.
Cindy January 13, 2017 - 6:02 am
Nice top and good tip for offsetting the dog ears.
Tina Jeo January 12, 2017 - 10:55 pm
Very helpful hints. I hope to come back and read more posts.
Paul Leger January 13, 2017 - 12:26 am
please do come back. so many tricks are being shared in all the posts.
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