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Matching up the points on your half diamond shapes for quilting perfection

 

Yesterday we completed the ‘grassy meadow’ portion of the beach scene on our impressionistic quilt using the Sew Easy Triangle Ruler 60° – 8″ x 9¼” , which really did make it easy.

Today we’re going to make the sand dunes for our piece of art with a little help of another triangular shape ruler the Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler – 4½” x 14¼”.

Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler - 41½" x 14¼"
Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler – 41½” x 14¼”

 

For this part of the art quilt, I decided to use 3½” strips. You can use any width of fabric but I don’t recommend wider than 4½” which is the max width of the Diamond ruler.

As with any ruler you line it up with the height measurement you wish your half diamond shape to be.

The Sew Easy Half Diamond ruler is placed on fabric for cutting.
Placing Sew Easy Half Diamond ruler on fabric for cutting

 

Cut the fabric strips. Once finished cutting the strips don’t discard the remaining pieces, they too will be used. After the first cut rotate the diamond ruler as many times needed to cut more half diamond pieces.

The Half Diamond ruler is plave on the strip of fabric and rotated as pieces are cut and that more are needed.
Rotate the Half Diamond ruler to make additional pieces.

 

Because these half diamond shapes are longer than the average triangle, I wouldn’t advise you to use the ¼” tape piecing method I showed you in yesterday’s post, to sew the angled corners.

Instead, each long triangular piece of fabric needs to be marked on the corners that intersect to get a ¼” seam allowance.

Line are drawn on the 3 corners showing where the ¼” intersections are which will help with sewing.
Find the ¼” intersection of all corners my making small lines.

 

In the next photo, you’ll see the fabrics are facing right side down, matching short edges together as in the photo. Insert a pin through the mark on the top fabric through the mark of the bottom fabric, repeat for the other side.

Pin fabrics where marked, both fabrics right sides facing down. Working with Northcott Fabrics and the Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler to make an impressionistic quilt - free pattern
Pin fabrics where marked, both fabrics right sides facing down.

 

Once intersections match, pin both pieces of fabric together.

Securing both pieces of fabric by pinning them together will keep fabrics fro slupping.
Secure both pieces of fabric by pinning them together.

 

As you sew, follow the pencil line ensuring a perfect ¼” seam.

Placing the needle in perfect alignment with the drawn ¼” line.
Placing the needle in perfect alignment with the pencil drawn ¼” line.

 

Perfect matching point using the technique.

Perfect matching point using the technique shown in this post. Making an impressionistic art quilt
Perfect matching point.

 

This part creates the beach portion of the art quilt making 4 rows. I also added a couple of pieces of green fabrics to create a transition from the grassy section to the beach section. You’ll need approximately 9 to 10 half diamonds per row.

When it’s all sewn, you’ll notice that these rows are wider than the rows sewn yesterday using the tumbling blocks and where all the rows aligned. These rows will be somewhat staggered, therefore creating a random look.

 

The completed beach portion of the art quilt, made with half diamond shapes and staggered for a random look. Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler really makes these shapes easy.
The completed beach portion of the art quilt.

 

The beach portion for the Impressionistic quilt is completed using the Sew Easy Half Diamond Ruler – 4½” x 14¼”.

Come back tomorrow to see how the KOMFORT KUT Slash-N-Circle Quilting Ruler – 9⅞” x 12½” adds waves to the water portion of our Impressionistic beach scene.

 

This is part 2 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 1: Making tumbling blocks for a quilt easy using the SEW EASY Triangle Ruler

Go to part 3: The ins and outs of curved piecing your art quilt

I took my first quilting course in September 1994 in Barrie, Ontario, near the armed forces base where I was stationed. After moving to Ottawa in 1996, I joined my first guild. I took more courses and began to buy quilting books and lots of fabrics. Quilting has become my passion. I have made over 150 more quilts since then, and have never looked back. I now share my knowledge of quilting by teaching and doing presentations, and blogging!

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