Wahoo, I have a new pattern available today!
I describe it as a modern quilt with a touch of Art Deco style.
This PDF quilt pattern will show you how to make a pieced patchwork panel and provide instructions to then turn it into either:
a 38″ x 48″ baby quilt,
a 20-1/2″ square mini quilt, or
a 20″ square cushion with envelope back.
The patchwork is all machine-pieced, so no foundation paper piecing required.
Deco Diamonds takes you through sewing half-rectangle triangles (HRTs), which is a first for my patterns. If you’re a seasoned HRT sewist then you’ll have no problems at all and yes, the HRTs in this pattern are compatible with Bloc_Loc HRT specialty rulers.
However, specialty rulers are NOT required for this pattern.
If you’ve never sewn an HRT in your life then you’re in good hands. The pattern has a link to a detailed, photo-accompanied description of how to trim HRTs using a standard ruler. No special equipment required!
The quilt and cushion you see here are made with Carolyn Friedlander’s gorgeous linen/cotton line called Euclid. I think the colours are very Art Deco – especially the cobalt blue, taupe and black. The light blue solid in the background of the baby quilt is Essex Linen.
My mini Deco Diamonds version here was a chance to mix it up a little with a strong patterned background and solid-like diamonds (fabric by Dear Stella). I love how the design seems to leap out from the floral fabric.
The Deco Diamonds pattern is perfect for you if:
- You know an expectant parent who would love an elegant and modern handmade addition to their baby’s nursery.
- Your couch or bed is crying out for some Art Deco-inspired style.
- You’d love to experiment with HRTs, without having to sew a large quilt.
- You’ve never tried working with HRTs before, but would love step-by-step instructions on how to make them without an expensive specialty ruler.
My baby quilt was backed with low-volume Carolyn Friedlander prints and binding was some left over wideback fabric with black cross-hatching.
I quilted this one with a grid that was more dense across the patchwork panel, opening up in the background, blue linen areas. I liked the modern effect and also wanted to have denser, seam-protecting quilting across the panel as Euclid is a linen blend with slightly more ravel-prone seams. The quilting was a great way to make sure everything stayed nice and secure no matter how many tugs, drags and washes this baby quilt received.
(My not-so-small babies held this up for me.)
I used the seams in the patchwork panel as base lines which I extended with a hera marker and ruler. I then went back and filled in more lines where I wanted, and made wider-spaced lines on the background. My lines are by no means perfectly straight or exactly spaced, so don’t feel any pressure to do so either!
You can find this PDF Baby Quilt/Cushion/Mini pattern listed in my online shop now for US$10.
As always, thank you so much for reading. Enjoy your Friday and have a wonderful weekend!