Lawn diamonds quilt pattern tips & tricks

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In this blog post I provide a resource guide for my Lawn Diamonds quilt pattern (available here). These are all the extra things I’d tell you if we sewing together here in my sewing room!

If you’ve never machine paper pieced, here is a good video tutorial. On the scale of paper-piecing patterns, Lawn Diamonds is incredibly simple. There’s no reason at all a first-timer should feel intimidated by it.

If you’re wondering about using fat quarters for this pattern, you definitely can. You’ll be able to get 10 center diamonds from a fat quarter so you’ll need at least 12 if you want to make the 54 x 60 quilt shown in the pattern.

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That extra strip on the right should be just about the right size for a scrappy binding.

You can also use fat quarters for the other shapes, simply refer to the yardage requirements and assume 4 fat quarters for every yard plus an extra 1 or 2 to account for any waste.

If you’re wondering how to cut from yardage, I always cut my longer side from the width of fabric and then sub-cut the smaller edge. So for the 8.5 x 2.25 shape I’d cut an 8.5 inch strip and then sub-cut 2.25 inches. This is a great opportunity to stack and cut multiple strips at a time because accuracy is not very important at this stage for paper piecing.

If you want to make this quilt quickly, the fastest way to approach it is assembly-line style. Do all of your cutting first. Stack your center diamonds with the paper templates and sit at your machine and sew, sew, sew until you’ve attached all the Section 1’s. Now trim and press all those seam allowances. Repeat for the other sections. When I made my 2 versions of this quilt I did all my cutting in one day and then sewed one section a day after that. It came together surprisingly fast!

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If you’re having trouble keeping track of color placement, use the paper templates and coloring page. When I made this quilt the first time I actually wrote the colors right on the coloring page AND the paper templates so I could check, double check, and triple check.

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This was particularly necessary for that version because the small triangles on top were a different color than the ones on bottom. I didn’t have to do that for the second one because all of the small triangles were the same throughout the quilt.

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If you have any questions along the way please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am extremely accessible on Instagram and by email (sarahschraw@gmail.com). Good luck and have fun!

Lawn diamonds quilt pattern release

Today my very first pattern is available for sale in my Etsy shop! Yay!

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This quilt won Cotton & Steel’s #lawnquilt competition so it just so happens to be hanging at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City as I type this. 🙂 This is the first time any of my quilts have hung anywhere outside of my own home and I am really (REALLY) excited about it. (You can read more about the contest on Cotton & Steel’s blog).

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The quilting on this quilt is truly incredible and done by Krishma Patel (@krishmaquilts). She did an amazing job. I’m afraid I might become addicted to custom quilting.

Here is another version of the pattern that I am working on for Aneela Hoey‘s #foxglovefabric blog hop (which stops here on June 7).

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I love how this shows that the pattern can be soft and pretty or modern and graphic depending on what fabrics you use. You can see more versions from my excellent pattern testers on Instagram at #lawndiamondsquilt.

I am so pleased to be offering my first pattern and so hopeful that this will be the first of many. Thank you for your continued support and be sure to follow me on Instagram for all the latest. (@sarahschrawdesigns)

Blog hop: what shade are you?

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I’m SO excited to share this quilt with you today. It is my second attempt at this design and definitely my favorite. (You can see the first version here.)

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This time I teamed up with RJR fabrics as part of their “What Shade Are You?” blog hop. Did you know that RJR carries a line of Cotton & Steel coordinating solids? All of the colors I chose are from that collection. I find it difficult to look at hundreds of colors and pick just the right shades all on my own (especially online). It was much easier after narrowing it down to the colors already chosen by the Cotton & Steel designers.

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Yep, it was a lot of HSTs. I used the 8-at-a-time method (good tutorial here) and trimmed them 20 or so at a time over the course of a week. It really wasn’t that bad, I swear.

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I usually press my seams open but this time I wanted to see how accurate I could get with them pressed to the side and interlocking. It really turned out quite nice but it took a lot of time and attention to get it right.

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I’m working hard on a pattern for this design. Watch for that later this summer!

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The good news for you is that RJR is giving away this gorgeous bundle on my Instagram account (@sarahschrawdesigns)! Grab your phone and head over there right away – the giveaway closes at 9 pm EST on Sunday, May 8.

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I loved this bundle so much I’m already making another quilt with it!

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Being Cotton & Steel coordinates, they obviously go perfectly with Cotton & Steel’s prints. This is last year’s Christmas line, Tinsel. I’m most definitely going to be getting some of this year’s Christmas line (Garland) to add to this project.

Thank you so much for visiting me here today, and don’t forget to look me up on Instagram (@sarahschrawdesigns) and enter the giveaway! Thank you RJR!!