My Dueling Diamonds quilt pattern released into the Quiltaverse in early February 2022 after completing a 12-week pattern writing course through Quilters Candy. The concept for my block began before the class even started but once enrolled, I was able to make that concept become a reality! If you are interested in learning how to write and sell quilt patterns, I highly recommend investing in a course. I use EQ8 to design my patterns and these really helpful Canva pattern writing templates to write my patterns!
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This is my favorite photo of my quilt top. Doesn't it look like stain glass?
The pattern is for a confident beginner (which I still consider myself even after two years of quilt making) and is an easy block to make. The quilt looks like it's made up of more than that, but one block actually gives the look to the whole quilt. You just need to use plenty of starch since you are working with cut biases for the triangle corners. The pattern also comes with a link to a tutorial for visual learners. I was able to make my first version in a week and a half sewing about 5 blocks a day!
Here's a few versions from my wonderful testers. And you can see all 18 of them by following the hashtag #duelingdiamondsquilt on Instagram. The quilt will have either a modern or traditional yet scrappy look depending on the fabrics you choose. It's fat quarter, jelly roll, yardage and scrap friendly. The pattern also tells you what two Accuquilt dies you can use for cutting two of the pieces if you prefer.
I used the Bookish collection by Art Gallery Fabrics and Sharon Holland for my cover quilt which of course meant I HAD to take my photos at the library. Oh, the funny looks I received from many (even though I was quiet as a mouse).
One of my pattern writing classmates is also a long armer and lives here in my town so I had her use this lovely Orange Dream panto for the quilting.
Then I made a second one in a more "organized scrappy' version out of the Wild and Forgotten collection, also by Art Gallery but this time I used minky backing!
I couldn't be more grateful to all who purchased my pattern and supported the whole process! The response on launch day was overwhelming and exceeded my expectations so THANK YOU! My pattern is available for purchase here on my website in PDF or booklet format. If you own a fabric shop, reach out and I can direct to you the distributors who are carrying it. If you live within a 4 hour radius of Springfield, MO, and are interested in me teaching a class on how to make this quilt at your shop or guild, reach out.
Until next time Quilty Friends......
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