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    Most quilt as you go make a square design. I want to make a diamond shape. What size would one the 4 blocks to make this design? Or does anyone know of a free pattern for it or a tutorial?

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    .... just doing the fly on the wall routine here! :)

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    Sorry

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    You make the diamonds whatever size you want.

    The method is the exact same as if it were squares.
    You can do curves or insets or any other shape you want.
    The only difference for curved QAYG would the sashing would have to be cut on the bias.


    What design do you want on the diamonds?

    Are the block tops already made?
    Or do you want to use the flip and sew method?

    But once the blocks (top/batting/backing) they go together exactly as QAYG square blocks would.

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    I want to do the flip and sew method. I just wondered about the proportion of the long side to the width. I haven't started yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky
    I want to do the flip and sew method. I just wondered about the proportion of the long side to the width. I haven't started yet.
    I guess it depends on what shape of a diamond you want! They can be long and skinny or more equalized.
    The longer and skinnier ... the sharper the points will be at the top, and more bulking of seams where the eight will meet.

    Look forward to seeing what you are doing!

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    OK. I was thinking of doing 4" X 6" rectangles, but is kind of small and maybe a lot of sewing. Makes a 12" X 8" square. I don't want skinny with sharp points. Or maybe could go 5" X 7". How do you think either of these sizes would work?

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    Are you making stars or just blocks?

    Because with blocks there are only the 4 blocks meeting in each corner, just like with squares. ;-)

    The proportions below are height = 2x width.

    If you like the shape below, then you can draw any template you'd want.

    6"x12" would be a good size to do flip and sew. If your strips are under 2" wide, that would give you a nice selection on each diamond (going width-wise)

    The way I would do it would be to cut the backing and batting oversized - like 8"x14" diamond shapes or rectangles.
    I'd do the flip and sew, making sure I overlapped all the sides by at least 1/2" inch, if not more.

    Depending on your level of confidence with the ruler, trim it .
    OR trace the template on the back and trim.

    Do not forget to add your seam allowances to the shape.

    I'm a huge fan of QAYG, and enjoy all the different methods, although I do have my favorites. I love that you're trying something a outside the norm. thumbup:
    I can't wait to see your progress.

    Make all the diamonds and then you can deal with putting them together.

    Does all of that make sense? :
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    I've never done anything but strips for a small quilt or runner with the qayg flip and sew, I can't wait to see what your making.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mucky
    OK. I was thinking of doing 4" X 6" rectangles, but is kind of small and maybe a lot of sewing. Makes a 12" X 8" square. I don't want skinny with sharp points. Or maybe could go 5" X 7". How do you think either of these sizes would work?
    Those would be rectangles ... or are you talking diamonds within rectangles, as shown by MTS?

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    Sorry about my picture, it's the way EQ works.

    I was only trying to show the diamond shape.
    Ignore the rectangle shape.

    But, again, if you're just doing diamonds, you don't really deal with the points...just the sides, and it would go together in rows (diagonal).

    And even if you were doing stars, the points wouldn't really a problem and could be dealt with. If you make 60degree diamonds, you could to tumbling blocks. Could be very cool.
    But first you have to decide what shape you want.


    The other diamond below is based on height = 1.5xwidth.

    So. a 4"x6" diamond or and 8"x12" diamond would create that image.

    It's just another shape. The construction works the same way.
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    I don't think I have been explaining myself very well. What I want is that when the 4 rectangles are put together the strips make a diamond shape instead of a square shape. I don't want to get the rectangles too big or have them too small either. Is this what you have been thinking?

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    I'm doing rectangular blocks with the strips making the diamond shape.

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    Just making rectangular blocks with the strips making the diamond shape instead of being square.

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    Ah, so the basic QAYG block.

    The second pic is another option but certainly not as easy as the first one.

    If you're going for the first method, make the rectangle any size you want. The one I used have proportions of h=2xwidth.
    But it really doesn't matter, as long as the strips are placed on an angle.

    I would start the block in the middle so you know you've got the correct angle.
    Then work both sides. Same points I wrote above...make it oversized so you can trim it down.
    That way you don't have to worry about everything fitting perfectly while you're sewing on the strips.

    I hope that makes sense and answers your questions.

    QAYG is a very versatile technique and you could have a lot of fun with different shapes.
    Just something to keep in mind for a future project.
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    Always love your graphics, MTS .... the visuals are certainly a help!

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    Gee i'm exhausted after all that :-( and still none the wiser.

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