Diamonds, Kites and Stars – a pattern by Reene Witchard
You will need:
2 Fat quarters (FQ) of solids in your choice of colours for the stars.
48 scraps of fabric at least 3”x 5” for the kites.
12 pieces of fabric at least 3” x 5” for the diamonds.
Sewline glue (optional)
NB. Please print off the templates at 100% and check the measurements of the test square before starting.
Step 1. For each section you will need 4 kite shapes and 1 diamond. Baste your fabric to the paper pieces.
Note: I have used Sewline glue to baste, a thin line on each edge of the shape is all that is needed to keep the fabric in place. It helps to give a really nice crisp edge which is helpful when it comes to the appliqué stage.
Step 2. Hand-stitch the kites to the central diamond.
Note: I usually stitch all four kites in place along the long edges then fold the central diamond to enable me to stitch the short kite edges.
Repeat for all 12 sections.
Step 3. Layout the finished sections, shuffling around until your happy with them.
Step 4. Cut out the solids for the background.
From each solid FQ:
Cut three 5½” x 7”
Cut three 5½” x 4”
Cut two 3½” x 7”
Cut two 3½” x 4”
Step 5. Layout the background solids as shown below, then sew them together in rows.
Note: If your EPP sections differ in size to these measurements simply adjust the seam allowance of the background fabrics accordingly.
Once sewn together you will be using the seams as a guide to placement of the EPP sections.
Step 5. Take your first EPP section, remove the paper piece from the diamond.
Line up the seams on the EPP section with the seams on the solids background. Try to keep the outer points of the diamond in line with the background seams. Pin in place through the diamond.
Step 6. Remove each of the papers from the kites in turn.
Step 7. Appliqué the EPP section to the background fabric.
Note: I machine appliquéd mine close to the edge but you could hand sew it if that’s your preference.
Step 8. Move on to the next column. Try to get the points of the diamonds as close together as possible so that you can’t see the solid seam beneath.
Then repeat the process from steps 5 – 7 until all the remaining EPP sections are sewn into place.
Ta da! Now all you have to do is quilt as desired and turn it into a wall-hanging or cushion.
Once quilting is finished you can cut the panel down to size. My finished cushion was 18½” square.