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Happy New Year! Let me show you the Starry Diamond Plate Quilt I've been working on. The back half of last year I had a bit of a layer cake addiction! I would see those beautiful pre-cut stacked beautifully and had to grab them up. With my accumulation of layer cakes, I knew I needed to design up a quilt to use them up. The diamond plate quilt pattern was inspired during playtime with my kids, building blocks which made a simple repeating pattern. Once I pulled it into a quilt on paper, I noticed a hidden diamond pattern emerge. Keep reading to learn more about the Starry Diamond Plate Quilt in bed size!
Ruby Star Society's Starry
I saw that this Starry Layer Cake and knew I HAD to have it. I love gifting my kids a quilt at the holidays and one on their birthday. When I see a fabric that I think will look great and stand the test of time (at least until they become adults) for bed size then I go ahead and make the larger size. All you need for the bed size quilt is two layer cakes of your focal fabric and two layer cakes or yardage of your background fabric. I love that there really isn't a background fabric since it's such a balance of the two designs. For this quilt I used black Moda Bella Solids, I keep this on hand at all times along with off white and zen grey.
In my mind the only thing that would look great with this quilt would be either black solid fabric that I used for my background or using the same speckled fabric that I used for my backing. I decided to go with the speckled to add a subtle pizazz to the binding but not distract you from the powerful statement of the quilt design and Starry fabric.
I really wanted to stay with the darker theme of this quilt so I grabbed some of the Black Speckled that I have for sale in the shop and ran with it. I love not having to piece backings for quilts by using widebacks. I sell the widleback by the inch so you get the precise amount that you need for your quilt and not much more. Just a friendly Longarm quilting tip: measure the width and length of your quilt top. If the length is less than 100" then use your width for ordering your quilt + 8" if using long arm quilting services. So a 60"x80" quilt, you'd order 68" of the widleback. If you are using me for quilting services, you no longer need to worry about waiting for your backing fabric to show up in the mail! Just send you finished quilt top and you can buy batting and backing fabric from me :)
I was really hoping to have the time to get a pantograph idea designed up before this quilt was finished, but there just isn't enough time in the day. To stick with the fun star theme I went with a design from Urban Elementz called Criss Cross Stars. I think it enhances the Starry fabric that much more and couldn't imagine another design quilted on this Diamond Plate.
I’d love to see you put your own spin on the Diamond Plate Quilt Pattern – be sure to share your quilt on social media with the #DiamondPlateQuilt and #mtsew
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