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Canadian Diamonds Pattern

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend…

This pattern started with this mushroom fabric and some random half-square triangles that I decided to cut again and see what would happen. I quickly got an idea for a layout and started cutting the rest of the fabric with this idea in mind.

This first, mushroomy, version of the quilt was made in our temporary accommodations, a school portable turned into a cottage of sorts on my in-laws’ property, while we were waiting for our new house to be finished. We had most of our things packed away, with the exception of clothes and other important bits, and of course my sewing machine and boxes of fabrics. They are part of the “necessities”, right?

Canadian Diamonds is a great pattern to show off large scale prints, like this arrow print, and it looks more complicated than it actually is. It’s important to trim the blocks properly to make sure the border fits, but the main body is just simple half-square triangles and comes together really quickly.

One of my favourite things on this quilt is the pieced back. You could just use a wideback, or piece two lengths of the same fabric together, but having the extra little strip of interest on the back gives you so many options. In the first version of the quilt, I simply added a strip of an orange print to this otherwise busy scene of deer frolicking in the forest.

In this second version, I decided to change things up and use a solid backing, but I made all the leftover bits from the front into a long strip to add to the back and make it into a proper reversible quilt.

It’s not always easy to get the photos when you’re trying to take pictures in a bit of a snow storm…

I’ve had some ideas for future colourways for this quilt. One option that’s been playing in my head is to coordinate the colours for the center and border more, instead of having the scrappy look. Something like blues and oranges, with blue diamonds, various oranges for the HSTs, and blues again for the border. Or the opposite and do a completely scrappy version. The options are endless!

Expanding the pattern to multiple sizes is also on my mind. Make sure you’re signed up to my mailing list to find out when I get that done.

Click here to get the pattern! If you share your version on social media, please tag me so I can come see it and say hi! You can use the hashtags #psqcanadiandiamonds and #pennyspoolpatterns, or tag me @pennyspoolquilts on both Instagram and Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you make!

The navy arrow version of this quilt was featured in Make Modern Magazine, and the pattern is available on PreQuilt.com as well.

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