Sunnyside Diamond Zig-Zag Quilt

Hi, I'm Janice Ryan and I blog about quilting and sewing at Better Off Thread.  I am really excited to be sharing my very first Bake Shop Recipe with you today. 

My sister and I both learned the joy of creating handmade items from my mom.  Whether it was doll clothing, Halloween costumes, christmas cookies or homemade playdough, I have very fond memories of crafting with my family.   I am now the family quilter and my sister, Judy, is the knitter/crocheter.  She made my children their very first blankets, and those blankies have seen their share of snuggles and tears and games of tug 'o' war.  I wanted to make my sister a cozy quilt for snuggling under, with a good book, on all those rainy East Coast days (and there have been a LOT this summer.).  Since I live in California, I thought I would send her a little bit of sun and Sunnyside by Kate Spain was the perfect choice.  I love how the diamonds create a sunburst and make the colors dance around the quilt.  I hope my quilt adds a little sunshine to your day, too.

1 Jelly Roll- Sunnyside by Kate Spain
2 yards background fabric- Moda Bella in White
4 yards backing fabric

Please read all instructions prior to making this quilt! All seam allowances are ¼” unless stated otherwise.

Step 1: Make Diamond Panels

Separate your jelly roll into 4 sets of 9 strips each.  You will want 5 different colors in each set:
- color 1 = 1 strip
- color 2 = 2 strips
- color 3 = 3 strips
- color 4 = 2 strips
- color 5 = 1 strip

My sets were made up of the colors listed below:

Take your first set of 9 strips and sew them together into 3 sets of 3 (arrange them in the same order as the diagram above.)  Each strip will be offset 2 1/4" lower than the previous one. Press seams open.

Tip: lightly starch your strip sets to keep them from stretching once they are cut on the bias.

Cut your strip set every 2 1/2" at a 45º angle. Cut 10 strips.

Tip: I use the angle lines my normal quilter's ruler to cut the 45º angle, but there are various specialty angle rulers that can be purchased.

Repeat for your 2 other sets of strips.

Sew one strip from each set together, matching seams.

You will now have one diamond panel.  

Repeat to make 10 diamonds panels and then repeat Step 1 on your other 3 sets of 9 strips.  You will have 40 diamonds when completed.

Tip: You can find a photo tutorial for making these diamond panels on my blog.

Step 2: Cutting Background

From your background fabric cut 10 strips 6 1/2" x WOF (about 44").
Starting at the bottom left corner of your strip, cut a 45º angle.  Make a 45º cut every 9".  Each strip will yield 4 diamonds (background diamonds will be the same exact size as a finished diamond panel from step one.).

Tip: if you are feeling adventurous, you can layer 3-4 strips and cut them all at the same time.

Cut all strips until you have 40 diamonds.

Cut 10 diamonds in half, as pictured in the diagram above.

Step 3: Piecing the Quilt Top

Piece diamonds vertically into 10 rows, then sew rows together.

Your top is now done! Baste, quilt and bind as desired. I used my leftover strips and a few scraps to make my binding.

One 58" x 65" quilt...

perfect for snuggling under on a rainy day.

If you use this pattern, be sure to send me a photo!

Janice Ryan


Quiltjane said...

Diamonds are a girls best friend. This quilt is so gorgeous.

Elizabeth said...

This is just beautiful! It's definitely going on my to-do list.

Melissa said...

This is just SUCH a stunning design! You've got a great eye for quilt patterns, Janice. I love this!

Frances Welch said...

Can't get the printer version link to work again --- will have to try again later

Terri Petasek said...

Beautiful! I can't wait to make this one! Printer friendly link not working. :(

Rebecca Stevens said...

Love the quilt, but again the printer version link does not work. I have had this same problem with the last couple I have tried to download.

Unknown said...

YES - this is ambitious!
Thanks for sharing.

Would like to know when the printer version is finally working again-
How come this is happening in more than 90% of the time?

Leila said...

Brilliant use of diamonds! Wonderful!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Just perfect Janice! I must make one :)

Rubyd said...

Could you please give the measurement of the distance from the corner when you cut the background
diamond in half....

Janice @ Better off Thread said...

Rubyd, the distance is 1". I just updated it on the diagram.
Thank you, everyone!

I am Just One Mom said...

Just what I need to tackle: something ambitious!!!

DeborahGun said...

This is gorgeous Janice - definitely on my 'to make' list now!

traceyjay said...

this is awesome!!! love the layout!

Sewn With Grace said...

This is beautiful! Pinning for sure!

SoozeM said...

This is just gorgeous, I happened to have the same jelly roll just waiting for inspiration so I am busy sewing strips together :)

Unknown said...

So beautiful - definitely on my future to-do-list.
Thx from Denmark

Jo said...

Great quilt!! Congrats.

Marla said...

I think that your cutting instructions for the step where you cut 10 of the background diamonds in half. If you are using a fabric that has a right and wrong side (not a solid) for the background you can't cut the diamonds in half as you described because half of them will not be in the right orientation for sewing.

Janice @ Better off Thread said...
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Janice @ Better off Thread said...

Marla, you are correct. This pattern is designed assuming you will be using a double-sided solid for the background, as instructed. If you want to use a background with a right and wrong side, you simply need to cut 5 of your background diamonds in half between the other two sides. thanks!

Malini said...

Wow! This is stunning! I want to make it definitely soon.

Can I ask you what software you used to put the design together?
I really like it.


Janice @ Better off Thread said...

Thanks, Malini! I use Photoshop, because it is what I already had and know how to use. I believe a lot of quilters use Illustrator.

SarahZ said...

This is SUCH a great zigzag! And the choice of SunnySide is over the top :)

sue said...

I am having a problem with the cutting of the white diamonds. If I mark 1 inch on upper left then the bottom right is 1 & 1/2. However, if I do 1 & 1/4 the are both the same...My diamond are 9 inches, top and bottom. Thanks for your help....

Kristin said...

I'm making this pattern right now and I found that the 1/2 diamonds were 1 3/8". Maybe I cut them bigger. They did match my pieced diamonds though. It's so pretty, love the pattern and great instruction. I followed your pictures on your blog too. This is going to be a Christmas present for my daughter and the younger one is super jealous. I might have to make another!!

Kelly Martin said...

I'm sewing the strips to make the diamond panels and having a really hard time matching the seams...any advice on how to do this?

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