Pink & Brown Diamond Baby Quilt

We finally have a little girl in the family!!

We welcomed baby Brynn over the holidays and she’s been a joy to love on and hold.  And, of course, this gave me a chance to work on a new baby quilt!  I also got to take some newborn photos of the sweet new family.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot:

Baby girl photo

This is my very favorite picture from our shoot.  Little Brynn was super cozy in this blanket-filled basket.
This is my favorite picture from our shoot. Little Brynn was super cozy in this blanket-filled basket.
Wait a minute, this might be my favorite picture!  This photo captures Bethany's beauty and Brynn's adorableness.  I love that I was able to capture this cuddle time.
Wait a minute, this might be my favorite picture! This photo captures Bethany’s beauty and Brynn’s adorableness. I love that we were able to capture this cuddle time.

On to the quilt:

I’ve been thinking about doing a diamond quilt for a long time.  When I heard that Brynn’s parents decorated her room in brown and pink, I knew that this would be an adorable pattern for a baby quilt.

Have you ever made a diamond quilt?  If not, you should – it was a lot of fun!  Here’s how I did it:

First, the fabric – I knew I wanted flannel for the baby blanket and I stuck with it but it really limited my choices at the fabric store.  I picked out a white flannel, light brown and white pattern, dark brown, and three differently patterned pinks.

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Cut each fabric into 4″ strips.

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You might notice my fabric is on an angle. I realized that in order for the chevron fabric to be straight on the diamond, it had to be angled on the strip. I only had to do this on the patterned fabric, the plain and polka dot fabric I could cut straight.  And yes, I just eyeballed it.

Once you have the strips cut out, lay them along a measurement line on your cutting pad and cut the end off at a 45˚ angle.

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Now that you have the first line, line up your ruler at the 4″ mark along the same angle.

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This leaves you with several of these!

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The amount of diamonds needed depends on how big your quilt will be.  I used about 62 diamonds of different colors and about 34 white diamonds for this baby quilt.

Piecing the top:

The quilt is put together in diagonal strips.

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So, in the first corner will just be one diamond.  The next row will be three diamonds.  The next five, then seven, then nine, and then a full-size row of eleven diamonds.  For the size quilt that I wanted, I used 5 full-size strips before making the smaller strips again to finish out the shape.

Sewing the diamonds together to make the strips is a little tricky at first until you get used to it.  Place diamonds, fronts together, and offset the points about 1/4″  to have the straight edges align when opened.

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When you press them open, you should see a straight edge.  Then clip the excess points sticking out.

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Once you get all the rows together, you’ll have edges that look like this.  Just trim the white diamonds about 1/4″ above the joined middles to give a nice edge for binding.

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Stack the trimmed top with batting and backing.  I quilted in the ditch and then bound it in the dark brown to finish.  I never got great photos of the quilt.  I needed to take pictures at night, the lighting wasn’t good and I never could fit the whole quilt into the shot.  So, I’m sorry for the bad pics, but you get the idea.

Pink & Brown Baby Quilt

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Although you can’t see the whole quilt here, you can see the fabric and colors in the natural light.  Add an adorable baby and it’s perfect!

Newborn picture in basket

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