More cute Diamond in a Square photo blocks

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I thought maybe you would like to see the 8-inch quilt block and more cute Diamond in a Square photo blocks. Here is a 14-inch quilt block and an 8-inch quilt block.

Diamond in a square 2 different sizes

8-inch Diamond in a Square photo block

I had a page that didn’t print correctly and I decided to trim the photo block down to a 4½-inch square and make the 8-inch Diamond in a Square block.

I showed you the 14-inch block but in case you missed it, here is how to put the 8-inch quilt block together.

Here are the pieces needed to make the Diamond in a Star Photo quilt block as an 8-inch quilt block.

Please note that I cut my pieces a little bigger than needed so I can square up my block more easily.

  • Photo – trim to a 4½-inch square
  • Cream muslin – cut (1) 5¼-inch square – then cut diagonally both ways (if you don’t want to trim later, cut at 5 3/16-inch)
  • Batik – cut (2) 5-inch squares – then cut diagonally once (if you don’t want to trim later, cut at 4 7/8-inch)

Sew with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

Add cream fabric

  1. I always make a tiny crease in the center of each side of the photo and then fold the cream pieces in half.
  2. Sew the first two pieces to opposite sides as shown
  3. Press the seam toward the photo square
  4. Then add the other two triangle pieces
  5. Press the seam to the center

Step 1

Diamond in a square dog photo

Step 2 add pieces to the photo block.

Diamond in a square dog photo add cream fabric

Step 3 – continue adding and don’t forget to trim off the dog-ears.

Diamond in a square dog photo add 4 cream fabrics

Step 4 – trim the quilt block so the edges are just 1/4-inch from the photo if needed.

Diamond in a square dog photo cream pieces all added

Step 5 – add the batiks pieces to the quilt block.

Trim your block if needed.

Diamond in a square 8 inch

Large Wool Pressing Mat

Sometimes it is fun to treat yourself to something you really don’t need but want. What do you think of my NEW wool pressing mat? I just love how big it is! Some quilters complain about the smell of the wool. I did notice a smell at first. I live in Iowa and it reminded me of my dad’s barn LOL. I don’t smell anything anymore.

I have been using a smaller wool pressing mat and I was planning on buying another one when I found this 22″ x 60″ wool pressing mat that was perfect for my ironing table. The table used to be my daughter’s desk and I have a large piece of plywood that is covered with batting and fabric that sits on it. I just put the wool mat on top of it.

Woold Pressing Mat in my quilt studio

I decided to go ahead and make the rest of the 14-inch quilt blocks.

Diamond in a square quilt blocks on wool mat

I had to show a photo of my trusty assistant Rusty. He seems to sleep on the job all the time.

Dog in quilt studio

Diamond in a Square photo blocks are done!

Now I just need to decide what I want to make with them.

Finished Diamond in a Square quilt blocks

You can find a printable PDF of the Diamond in a Square quilt block, info in my last post.

Printable pdf

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  1. I would love to see a video of how to put the pictures on fabric. Will you be doing one in the future?

  2. Such cute puppy blocks! I had no idea wool mats came that large! What a perfect pressing set up!

  3. I love your quilt blocks but especially love your beautiful sewing companion!

  4. Patty Adams says:

    Really cute blocks!
    Rusty isn’t sleeping on the job, he is just resting to keep his energy at the max point so he will be ready for action when you need him! He is such a pretty guy, and is so happy with his family. He deserves the good life!

  5. I like your blocks. I made picture quilts for each of my girls when they finished middle school but haven’t made one in ages. Thanks for the reminder. I love your ironing pad.

  6. Sherry Ellison says:

    Connie dear you have made a perfect puppy face square out of a partial print that would have been scrap. I adore this. I see Pillows and even more I see tote bags that allow these Uber cute photos to be seen by everyone. The possibilities are limitless!

  7. I love any and all of your patterns – and this one is perfect for the quilts we make for the kids nursing home for the nice Eye Spy space to start!!!! Yes, Rusty must be your muse! If you ever give up quilting you can always design work spaces! Great quilting weather here – misty and muddy! Thanks!

  8. Penny Meyers says:

    Oh how I’ve missed your patterns and newsletters these past few years. For some reason I just quit getting your newsletters. I think you’ve moved since I last heard from you. You had moved to your dream home, your new sewing room was beautiful, and your mom had moved in with you. Then you were talking about moving closer to your daughter and everyone but their dog was giving you advise. That’s when I quit hearing from you. I’ve used your scattered pattern several times for charity quilts. They go together so fast and look like I’ve spent hours working on them. A charity quilt should look as nice as something you’d put on your own bed, as far as I’m concerned and this quilt is great if you have to have it done quickly. And I’m loving the new little quilt patterns I recently gotten from you. Hope I start receiving your newsletters again. Penny

  9. Betty J Siegel says:

    Very cute. Where did you get the dog pictures?

    1. I created the images in Midjourney which is a AI software. I am thinking about possibly putting the blocks on Spoonflower so people can buy them already on fabric.

  10. I love this. I might well try this. Sometime soon or in the near future.

  11. Connie Brooks says:

    Hi Connie. Very cute blocks! I love that Rusty is your companion, guarding you from all that he sees – as he sleeps. Thank you for the quilting techniques and the Rusty photos. Love your sewing studio.