Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sidekick Diamond Tips

Thursday, February 6, 2014

I wanted to share some tips with you that can help you to align diamonds cut with the Sidekick ruler.


1. Cut diamonds from the Sidekick ruler. 2 1/2" diamonds are shown below.

2. When starting to piece a row of diamonds, arrange the first two pieces as you see below.  It can be hard to judge just how far the pieces should overlap. Pay special attention to the points that creep past the edges on the far right sides. Let them be your guides. Don't start piecing until you are sure those points are showing.

If that doesn't quite work for you and you want to line up clean fabric diamonds from edge to edge before piecing, you can take your cutting a step further to piece from edge to edge.

3. Place a diamond under the Sidekick ruler as shown. Align one side of the diamond to the 60 degree angled edge of the ruler and the other side to the triangle cut line. Trim off the small triangle that peaks out from under the ruler. Turn the diamond around 180 degrees and repeat.

4. The result is diamonds that look like this. 

5. Now it is easier to get proper alignment. 

6. Sew the pieces together with a 1/4" seam allowance. 

7. The result is the start of a row! 


I press all of my seams open. I have found that seams pressed open help the pieces to lay flat. Since the diamond pieces are 60 degree angles, there is no way to "nest" them.

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© Blog post written by Julie Herman
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12 comments:

Sandy said...

Thanks for these useful tips! Great ruler!

mascanlon said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the sidekick ruler.

ruthshelton10@att.net said...

Very helpful. I have a hard time aliging peices. Sometimes they turned out sewed right and more times not.I have have to try this.Thanks for the tips and showing them visually.

Hope Wright said...

Thanks for tutorial. Just finished Giggles Quilt using Sidekick ruler....wondered why ends weren't cut to help match diamonds. Thanks again.

Auntie Pami said...

Works for me! I prefer pretrimming points on odd angles.

Ken said...

Had been using fabric marking pens but this will be faster. Thanks for the tip.

Ken said...

Had been using fabric marking pens but this will be faster. Thanks for the tip.

I am Just One Mom said...

yes, very helpful! I am a ruler junkie so remembering how to use them all is too much. So I just pin your tuts and voila!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Appreciate the tips Julie…just received my sidekick ruler and can't wait to start creating with it!

kitty said...

Thank you, Julie, for the tips!!I hope to start working with your beautiful Night Sky pattern soon, so the advice how to pretrim points with the Sidekick Ruler is very useful for me!

Denise in PA said...

Great tutorial - thank you! This will help make sewing the diamonds really easy. I love when things come together perfectly!

rubyslipperz said...

Great pictorial tutorial! It really was a big help, thank you!