This week in our Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt, we’re working on Block 3, the Diamond in a Square! You’re going to be so excited by how easily this block stitches up. There are a couple new things I’m showing you this week. The first is the bias on triangles. The second is using Snap Mat to conserve fabric.
If you’re just joining in, let me help you catch up! I’ve designed a small quilt that is cut entirely on the Cricut Maker. I’m showing you start-to-finish how to make the quilt, teaching you a new step each week. At the end, you’ll have a completed quilt, and learned all the steps for making your quilt! To get started from the beginning, check out the Cricut Maker Block of the Week Quilt Resource Page.
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To make the Diamond in a Square, start by opening up the Cricut Maker Block of the Week Diamond in a Square file in Cricut Design Space. From there, you can open it up on your mobile device or tablet.
You can watch the step-by-step video here, or follow the instructions below.
Lay out your pieces.
Your triangles are going to look WAY bigger than your square. This is the way it should look. I promise. You are doing it right.
When stitching triangles, you want to be extra careful that you don’t stretch the fabric. Triangles always have at least one edge that is cut “on the bias.” “On the bias” means that the fabric is cut at an angle. This cuts across all the threads, which makes that side much more stretchy. We want our fabric to keep its shape, so try not to stretch any of the sides.
Place one triangle on top of the square, with the long side of the triangle lined up with the square. The blue lines on top should line up with the blue lines on the bottom. If you need another reference point, you can fold the square and triangle in half to line up the midpoints.
Stitch this side in place.
Stitch the opposite side in place.
Press the seams, so that the triangles lay flat. Line up a third triangle, and stitch in place.
Stitch on the final triangle. You’re almost done! This is such a quick block!
Trim off the “Dog Ears” before you press these last two triangles. Dog ears are the extra points that are left over when sewing triangles.
Press the triangles. You can trim the second set of dog ears now, or wait until you square up the block later.
Block 3, the Diamond in a Square Quilt block, is complete!