This is all the supplies you need to make one diamond!
- strong quality cotton thread
- fine sewing needles
- thread conditioner (opt)
- fridge magnet (opt)
- 9 pre-basted hexagons in printed fabrics
- 7 pre-basted hexagons in white fabric
I begin by sewing my pieces into the grandmothers flower garden pattern. Then, I add the two hexagons on the ends. Finally, I'll add the white 'path' pieces. When the diamonds are joined together, the white path will make a smooth path, diagonally in both directions, around the diamonds.
I use a fine quilters knot on the end of a single strand of cotton thread.
Weave the needle through a edge of seam allowance, weaving toward where you want to begin joining the pieces.
Begin by joining the first piece to an edge of the center hex, right sides together.
|Joining piece1& 2|
I use a very tight overcast stitch (at least 22 stitches per 1-inch edge). Insert the needle through the top threads of both pieces, NOT going through the paper template. I still use a slip knot at both edges of the joined pieces, even though I began weaving the thread with a knot.
Join two more hexagons to the center (yellow) hexagon by skipping every other edge.
You can use a continuous thread to join the next hexagon by weaving the needle into the seam allowance and scoot to the next corner.
Now we can insert the other 3 hexagons with continuous stitching along 3 sides for each hexagon.
After you have all six pieces stitched around the center hexagon, it is time to add the final 2 pieces to create the diamond. **For correct placement, be sure your gfg flower is positioned 'on-point'. ** Stitch another hexagon at the top and bottom of the flower. You now have one of the diamond shapes.
Now it's time to add the first white path. Whipstitch 3 white hexagons into a single path.
When you join completed diamonds together in diagonal rows, the pieces will interlock together.
You will find Part I Tutorial - Supplies and Basting here: