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Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl recently released her newest minimal, modern pattern, the Beacon Quilt. Sticking with a love of modern design, Yvonne’s Dancing Diamonds Mini Quilt incorporates HST (half square triangle) blocks and reads well in a single color tone with many values. You can learn how to make this easy design with Yvonne’s help below! (Dancing Diamonds is a great beginner project.)

Learn more about Yvonne and her patterns at Quilting Jetgirl, where you’ll also find lots of free tutorials. Yvonne is also giving away a free PDF Beacon Quilt pattern copy, so comment below for a chance to win.


I have a love for transparency play in my designs, so I’m excited to share Dancing Diamonds with you! One nice feature of the Dancing Diamonds block is that it’s made entirely from Half Square Triangles (HSTs), which makes the block easy to scale into different sizes.

Note: The fabric requirements for the Dancing Diamonds Mini Quilt make 12″ square finished blocks.

Fabric Requirements for Dancing Diamonds Mini Quilt (24 Squares):

Fabric A (Kona Shadow):
– Cut (1) 4 ¼” x WOF strip, Subcut (8) 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” squares

Fabric B (Kona Med. Grey):
– Cut (2) 4 ¼” x WOF strips, Subcut (16) 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” squares

Fabric C (Kona Coal):
– Cut (1) 4 ¼” x WOF strip, Subcut (8) 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” squares

Fabric D (Kona Charcoal):
– Cut (2) 4 ¼” x WOF strips, Subcut (16) 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” squares

Fabric E (Kona Jet Black):
– Cut (2) 4 ¼” x WOF strips, Subcut (16) 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” squares

To create your own version of the Dancing Diamonds block, consider using a single color palette with colors increasing in value from lightest (Fabric A) to darkest (Fabric E). You can photograph your fabric and look at the image in grayscale to evaluate your selection.

Piecing Half-Square Triangles (HSTs):
Pair one Fabric A and one Fabric B 4 ¼” x 4 ¼” square, right sides together. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lightest fabric. Sew a ¼” on either side of the marked diagonal line. Cut along the marked diagonal line to form (2) A/B HSTs. Press seams open. Trim to 3 ½” x 3 ½” square.

To make (4) Dancing Diamond blocks, make the following HSTs:
– (8) A/B
– (4) A/D
– (4) A/E
– (8) B/C
– (8) B/D
– (8) B/E
– (4) C/D
– (4) C/E
– (16) D/E

Piecing the Dancing Diamonds Block:
Arrange (16) HSTs per the placement diagram above or piecing graphic below. Sew blocks together into rows. Sew the rows together. Pieced Dancing Diamond block should measure 12 ½” x 12 ½”.

Repeat to create (4) Dancing Diamond blocks. Arrange the blocks in a 2 x 2 grid. Sew blocks together into rows. Sew the rows together. Pieced mini quilt top should measure 24 ½” x 24 ½”.

Finish the Quilt:
Make a quilt sandwich by placing the backing wrong side up followed by the batting, and then the quilt top right side up. Baste. Quilt as desired. I quilted using my walking foot to echo the zig-zag pattern formed in the quilt top.

Join (3) 2 ½” x WOF (width of fabric) strips with diagonal seams to create a straight-grain binding strip. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and bind the quilt.

Alternate Block Sizes:
To scale the finished size of the Dancing Diamond block, simply use this table for guidance on piecing your HSTs.

If you make a Dancing Diamond block or quilt, please let me know by using the hashtag #DancingDiamondQuilt or tagging me @QuiltingJetgirl when sharing on Instagram!


Don’t forget: You can enter to win a free PDF copy of Yvonne’s Beacon Quilt pattern with your comment!