Diamonds in Bloom -Judy Niemeyer
The Diamonds in Bloom is based on the Prismatic Star (published in 2014) and Prismatic Star Queen (published in 2017), designed by Brad and Judy Niemeyer from Quiltworx.com. It teaches a basic strip piecing process that is used with most of our star quilts and requires 2-1/2” strips. The diamond block is used in a 100” x 100” layout that requires *48) diamonds, a background, and a border. This block can be mixed and matched and rotated with other similar sized diamond blocks using an online fabric and block auditioning applications called Quiltster.
Compatibility: This pattern is NOT compatible with the previously published Prismatic Star wall quilt despite the fact that the blocks appear to be the same. During design of the queen layout, Judy realized that adding a 3rd group of diamonds significantly increased the difficulty of final assembly over the original wall quilt size. She reviewed the pattern elements and realized that increasing the size of the sashing strips and alternating how they were sewn to the 4 x 4 diamond block removed hours of frustration in final assembly due to stacked seams and matching complicated intersections. As a result, the Prismatic Star Queen units are not the same size as the original pattern. We will also be updating the wall quilt pattern soon, so that the two sizes will be compatible. As a result, this pattern cannot be purchased in whole or in part to expand the previously published design.
Furthermore, while the blocks are identically sized between this quilt and the Prismatic Star Queen, the blocks in the two patterns are distinctly different. Prismatic Star Queen units are based on using an (8) piece strip set, while Diamonds in Bloom presents the color and stacking assuming that each of the 16 diamonds would be a different color. As such, Prismatic Star Queen is presented using units called AA, while Diamonds in Bloom units are called AB. Prismatic Star Queen encourages the use of 2-1/2” Strip sets that have been pre-sorted and pre-packaged. While Diamonds in Bloom encourage the use of yardage.100" x 100"