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As I was preparing for an upcoming Tucker University Diamond Rects Class I though I would make Deb Tucker’s Refraction.  It is a companion pattern for the Diamond Rects tool.

This is a great pattern to make to expand your skill at using your Diamond Rects Tool.  Using six 2 1/2″ strips & background fabric this table runner is fun and quick to make.


I chose six 2 1/2″ strips from Island Batik’s “Spoolin Around” Island Strips pack & Cotton Egg-White for the background.

Cutting the Diamond

I opened my strips and positioned 3 strips right sides up ( you can stack more if you are comfortable), aligning the raw edges.  I am right handed, so the selvedges are to the left.  Align the guidelines of the ruler with the raw edge of the strip.  Cut along the angled edge and across the top.


Rotate the first piece around to make the second diagonal cut near the selvedge edge.


Continue to make cuts until you have 7 diamonds from each strip.


Layer 3 more strip and continue to cut as before.

Cut 6 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ from the remainder of each of the 2 1/2″ strips.

Cutting the Side Triangles


Cut your rectangles from the background fabric per pattern instructions.

Position the Side triangle Cutting Section of the ruler against the raw edges of the stacked rectangles and cut along the slanted edge of the ruler.

Stitch, Press, & Trim

Always lay out all the pieces right sides up as they are going to be stitched.  Stitch two opposite side triangles to opposite edges of the center diamond.  I align the raw edges, but instead of centering the diamond over the side triangle, I personally nudge my side triangle toward the thicker point of the center diamond.  This gives me extra when it comes to the trim down process.  Press toward the side triangle and away from the center diamond.

Align and stitch the remaining two side triangles to the raw edges of the center diamond as before.  Press away from the center diamond.

Place the stitched and pressed unit on the cutting mat.  Position the trim down side of the ruler on the unit, aligning the “X’s” and the dashed lines with the seam intersections and the sewn seams.  Trim up the side and across the top. Rotate the unit and reposition the ruler, this time align the clean up lines on the previously trimmed sides along with the “X’s” and the dashed lines.  Trim up the side and across the top.  See tool instructions for left hand cutting.


Complete all your diamonds.

img_6127Layout the pattern pieces, stitch into rows and add borders per pattern instructions.


This was quick & fun!  Finished project measures 16″ x 51″.  Proudly stitched with Aurifil thread and completed with Quilter’s Dream Blend Batting.

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Sea Glass – Diamond Rects Tool

Sea Glass

Above is the class sample I just finished.  It is my version of the newly released Deb Tucker pattern called “Sea Glass”, a companion pattern for the Diamond Rects Tool.  It measures 54″ x 66″.  I decided to use the focus fabric on the bottom of the quilt only.  I have a great collection of embroidery designs from OeSD called “Fish Fantasy”.  I pulled thread colors for the fish from the focus fabric.  I think it came out cute!


Above is the Diamond Rects Tool.  It has 3 sections: the Center Diamond cutting section, the Side Triangle cutting section, and the Trim Down cutting section.  Now you can make the elongated diamond units needed for any Storm at Sea project.  For the Sea Glass Pattern you will need to start the spinning diamond blocks by using a partial seam method.


I chose 4 different colored diamond units.  Position the first diamond rectangle unit rights sides together with the center square and stitch about 1 1/4″ to 1 1/2″ from the end.


Press the seam away from the center square.


Position the second diamond rectangle unit on top of the partially pieced section and stitch from raw edge to raw edge.  Again press away from the center square.


Continue adding the third diamond rectangle.


Add the fourth diamond rectangle unit in the same manner, always pressing away from the center square.


Complete the block by reinserting the needle at the end of the stitching line and sew to the raw edge of the block.


All the seams are pressed away from the center square.


The finished  spinning diamonds block.