Antique Diamond Star Quilt

Antique Star Quilt

An Inklingo quilter saw this quilt on Natalia Bonner’s Piece N Quilt blog and fell in love with it. She asked me whether she could make it with Inklingo.

Yes she can!

You can too!

It is perfect with Inklingo 60° Diamonds.

Natalia Bonner kindly gave me permission to use the photo here. She has more photos of the quilt on the Piece N Quilt blog. You will love the heartwarming story of quilts and family ties.


I was intrigued. This design is a beauty but I could not find it in Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia or in Jinny Beyer’s Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns.

It is made entirely with diamonds. Does it have a name?


Antique Star Quilt


I was able to draw the quilt based on the photos on Piece N Quilt. If you look carefully, you can see that the quilt is not symmetrical. Compare the left and right edges.

The quilt maker stopped when she had a size she liked or ran out of fabric. She probably did not care about making it symmetrical. On a bed, no one would be able to see both sides at the same time anyway.

Don’t you just love the zigzag borders?

With 1.5 inch Diamonds, this version is about 79 x 96.


Antique Star Quilt


I decided to draw a symmetrical version too.

There are also secondary designs created by the connecting diamonds.  Let your eye follow the black diamonds in a line. Then look at the line created by the orange diamonds.

There are hidden depths to this design! I have some ideas brewing.

With 1.5 inch Diamonds, this version is about 88 x 96 inches.


Print diamonds on fabric with your Inkjet


The original maker would probably be very envious of quilters who can print the diamonds on fabric with Inklingo. Think how much faster and more accurate it is to use a rotary cutter to cut several layers at a time—or use scissors if you need it to be portable.

With Inklingo, you can sew by hand or by machine or a bit of both.

With sewing lines printed on the fabric, it is easy to get absolute precision. There are two videos on YouTube showing how I sew Kaledioscope Stars. Just sew from crosshair to crosshair with a running stitch or by machine. All of my best tips are in several videos.

In the olden days, choices were limited. I never noticed an Inkjet printer on Little House on the Prairie! Was there even a treadle sewing machine?


It took me a few hours to figure out a sewing sequence that would let me stay organized and make the most of the secondary designs.

It was not obvious, but there is a cool way to sew the units, so stay tuned!

I can understand my scribbled notes but it would take a bit of work to make them understandable to everyone.

Is this a design you would like to make?


Do you know the name of the Diamond Star design in this antique quilt?  YES

Aniza recognized it as similar to one that Tilde made called Boxed Stars. She made it with Inklingo and added it to her Inklingo Projects blog in June 2009.She got the idea from Jinny Beyer’s Quiltmaking by Hand book, page 208, although the design is obviously older than that, since it shows up in antique quilts like the one in Natalia’s family. The only difference is that the secondary lines are lost in the scrappiness.  Otherwise, it is identical.

Thank you, Aniza!


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Linda & Monkey

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13 thoughts on “Antique Diamond Star Quilt”

  1. I can’t tell you what is called either, Linda, but I suggest is a re-colouring of this layout, found in the ‘6 is for hexagons’ book by Marti Mitchell. Only prettier! 🙂 I’m liking the controlled scrappiness.

  2. Hi all! To me, this simply looks like a variation of the tumbling block. It is all of the same diamond shape with strategically placed colourations that form the star pattern within the blocks. You can see how the tumbling blocks are formed between all the stars. Quite a nice layout! Too bad I hadn’t discovered Inklingo when I started my own tumbling block quilt (which is still not finished) lol

  3. I adore that quilt and have been thinking about making it for a long time – ever since I first saw on Natalia’s blog. In fact, I started making a test piece of it using, of course, Inklingo 1″ diamonds. I call it Tumbling Stars but have no idea what its proper name is! Your stitching sequence intrigues me as I was finding I had different ideas after I had started working on it. You can see how far I got with the test piece, which I am going to finish, here:
    I’ve got a set of fabrics set aside to make a lap quilt of it using the 1″ diamonds as I love it – and mine will be asymmetrical, just because I love the quirkiness of that setting!


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