Diamonds on Display Quilt

Diamonds on Display by Heather Black

Don’t you just love how designers can be inspired by a variety of different sources, and then come up with a gorgeous quilt? We’ve been seeing a lot of quilts inspired by gemstones these days. From the 2017 QuiltCon best of show quilt (“Bling” by Katherine Jones) to MJ Kinman’s bourbon gemstone masterpieces, to the paper-pieced birthstones interpreted in fabric by Andrea Tsang Jackson… they are all unique and beautiful.

In real life, diamonds come in an array of hues – from colorless white to charcoal black – and every other color under the sun. Seeing these multi-colored gems in a display case is breathtaking. This quilt was inspired by a picture of different gems – real and imagined – sitting beautifully on a velvet cushion just waiting for the chance to shine.

Download this quilt pattern plus a dozen more in the July/August 2018 issue of Modern Patchwork.


  • 3 yards cream for background
  • 1-¼ yards gray
  • 7/8 yard pink for piecing and binding
  • 3/8 yard each: white, black, orange, aqua, yellow, stripe, check
  • ¼ yard each: light pin dark pink, light orange, dark orange, light aqua, dark aqua, light yellow, dark yellow
  • 4-3/8 yards backing
  • Queen-size batting

Note: Fabrics in the quilt shown are Kona ® Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

Pick up your copy of Modern Patchwork for this pattern and more!