Make a cut across the fabric. Now measure out 2 inches and cut. Repeat this 4 or 5 times. Remember this is what I did with fat quarters, if you are using a single fabric for this part, you can cut a few longer strips and then cut more as needed. In the picture, you will see that I am actually cutting a strip off the corner I removed. I got a couple of strips off this piece that were usable, and then I went on to cut strips off the bigger piece. Be careful with the strips, they are bias and can easily be pulled out of shape or stretched.
When all the strips are cut, I gave them a good spray with Crisp Spray Starch and then proceeded to press them all in half length ways - now double 1 inch strips. Remember to press, NOT IRON.
I used my 1/4 inch foot to sew these strips into position with a straight stitch. You can see in the picture that I am sewing with the foot aligned with the raw edges of the strip.
This is what the blocks look like when forming the middle section. Both strips are sewn with the folds in to the centre of the block.
Work row by row, making sure that where the strips meet, they match perfectly. You may find that the second strip misses the seam when sewing block to block, do not worry, they will be sewn into position when you sew row by row. As each row is completed, trim any excess from the strips. All the seams are pressed OPEN. This keeps the bulk down.
The bottom of my design wall was starting to get a little messy as bits cut off already sewn blocks, were added to blocks yet to be sewn.
When all the rows are sewn together, it will look like this.
I decided to pad my diamonds out, so used cotton batting. You may decide that you wish to skip this step and just place the fabric straight into position. I cut out a piece of paper and played with the shaping until I was happy that it would fit nicely in the diamonds. So first cut the batting to the shape required. I then trimmed just a little off each point. This will cut down on bulk later. You can see how the folds are going to make the diamond window. Make sure that the wadding is just within the folds, otherwise it will possibly be too thick and cumbersome.
Once you have cut all the wadding/batting you can now cut your feature fabric. I bought a metre of the orange for this. Place the batting diamonds on the fabric and simply cut the same shape and size with the exception of the tips. These I put back onto the diamond shape. (I hope that makes sense!)