March ‘18 OMG Finish

My March ‘18 One Monthly Goal was to cut and baste 120 diamonds to use in a future English Paper Piecing project. The cutting was easier than I thought it would be. I cut two-and-a half inch strips of ten different Alison Glass fabrics and was able to cut 14 diamonds with 3/8” seam allowances from each of these strips using the acrylic template I purchased from Jodi@Tales of Cloth.


I initially tried to thread baste the diamonds. Last year I was able to easily thread baste hexagons for the Rainbow Hexie Pillows that I made for my office, but I had difficulty thread basting the diamonds even after reviewing two different online tutorials. So I switched gears and decided to glue baste the diamonds during a motor home trip to the Grand Canyon, and it was far less messy than I had imagined, thanks to the package of Wet Wipes next to me.

I probably won’t do anything with these pretty diamonds for awhile. I have another family vacation planned this summer. I need to learn how to sew these diamonds together by that time which I hope will go better for me than thread-basting the diamonds!

Do any of you experienced English Paper Piecers have any advice for me?

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: March ‘18 Finishes.

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7 Responses to March ‘18 OMG Finish

  1. Marti says:

    I’m pretty new to EPP myself and have been using a whip stitch, but I like the method that a lot of online tutorials use an invisible feather stitch. I’m going to try that with my next one.


  2. Glue basting works really well and your diamonds look great. It sounds like a good way to pass the time on your trip.


  3. patty says:

    Very pretty! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish.


  4. Lisa says:

    The diamonds look great. The best thing I have found is to use silk thread. It hides all my mistakes but it’s a bit slippery.


  5. chrisknits says:

    No tips, never done it, but I love your bright colors!


  6. helen says:

    I do epp, but only hexies, and strangely, mostly when I travel. Advice? i wouldn’t presume to, but I find glue doesn’t work for me. A habit I have, is I always count my needles. I am terrified of leaving one in a hotel room or airport for someone to walk on. The stress that gives me!!


  7. Christina says:

    Your diamonds are in fantastic colors! Congrats on finishing your OMG, doesn’t it feel so good to accomplish a task, no matter how small or large as it is going to be a part of something bigger?


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