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.

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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.

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

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  3. patty says:

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

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  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.

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  5. chrisknits says:

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

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  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!!

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  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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