A big Texas “Howdy!” to all y’all stopping by for the blog tour fun! I’m so glad you’re here!
If you’re a new visitor to The Caffeinated Quilter, let me introduce myself. I’m Emily Breclaw, a pattern designer, C&T author, coffee fanatic, quilter, and board gamer. Most of the time, I’m a hand piecer, because, well, five kids means not a lot of dedicated time at the sewing machine, but lots of moments waiting in cars, sitting at sports events, and at the kitchen table helping with homework. Quilting means that no matter how busy the day gets, I can still carve out a little time to make something every day.
Today I’m excited to be sharing with you a super fun and fast little English paper pieced block, Diamond Wreath. I made this block entirely by hand during a road trip last year visiting family for Christmas.
I love the portability of EPP, and this design is just plain fun to stitch.
The four little yo-yo’s can be holly berries if you do them in red like the sample block. Or if you celebrate Advent, you can easily turn this into an Advent wreath by making 3 purple yo-yo’s and one pink. That’s on my to-do list for this year.
Diamond wreath table topper
I also super-sized this block, using 3” diamonds, to make a fun table decoration. This version is all hand pieced, and uses black diamonds to finish off the background, instead of the background square of fabric as explained in the magazine block. If you want to make your own, you can follow along with these images. . . I cut 24 black diamonds for the background. Please note that this is NOT the same piecing sequence as the magazine block.
As you can see, I haven’t quilted and bound this yet, but I hope to in time for Christmas. If you want to see quilting and finished pictures, follow me on IG.
Do you love EPP and hand piecing? Or are you more of a machine stitcher? Either way, if you want to learn more about sewing hexagons, please check out my book, Adventures in Hexagons. I cover all the basics of sewing hexies using English paper piecing, hand-sewing, or machine sewing.
Thank you so much for stopping by on your virtual road trip! Before you go, please leave a comment below and tell me your favorite place to visit in the whole wide world. I’ll randomly pick one winner to receive a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks volume 16. My favorite place, and where I would go if I could choose to live anywhere, would be Yokosuka, Japan. I spent two weeks there in high school, and was so inspired by the culture. Plus, it’s close to Tokyo, where Yoko Saito’s Quilt Party store is located. Are you a fan of Yoko Saito too? Be sure to subscribe to the blog and newsletter, I attended several events with her this past month at Quilt Market, and I’m preparing a bunch of blog posts about it (just need to organize the 177 photos I took!)
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