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Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 16 Blog Tour

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!)


EDIT:  If you don’t see the comment form below, please click on the title of this post, and then scroll to the end of the post. I apologize for the inconvenience, not sure why WordPress is acting this way all of a sudden.  A huge thank you to the folks who brought this to my attention by e-mailing me!

Happy Stitching!!



  1. Liz Kisielewski says:

    My favorite place to visit is Iceland. I love the beauty and the wildness. But I will happily travel almost anywhere!

  2. Allison Evrard says:

    I love your wreath! I’ve never done EPP but it’s on my list of things to learn. My favorite place to visit would be the beach in Maine. We were there several years ago and it is just beautiful.

  3. Karen Paxton says:

    Love, love you Xmas wreath! Haven’t tried paper piecing yet but it’s on my list! I didn’t see how to enter a comment on your blog.

    My favorite place to visit is Frejus, France but there are so many places out there that I want to visit (and so many fabric shops to stop in!)

  4. Darlene B says:

    I did one small EPP project and really enjoyed it. I have purchased materials for another project, but just haven’t had a chance to get started on it!

  5. Verna A. says:

    I like EPP but have never worked with diamonds–only hexagons. We haven’t traveled very much, but our whole family really enjoyed our trip to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I am blessed by a wonderful friend who introduced me to EPP (wink). I like the speed of machine sewing but I also try to keep an EPP project on hand for “social sewing.”
    My favorite places to travel are new places with my family. I love to adventure with them. Colorado, Arizona, and Washington are high on my list.

  7. Jutta Hesselmann says:

    I love EPP – on every trip to the US I was sitting and stitching the hours away.
    You asked for our favorite place in the world to visit. Hmm – that’s quite a really good question. I’ve visited a lot of the US States and some In Europe…
    Let me say: the most favorite place in the world for me to visit is where good friends are – for example Texas. There I’ve met awesome women and made good friends with a ‘quilty’ heart. I hope that there will be a reunion some day. And maybe…I’ll find some more friends and our quilts and patchwork will stick us together…

  8. Jacqui says:

    I’ve always wanted to quilt, and you’re totally inspiring me! Crocheting isn’t enough 😉
    Seeing that I just moved away from the beach, I’d love a few days in Hawaii!! LOVE the ocean!!

  9. Donna says:

    Very lovely EPP wreath table topper, the black looks great. Machine piecing is my favorite. Thanks for sharing

  10. Rommy says:

    If I can go to the place I want to live , it be In the US Paducah. [ I live in the Netherlands] Because you have the most fantastic Quilt show.
    I like your Block with diamonds–only hexagons and YoYo’s -really gorgeous

  11. Angela J Short says:

    Very pretty block! Thank you for sharing! I’d like to visit Anchorage AK during July! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  12. Rochelle Summers says:

    A really lovely wreath. I haven’t taken up EPP yet. I love to go to the beach and walk on the sand looking for shells.

  13. Janet T says:

    Nice block! My favorite right now is Texas, as that is where my Grandkids are. But after that, give me a cabin in the beautiful woods and I would be happy.

  14. Pam McDonald says:

    Such a lovely block. I love the wreath and do like making YoYo’s. I have never heard of that Japanese shop, thanks for sharing. I don’t do much EPP, I am lousy at it, but love the look.
    My favorite place is my home here in the Pacific Northwest.

  15. Ginny Perryman says:

    Thank you so much for sharing you beautiful pattern. I will be giving it a try. My favorite place to go is San Diego, California. I love going to the beach and Sea World.

  16. Diane Paul says:

    We were lucky enough to travel to a number of exotic places so it’s hard for me to pick one favorite, but Antarctica and the Galapogos Islands definitely top my list.

  17. NancyB from Many LA says:

    I would love to pick up my house and land and plop it down somewhere it doesn’t get so hot in the summer! Don’t know where though! LOL!

  18. Nancysue says:

    I love to visit Charleston SC, in the non-hot months however. I lived there for several years when I was younger, and the heat didn’t bother me 🙂 Congrats on your lovely block, I love how your mug even matches it!!

  19. Mary O. says:

    It would have to be wherever my my daughter has moved to now as she has lived in so many interesting places: Seattle, Hawaii, San Diego, Annapolis, Charleston, and now New Hampshire.

  20. Susan Spiers says:

    Love how you did the Diamond Wreath Tabletopper – very nice! I would love to live in Great Britain, my travels there in 2011 inspired me & I must go back for another visit one day – I loved everything about it, especially the wonderful food!

  21. Margaret Andrews says:

    I like your block. It gives me that warm Christmas feeling. If there was any place in the world for me to go, besides here in Alaska, it would be to northern Italy to visit my other son and his family…so far away they are. But thank goodness for Face time as we are able to weekly “visit” and see our grandchildren, one of which we have never held. Thanks so much for sharing your block.

  22. Lisa Marie says:

    Your block is wonderful! I haven’t learned EPP yet, but someday I hope to. As for your question about our favorite place…I’m terrible at picking favorites of any sort! I’ve been to a lot of great places and I’m sure there are other great ones that I haven’t been to. At this time though, I don’t have the desire to live anywhere except where I already am.

  23. Gwen Rogers says:

    I love your wreath. In fact, I’m attempting to make it right now! My favorite destination beyond the USA would have to be Thailand.

  24. Beth T. says:

    Oh my gosh, I love the enlarged version of your block! It’s not too early for me to begin my list for Christmas 2018 projects, is it?

    My favorite place to visit is New York City.

  25. Annmarie says:

    I’ve visited the provences in the sout of France & would love to live there. The only hold back (ha ha) is that I don’t speak French!

  26. Diane Oakes says:

    I love to visit our cottage about 3 hours north of our home. It is a retreat away from the every day life of home. You block is really cute. Thanks for sharing!!

  27. Carrie P. says:

    I live in NC. I have been west and up to SD. I see some beautiful places but I am very happy in my home in NC.
    Love your block.

  28. Mary D says:

    I have not acquired a love for hand quilting yet so machine quilting for me. Your wreath block looks fun fun.

    There are so many places I have yet to see in this world it would be hard to say what my ideal place to visit would be. I long for a future time when we can stop in a shop/mall some where and take virtual tours of anywhere in the world. We would feel just like we were there. I am planning a trip in 2018 to the Galapagos Islands. I so look forward to it.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. Wendy says:

    Lovely wreath block! I love to travel and have been to several different countries but don’t really have a favorite place. I just enjoy seeing everything!

  30. Annie says:

    I’m fairly new to EPP but your work always inspires me to try more. My husband and I have talked about vacationing in Japan after he retires. We’ve both visited for work and have found the people of Japan to be the nicest!

  31. JoyceLM says:

    I’m an Army brat & we lived in Japan twice in the 1950’s and in Alaska in the 1960’s. I’d love to visit Alaska again. Yoko Saito’s quilts are amazing. Thanks.

  32. Diantha Howard says:

    I like your block and would like to try it as I haven’t used EPP. My favorite place to visit is Williamsburg, VA. There are so many interesting historic sites, and especially Colonial Williamsburg.

  33. Joy says:

    The first quilt I ever started was hand pieced…20 years later and a bazillion machine pieced quilts later I finally finished it – by machine. ;o)

  34. Susan agray says:

    I think that my favorite place is Niagara Falls. I have been there often and I’m always amazed by its magnificence and beauty.

  35. I love it! A Christmas quilt and a snow quilt are definitely on my to-do list. I do enjoy hand-stitching. I can’t do it for long periods of time anymore, because of numbness with tendinitis, so teaching myself EPP might help with lots of those snippets of mom time.
    I really want to travel to Spain someday. I really enjoy speaking Spanish, love the architecture, food, geometric design, and people. But if I couldn’t go, a cabin in the mountains with everything I have at home, including my sewing machines, tools and stash, would be great. Maybe near Yellowstone!

  36. Judy says:

    Your wreath and your table topper are both beautiful! One of the places I visited this year was Philadelphia and seeing the liberty bell and independence hall where the declaration of independence was signed is one of my all time favorite places. Visiting the historical sights on the east coast just makes history seem more real to me.

  37. usairdoll says:

    Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 16! Love your block! I’m crazy about EPP and have several projects going. Looks like i’ll have to start one more, hehe. Somewhere to visit would be back home to Alaska! I grew up there and even met my husband there. I’ve been back several times to visit but would still like to go any and every chance I can. My BFF that I met in 4th grade still lives there. My 40th high school class reunion is next summer and I already ha e plans to go then.

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

  38. Tina says:

    I have many favorite places I have visited. Swakupmund, Namibia is one of my very favorites. Going to Tokyo Disneyland with my daughter is another. Feeding giraffes at a refuge in Kenya, seeing first lady gowns at the Smithsonian, watching a spirit bear in the Canadian coastal forest, bonefishing in Mexico, snorkeling in Belize.

  39. Pat K says:

    I love your wreath. If would also be great made in blues and silvers for Hanukah as from certain angles, the star that forms in the center looks like the Star of David.

  40. Deirdre O'Riordan says:

    Love the wreath! I’ve tried EPP with hexies… now need to try with diamonds. Favorite place to go is the northwest coast of Ireland, around Mullaghmore.

  41. Celtic Cate says:

    I love the block, Emily. It’s wonderful. I finished piecing the “Loverly” table runner right before work landed on my desk again. I think my background was a bit too busy (Downton Abbey fabric), so I think I’d choose something different next time around. Don’t know when I’ll get the chance to quilt it, but I sure did enjoy the journey from “Adventures in Hexagons.” I do like hand-piecing!!
    My favorite place ever is Ireland. But I’d only like it if I could bring all my friends and family with me….HA! So fun that the blog tour is going on now. And I’m really looking forward to the Japanese pix. Thanks for sharing!!

  42. Esther G says:

    I love this wreath! It seems like just the right size for an epp project: you won’t finish it in your first session, but you’ll be done before you get bored. I have spent just enough time in England to think that I would love to retire to a cozy country cottage one day.

  43. Susan Blumenshein says:

    My, oh my but I do love your block! My happy place is Lake Chelan, Washington. We have a small cabin there and I see the Lake while I sew. Thank you for the giveaway.

  44. Anita Jackson says:

    Love the project! so versatile. I am not much of paper piece, I love machine stitching. If I could go anywhere at this moment I would love to travel Ireland!

  45. Pamela Reim says:

    I love EPP; take it with me everywhere so your darling wreath will be a great little project. I would love to go back to Wales & England but generally I love being in Oregon so don’t feel bad about not travelling much.

  46. Emily. Love that block and that you used the EPP diamonds. I’ve been working with them for a few years, having branched out from hexagons. I’ve been EPPing for 20+ years. I realized that I have some 3″ hexagon papers in my workshop stash and I can cut these into 3″ diamonds! How cool is that? Don’t enter me in your giveaway contest (I’m a designer from Day 3 on this tour) and I have 5 copies of the magazine already. Your block is beautiful and loved seeing the new one made with those BIG diamonds!

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