Explore the World of English Paper Piecing: Diamonds

* Skill level: All – some hand sewing experience will be helpful. 
* Class length: 3 hours
* Class available as Live or Virtual
* Virtual class is for instruction only. All supplies provided by the student. The project won’t be finished in class.
 
Diamonds, a “girl’s best friend”, are an interesting shape to sew by itself or connect with a triangle! 
 
In Project 1, learn the basic skill in how to hand sew 6 diamonds, sew them together to make a star, and then add 6 connecting diamonds to make a hexagon.
 
In Project 2, Michele will teach you how to sew 4 small diamonds together to make a larger diamond, and then sew 6 large diamonds together to make a star. 
 
In Project 3, learn how to sew 3 diamonds together to make a “baby block”, then sew 6 equilateral triangles to the blocks to connect them. 
 

Required Supplies

Please use whatever colors of 100% cotton fabric. Make sure there is contrast between the fabrics. The fabrics/colors noted in the Supply List and samples are for reference only. I recommend the paper templates from www.paperpieces.com (270-534-5475 CST)

* Please note that this is a FUN, stress free technique class so the projects will not be finished in class.

For Project 1:

–  Twelve 2” 6-point diamond (60 degree) paper templates (link to paper pieces)
–  2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ fabric strips (3 of color #1, 3 of color #2, 6 of color #3) *pink tonal, pink dots, and a white tonal were used in sample

For Project 2:

–  Three 2” 6-point diamond (60 degree) templates (link to paper pieces)
–  Twelve 1” 6-point diamond (60 degree) templates (link to paper pieces)
–  Three 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ fabric strips (color #1) *green leaf print used in sample
–  Six 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ fabric strips (color #2) *green dots on white used in sample
–  Six 1 3/4″ x 2 1/4″ fabric strips (color #3) *white tonal used in sample

For Project 3:

–  Three 2” 6-point diamond (60 degree) templates (link to paper pieces)
–  Six 2” equilateral triangle templates (link to paper pieces)
–  Three 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ fabric strips (color #1) *navy mottle, navy print, and a red/white print used in sample (there needs to be contrast between these 3 fabrics)
–  Six 2 3/4″ fabric squares *six different blue/white fabrics used in sample

General Supplies 

–  Hand sewing needle that is comfortable for you
–  Basting thread – 1 spool of any color of 100% cotton thread
–  Sewing thread – 1 spool of medium to light grey
–  One water soluble fabric glue pen (no craft glue, please) (link to pen)
–  Paper tape (Nexcare – purchase in a pharmacy) (Target) (Walmart) (Walgreens)
–  Small sharp pair of scissors
–  Small rotary cutter, 1” x 6” acrylic ruler, and small cutting mat

IF needed or desired: 3 mini clips, thimble, portable light, magnifying glass and/or bifocals.

Questions?
Please contact Michele Crawford flowerboxquilts@gmail.com

Comments from Michele’s students at Road to CA 2019:
* “Very calm teaching style.”

* “Michele always teaches a wonderful class! This was my 3rd class with her and each one is better than the last!”
* “Nice personal instruction, Michele walked to each table and helped each student many times.”
* “Well prepared and organized.”
* “She was very clear and paid attention to each student.”

Comments from Michele’s students at the Houston Quilt Festival 2019:
* “Great topic for class – allows someone to try out EPP and see if they enjoy it.”
* “This was great for a student with NO English paper piecing experience.”
* “I enjoyed the class very much.”
* “Great class.”
* “Good class! Michele is a very well-prepared instructor and offered many useful tips on EPP.”