When I was developing this block for the Traverse BOM, I originally wanted to paper piece it with the traditional, sew through the paper type foundation paper piecing, but I didn't want folks to have to print a lot of copies and I didn't want to give you a 100 page pattern!
I had always used freezer paper piecing in the past. If you took any of my earlier in-person classes for foundation paper piecing, you will remember that I made everybody draft their own freezer paper patterns with a ruler and a pencil. And while it totally works, it wasn't everybody's favorite thing to do!
The other issue with freezer paper these days, is that over the years the formula changed and it doesn't really stick very well to fabric anymore. I wanted the BOM to be really technique heavy and so through playing with different methods of paper piecing, I found my new most favorite method, the one included in this pattern, foundation paper piecing with reusable templates!
There is a little bit of prep with the foundations when using this method, but the initial minor fuss is such an improvement over painstakingly ripping out all the papers.
This block is a really just a mini set from one of my first quilt patterns, Diamonds Quilt. I have always really loved this block because it has so much movement and once you get the technique down, you can get precision points with minimal effort!
Have fun this month!
Week 1: Cutting the fabric Week 2: Sewing the blocks Week 3: Sewing the blocks Week 4: Sewing the blocks + sewing the blocks into rows
Monthly Sponsor & Prize
This month's giveaway sponsor is me! This month, I'm giving away one of my Little Gems Thread Packs. This is one of two packs I put together with Wonderful for my upcoming on-demand Hand Quilting class. These threads are just the right weight for hand quilting. I can't wait to see what you quilt up with them!
How to Win:
Post progress photos of your diamonds on Instagram using hashtags #traversebom and #artisancottons.
You must have a public Instagram profile to participate so we can see your photos
Photo must be posted by April 30, 2023.
A winner will be chosen randomly in May. Winners will be announced on Instagram and contacted via DM.
This month's giveaway is open to United States participants.
See you on social media!
Part of the fun of a sew-along is interacting with other quilters! There are a couple of places we're loving seeing your BOM progress:
Post photos of your progress on Instagram using hashtags #traversebom and #artisancottons
Join my Facebook Group to share photos and chat with other BOM and workshop participants.