Saturday, 11 July 2015

EPP Diamond Star Quilt - My Process


I have noticed in an English Paper Piecing facebook group I am in that newbies regularly ask how to piece the shapes together. I find that this is personal, though interesting to see how others do it.

So, here I am sharing how I am putting together my EPP star quilt.

As my quilt is scrappy I start by randomly picking 3 diamonds and sewing them together as shown:
When I have a nice pile of half stars I'll sew the halves together randomly:
When I have a nice stack of stars I sew them into larger 'slabs':
This picture shows 5 slabs on top of each other. This size allows me to keep my sections flat as they aren't too large, yet I am starting to put my top together.

To make the slab I start with a star and add hexagons around it:
Next I add 5 stars around this:

Next I fill in the hexagons:

You may have noticed that I prefer to use continuous thread where possible!
Nearly there!
Now I store these until I'm ready to put the top together.  Each of these will fit together easily without having to add additional pieces and this allows me to ensure that I distribute colours, fabrics etc throughout the quilt.
I think that I am going to need 15 of these to complete my quilt top ... that decision hasn't been made yet!!

I hope this visual is useful and that you were able to follow it.

Thank you for popping by

1 comment:

  1. Thank your Vickie for this tutorial. I started making diamonds this months and your tutorial is a great help to me. I have been making hexagons for over a year (off & on) for a Grandmother's Garden quilt. I decided that I wanted to make another shape so I chose diamonds and surfing this morning I found your blog, which I immediately bookmarked. I love the scrappy look of your quilt and your method of putting it together. I had never heard of your "slab" method, but I will certainly give it a try.