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How to English Paper Piece Diamonds

By: Carolina Moore for favequilts.com
How to English Paper Piece Diamonds
How to English Paper Piece Diamonds
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Making gorgeous quilting patterns is not necessarily the easiest task to take on, but this technique can help you perfect your star shapes! This How to English Piece Diamonds quilt video will make quilting gorgeous star patterns as easy as 1, 2, 3. This craft video is a super helpful DIY quilt tutorial that takes you through how you can use pieces of paper to piece together a really pretty star, or other more extravagant shapes if you would like. This quilt pattern is definitely one that you will fall in love with, and the technique is so easy you will want to do it over and over!

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Primary TechniqueQuilting

Beginner

Materials List

  • Fabric
  • Sharp fabric sicissors
  • Blue basting pen
  • Water soluable marker
  • Coordinating thread
  • Needles
  • Comfortable thimble
  • Paper pieces (2-1/2 inch diamonds are used in this tutorial)
  • For Fussing Cutting: Ruler, cardstock, pencil

How to Create a Paper Diamond Pieces Quilt Pattern

Instructions for a Paper Diamond Pieces Pattern

  1. For Fussing Cutting: Make a template by tracing the diamond onto the cardstock.

  2. Use the ruler to trace the seam allowance. This tutorial uses a 3/8-inch seam allowance.

  3. Use paper scissors to cut around the edge and a craft knife to cut down the center. The template will look like the image shown below.

  4. Use the template to find the design you want to use on your fabric.

  5. Use your pencil to make registration marks on your template so you can line it up each time.

  6. Use your water soluble pen to trace your template. For this tutorial, 6 diamonds are needed.

  7. Cut the fabric with your fabric scissors.

  8. After the pieces have been cut, you can glue them to your paper shapes using your glue pen.

    Tip: make sure your fabric has a little bit of tension but do not make it tight.

  9. Make sure your paper shapes line up and then put them together with the patterns facing each other.

  10. Insert your thread from your seam allowance up.

  11. Stitch three stitches in place right at the tip.

  12. Continue to stitch along the edges with stitches between 1/8 and 1/4 of an inch apart.

    Tip: Do not go through the paper.

  13. Add three stitches in place at the end of your seam, and ring it underneath the seam allowance and cut the thread to bury it.

  14. Add a third diamond to create a half star, and create two half stars.

  15. Place your two half stars right side together and stitch them together using the same method as above, starting in the middle.

  16. Be sure to tuck in your dog ears at the points of your stars before you applique it down.

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