One of the joys in quilting are the many techniques and choices to make. You can take a taste of all or focus on a few; it is whatever makes your heart sing as you create your art. I love what is commonly known as English Paper Piecing. (I’m still advocating for the name “Italian Paper Piecing” since the oldest known example of paper piecing is the Imprunetta cushion from the 15th century. If you’d like to see the pillow, here is a link to the blog about it.)
So far, the Triplett Sisters have done 3 Block of the Months: 1856 Huguenot Friendship Quilt, The Wedding Quilt, and Bird in a Lace Cage. (We called them Block of the Month’s because we focus on a block every month, but everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace.) These three antique quilts are beautiful, but the primary focus is applique. In fact, in all three quilts there is only 1 block that is pieced.
So, why are all the Triplett Sisters BOMs applique? There are multiple reasons, but as a lover of paper piecing the time has come for The Triplett Sisters to have another style of quilt along. (At least I hope!) We hope that the applique lovers will join us for this quilt along too! We also hope to find some new friends to join us on the Diamante EPP Quilt Along (I bet you noticed I did get Italian in the name.) So, as I’m creating the design, you can catch a glimpse at different stages in the design process on the QTC Facebook page with the official announcement in September. Also, I’d love some feedback. Are there certain things that you hate in EPP Quilt Alongs? What should every EPP Quilt Along have? Do you want optional kits to make as shown? Most important, will you join us on this quilt along slated to begin in January 2022?