HELLO, you marvelous mask-making mavens! You savvy, self-isolating sewists! You crazy, quarantined quiltmakers!
It’s been 34 days, 6 hours and 58 minutes since we here in Kentucky went into this strange hibernation. I MISS YOU! You remind me to worry less and to choose joy more often.
And what I wouldn’t do for some seriously joyful sewing with all of you right about now. I know we’re all neck-deep in making masks for our loved ones and our healthcare heroes. Thank you for that! However, I think I’m ready for something completely different. If you are, too, then I have just the idea for you.
I know many of you have been considering making “Elizabeth”, my Princess Cut diamond pattern, for a while, so I think now is the perfect time to dive in and do it together!
To bring us all together, I’ve created a 7-week Sew-Along that will give you the encouragement and confidence to know that YOU can make this quilt.
- Each week starting Monday, May 18, I’ll send you weekly emails packed with guidance and links to short instructional videos.
- I’ll give away prizes donated by our corporate sponsors, including Sulky of America, SCHMETZ Needles, C&T Publishing, Acorn Precision Piecing Products, and others.
- You’ll have the chance to listen in as I chat with insiders from both the quilting industry and the colored gemstone industry to find out what brings them joy.
- Finally, we’ll all have a chance to share our progress on Instagram by posting our pictures and using the hashtag #elizabethsewalong.
This adventure is FREE, and you can enjoy it at your own pace.
If you don’t already have the pattern and fabric, I’ll share more below about where you can purchase them depending where in the world you live. And for those of you who are eyeing your own stash of solids, hand-dyes, or gradients, I’ll send more info in upcoming emails to help you create your own unique Princess Cut diamond using that gorgeous fabric you’ve been itching to use.
About The Pattern
“Elizabeth” is the first of my Diamond Divas series. The diamond itself is 48” square, but when finished with the black border, it’s nearly 5 feet square. And if you want to set it on point, it’s a stunning 70” from tip to tip – perfect for a queen-sized wedding quilt.
This isn’t paper piecing!
The question I get asked most frequently is “Is this foundation paper piecing?” No! This is traditional piecing using freezer-paper as your template. Freezer paper is an amazing product used by all kinds of crafters that adheres to fabric yet can be removed without leaving a residue.
With my technique, there’s no flip-and-sew piecing, so you can use your fabric more efficiently. You don’t sew to a paper foundation, so you don’t have to claw bits of paper out of the back of your quilt. All of the freezer paper pieces easily lift off the front of your quilt.
Is this difficult?
The second most-frequently asked question is, “Is it difficult?” Again, the answer is No! If you can put 2 pieces of fabric together with a ¼-inch seam allowance, you can make this quilt. Seriously. Here’s why:
- Precision is not a priority with my patterns. You don’t have to worry about perfectly matched seams in my designs! Why? Because light doesn’t follow quilters’ rules. Gems couldn’t care less about the Quilt Police!
- I write my patterns as though I’m sitting with you in your quilt studio talking with you about the pattern and the process. And the additional encouragement you’ll get during this Sew Along will give you even more confidence.
- There are 2 identical sets of patterns in every package: one to cut up (the freezer paper), and one to pin to your quilt studio wall that will serve as your “treasure map”, helping you put the pieces back together.
- I’ve created a Piece Plan that is available on my website if you like a little more direction. This document tells you exactly which pieces to put together into units and sections.
You can do this. Better yet, let’s do this together!
Here’s a peek into Weeks #1 and #2. I’ll have more about the rest of the adventure in upcoming emails.
Week #1 (Monday, May 18)
Week #1 is all about getting started. I’ll introduce you to the technique, tools, and pattern, including the codes to help you perfectly piece your Princess Cut diamond. The goal for the week is to cut apart the Upper Left quadrant of the freezer paper template. We’ll be working on this quadrant throughout the Sew- Along.
I’ll also introduce you to Laurie Watt (owner of Mayer & Watt), a major player in the international colored gem trade…and my friend! She is a “rock star” in her own right and one of the most brilliant, fun people I know. Mayer and Watt’s phenomenal gems are featured in my upcoming book “Colored Gemstones” (C&T Publishing) which will be released in October.
Here’s a peek at one of those drama queens. Do you know what it is? It’s a Sunstone. I love the faceting pattern and would love to make a whole series of art quilts from this one gorgeous image. I actually got to hold this lovely 1-inch stone in my hand one day, but the $40,000-price tag prevented me from taking her home in my pocket.
You’ll also have the chance to win the Sulky 12-spool thread pack assembled especially for the Elizabeth in the color of your choice. (I’ll send more info soon about the drop-dead gorgeous thread that Sulky has put together just for the Elizabeth pattern.) Week #1 give-away also includes a special notebook I designed for notes as you move through this process…and a little bling to go with it.
Week #2 (Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day in the US)
We’ll iron the freezer paper facets to the fabric and cut them out this week. Lots of lovely shards of light and color will fill your quilt room, and I’ll show you how to keep track of them.
You can also sit in on my chat with the amazing and charming Rhonda Pierce of SCHMETZ Needles. I adore Rhonda for many reasons: she knows everything there is to know about sewing, she’s one of the most joyful souls I’ve ever met, and she has the perfect last name for someone who talks about needles for a living. (Oh, and she’s a 4-H gal just like me.)
In addition, one will receive some SCHMETZ Needles goodies as the weekly give-away.
To join me, sign up for the “Elizabeth” Sew Along today! (There’s more info below about purchasing the pattern and fabric, too.)
Purchase Pattern & Fabric
It doesn’t cost a thing to join, but you will need to purchase the pattern and fabric if you don’t already have them. We have some options for you depending on where you live.
If you live in the United States:
- You can purchase the Elizabeth pattern and the BLUE, NEUTRAL, PINK, and YELLOW fat-quarter bundles from me by clicking here.
- If you want to make the Rainbow Unicorn colorway I created exclusively for eQuilter.com, you can visit their website to purchase both the pattern and the kit.
If you live in Canada:
- You can purchase the pattern and the BLUE, NEUTRAL, PINK, and YELLOW fat-quarter bundles from Jayme Duncan’s online shop A Little Extra Something Special Fabric Place (https://lessfabricplace.ca/).
- If you want to make the Rainbow Unicorn colorway I created exclusively for eQuilter.com, you can visit their website to purchase the fabric and the pattern. They ship internationally.
If you live OUTSIDE the US or Canada:
- You can purchase the pattern and either the BLUE or Rainbow Unicorn colorway from eQuilter.com. They ship internationally. (At this time, eQuilter only carries the 2 colorways.)
- If you would like to make the “Elizabeth” in one of the other colorways not carried by eQuilter, I have created a fabric translation for the following fabric manufacturers. Click here to download the fabric translation.
- KONA Cotton
- Moda Bella Solids
- Michael Miller Cotton Couture
- Hoffman 1895 Bali Basics
- If you want to create your own unique Princess Cut diamond by using your own stash or your own special colorway, I will provide downloadable instructions on how you can do just that in a future email. Start looking through your stash and stay tuned!
We’ll Meet On Instagram
Our Sew Along will be hosted on Instagram. Use the hashtag #elizabethsewalong when posting images of your progress. It’s a great way to connect with other makers and learn more about what others are doing. (I’ll send you the link to these posts shortly!)
Are You “In”?
If this excites you as much as it does me, sign up for Elizabeth Sew-Along today. I can’t wait to spend the first weeks of summer creating something fun with you!
Are you ready? Let’s do this!
To register for the Elizabeth Sew-Along, please complete the form below and click the Sign Up button. Then watch for an email from me in your Inbox! When it arrives, open it and confirm your subscription. That will launch your registration and I’ll be able to send you the link to our private Elizabeth Sew-Along blog.