these rocks don’t lose their shape. . .

Over the holidays I like to bring out all the old films; Bringing Up Baby, Arsenic & Old Lace, of course White Christmas and one of my favorites: How to Marry a Millionaire.  With Lauren Bacall passing last year it was a bit of a tribute to watch her and remember what a feisty lady she was!

I also had some downtime to play with EQ7, so I was messing around with paper piecing templates when Marilyn started dancing across my screen.  Diamonds are a girl’s BF, square-cut or pear shaped . . .

Oh to be draped in diamonds. . .not likely in this lifetime.  So what if I made some?  Not crushing carbon kind of making – but fabric kind of making?

So I did:

But it took me a bit to get there.  In my first EQ7 drawing I was more concerned with making the rock 3D rather than trying to think how I would paper piece so I ended up with a lot of Y-seams.  I will be revisiting this drawing, printing it out, cutting, tracing and then hand stitching – can’t wait!  If hand stitching isn’t your thing, perhaps you could imagine completing this block with EPP or freezer paper.

But I was set on seeing if I could use paper piecing.

I straightened my lines but couldn’t eliminate all the y-seams:

sewing seams. . .

and looked towards fabric to provide the 3D look

. . .then I worked out some more bugs and tried again. . .

and finally came up with this. . .

Then I thought maybe you would like to join me.  I will be doing a little diamond block of the month for 2015 – on the 20th of each month I’ll post a new paper pieced block so we can all be draped in diamonds – you know. . .the fabric kind!

This month’s heart shaped diamond pattern is available for download on Sandi’s blog Crafty Planner.  It’s all part of Sandi’s Learn More Sew More Series.  There is a wealth of information at the Crafty Planner blog and if you make this block (or any other paper pieced block) this week, post a picture on Instagram, and tag it #LMSMPaperPiece for your chance to win a copy of Penny Layman’s book The Paper Pieced Home.  You will be able to find more information about that here.

I’m so excited to get started on next month’s block. . .trying to decide between princess and round – which one gets your vote?

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3 Comments on “these rocks don’t lose their shape. . .”

  1. January 22, 2015 at 2:16 am #

    I have a fancy-dress costume pattern for the diamonds are a girl’s best friend pink dress (from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes). I have yet to make it, but I can dream.
    I am also a Bacall fan.

    • January 22, 2015 at 6:53 am #

      I don’t think I’d ever be brave enough to try and make it, but wow how amazing would that be! For my high school prom my grandmother made me Marilyn’s dress from the subway scene in 7 year itch – I can still feel the burns from pressing pleats – but oh I looked lovely that night 😉

  2. January 22, 2015 at 7:01 am #

    I vote round because I love the way a really well cut round diamond reflects light and casts millions of tiny rainbows… 🙂 Beautiful block this month. 🙂

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