Tumbling Blocks. Super easy to do by hand, even with the "dreaded" Y-seam. It's so easy to get a 3D look with just one template!
These diamonds finish at 1.5 inches per side. They are assembled into units of 3 (easy to take with you) and can then be arranged and sewn together.
The best part? The neatness on the back! Did you know that if you press each 3-piece unit exactly the same (clockwise or counterclockwise) the units fit together with opposing seams? Who knew!?!?
Notice the furling of the seam allowances where six seams meet. No bulk!
Even the unit seams furl (see furl at right below). Notice the "trimmed" seam allowances? Again, no bulk, and no shadowing of a dark fabric under a light. I do trim both light and dark to reduce bulk and to make it easier to quilt (hand or machine). Just be sure to NOT trim light and dark on the same seam. That just gives you the same problems with less seam allowance ;-)
Have I mentioned how much I love hand piecing? Contrary to popular opinion, it's faster than setting in seams by machine and it's so portable. Have you tried it yet? (This is not EPP; no whip stitching involved or basting over paper, etc.)