Lesson #1: The chain piecing really helped speed up the process and save me some thread. I had just a few more diamonds to make and I finally got those done the other night.
Lesson #2: Having an organized sewing space with your strips laid out and your iron ready to press after each strip sewn really helps.
Lesson #3: There are a lot of scraps/trash left over once you trim up your squares. Also, pulling the paper off the back is a bit time consuming and creates a lot of trash. I'm not sure how I feel about this yet.
Lesson #4: Having a design wall really helps keep your pattern in order. I have my 4 finished blocks at the top and the other diamonds ready to be paper-pieced.
Lesson #5: Having a sweet and quiet companion while sewing can calm the soul and make you smile. I'll admit I stopped sewing a few times to scratch behind his ears. Sam comes and stays with us while his owners go out of town. We love him dearly for his patience and gentleness with our children.
Lesson #6: When your husband does something that makes you proud, shout it out to the world!
Okay, I know this last lesson has nothing to do with sewing/quilting, but I can't help but brag on him a bit. My husband completed his Master's degree in Education and just received his diploma. I'm so proud of his accomplishment.