Wow – it’s been way too long since I’ve written! And what’s prompted me now is that I can’t wait to show you my newest pattern, which is my exciting new Block of the Month quilt. This is my 2nd collaboration with Hoffman California Fabrics and I couldn’t be happier with the results!
I’ve called it Nature’s Jewels because I used the rich, fully saturated jewel tones found in an autumn woodland. Many elements of the design resemble stars and crowns filled with faceted jewels, and are repeated throughout the quilt to further enforce the theme.
And the pieced border carries that theme all the way to the edges of the quilt. I hope you’ll look at a close up of the quilt above as there is so much to see and so many details you won’t want to miss.
When I received the gorgeous fabrics from Hoffman, I was immediately immersed in memories from my years living in New York and Connecticut. There, as the trees changed from their summer to fall colors, leaves were bursting with lush burgundies, rich golds, dark corals and deep plums, set amidst the rich evergreens, all with the intense blue sky backdrop. I knew that is what I would capture with this quilt.
I made the center unit stand out as the main focal point, by using the rich wheat tonal as a background. The small, cream dot squares are little sparkling points of light amongst the facets of the center crown of jewels. And you can just see the burgundy triangles encroaching on the dark green border, resembling the prongs holding the precious jewels in a treasured ring.
You’ll see by looking at the quilt, that this quilt is a little easier than the last one – Ripples and Reflections. While this is still a quilt for the intermediate quilter, Nature’s Jewels is composed of simple snowball blocks and strip-pieced shadow blocks.
There are not as many small pieces and way fewer triangles and bias edges!!! And to make it even easier, this time I will have more in-depth instructions – including finished sizes of all units made (which I left out last time!) - and I’ll put additional monthly tips on this blog.
Hoffman made a special header, created just to show the fabrics I used. Check it out at the following link (page 15 lower right for the header and page 29 for the quilt):
I was so pleased with the reception of Ripples and Reflections, and I’m even more excited about this new project. I think anyone who enjoys watching the seasons change will want to make Nature’s Jewels. Now I just have to get to work on the pattern, which will be available early 2013.