This is the second recap of the Patchwork Lab: Gemology social media hop, where I, along with some friends, showcase the quilts and projects in the book! If you missed Part 1, you can find it here.

Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts is a master of colour and of paper piecing. She chose to try out the Radiant Cut block from the book and the results are absolutely glowing!

Next, I wanted to show you how gemstones have inspired architects of fantastical worlds and sculptors of stories — in literature, video games, and movies. This version of the Trilliant block is made with Libs Elliott’s Mixed Tape line, resulting in a shining sapphire.

Above is the stunning quilting done by Sarah Thomas of Sariditty, who graciously quilted Statement Piece from the book. This project incorporated 5 gemstones in 3 shapes and sizes to form a beautiful ring. This one is made with Alison Glass’ shot cottons named Kaleidoscope.

Earlier this year, I met up with Suzanne Paquette who recently released her own book Modern Memory Quilts. She encouraged me to take some personally meaningful textiles and incorporate a gemstone. My grandfather owned a textile trading company in Hong Kong. This beautiful napkin and tablecloth were from his business; I don’t know if I’ll ever use them as such, so I appliqued a subtly shaded heart to one of the napkin. I really wanted it to be an ultra-modern look, but I let the textile speak to me about what it should be, instead of me telling it what I wanted it to be. Suzanne made a banner out of her mother’s wedding dress using a round gemstone. Wow!

This little coin purse is a project in the book — a way to make something useful out of a small 6″ block. A little pouch for all your on-the-go makeup, sewing notions or snack needs! Or if you have littles ones, crayons, treats or anything to keep them occupied.

Photo republished with permission by Lucky Spool Media, LLC 2019.


Lastly, I want to show you how you can incorporate the blocks into something other than a quilt. Here is the smallest heart gemstone on the pockets of a Wiksten Smock for a little girl. How sweet is she! Photos courtesy of Shaeline Faith Photography.