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.
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.