Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Gemstone Beginnings : :

Today's my Birthday, hooray! But I wanted to pop in quickly and share what I started yesterday! I've had this idea to make improvisational gemstone quilt blocks for so long now. Sketching out various diamond and gemstone shapes has become habit for me whenever I sit down with a pen and paper. When these Cultivate fabrics recently arrived, even after I shared yesterday morning's post, I didn't think these prints were the right match to my gemstones quilt idea.

Cultivate by Bonnie Christine

Then yesterday afternoon I took another look, and noticed the inconspicuous diamond shapes within these two Cultivate Seed Packet geometric prints. I was inspired to try!

Seed Packet Geometrics

The first block came together a bit slow. I was improvising, composing my block without any pattern or prepared cut pieces of fabric. When I first dreamed up this idea, I was planning to happily accept a bit of wonkiness, unmatched seams, etc... But as I worked on my first block I was being a bit too careful for me to not lose interest before making enough blocks to finish as a quilt.

Improv Gemstone block No. 1! ✨πŸ’Ž #gemstonesquilt

The next two came together in the same amount of time it took me to make the first. They're certainly more wonky than my first try, but I love how they turned out! I especially love how the three look together!

These #gemstonesquilt blocks are so addictive! Today's my 34th Bday, it's going to be a busy, special day, but not too busy that I can't squeeze in a few more of these! πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž #CultivateFabric #improv

The three 10" square blocks sewn together, with a long narrow strip added to both the top and bottom, finish at just the right size to turn into a new pillow in my new favorite 14" x 28" size. I'm considering it for just these three, there will surely be many more gemstones in my future! Hmn, what do you think?

♡ Maureen

49 comments:

  1. I think they are adorable! They would make a cute pillow for a wedding present! Thanks for sharing your idea! May I be the first to wish you 🎼 HaPpY BiRtHdAy 🎢🎢🎢!

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  2. Oh, what a fantastic idea!! Or even a Bridal Shower gift! :) Thank you for the Birthday wishes!!

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  3. I love it! The blocks look so great together and what a cute idea for a pillow. Have a wonderful birthday, Maureen!

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  4. Have a fantastic Birthday! I love these. Are they basically paperpieced or you just figured the size of the pieces as you went! I see a pattern coming!?

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  5. I LOVE them! Beautiful fabric and the wonkiness just adds to them- what in nature is perfectly symmetrical anyway? Hope you have a wonderful birthday full of family and fabric!

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  6. Very cool! Did you paper piece these? And a very happy birthday to you!!!!!!

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  7. Happy Birthday! And I think they look great! Truth time, I wasn't that interested in your idea of gem shapes until I saw your first block. Sold! They look terrific! And here's to you having a terrific day!

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  8. Happy Birthday Maureen! Hope you have a wonderfully blessed day!
    I love your "gem stones"!
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

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  9. Happy Birthday Maureen! Wishing you the best of days ~

    Loving the gemstone blocks ~ are you going to do a pattern?

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  10. I would buy one!!!!! I am a gemstone nut so this would be awesome

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  11. Happy Birthday! these are so cute

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  12. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day! Your blocks are so pretty.

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  13. Happy Birthday!!!! Your blocks are lovely. Have a wonderful day!!!!!!!

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  14. Happy Birthday! mine was Friday. I love these...how soon will you have a tut?! I'm thinking my grandkids' birthstones would be adorable. No rush...really. One is still on the way.
    Wow. Love this (and all your stuff).

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  15. Best Wishes for a beautiful Birthday and a wonderful, happy & healthy year to come!

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  16. Happiest of birthday wishes to you! Love the diamond blocks!

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  17. Very cute gemstones!! A bunch of these would make a sweet quilt to celebrate a new engagement. Have a super day today and don't forget to give yourself a treat or two!!

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  18. happy birthday, hope it is special
    your blocks are very pretty. I love the scrappy look they give

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  19. Happy Birthday Maureen! I hope it's been a great day.

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  20. Hope you had an amazing and fabulous birthday.These are yummiest!

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  21. Happy birthday to you. I love your gemstones.

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  22. Happy Birthday to you! Love your idea and execution of the gemstones.

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  23. Happy birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day!
    Love your gemstone blocks, too. They look so fun!
    Sandy A

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  24. Happy Birthday Maureen!! Love your gemstones and enjoyed hearing how they came to be.

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  25. Happy Birthday! Love your gemstones!

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  26. Happy Birthday, Maureen! Your year is off to a wonderfully creative start, as it should be--what a great way to set the tone for the year. Yay, you!

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  27. Happy belated birthday, hope you had an awesome day.

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  28. Happy Birthday! Your gemstones are wonderful! Look forward to seeing some more.

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  29. Happy belated Birthday, you're gemstones are amazing!

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  30. Happy belated bday! I am loving the diamond look.

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  31. Loving the gemstones, well done. Belated happy birthday xx

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  32. Loving the gemstones, well done. Belated happy birthday xx

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