My Favorite Jewels

3 May

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This week, the 13th volume of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks hits the newsstand, and many of the designers featured in this issue (including yours truly!) are participating in the blog tour.  I love, love, love these tours!  I get to have a conversation with you, sharing some quilting ideas, and asking you to share as well.  Your comments are such a pleasure to read.  For many of you, as for me, quilting is a thread that joins many aspects of your life.  Your quilts and stories inspire me.  They motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing, and enjoy the process.

Over the past 4 months, quilting has taken me to the other side of the world and back.  Hubby and I spent 7 incredible weeks touring just about every corner of New Zealand, visiting roughly 20 patchwork shops along the way.  We then boarded a cruise ship for 2 weeks, and I was immersed in all things quilty as our Quilt Camp at Sea group sailed from Auckland to Sydney.  Upon arrival in Australia, Hubby and I toured numerous wineries and quilt shops (seriously – does it get any better?!?) before heading to A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN for another quilt-filled week.  After a couple of side trips (Memphis & Nashville), I headed to Paducah for 5 days at Quilt Week.  Ohmygosh!!  It is Mecca for quilters.  My 2 colleagues and I met literally thousands of quilters in the Northcott booth, and shared quilting tips, inspiration, fabrics and stories with them.  So much fun!

So, what does any of this have to do with jewels, you ask?  Well, New Zealand is a jewel of a country.  Yes, I know that for most of us, it is a very long plane ride away, but it is worth every minute.  I highly recommend adding it to the top of your bucket list.  It is spectacular, and has inspired a few more quilts to be added to my To Do list (I may need to take a landscape quilting class first).

In Australia, I was hoping to acquire a pair of opal earrings to replace the ones I lost.  Alas, I came home without any new earrings.  Perhaps a return trip is in my future.

During all of my travels this year, I have met countless delightful quilters and quilt shop staff – all jewels!

jewel blockOh yes, and my block in “100 Blocks Volume 13” is Jaded Jewels,
called this because it looks faceted when shades of one color are used for
the prism-shaped pieces.  I really like color – all colors – and I think I own more turquoise-colored jewelry than any other color. Naturally, I chose the turquoise, or peacock, colorway of Artisan Spirit Shimmer for my block.  With 9 different values from light to dark, it was easy to create my block, choosing 6 of my favorites.  This block is much easier than it looks, and I had it sewn together in no time.  I even came up with a couple of quilt ideas:jewel lap quilt

Above is a lap-sized quilt, and below is a bed runner.  jewel bedrunnerI am really liking bed runners these days – they keep my feet and shins toasty without making the rest of me too warm.

Each of the bloggers participating in Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 13 blog tour will be giving away a copy of the magazine.  For a chance to win, please leave a comment on my blog, telling my about your favorite jewel or piece of jewelry.  I will even include a bundle of Artisan Spirit Shimmer fabrics in your favorite color.  To see all of the colors of Shimmer, visit  Northcott – Shimmer .

Have fun visiting all of the other blogs, and please drop by again on Friday for another chance to win, when I do another post for the tour.




167 Responses to “My Favorite Jewels”

  1. Tac May 3, 2016 at 2:07 am #

    What a beuatiful quilt your block made! I have a moonstone ring my children gave me which I treasure.

  2. Glenda Lalonde May 3, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    The colour tones are gorgeous! My wedding ring is my very favourite piece of jewelry, not because of the tiny diamonds in it but because of what the ring represents. After almost ten years of being on my own again, I was given a second chance at happiness. I married the most wonderful honest, thoughtful man who was my best friend. This ring reminds me of how much love we have for each other and that we are now one.

  3. Marie Atkinson May 3, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    My favorite piece(s) of jewelry are my wedding/anniversary rings. My husband and I are celebrating 35 years together this month and when I look at those rings I’m reminded of our history together.

  4. craftytokyomama May 3, 2016 at 5:53 am #

    I’m not much for jewelry but would certainly feel partly dressed without my wedding ring.
    Congratulations on making the magazine!

  5. Shirley (Petunia Pinner) May 3, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    My favorite jewels are not jewellery but my grandchildren. Each one is a unique jewel in their own way and love that about each of them, but if I had to have a real jewel it would be Diamonds. 🙂
    Thank you for taking us along on your beautiful holiday!!

  6. bobkat1896 May 3, 2016 at 7:06 am #

    Having just returned from Hawaii, my favorites are the flowery earrings, besides my wedding ring of course.

  7. Sandi May 3, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    My favorite jewelry is a pair of hummingbird earrings that my husband bought me. He also bought me a necklace with a hummingbird charm but the charm fell off. I felt terrible.

  8. icanquilt2 May 3, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    Well I have two favorite pieces of jewelry. One is my wedding ring which is a meditation ring which I custom designed it has silver base with two gold floating bands and another floating silver band with garnet stones inset. The other is just a silver puzzle ring that my niece gave to me cost under $50 but I love it just as much as my wedding ring.

  9. maryannhertel May 3, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks for such a lovely post! I love all jewels, so can’t choose my fav!

  10. Sandy A in St. Louis May 3, 2016 at 7:32 am #

    Oh, thank you for the reminder about turquoise jewelry! I loved it when I was younger, but don’t own any right now. May have to remedy that!

    My favorite piece I own right now is a blue topaz ring. Hubby gave it to me as a wedding present 25 years ago.

  11. Christine Currie May 3, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    Hi, Patti. What a wonderful trip you had. My favourite jewels are pearls, my birthstone.
    Your block works so well with the Artisan Shimmer and I am picturing it in rosy pinks.
    Christine from Ontario

  12. michele breault May 3, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is an opal ring that my grandfather gave my grandmother when they were both young
    nice block. lovely colors

  13. Martina May 3, 2016 at 7:35 am #

    I love your block and the quilt! So beautiful!
    My favourite jewelry is my wedding ring too. It is normally the only jewelry I wear. But I have a ring, which I treasure very much. It is a silver ring with a glasstone which is filled with tiny beads which form flowers and it reminds me of my Mum who gave it to me.

  14. Susan May 3, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    I like all gemstones. My favorite pieces of jewelry are my wedding rings. Yes, plural. The first one had to be cut off when my hands and fingers swelled too much due to an allergic reaction. We took the stone from that and another stone I had and had them put into a new setting. When that one couldn’t be resized anymore, my hubby bought me a new one for our 25th anniversary. We will be celebrating 33 years of marriage this summer.

  15. Diane Paul May 3, 2016 at 7:44 am #

    I have a silver chain from tiffany that my husband got me for or silver wedding anniversary. This year will be our golden one but all I want is for both of us to be healthier. Getting old has it challenges but quilting helps make those less daunting.

  16. Cyndy Knapp May 3, 2016 at 8:04 am #

    I love your block! I am drawn to all jewel tones, but I think my favorite jewel is the emerald. Thanks for sharing with us!

  17. Lee Ann L. May 3, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    I love Opals and Sapphires. Congrats!

  18. Judy Kowalski May 3, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    Favourite jewels…can’t decide! The pearl earrings I got from my father when I was sixteen? The diamond I got from my hubbie when we got engaged or the emerald (my birthstone) I bought myself when we visited St. Lucia for our 30th anniversary? All are beautiful and very special to me! Love the shimmer fabric you used in your block!

  19. Lynn D in NC May 3, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, tanzanite, oh I could on and one. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I do love it.

  20. carol n May 3, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    I love Blue Lagoon colorway! My favorite jewelry are my rings- wedding and engagement!

  21. Lori Smanski May 3, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    congratulations. your block is fantastic. i love how the different fabrics make it jewel like. great job. my wedding ring is my favorite piece of jewelry. I love opals and how they reflect colors around them. right now i really am into blues.

  22. Joellyn Partyka May 3, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    I so love your block in peacock shimmer fabrics. I love the shimmer’s but peacock pack is my fav. I loved Stonehenge fabrics but the shimmer’s are just hard to resist when I see them. I love all the jewelry my husband has surprised me with in his travels, but my favorite is my gold lighthouse pendant he surprised me with on our 35th anniversary. I had seen it in a designer’s shop in Door County Wisconsin and knew it was too expensive for me, He apparently called and purchased it after we got back home from our trip. I still can’t believe he did that.

  23. Judy Eckhardt May 3, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Patti, The block is really interesting and in one of my favourite colourways. My jewellery piece is the sapphire and diamond ring that my husband gave me for our 50th wedding anniversary last summer.

  24. Loris Mills May 3, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    I’m not one for wearing much jewelry but my diamond and sapphire wedding ring is my most treasured piece. Congrats on having your block included in the Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue. It’s a fun block for a quilt.

  25. Diane Bowron May 3, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    My favourite jewel is the amathyst. Love the colour!

  26. Sarah J May 3, 2016 at 9:40 am #

    I am not a huge jewelry person, but I have my grandmother’s engagement ring which I adore! I do enjoy looking at beautifully colored jewels though- the colors are so amazing!

  27. Jocelyn May 3, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    I love each piece of jewelry that my sweet hubby has given me over the years. My favorite is a ring that is probably called an anniversary ring. It is simple but I love it.

  28. Diane Oakes May 3, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    Your block is beautiful!! Love the way you put it into a quilt and table runner!! Thanks for sharing. My favorite color is purple. My favorite piece of jewelry is a diamond necklace that my husband got for me. We hand picked the diamond and the setting.

  29. sandratimmons May 3, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    I have a band that I wear on my finger that has little diamonds on it that I bought for myself. Because I could not get my ring off my finger, my now divorced husband cut the right off me. He tried to fix the right but he really just destroyed the ring. I am now involved with another man who took the same ring and took it to a jewelery and he did a wonderful job re-fixing the ring for me. This ring means a lot to me because of what this ring went through and I just love the gold band with the tiny diamonds. You have a beautiful block and just love the fabric. Good name that you have chosen. Thank you for being a part of QM’s 100 Blocks and giving us the chance to win that wonderful magazine as well as that fabric.

    Sandi Timmons

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  31. Wanda May 3, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    My wedding ring is my favorite piece of jewelry. Your block is very pretty . Congrats on being chosen and thanks for the chance to win.

  32. Terri May 3, 2016 at 10:20 am #

    My favorite jewelry is anything blue and sparkly. I love your block – the quilt design you shared just shimmers. Thanks for the chance to win!

  33. Materials Master May 3, 2016 at 10:25 am #

    My favorite jewelry is anything blue and sparkly. Your quilt pattern just shimmers! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Melody Lutz May 3, 2016 at 10:42 am #

    The layout makes the blocks very sparkly!

  35. Gabriella B May 3, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    What stunning colors

  36. Kathie L May 3, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    I have one ruby ring, my birthstone, that is a treasure

  37. Pat K May 3, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    I love the colors of your block — in addition to jade, it reminds me of turquoise. My favorite piece of jewelry is a bird pin my son gave me for Mother’s Day.

  38. Jeanne in Ohio May 3, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I love turquoise, both the color and the jewel.

  39. churcae May 3, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Gorgeous block!! Love your design!! I have several pieces of jewelry that I love – Turquoise from the Southwest is very special!

  40. Karen Martin May 3, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    Love how your block looks in the quilt and bed runner. My favorite jewel color is sapphire blue!

  41. Cecilia May 3, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Your block is great! I would love to travel to both New Zealand and Australia, maybe one day in the future. My favorite jewel is a ruby, I love the deep red color. Thank you for the giveaway.

  42. Verna A. May 3, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding ring set. Your block is very pretty especially in those fabrics!

  43. Jan May 3, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    Being a June baby, I love pearls and alexandrites. I love how the alexandrites can change color from purples to pinks. That would look great in your pattern, too! I’m inspired by the bed runner — right now the blanket is too much, but I do like my feet warm!!

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  44. Julie in WA May 3, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    I am always partial to the ruby, my birth gemstone, but secretly I love the deeper red of the garnet!

  45. Rochelle Summers May 3, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

    What a beautiful quilt. The color is really a jewel. I’m partial to sapphires because of that sparkling blue. rmgsummers @ yahoo . com

  46. Diane Paul May 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a silver necklace from Tiffany that my husband got me for our silver wedding anniversary. Our Gold is coming up this fall. How lucky you were to see both New Zealand and Australia. We had a wonderful trip to Australia and wanted to return to New Zealand but it was too hard a trip to do twice.

  47. Debra Kay Neiman May 3, 2016 at 12:19 pm #

    My favorite is Sapphire which is also my birthstone. crystalbluern at tds dot net

  48. Darlene B May 3, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    My favorite jewels are my two wonderful daughters – they have been a blessing to me and have now given me two more jewels – my sons-in-law! Hope to add more jewels (grandchildren) someday as well. My favorite piece of jewelry in a ring my husband surprised me with about 11 years ago. He hates to shop, so it meant so much that he went and picked something out for me!

  49. Janet T May 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    My husband bought me an opal necklace for an anniversary one year. I never stop wearing it.

  50. Rosalind Gutierrez May 3, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    I have a favorite blue topaz ring because of the ocean blue color and it’s sparkle.

  51. Lori M May 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm #

    Love your Quilt/Throw! Would be nice in Blue Lagoon too! 🙂 My favorite piece of jewlery…is a small ring, with rose on it..given after our 21 yr old Son died in a car accident. He always drew Roses…& my Husband gave me the ring that year, for Christmas….”from” Jake. A Treasure to this Momma’s Heart. 🙂

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 😀

  52. Quilting Tangent May 3, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    Ruby is my favorite..

  53. Kathleen May 3, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    Garnet is my first choice, as it is my birthstone, but I also like rubies. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

  54. Jennifer May 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    As I’m from Idaho, the Star Garnet is the most famous gem from the Gem State. Thus, when I looked at all choices in the Shimmer collection, I thought Sunglow would set your design up very nicely!

  55. Donna W May 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    My favorite jewel is my wedding ring. When my husband and I got married (43 years ago) we had god filagree bands. On our 25th wedding anniversary, we had a diamond added to my band. That was pretty nerve wracking. What if I didn’t like it? Or it looked like it was added? Well, it came out beautiful and I love it.

  56. Summer May 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    I’m a geologist so I prefer rocks to gems. However, if I can’t have a nice piece of labradorite, then I do like garnet!

  57. Delaine May 3, 2016 at 1:29 pm #

    OMG I love your block and the colors you used! Beautiful! Blue is my favorite color so the Aquamarine is my favorite jewel. Thanks!

  58. Edna L May 3, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    Love your block! So many possibilities. Your travels look amazing.

  59. Beth T. May 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm #

    When my mom and I took a vacation together, on an impulse she bought a sterling silver ring for herself–an indulgence that was unusual for her. Now that she is gone, I wear it every day, a treasured keepsake and a remembrance of a time together, just the two of us (and my dear dog Dusty).

  60. debbie Rhodes May 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    love the blocks and the fabric.. I don’t have any actual jewels.. but my 2 daughters, 3 grandcuties and 1 great grand daughter are my true jewels…

  61. goonyburd May 3, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

    My favorite color is purple, so of course my favorite jewel is amethyst!
    Thank you for the idea of using a bed runner to cover just the leg- I need to do that!

  62. Rhonda D in KY May 3, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding band set…after many years and 2 failed marriages, I finally found my soulmate. My favorite color is purple and come July another granddaughter will be born and her name will be Amethyst.

  63. usairdoll May 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    Love your block! It makes a beautiful quilt. I love it using different shades of the same color.
    My favorite jewel is my birthstone, an emerald. Maybe that’s why I love your color choice, hehe.

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  64. anna Brown May 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    I love amethyst it’s my baby girls birthstone…..

  65. Anita May 3, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    My favorite jewel is amethyst, I just love the color!

  66. Linda Dixon May 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm #

    I like your block; kind of reminds me of Baggett cut stones; which I like! My favorite stone is Star sapphire of which I have 2 now!

  67. Nancy May 3, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    My favorite jewelry are my wedding/anniversary rings. All the fabric colors are beautiful. Congratulations on your block being selected.

  68. Lisa Marie May 3, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Many years ago, when my Mom died suddenly, my Dad had the diamonds from her tennis bracelet set into new pieces of jewelry for my sisters and I. In addition to being a beautiful piece of jewelry, it is my favorite for the memories of my Mom associated with it.

  69. Mary Wright May 3, 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    My favourite piece of jewelry is my engagement ring. I lost the diamond out of it and my husband secretly had it replaced. He had worked extra shifts to pay for it. Not only is it my favourite piece of jewelry but my husband is a gem as well.

  70. Trina Aultman May 3, 2016 at 4:21 pm #

    My favorite piece is a necklace my husband gave me for our 7th aniv. an opal horseshoe with an amethyst in the middle.
    Such a pretty block. I love the Shimmer fabric, Blue Lagoon.

  71. Lee May 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    I cherish my wedding ring!

  72. Tricia Maloney May 3, 2016 at 4:47 pm #

    I’ve always loved pearls. They are so classic and go with anything. You can dress them up or dress them down. Wow! I looked at the Northcott Shimmer colorways. They are all beautiful, but I really liked the warmth of Sunglow. 🙂

  73. Kris S May 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    Love your jewel block. My favorite is a necklace my husband had made for me from his grandmother’s diamond ring. It was all a surprise!

  74. Vicki H May 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    I like ruby as a favorite jewel.

  75. Sandy K May 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    Diamonds are a girls best friend, and also my birthstone. I wouldn’t turn down any jewel.

  76. KT May 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm #

    My favorite is a pair of opal earrings I bought in the Cayman Islands while vacationing there. Hope you’re able to replace yours soon!

  77. Dana Gaffney May 3, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    I love your block, it comes together so beautifully. My favorite jewelry is my antique emerald engagement ring.

  78. Dorothy Holt May 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm #

    Lovely Block!! My favorite piece of jewlery had to be a tourquise necklace given to me by my mentor Patricia. She always brought animal energy and stone energy into use when doing healing. I treasure that necklace with its lovely little carved animals.. I truly miss her!

  79. Whiskers May 3, 2016 at 6:38 pm #

    Actually, your quilt and bed runner remind me of a bracelet I bought at the Cameron Trading Post in Arizona. It is opal and onyx (jet?) set in silver that I purchased for myself to celebrate a significant birthday several years ago. I have always loved turquoise as well.

  80. Joanna May 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm #

    My favorite jewelry is a pair of pearl earrings my mother gave to me. I wear them when I want to feel her close to me. I love that your referred to the people you met as jewels; that’s lovely.

  81. ritainalaska May 3, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    like your jaded jewels runner! marvelous block! my birthstone is my favorite jewel … an aquamarine pendant, one of a kind, large emerald cut in a setting made for an exhibition.

  82. Bonnie May 3, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    What an interesting block! The Jaded Jewels block is perfect for a bed runner. My favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding ring.

  83. Donna May 3, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    Love all the colors in your block, blue lagoon is my favorite color.
    I love the opal with all the shimmering colors imbedded in it.
    Thanks for giveaway.

  84. Kathy h May 3, 2016 at 8:08 pm #

    Great block and the jewel tones are beautiful. Love the turquoise. one of my favorite pieces of jewelry is a garnet ring from my aunt.

  85. Joye Cox May 3, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

    My birthstone is opal and I, too, lost one of the earrings I had. I still have two opal rings that I wear from time to time. Love your block and the colors.

  86. plentye99 May 3, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Love the Jaded Jewels blocks. I love the jewel tone colors, so rich in color. I have plenty of jade jewelry, I use to sell it. My fave is my fire and ice ring, a heart shaped ruby surrounded by diamonds.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  87. Jill Hicks May 3, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    I love your block. my favorite jewelry is a cross necklace.

  88. marta manole May 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm #

    your block made a nice quilt…lately I lake bracelets : silver, cooper..thank you

  89. Jamie Todhunter May 3, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    Thank you for a chance to win. I love the blue color fabrics. My favorite piece of jewelry is a promise ring that my boyfriend (now my husband) gave me in high school.

  90. Audrey May 3, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    Your block is awesome. I love how it plays when put into a quilt or bed runner. I have three favourite jewels–my husband, my son and my daughter. They mean more to me than anything. Thanks for taking part in the blog hop. This hop is my favourite. So much inspiration.

  91. Amy Walter May 3, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is my wedding ring. I also love opals, as that is my birthstone.

  92. Susan L. May 3, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    Love your Artisan shimmer Jaded jewels block. Bed runners are a great use of these fabrics. My go to piece of jewellery are my opal earrings.

  93. Paige May 3, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    Great block! My friend was working with those very same fabrics at a guild retreat this past weekend and they are beautiful! I have a garnet ring that belonged to my grandmother that I dearly love!

  94. Sonia Burgoyne May 3, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    Love my gold charm bracelet. Enjoyed your presentation at the Slope to Shore Quilting Guild.

  95. Becky May 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    I’m not a big fan of jewelry, but I do wear my wedding band. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

  96. JoyceLM May 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is my engagement ring. My husband & I will celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary this month. Love your block. Thanks.

  97. Joy P May 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    Wow! you have had a fabulous year of traveling and it isn’t even half over yet. My favorite piece of jewelry is a freshwater pearl ring I bought at an art and wine festival over 35 years go. Since then I’ve had the jewelry design make me earrings and a necklace to match. All splurges but I love them.

  98. kay caldwell May 3, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Besides my wedding and engagement ring I’d have to say it’s my silver “lacemaker” ring. Okay, so quilting is not my only passion 🙂

  99. Elizabeth Engman May 3, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is probably a gold pin, shaped like a curly feather with some dangly feathers beneath. It always looks stylish–and unique.

  100. kathy pfaltzgraff May 3, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

    My dad bought me a turquoise bracelet when I was a youngster and that was before it became real popular, otherwise quilts are like jewels to me. Thanks Kathy in colo

  101. Chris May 3, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    I gave all my jewelry to my daughter some time ago. She loves to where jewels I don’t. I did however keep a pearl necklace my husband gave me some 40 years ago. I love your block. It has a hidden shine.

  102. Pamela Reim May 3, 2016 at 11:56 pm #

    I had a necklace made using the engagement diamonds from my mom and grandmother; it feels special everytime I wear it. I love all the shimmer colors.

  103. Rachell Reilly May 4, 2016 at 12:00 am #

    I love my Claddagh jewelry. A Claddagh is an Irish wedding ring. Two hands for friendship, cradle a heart for love, and the heart is crowned, for fidelity and loyalty. really beautiful. so much, that I named my own quilt blog CladdaghsQuiltsandStars. my husband was born in New York and nearly all his grandparents immigrated from Ireland. I love the design and the symbolism.

  104. Cathryn H May 4, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    My favorite jewels are diamonds (birthstone), opals and turquoise. I also like the purple stone amethyst.

  105. Carol J May 4, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    Thank you for sharing with us! I do love my jewellery, but I would have to say that my most loved gem was my Mom. Even more now that she is gone. I will miss her forever, but I shall try to always make her proud. That shouldn’t be too hard, because she loved just about everything I do with my quilting. Her favourite colour was pink and she even had the shimmer in her stash 🙂

  106. Nancy May 4, 2016 at 12:48 am #

    Wow! That’s a great block. My favorite piece of jewelry is my latest piece…my DH gave me and eternity ring for our 25th wedding anniversary…since he said being married to him for 25 years must be like an eternity! Congrats on getting your block in the magazine.

  107. quilterpt May 4, 2016 at 12:51 am #

    My favorite jewelry is my most recent piece…an eternity ring from my DH for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. He said i deserved it since being married to him for 25 years must feel like an eternity! Congrats on getting your block in the magazine.

  108. Diane S May 4, 2016 at 1:50 am #

    Beautiful colors in your block. That would be a fabulous bed runner. I love elephants so most of my jewelry is gold or silver elephants without jewels. My engagement ring has a beautiful diamond that originally was an earring belonging to my husband’s grandmother. The only jewel I really need!

  109. Jen B May 4, 2016 at 5:24 am #

    I don’t wear jewellery, but I have a special ring that came from my great-granny, we think it was her aunt Jessie’s engagement ring.

  110. Sandra Jantzi May 4, 2016 at 5:40 am #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace made by women who have been rescued from human trafficking in Africa. It is a simple silver circle with the word “hope” cut out of the center. It reminds me that no matter how awful a circumstance we may find ourselves in, there is hope.

  111. Diane Paul May 4, 2016 at 8:20 am #

    I’m not sure why but my comment doesn’t seem to be getting posted. I love my silver Tiffany necklace that my husband gave me for our 25th anniversary.

  112. Nancysue May 4, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    I don’t wear much jewelry, but I love the cross necklace my mom bought me for college graduation. Love your block and the color way. I also love Northcott’s pansy color!

  113. Tina Jeo May 4, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    Lovely block. Great idea for a vacation-cruising and sewing!

  114. Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats May 4, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    I don’t wear much jewelry since I retired. I have a chocolate diamond pair of earrings that I love probably because of the name. But mostly my wedding ring is my favorite since it has my husband’s and my birthstones incorporated into the setting. Too bad it is too small to wear. I guess I’ve been eating too much! kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  115. peg May 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Emeralds are my favorite jewels; my birthstone.

  116. Carly Bell May 4, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    I love the design and colors of the quilt in this blog. My favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace my sister gave me years ago. It’s not fancy or expensive, but rather a pendant on a ball chain that she got at a farmer’s market. It features a four leaf clover, which is special to me because I have an uncanny knack for finding four leaf clovers, and because my sister gave it to me.

  117. Angelia L. May 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

    Congratulations! Your Jaded Jewels block is gorgeous…I love the colors! I am not much of a jewelry gal but I do love my pearls and sapphires.

  118. Cindy Rose May 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    I, too, love opals, but my favorite piece of jewelry has small blue diamonds. It is a one of a kind ring, and my husband bought it for me very spontaneously. Something we don’t do! It is beautiful and honoring!

  119. Patti Kaliszewski May 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    I love my emerald necklace and earrings my kids gave to me on my 50th birthday! But I love sapphires and amethysts, too! Been getting into the turquoise lately, though. And diamonds are my birth stone!

  120. Brenda E. May 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    I have a mothers ring with my four favorite jewels-diamond, emerald, sapphire and peridot.

  121. Jenn Martin May 4, 2016 at 1:20 pm #

    My favorite jewel is opal which is my birthstone. My favorite piece of jewelry is an opal ring my friend gave me for my birthday. I love your quilt with the Peacock colorway but my favorite is the Sunglow colorway, reminds me of the fire in my opal. I love making quilts that look like sunshine!

  122. Karon Henderson May 4, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Aside from my plain gold band wedding ring, which I have been wearing for almost 51 yrs., my favourite piece of jewelry is an opal ring which my DH gifted me one Christmas. Love your Jaded Jewels block, looks fantastic!

  123. Janie McCombs May 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    My favorite jewel is aquamarine. Thank you for sharing your quilt it is lovely.

  124. janiemccombs May 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    My favorite jewel is aquamarine. Your quilt is lovely thank you for sharing.

  125. Rhonda Casey May 4, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    I can’t wear jewelry, the metal makes my skin break-out. And I’ve tried just about everything and so far nothing works. I’ve got a nice pair of pearl earrings, that I would love to wear and can’t. Drats! I do love turquoise. It reminds me of the trips my husband and I used to take to New Mexico and Arizona. Rubies are pretty cool too.

  126. Barbara S Wendell May 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a tanzanite pendant I had custom made more than 25 years ago. I always think of both my mother and my late husband when I wear it. I would love to win the blues in the Artisan Spirit line–already have a fat quarter pack but no quilter can have TOO much fabric. I love your block

  127. churcae May 4, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    Lovely block – my fav jewels are turquoises!

  128. Laura McFall May 4, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    My favorite jewelry is a simple platinum & sapphire earrings and necklace set my hubby gave me for my 40th birthday. And of course our wedding bands, which feature a tiny diamond cross in the center of a heart.

  129. Darlene Krystal May 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    I love working with Gemstone fabric and black background…….Amethyst purple is such an awesome color and garnet too…….hard to choose just one when all the gemstones look great in quilt blocks……

  130. Jennifer May 4, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

    I have to admit, I love jewellery and jewels, stones of all colours, so picking a favorite would be tough. My husband doesn’t share my fondness for investing in beautiful jewellery so I tend to buy costume pieces, often from antique or thrift shops, and usually the type that are not…well, not subtle. I also have pieces that were my Mom’s and grandmothers that I love to wear. Your block is lovely and the fabric line is gorgeous. Congrat’s on being included in the magazine!

  131. Margaret Andrews May 4, 2016 at 4:11 pm #

    What fun your quilt is with it’s unique colorway…it just shimmers like the jewel it is. My favorite piece of jewelry is a native design made of silver made here in Alaska. I was in treatment for breast cancer and my husband bought it for me from another dear friend. It called Healing Hand and it must have worked, as I have worn it from 16 years and I am still here. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.

  132. HEATHER PORRITT May 4, 2016 at 4:25 pm #

    the pendant my husband gave to me many years ago…. one side ruby’s the other diamonds I lost it once at a wedding and was sick to my stomach But I got it back… This is my favourite piece of jewellery Thanks for your inspirations

  133. susuquilts May 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm #

    Emeralds are my favorite gemstones probably because green is my favorite color. I love the colors you chose for your block.

  134. Judy May 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    I absolutely love your block in the colors you have chosen. My favorite piece of jewelry is a heart necklace with diamonds that my husband surprised me with for Christmas several years ago.

  135. Beth May 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm #

    I love all jewel tones but my favorite are Sapphires since I love anything blue.

  136. Carol Sc May 4, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    Along with my wedding/engagement ring, my favorite piece of jewelry is a ruby ring, which my husband gave me to celebrate our 40th. anniversary—who can fail to love a man like that?! WOW, you really had some travel adventures!

  137. Lu Wilmot May 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    As a “winter” I love jewel tone fabrics even though I rarely wear any actual jewels anymore. My favorite jewelry is a collection of simple crosses: silver, quartz, Luray Cavern rock, amber, and handcrafted chainmail. My choice of the Northcutt collection would be hibiscus, pansy or peacock.

  138. Barbara May 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a pendant made for me by my husband. It represents me. Purple amythest for my head , clear thinking boack jade for my little black dress, green jade for my feet always being on the ground, a garnet “present” for the gifts i give to him and lets silver balls for my love of gardening. He made it for my bithday while I was shopping with a friend. It’s definately my favorite.

  139. Naomi May 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    I love opals set in a ring surrounded by diamonds. My favourite is blue lagoon in the shimmer fabrics

  140. Linda May 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    My Diamond Wedding Ring is my choice! Love you quilt project! Thanks for sharing!

  141. Therese Rainbownut Duermyer May 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a ring with a rainbow array of 7 sapphires. Some people think it is a Mother’s ring. I want all my quilts to be rainbow. I’m a newbie.

  142. Loriann Fish May 4, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    I love freshwater pearls. So much variety can be found.

  143. caoece May 4, 2016 at 10:34 pm #

    I love the colors and the simple yet elegant design!

  144. thesiberianwind May 5, 2016 at 4:17 am #

    I absolutely adore purples and blues, and artisan spirit is no exception. What a wonderful block and unique projects!

  145. catskillquilter May 5, 2016 at 5:45 am #

    I love your block and your color placement! My favorite earrings are a pair of turquoise drop earrings.

  146. Karen Fisher May 5, 2016 at 7:06 am #

    Any piece of jewelry that has the color purple…my favorite color

  147. Linda E in AZ May 5, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    I love amethyst stones! Lovely quilt and runner.

  148. Debbie Pickthall May 5, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Patti! I love the block with the terrific colour development!! It is so striking!!! Thanks – it is definitely going on my “to do” list!! I like many different “jewels” especially when they sparkle – some of my favourites are emeralds, sapphires and diamonds 🙂

  149. Diantha Howard May 5, 2016 at 11:57 am #

    I love amethyst, though turquoise is a close second. I love the look of the fabrics you used. And the bed runner is a great idea! Our feet are often cold.

  150. Donna wilhelm May 5, 2016 at 12:46 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a Black Hills Gold ring I bought 15 years ago. I wear it everyday and feel naked without it!

  151. Allison Evrard May 5, 2016 at 2:27 pm #

    I love how your quilt just sparkles! Gorgeous!

  152. Debbie @ Shadows of the Blue Ridge May 5, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Wow! You’ve really gone on some nice travels lately! I’m having such a good time visiting all the blogs on the tour. My block, Flowers for the Cabin, is also in Vol. 13 and I just love reading the story behind the blocks for the other designers.

  153. Bella Harriger May 6, 2016 at 12:53 am #

    The jewels idea is super creative!

  154. grammabella May 6, 2016 at 12:54 am #

    I love the jewels idea!

  155. bbcute May 6, 2016 at 8:37 am #

    I have a ring that belonged to my mom with her birthstone that she must have worn forever because the band is worn through.

  156. Pam May 6, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    I love the dreamcatcher block, and the dreamatcher and pinwheel quilt! The movement in the block is just joyful!

  157. Patsy Fidelak May 6, 2016 at 11:16 am #

    Besides my wedding ring my favorite jewelry is a tanzanite pendant in deep purple-blue not the pale tanzanite that is available now it’s set is white gold with diamonds around and I love it

  158. Judi Duncan May 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    my favorite jewel is the opal…it is supposed to be the mother of all the gemstones….so much color and fire in them!

  159. Claire Ross May 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    My most precious piece of jewellery is my gorgeous diamond engagement ring chosen by my husband himself x

  160. Karen May 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace which symbolizes nurse’s caring.

  161. Sandra McGinness May 7, 2016 at 5:44 am #

    Enjoy your blog and the lovely quilt. Turquoise is my favorite color but my favorite jewel is garnet which is my birthstone. I do not wear a lot of jewelry but one of my favorites is a silver and gold bracelet with blue sapphires. My coworkers presented this to me when I retired. I am very blessed to have worked with so many wonderful people at a job I loved.

  162. Elaine Morton May 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

    I have a wonderful opal ring that has a shimmer in a milky background. Like these fabrics.

  163. Nancy Magee May 7, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    Living in the SW, I love turquoise

  164. Barbara Young May 9, 2016 at 1:42 am #

    My favorite piece of jewelry is a silver ring with a turquoise stone done by a Navajo artist.

  165. Kim May 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

    My favorite gem is the emerald. However, my favorite piece of jewelry that I own is a bracelet with a large piece of turquoise. It reminds me of my mom from whom I inherited it.

  166. Ruby Marren May 12, 2016 at 8:03 am #

    My favorite pieces of jewelry are anything with a Ruby, which is my name and birthstone. That is where my name came from. 🙂 And I am the owner of many pieces.

  167. Shirley Mandler May 13, 2016 at 10:04 am #

    My favorite stone is Tanzanite. I like jewelry simple but classy. So.. send those blue fabrics my way.

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