I'm linking up with the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy's Creative Side. Amy began the Blogger's Quilt Festival a few years ago to give blogger's a chance to both inspire and be inspired by other quilters.
The quilt I decided to include in my entry is a Scrappy Jewel Box.
This quilt came about as the result of a block swap among friends. We each had a turn to choose a block pattern, and each member of the group made a block from that pattern. I chose the Jewel Box pattern, and told my friends they could use any colors they wished. Here is a sampling of the blocks I was given.
Rosemary made this pretty block with a some of her florals:
Linda, who is partial to jewel tones like me, gave me this vibrant block:
Lauren's block looked like it was inspired by a summer's day in the garden:
Sue's block was made of soft beige with a sprinkle of harmonizing red/browns:
Here is one of the blocks I made. I think this is where I really noticed how much I was drawn to jewel tones in my quiltmaking.
I am amazed at how each individual block can have it's own personality, but they all work together as a group.
This quilt was made over a dozen years ago and represents a lot of "firsts" for me as a quilter. It was the first time I ever participated in a block swap. It was the first truly scrappy quilt I ever made. It was supposed to be the first quilt I quilted on my sewing machine.
At the time, the only big quilts I had made were tied. I had never done any machine quilting, and I wanted to wait until my skills improved enough to tackle a big quilt. I'm sad to say, that although I have since learned how to machine quilt, I have never pulled out this quilt top and finished it.