At our last two shows, I had a new kit called Joyful Jewels. I was so inspired by Jennifer Paganelli's line Honey Child, that I HAD to design my own pattern. The colors and prints in this beauty reminded me of sparkling jewels. (I'm a huge fan of jewels! Ask my hubby!) Everyone just LOVED it! I sold quite a few but since the shows, I've had about 15 emails asking about the difficulty level. They saw it, loved it and can't stop thinking about it. A lot of my customers are new to the world of sewing and quilting so I can totally understand the anxiety in looking at a project and thinking it is beyond your skill level. While Joyful Jewels wouldn't be the perfect "first time quilt" project, if you have basic quilting and rotary cutting skills, I will show you just how easy it is!
To make the blocks, you are separating your fat quarters into jewel colorways. You see my Sapphire (blues), Amethyst (purples) and so on, you get the idea! After you've seperated for four jewels, you'll actually have 6 fat quarters left. That is my Australian Opal, my favorite!
You'll be cutting your fat quarters into 2" and 1.5" strips. Piece 1 2" strip to a 1.5" strip and then put another 2" strip on the other side. You need two of these sets to make one block.
If you've never "tube" pieced, this is the cool part! Put your strip sets right sides together and sew down BOTH long sides to form a 22" tube.
Your finished block size is 10" but it's made up of four 5 1/2" units. You'll use your ruler and line up your thread line from your seam on the 5 1/2" line on your ruler and cut down both sides.
Now flip the ruler to the other side and line your ruler up with the seam line under the 5 1/2" line. (I know this pic is wonky, just noticed that! Make sure your ruler is straight!) Flip again and flip again!
So here's what you get from your cuts.
Here are your squares from one tube arranged to form your opal.
Do you see how simple this is? And you can do SO much more with this ruler. The ruler comes with instructions on how to do your half-square triangles as well as a really cute block called "Daniela" that is PERFECT for your jelly rolls (2.5" strips)!!
Oh, we are placing this kit, as well as ALL the Honey Child line on sale 20% off for a limited time!