Incredible Beauty Accompanied By Incredible Stories
I first fell in love with gems in 1968. Paging through a National Geographic magazine, I found a story about coronations of royalty around the world. I was mesmerized by the color and sparkle of the gems that graced their crowns, tiaras, and costumes. I was hooked. Moreover, these moments inspired my block of the month quilt patterns.
As I combined my passion of quiltmaking with my love of gems, I wanted to learn all I could about the world’s most famous gems and equally important, the people who owned them. What I’ve learned is that these awesome stones of course attracted the most intriguing, eccentric, and outrageous people. I want to share their stories with you. And my new Block of the Month club, Diamonds & Drama Queens, does just that!
Learn about the lovely and reclusive heiress whose father founded the Denver Post. Of all her fabulous jewels, the 70-carat Idol’s Eye diamond was her favorite. And her favorite time to wear it? Enjoying breakfast in bed while reading the morning edition of the Post.
Source: Bonfils Stanton Foundation
Is it true the owner of the Hope Diamond was once spotted at the top of her grand staircase one evening before a wild party wearing the jewel….
…..and nothing else?
Source: United States Library of Congress
Join Our Year-Long Adventure with Diamonds & Drama Queens Block of the Month
Starting January 2022 I’ll send you a block every month inspired by these amazing gems and their equally amazing owners. Patterns will be available in four sizes: 6″, 9″, 12″ and 18″. Choose the size that you prefer — or make all three!
In addition, I’ll share information about the featured gem and the stories surrounding its history and the people who encountered it. Some gems celebrate deep and abiding love. Others give us a peek into outrageous and eccentric lifestyles. And some reveal stories of deep sorrow and loss.
Quilt Patterns and Videos AND Community
Not only will subscribers have access to a downloadable PDF file of the pattern that you can print onto freezer paper on your ink-jet printer, we’ll also have the chance to meet live online so that I can share the gem’s story and lore. I will schedule 2 meetings — one during the weekday and one during the evening. The meeting will be recorded and posted in our private member webpage for you to review at your leisure if you weren’t able to join us for the live presentation.
In addition, participants will also have access to a private Facebook group page where we can showcase our creations, ask questions, and share even more stories about gems and their histories.
Freezer Paper Piecing for Block of the Month
I use a technique called freezer paper piecing. This is traditional piecing using freezer paper as your templates. Please know that this is NOT foundation paper piecing! We don’t sew to paper. We won’t use the flip-and-sew method. And lastly, you won’t have to claw little bits of paper out of the back of your blocks. If you can sew 2 pieces of fabric together with a quarter-inch seam allowance, YOU CAN DO THIS! You can purchase freezer paper by the roll or in pre-cut sheets, and I’ll share more about where to find it.
Exciting Give-aways For Subscribers
When you subscribe to the program, you’ll be eligible for some cool prizes that I’ll be giving away in late January, including:
- A free subscription for the entire year
- A copy of Unearthed, the Smithsonian Institution’s newest publication all about the National Gem Collection and the stories behind the jewels.
….and are you ready for this?
- A gorgeous 2.21-carat, hexagonal Citrine gemstone from the vault of Mayer & Watt, renowned international gem dealers. This lovely unheated gem is worth $500 on the retail market.
12 months of Gems and Jewels
I’m excited about this adventure! I hope you’ll join me for this 12-month-long romp into the wild side of gems and jewels. To subscribe to the 12-month program ($95 USD for the annual subscription January 2022 thru December 2022), click the button below. I’m so excited to have you join us!