Friday, November 22, 2013

What's a girl to do without her sew-jo? Show you something from her book of course!

Thanks for the well wishes the last few days! I'm finally starting to kick this cold to the curb, thank goodness, but I have a new problem. My sew-jo seems to have gone missing - it's been a busy week, but my evenings have mostly been free to sew, and yet I haven't sewn a stitch. Usually, when I find myself lacking the inspiration to sew, I like to look at pretty pictures of quilts and fabrics, and I realized the other day that I haven't taken the opportunity to show you many of the quilts from my lovely book, Becoming a Confident Quilter, so I thought this would be a perfect time to introduce you to one of my favorite quilts from the book...

Precious Stones - close up

Naming quilts is always so hard for me! In the book, this quilt is called Precious Stones, but in the writing process, I called this quilt the Snake quilt. See that white zig-zaggy line moving across the quilt amongst the sea of squares? It reminded my son of a snake when I first sketched out the quilt, and the name kind of stuck through the writing and sewing process.

Precious Stones from my book

One of the fun things about this quilt is that it's entirely block-based. While it is pixelated and built entirely from squares, finishing one block at a time makes it feel so much more manageable. I love the fabrics in this quilt, too - most are from Washi, Rashida Coleman-Hale's older line for Timeless Treasures a few years ago, but there's some random stash builders thrown in to round things out nicely.

Precious Stones - the Washi fabrics!

This quilt is a pretty large one - it's a large lap quilt, and in the book there's also upsize information if you want to make it larger. Most of the quilts in the book are written that way, because I know people like the option to make different sized quilts, so I felt strongly about adding kind of information wherever we could fit it.

Precious Stones from Becoming a Confident Quilter - in True Colors Precious Stones from Becoming a Confident Quilter - in Sun Prints
(l) Precious Stones in True Colors, (r) Precious Stones in Sun Prints

Speaking of my book, if you have a copy, would you mind popping over to Amazon to tell shoppers what you think of the book? I would love that oh so much :) And if you don't have a copy and would like to buy one, I just got in some extra copies in my Pattern Shop, so it's back in stock! All copies sold from my Pattern Shop are autographed, and I'm happy to personalize them too, just email me and let me know that you'd like your book personalized :)

Holy cow, that's my book!! It must be a good sign if my manicure from last week matches the cover perfectly, right?

Happy Friday to you! Have a wonderful weekend :) Here's hoping that I can manage to find my sew-jo for the weekend! Tonight I'm going to treat my missing sew-jo with an old wip that I'd really love to finish, my Kawaii holiday cross-stitch sampler - I'm hoping that maybe switching gears might just bring back my motivation!

Remember this wip????


  1. I have done the same thing since loosing my sew jo I have turned to hand stitchery as well. And it does help to make me feel somewhat productive...

  2. Once in a while all creative people run out of steam. You are too talented for it to last long.

  3. Your book just arrived at my house this week. I will go and tell Amazon that I love it, because I do. Your quilt is lovely, as are all the quilts in the book!

    1. Aww, thanks so much, Leanne! You absolutely just put a smile on my face :)

  4. I have your book on my Chrustmas list and cleaned the chimney...but have I been good enuf.

  5. Oh, boy. I don't think I ever started the Christmas sampler from last year. The shame! I really should do that...

    Hope your sew-jo returns quickly! It's too close to Christmas!

  6. I can definitely see the snake thing, such a fun design :o)

  7. I've lost my sew-jo, too. I hope it eventually rears its head ... not even hand stitching beckons me ... :(


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