Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Trinket Box Quilt - New Pattern release.

Introducing my latest Quilt pattern release -  Trinket Box.  This Quilt has been a long time in the making, having originally drawn up the design about two years ago - earlier this year I knew it was time to get this quilt made.  Inspired by a "Trinket Box" filled with my Grandmothers Gemstone brooches I sat down to draw what would become the design for the Gemstone Blocks.

When I first made this quilt - I decided to go with the 9 Gemstone configuration of blocks you see further down below ("Lap" Quilt).  These are repeated Blocks to showcase stunning fabrics with this Applique.  This quilt then saw not one, not two but three different borders designed, then sewn, sewn on the quilt and then removed.  I was so undecided about how I was going to incorporate a border. Nothing seemed to speak to me and with the meaning behind the quilt so sentimental to me - I had to dig deep.  

I set the quilt top aside and then headed back to my computer to see what else I could do to make this quilt work. I then went back to the drawing you see above and decided that I needed to make this version instead.  

Completely happy with this "Grand" version of this Trinket Box Quilt,  I sent it off to be Custom Quilted by Carol Brady at The Quilting Cottage.  But something was still not right with how I was going to format the pattern.  So I decided to re-visit the smaller version - keep that simple with no border and then I ended up including BOTH versions in the pattern so that you can decide which you would like to make for yourself.

This is the centre block to the "Grand" Quilt version (72.5in x 72.5in / 184cm x 184cm) - it features 12 Blocks with the Round Gems around the outside of the blocks and this beautiful centre Block on point.  I chose to Machine - Blanket Stitch all my Appliqué but the beauty with Appliqué that you can choose your favourite way to Appliqué - by hand or by machine.  

I used my favourite Anna Maria Horner fabrics to make this quilt along with different greys for the background fabrics.  

This is the "Lap" version of the Trinket Box Quilt, it is slightly smaller (60.5in x 60.5in / 154cm x 154cm) but packs just as much punch.  In this version the 9 Gemstone blocks are all repeated with the Round Gems around each of the Gemstone blocks.  If you are new to Appliqué this is a great Quilt to get you inspired.  

So you get to decide with this pattern - which Quilt to make and of course which way you would like to Applique the Blocks.  This Lap Quilt was made using Tilda's Sunkiss range and Essex Line Homespun in Limestone by Robert Kaufman for the background to this quilt. 

The pattern also has Colouring Pages for both designs as well as a Full Size (Download for PDF patterns or A3 pages included in Paper copies) Layout Guide for the Gemstone Blocks which makes it really helpful for positioning your Appliqué pieces.

I also decided that with the Appliqué something that would be very helpful would be a set of Acrylic Templates that could be used for both the tracing and cutting elements of the Appliqué making process.  

Wholesale copies of Trinket Box and Template sets are also available to stores through Creative Abundance.  

A massive thank you to The Quilting Cottage for her amazing Quilting of these quilts.  Also a big thanks you to Tracey Berkmortel Photography for the stunning images of these quilts that she has captured. 

Happy Quilting
Jemima x x

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