I wanted this quilt to be all about the effect that light has on surfaces and colours and so I used green Oakshott cottons that I had left over from another project. These cottons catch and reflect light differently depending on the way they are cut, so I thought I could use this quality and five shades of green in a block representing the facets of an emerald held in a clasp setting. It is all made from the same size HSTs. I bordered it with linen to add contrast and to suggest the rough rock it comes from.
When it came to binding, my sewing machine stopped working! I made the binding by hand and laboriously hand stitched it on (and unpicked the dodgy bits and restitched it on...). My hand stitching was a lot improved after about five hours of this:-) The binding includes scraps of each of the five greens.
It is a difficult quilt to photograph, just because just like an emerald the colour of the Oakshott really shows when it catches the light. Here's my grandmother's engagement ring to show that the emerald is a good match!
It matches the Quilt Challenge button too!
The challenge linky is open until 17th March and there are some really amazing quilts, tops and minis there. You can visit the linky here or just click on the button to go to the flickr pool.