April 21 ~ Quilt of the Day

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Jewel Squares by Shea, the empty bobbin

Shea writes, “It is a baby quilt made by me for our daughter, Eleanor. I had the book Glorious Patchwork on my shelf for a couple of years, knowing that some day I would make that Jewel Squares quilt on the cover for our first child. I picked mostly neutral fabrics since we weren’t finding out of we were having a boy or a girl. However, I didn’t get it finished until she was 18 months old (and a big sister)! Oops! This was also my first attempt a paper piecing– I loved it.” Shea writes a more about the quilt (which she says was an “intense” quilt to create!) on her blog.

Glorious Patchwork with the Jewel Squares pattern is by Kaffe Fassett. Don’t miss yesterday’s interview with Kaffe, and your chance to win his newest book.

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124 Responses to April 21 ~ Quilt of the Day

  1. Vicki says:

    It’s gorgeous, Shea! You did an amazing job on this one.

  2. Melissa says:

    Beautiful! I’m sure it was worth the wait!

  3. Dallas says:

    Very nice! I saw that pattern in a magazine but it looked way to complex to complete. It must have taken forever…

  4. Krystina says:

    Reminds me of the Babette Blanket from Interweve Knits. Its awesome!

  5. michelle says:

    oh, what fun. perfect for a not-so-square friend.
    love it!

  6. Cristi says:

    For some reason it reminds me of that painting, The Kiss!

  7. Cara says:


  8. 4vs1 says:


  9. Sue says:

    I love this quilt it is just so out there, bold and brilliant. I must make one.

  10. Catarina says:


  11. Fran says:

    The color is out of this world !
    So saturated ! i love it !
    Great story of your stick-to-it-tiveness..
    that’s quilting …working in little steps.
    What an heirloom!

  12. kim says:

    I love this quilt- the blues make it. I have to check this one out.

  13. Sara Hemmeke says:

    What an heirloom! I can only hope to achieve such quilting fabulousness someday! Good job!

  14. Caroline says:

    It’s gorgeous – the colors are breathtaking

  15. Megan Presley says:

    I love the colors used and the combination of big and small squares! What a neat quilt!

  16. It really is beautiful!

  17. omama says:

    Wow! Way to stick with it – your persistence paid off. It is a treasure for your daughter.

  18. Marcia W. says:

    Outstanding! A quilt to treasure forever.

  19. Ethne says:

    JEWELS all the way – lovely

  20. Rachelle says:


  21. Rochelle says:

    What a special keepsake for you daughter. It’s timeless.

  22. Kelli says:

    Oh my goodness I am in love!! I LOVE this quilt and think it is one of the best this month! I can’t even imagine the work she put in on it, but it is absolutely lovely. Great job, Shea. I’m headed to her blog right now to check out the rest of her work.

  23. Maya says:

    This is an amazing quilt!

  24. Ellen Ault says:

    Beautiful colors! I’m not sure I fully understand paper piecing yet, but this turned out amazing. I would definitely see it as intense!

  25. Maribeth says:

    Wow!-what a beautiful, fun, happy quilt!

  26. Deb V says:

    This is a beautiful quilt. I love all the colors and the different sizes of the blocks.

  27. Fantastic quilt. Makes me just want to start cutting and get started.

  28. angelina says:


  29. That’s my sort of quilt – lots of colour 🙂

  30. Paulina says:

    It’s just gorgeous!The colours couldn’t have been better matched. A piece of stunning work.

  31. Katrina H says:

    this is what my quilting dreams look like!

  32. Ruth Tillman says:

    Amazing Quilt! I adore squares.

  33. alisha says:

    Wow, such a beautiful work. I think “intense” is a great word to describe the effort it must have taken to make it.

  34. another amy says:

    This quilt is amazing. I so want to make one of these some day. Yours is a treasure.

  35. Ramona says:

    How beautiful. Your daughter will cherish this for years.

  36. tjesa says:

    yowza! gorgeous!

  37. Rose L says:

    That is an amazing quilt – just beautiful.

  38. Barb in MI says:

    I absolutely love it! Read all your blog posts about it and the amount of pieces just makes me dizzy… Wow! Stunning!

  39. Elaine says:

    What a HAPPY quilt!

    The quilters this month are talented beyond words!

    Thank you for this blog-this is my favorite blog!

    I appreciate all your hard work and love for sewing
    and creating!


  40. Gorgeous quilt, Shea!

  41. val miller says:

    love.love.love. this is so beautiful. I bought this book, just for this quilt. Everytime I see it I love it more.

  42. Lynn D. says:

    This quilt is beautiful!

  43. Christine says:

    How gorgeous. I’m sure that will be a family heirloom.

  44. Maureen says:

    Vibrant colors, and it looks like a large baby quilt.

  45. Tally says:

    Beautiful colors, so vibrant!
    And the work is terrific.

  46. Katie says:

    This must’ve taken a lot of work. I love how vibrant and full od life it is.

  47. Rebecca says:


  48. Casey says:

    beautiful! reminds me of a babette blanket 🙂

  49. Kate says:

    So beautiful! It does look challenging, but the results are surely worth it!

  50. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow! Thats a lovely quilt

  51. Kimiko says:

    I love this. So inspiring. I want to learn how to quilt & this makes me really want to learn!

  52. Natacha says:

    What a lot of work went into that bright quilt!

  53. Kiza M says:

    I. Love. This. Quilt.

    It’s so bright and so much fun. It looks like it would take a *lot* of work to figure out how to get it all together properly, but the finished product is SO amazing. So pretty!

  54. Joy says:

    Wow, that is spectacular! Great job.

  55. Katie B says:

    This is incredible! Quite a baby quilt.

  56. laura says:

    oooooo SO BEAUTIFUL!

  57. beautiful and bright and cheery!

  58. Becca says:

    This is bright & beautiful! Reminds me of the crocheted Babette blanket that I learned to crochet for (but have yet to make!)

  59. Amy says:

    I LOVE this quilt!

  60. Andi says:

    This is gorgeous! It is absolutely stunning and I am sure it will become an heirloom!

  61. Alex says:

    I’ve seen it in person, and it really is a baby quilt. You wouldn’t believe how tiny some of the squares are!!!

  62. Julia says:

    Amazing work!! I love it.

  63. Leah says:

    Can I just say, I want this!! Amazing.

  64. Jenny says:


  65. Stitchminx says:

    What a great stash buster!! I can vision my fabric stash shelf emptying as I write… :O)

  66. Sorahart says:

    I love that this quilt wasn’t finished till their daughter was 18 months and already had a younger sibling….that sounds like something I would do.

  67. Freda says:

    This is so great! I love the colors.

  68. Tabitha says:

    Very beautiful!

  69. DebbieKL says:

    I love these simple fabrics and bright colors – it really stands out!

  70. Marcelle says:

    Extremely beautiful!! Love the bright colors, it must of course be a lot of work to do.

  71. Karen says:

    Really beautiful. I’m inspired

  72. qsogirl says:

    oh! I just LOVE the colors!!

  73. Nichole says:

    I’ve always admired this quilt, but oh the time that must have gone into it! It is a beautiful labor of love.

  74. Morgan says:

    Oh my goodness! Amazing!

  75. Sara says:

    All the colors of the rainbow–very pretty to look at: )

  76. elle says:

    Great quilt!

  77. Rebecca says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! It does indeed look “intense”.

  78. mathea says:

    This really is a jewel!

  79. Amber says:

    I love this quilt – it is absolutely gorgeous!

  80. Margaret says:

    This quilt is amazing!

  81. Char says:

    I love all the beatiful color in this quilt! Marvelous!

  82. Jennifer says:

    WOW – what else is there to say! I absolutely love the colors.

  83. Amazing no matter how long it took to finish!

  84. trina says:

    I love the colors used in this quilt. Wonderful.

  85. Regina says:


  86. Sheetal says:

    I’m so glad you chose Shea’s quilt for quilting month. I totally love this one, and my dream quilt would be a king sized one for us. Unfortunately I don’t think i have the patience yet to manage making it…

  87. Holly says:

    Wow. Beyond stunning!

  88. Carmen says:

    It *does* look intense! I just finished my quilt for the Oh, Fransson! Paintbox quilt-along, and that was a (fun) ordeal for me. This is outstanding!

  89. Cathy A says:

    Wow…that is gorgeous!!!

  90. delitealex says:

    Beautiful quilt.

  91. sharonj says:

    What a beauty! Just love all the colours! Sharonj

  92. DebbieB says:

    What a beautiful quilt! It is so colorful and has a realy happy look to it. Congratulations on getting it finished!

  93. Melissa C says:

    Very nice. It is so bright and playful.

  94. Angie says:

    That is such a lovely quilt! It is one she is going to treasure if she doesn’t wear it to death in the coming years as it’s bound to be a favorite.


  95. duff says:

    HOLY WOW! this is AMAZING! So vibrant and inspirational!

  96. SofiAlgarvia says:

    Oh, my God!!! I haven’t read Shea’s blog yet, but I believe that she must be a very persistent lady!!! This must have taken months to achieve!!! Uau!!!

  97. Joan says:

    This quilt is serious eye candy!

  98. Jessica says:

    Wow, this must’ve taken a lot of work!

  99. upstatelisa says:

    Oh it’s wonderful! I love the color!!!!!!

  100. Tracey J says:

    I saw this on flickr and her blog… it’s INCREDIBLE

  101. Tong says:

    Wow, love those vibrant colours!

  102. jacquie says:

    it’s even better in person!! great work shea!!

  103. Megan says:

    *swoon* Beautiful work. What a gorgeous keepsake for your daughter.

  104. Sylvie says:

    This is the greatest quilt pattern I know, and these colours really pop! Wow!

  105. Fawn says:

    Holy cow that looks like a lot of work and it’s truly beautiful!

  106. Wow that is a beautiful quilt! It looks like a big project for a first quilt. You did an amazing job!

  107. PeachRainbow says:

    wow! stunning!

  108. Erin says:

    Great colors and the wonkiness is fun – wish I were brave enough to try it!

  109. Jeni says:

    This is gorgeous! I would love to make something like this!

  110. Rene says:


  111. Tracy C. says:

    This is incredible. It looks like a quilted version of the crocheted Babette Blanket http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/babette-blanket.

  112. Kimberly says:

    What an achievement! This is beautiful.

  113. Cathy says:

    So pretty!

  114. Tanya Barrett says:

    wow…its great!

  115. Lindsey says:

    I love this “jewel” of a quilt!

  116. Karo says:

    gah! this is breathtakingly beautiful! i absolutely love it. 🙂

  117. Melissa says:

    What an explosion of color!

  118. Sally says:

    This is a great example of a great pattern – fine work indeed!

  119. Joan says:

    It does look like a ton of work but sooo worth it — beautiful!

  120. Terri says:

    It’s gorgeous! It looks just like a crochet quilt designed by Kaffe a couple years ago that was published in Interweave knits. I bought all the yarn to make that, but never made the time. Now I totally want to make this quilt! I just love the bright splashes of colors.

  121. Leah says:

    Wow. It’s amazing and I enjoyed going back over an reading her blog posts about the quilt through the couple of years it took her 🙂

  122. Vicki K says:

    What a happy heirloom for your daughter!

  123. Christine says:

    Every little thing about this quilt is beautiful! The fabric patterns and colors, the blocks, the quilting being different between blocks… it is all simply stunning.

  124. Melissa says:

    This is so beautiful and looks like a ton of fun to make. It also looks like a ton of work too 🙂

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