“Emeralds” gets a facelift.

You might be sick of looking at this quilt, but it’s been a puzzle that needed solving and I think I finally solved it!

Instead of continuing to figure out what kind of sashing it needed, I realized my “Emeralds” quilt doesn’t need sashing at all! What it needs in order to be true to its name and design provenance (glittering emerald gemstones) is to be set on point! Eureka, people. EUREKA.

Now I need to figure out the setting pieces. Scrap lover that I am, I may need to slow things down a bit at the edges and go for uniformity by picking just one green…or gray?? Any thoughts?

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Mary Fons hails from a prominent quilt mafia family. A professional writer and performer, Mary co-hosted the nationally-airing PBS program "Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting" along with her mom, famed quilter and educator Marianne Fons. In 2010, Mary began hosting Quilty, an online show offered weekly on QNNtv.com. In 2012, Mary became editor of Quilty magazine. She holds a Theater Arts BA from the University of Iowa.

19 thoughts on ““Emeralds” gets a facelift.

  1. Love it! Love it! I think I would stick with the block for the setting area, but trim them so the edges are straight, basically cutting the block in half. Trim in a straight line from the previous rows. I don’t think I would use borders either. Like catheral windows, blocks right to the edge.

  2. Mary, I love the quilt set on point, I think that is perfect! I love the touches of emerald green, they do look like gems! I think I would stay away from green unless it’s a pale green, even then, I’m not sure. I wouldn’t want the green to take away from the sparkle of gems in your quilt. I would go for a light gray in a small print or plaid maybe. But I’m no expert. I’m a self taught, read a lot, quilter. Have fun! And don’t worry, I think most of us appreciate seeing a quilt take shape and grow and be completed. I look forward to seeing the finished piece.

  3. Mary,
    This is coming out so beautiful! I’m enjoying watching the process.
    I think if I were going to choose a border, might stick with the background color (is it white or cream?) so that the gorgeous colors pop. I can’t wait to see what you choose!

  4. Gorgeous quilt, and on- point wins every time — I’d suggest the Emerald Green that looks like “plant life” would look exquisite as setting squares; skip any border, and bind it with the same. If It’s an Emerald, It Is an Emerald — diamonds take a back seat. Thanks for the opportunity to give my 2 cents’ worth.

  5. Gorgeous quilt, and on- point wins every time — I’d suggest the Emerald Green fabric that looks like “plant life” would look exquisite as setting squares; skip any border, and bind it with the same. If It’s an Emerald, It Is an Emerald — diamonds take a back seat. Thanks for the opportunity to give my 2 cents’ worth.

  6. I love Eureka moments…..that really makes it all worthwhile, and gets the adrenalin flowing. Lovely quilt it’s going to be. I never know what to put in those finishing places without trying different fabrics and letting the ideas percolate for a while. have fun and thanks for sharing! s

  7. Mary,
    Do you have EQ? You might create your quilt in the program and then try many things to help decide what you want next. What is the fabric line name? I’ll create a screen shot for you so you can see some options.

  8. Love this on point!! I would try to find a very pale yellow green, with a very small print or just “texture”. With all the yellow based colors, I am concerned about a blue based color like grey in the setting triangles.

  9. Hey, Sue!

    I mean the pieces at the edges of the quilt. Since I”m setting my blocks on point now (or “en pointe,” as I have taken to saying, tee hee!) I need to “fill in” the triangles now created at the sides of the quilt. Does that make sense? They’re basically big half-square triangles.

  10. I think the setting pieces need to be a more neutral color, gray or a medium brown (or muddy gray?) to make the blocks pop. I think it would “float” your blocks and be kinda like a border. A green would definitely make it an Emerald quilt.

  11. I would imagine a painting or a beautiful photograph that needs to be framed. Which color would bring out all of the beautiful tones of your quilt? Maybe a dark sepia toned fabric…

  12. No green-green. Keep those internally gemstone/emeralds popping and dominant! I would go with a yellowish-brown that you have in the quilt to frame…and love the en pointe design idea. You hit that one on the head!

  13. […] she a beaut? And you all were so very helpful and thought-provoking when I asked you how to finish “Emeralds” a few months ago. Well, I actually eschewed all reason and sense and went in a totally different direction, using […]

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