When I saw this Block of the Month almost 6 years ago, I knew I had to do it, if for no other reason than for the name; THE QUEEN AND HER COURT CROWN JEWELS. After all, I had just become the "Quilting Queen". I had just purchased my quilting machine and had been jokingly been given the name "The Quilting Queen". The name stuck and I decided to use it as my business name.
Ok, back to the block of the month.... I collected the pattern and fabrics each month and never started it. You see, other than the name and the colors, I wasn't crazy about it. It was made from batiks. I don't really like batiks. Do you? Some of my friends just absolutely LOVE them but I don't. They are stiff and they smell... yes I know I can wash them and that helps with the softness and the smell but they are still stiff. And as a long arm quilter, I really don't like to quilt them either. If you have to rip out, it tends to leave needle marks in the batiks. And when batiks first came out, most of what I was seeing were dull, dark, drab colors. I don't particularly like dull, dark, or drab. But this one wasn't. It was bright and fun and pretty. So I collected them each month.
Two years ago I decided I was going to bust my UFO's so I got this one out and made a few blocks.
I've finished all 12 of the sampler blocks and I'm working on the middle block for the center of the quilt. I've purchased my fusible web and I'm ready to trace the applique pieces. If you're interested in the pattern, you can find it here. I just might get The Queen and Her Court Crown Jewels finished before this year is up.