Jewels in Chocolate

Stunning Beauty that Melts the Heart of the Beholder

Jewels in Chocolate1 and 2In early January 2009, “life happened.” Having been a stay-at-home mom for 7 years, it was time to start earning a living again. After much soul searching, and getting clear about what was important to me (being available for my young daughters and doing work that nurtured me), I decided to follow my passion and become a quilt designer. To launch this new career, I entered a quilt into the Arizona Quilter’s Guild annual show. With an entry deadline of January 15, I had 10 days to design and make a quilt top. Thus, Jewels in Chocolate was born, a 51”-square quilt featuring embroidered appliqué that transformed simple circles into multi-faceted jewels.

The quilt was completed just in time for the show, when I had to hand it over for judging. I Jewels in Chocolate - with Sarahhave to say I was delighted to win 2nd place for the category, “Machine Embroidered Quilt.”
So, now you know what kicked off my career as a quilt designer!

At Spring Quilt Market in May 2009, the first quilt market I attended, I met many amazing people, including Della from DellaQ. DellaQ was the importer of gorgeous silk taffeta and this meeting resulted in the creation of Jewels in Silk, a second rendition of Jewels in Chocolate. Jewels in Silk was the start of my love of AURIfil Cotton Mako thread. Having asked Della which thread she preferred to use when working with silk, she told me that her favorite was cotton because the more matt finish of the cotton contrasts so beautifully with the sheen of the silk. What I’ve discovered since then is that the AURIfil cotton thread presents a gorgeous sheen when used on cotton fabric — as well as feeling wonderful to handle.


  • 5” diameter circles. Use the AccuQuilt GO! 2”, 3”, 5” circle die.
  • Easy piecing of square blocks that are then placed on point.

If you’re looking for a simple to make and beautiful quilt, this may be what you’re looking for.


Jewels in Chocolate design collection digital download – $45 (Optional CD available at checkout.)

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Additional Details

  • Multi-format CD includes: ART, ART60, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PCS, PES, VP3, XXX.
  • Sizing: 51” x 51”

Dies: GO! 2”, 3”, 5” Circle die