When I was a kid, I was a little bit jealous of my sister and mother for having Amethyst for a birth stone because theirs was purple and mine was Peridot and it was this terrible yellow-green (Mountain Dew reminiscent…) colour that I hated. It didn’t look – to me – like a real gemstone: amethyst, sapphire, aquamarine, ruby… those were the good ones. Peridot, not so much. I’ve eased up on that yellow-green, lime-y olive-y colour since, but now I not so secretly wish my gemstone were Aquamarine instead, I mean… c’mon! Put on your inner princess and tell me which tiara you would most like to wear? This one or this one or this one or this sublime beauty? Or are you going to pick this sad looking green-stoned tiara? Well. Okay, it’s not ALL sad in the peridot jewellery market, but it’s none of it sublime either. (Feel free to prove me wrong, though. I mean it. It doesn’t even have to be a tiara!) I don’t know a lot about tiaras, but I can’t think of a single famous peridot tiara out there. Even turquoise has gotten its due, and that doesn’t even sparkle!

Anyway, all this by way of saying: it’s nearly my birthday. And in honour of myself, I bought a bunch of vaguely peridot coloured fabrics from Mad About Patchwork to remind myself that it isn’t at all a bad colour and in fact I kind of like it a lot. (Seriously, the lime/olive green stack in my stash is one of the largest I’ve got. I really didn’t need to buy another 18 FQs of it because I’ve probably already got thirty or forty.)


These fabrics are a mix of the green Stash Bundle from Mad About Patchwork and a bunch of random other greens that seemed like they might fit in.


I wanted fabrics that felt like they belonged together in some way (largely because they mostly have a yellow tone to them), without actually being part of the same line. I wasn’t completely successful – that Anna Maria Horner True Colours print, for instance, is not a very yellow green, nor is the polka dot print directly above it.


What I want them for is to make a quilt using the Stripping technique from the Craftsy class Strip Your Stash (not an affiliate link), which I’ve recently been watching. I think it’s important to have variation in the colours you choose, so I probably won’t filter out any of the darker colours – they’ll add some depth – and I’ll probably add in some more that have other colours and shades for that same reason. I have a few things to finish up in August, so I probably won’t get started on this any too soon, but that’s one half of the plan for these fabrics. The other half of the plan? Well… tune back in on Wednesday to find out. (Hint: it probably rhymes with shmive-amay. There will also be a second sponsored rhymes-with-shmive-amay from Mad About Patchwork that same day, so don’t forgot to stop by!)

(Also? I was supposed to be born in September, so really I could claim Sapphire for my own… I’d be happy to claim the Leuchtenberg Sapphire Parure as well, if the Swedish royals would care to sell it for a song. Or a stack of peridot-coloured fabrics.)

Linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash:

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13 thoughts on “Peridot”

  1. Interesting….. My birthstone is Garnet and if you take a small gander at my stash, you will notice that my pile of reds is significantly bigger than any other colour!! Hmmmmm….

  2. Haha – I’m an aquamarine and I’ve always wished for a different birthstone too! Most aquamarines out there are just such a pale blue…if you can even find one that’s actually an aquamarine and not a blue topaz. I think blue sapphires are my favorite gemstone, with rubies and diamonds right behind. Enjoy your peridot fabric – looking forward to seeing the project underway!

  3. I totally agree about the peridot color…have always disliked it. Wanted the sapphire color because it, at least, was pretty. Who chose peridot as the August birthstone…they need 50 lashes with a wet noodle.

  4. Wow! I don’t think I have ever looked at that many tiaras LOL! I kind of like the peridot, it works for my red hair 🙂 And sorry to tell you that I am a September baby and I got sapphire.

  5. Same here. I always thought Peridot to be THE lamest out of all the birthstones -seemed like it was a punishment for being born a Leo. I secretly always wanted Sapphire as my birthstone. ;o)

    Peridot lamenting aside, I do like the bundle of fabrics you’ve been gathering. I love the mix of value and the variety of prints, Krista. Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with these.

  6. I don’t mind peridot, but I always felt annoyed by my birthstone, garnet, because I’m not a big fan of reds and it’s red garnet for us January girls (especially not as it’s usually a odd brick or browny red – blah). But, this bundle is pretty fantastic. Makes me think of Spring.

  7. I actually love peridot! Mine is garnet, which is like the cheap cousin of Ruby. Sapphire is probably my favorite gem, although my engagement ring is a blue topaz (because the aquamarines were all too pale as someone else mentioned up there.) omg color and gems, does it get any better??

    Anyway, I love your green fabric additions! Those two not-quite-as-yellow-greens are still quite pretty with the others, I think they add some fun variety to the stack. I can’t wait to see what you make with them!

    1. She has some really awesome designs, doesn’t she? It’s an odd colour, but I really like it.

      On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM, Work-in-Progress Girl wrote:


  8. It is almost my birthday as well. I am also an august baby who was supposed to be born in September. On my aunts birthday to be specific, but I was born nearly a month early. I have never really liked or hated my birthstone because stuff like that and the zodiac etc, doesn’t matter to me. Lovely fabrics you have chosen though. 🙂

    1. It’s not so much that I think it really matters in some way, but when I was a kid, I remember asking for jewellery from my parents (from the Sears catalogue, so I’m pretty sure it was chips and flakes of gems) and feeling ripped off that the rings with MY birthstone were so dull in comparison to my sister’s. My mom has a ring with a stone from her, my sister’s, my dad’s, and my birth month (plus one for the month they got married) and I remember thinking that green stone just ruined the look.

      Anyway, birthday wishes to you, whichever day it falls on! I hope you have a lovely day.

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