Thursday, 3 February 2011
I've seen many jewel box quilt patterns with much smaller pieces than I have used, but for this quilt pattern I have stuck with my favourite 2.1/2" size because it is such an easy size to work with.
I rummaged around in my fabric stash looking for pairs of colours that I could theme together: one dark and one light. I ended up with six pairs of colours (12 fabrics) and cut a 2.1/2" strip and a 4.3/4" strip across the width of each of these fabrics. Batiks would look absolutely gorgeous in a jewel box quilt but I didn't have any of them. You will also need twelve 2.1/2" strips and twelve 4.3/4" strips in black.
Take a black/light colour 2.1/2" strip and a black/dark colour strip and sew together to make a four patch square as shown below.
These two quilt blocks are all you need for the entire jewel box quilt pattern: that's how simple it is.
The video shows the block construction:
Keep going and make more jewel box quilt blocks with all the other colours of fabric. I had enough fabric to make two quilt blocks in each pair of colours, so that I ended up with twelve jewel box quilt blocks. There are two options: one quilt using four rows of three quilt blocks or two lap quilts each using three rows of two quilt blocks. Each quilt block measures 16" square so the first option would give you a quilt 48" by 64" (before the border) and the second option of the lap quilts would be 32" by 48" before adding the border. I decided to go for two lap quilts.
Sew them together in pairs and then make two strips of eight for the short ends of the quilt.
I hope you enjoyed quilting this jewel box pattern as I did. It really does have simple building blocks, doesn't it?
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