Sunday, February 10, 2008

Big Jewel Boxes

I'm thinking of starting something that'll keep me occupied for a long time... a scrappy jewel box for my king size bed. I don't have a quilt for MY bed yet, lots of twin size and a couple of queen or double sized ones.

So I know I like the jewel box pattern, and I also like the idea of pieced borders that extend into the quilt, so I got to playing on my EQ. The middle in solid white looked too plain, especially for the big expanse of a king size. Here's the top three I came up with:


First, a small 9-jewel diamond shape made by substituting some blue for the white fabrics in the very center.


Above, a large center 25 jewel diamond surrounded by a thin blue trim that almost goes out to the edges...


And last, the smaller 9 jewel diamond middle surrounded by the thin blue trim.

I plan on doing the little squares both strip pieced (from 2 inch strips) and some leader-enders. I have a LOT of 4 inch squares I'd like to use up for this, so all those half square triangle 4-square jewel blocks will finish at six inches.

The hard part will be keeping the blue and white areas counted out, for whichever final design I decide on. Which design do YOU like better?

26 comments:

Su Bee said...

Oh man, is this great! I have to vote for the center layout, because it's more defined than the 3rd option, and it fills in more space from the overall design; it will look super on a king bed. And this will certainly keep you off the street for awhile! I can't wait to see it.......

Linda said...

Ok, here's my two cents...I like the last one, the smaller 9 jewel diamond middle surrounded by the thin blue trim. I like the middle part the best of the three. Keep us posted as to which one you do...

I got my coffee cup from zazzle yesterday and had coffee in it this morning. My two pins are on their way. I love my cup. Thanks for making these designs. They are great. I must say I really enjoy your blog too.

Lindah said...

Wow! It really does look like sparkling jewels. Personally, I like numbers 2 and 3 best. In visualizing it on your bed, I'm thinking that the diamond on #2 might get lost over the edges of the mattress. I'm thinking that the diamond on #3 might be in better proportion to the top of the mattress. Lovely design. Don't forget to take pictures of the progress. :-)

anne bebbington said...

I absolutely LOVE them all but the middle one gets my vote as there's a good balance between the white and blue amounts - this will be one gorgeous quilt - I've always loved jewel box but haven't the stamina to piece a whole one - can't wait to see yours unfold :o)

Helen in the UK said...

Oh I love the jewel box pattern and one day I'll get round to making one myself.
Of you 3 designs, I'd pick the third one. I prefer the proportions of the diamond. Can't wait to see how this comes together :)

mamaspark said...

Love the second one!

The Calico Cat said...

Middle - it looks the most balanced, IMHO. Love the border...

Vicki W said...

These are awesome! I love the middle one the most - it seems more balanced.

Karen (Misiz C) said...

Wow... very striking designs! I like the middle or second one the best. The center medallion looks very much like a jewel encrusted piece/item to me.

Rhonda said...

Spectacular! I personally like the middle one the best. Although, that 3rd one looks good too.
Doxie on my Quilt

Fiona said...

The middle one gets my vote - it glitters the most!

Joanne said...

I like the second one best -- but whichever one you do, this will be an outstanding, beautiful quilt!

paula, the quilter said...

The third one. The center section won't get lost over the edge of the bed. And if you drop it down a bit then it won't get lost under the pillows either.

Dawn said...

I always love looking at your variations!

Susan said...

I love the middle one! They are all great. If you'd shown only one, we'd all have loved that one. =) This has always been one of my favorite patterns, and yet I haven't made one. I'll enjoy watching yours come into being.

Pat said...

I like the middle version of your quilt. It has a balanced feel to me. I'm sure whichever setting you choose---your quilt will be beautiful!

Patti said...

The middle one - most definitely! It's going to be beautiful!

Kucki68 said...

I love the middle one!

Carol E. said...

Middle!

Pam said...

Here is another vote for the middle one. Of course, any one of them would be great, but I do like the center one best. Your use of EQ is great. Your designs are always eye catching. I can see you enjoy the design process.

YankeeQuilter said...

Love what you have done with this pattern! Number two is my favorite.
Sio

atet said...

My vote is going to have to go to the middle quilt -- just beautiful. I can't wait to see what you do with this!

Rose Marie said...

That pattern will be great to do and #2 gets my vote!

Faith said...

this is so so yummy the colours remind me of smarties chocolates you get in the sweet shops in the uk here, simular to m and ms.I love them all I cant decided which one to pick.

Mary said...

I love Jewel Box quilts. I have 2 king size quilts but they were both made before we bought our new mattress which is much taller than the old. That was about 2 years ago and I've been putting off making a new larger quilt.

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