Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jewel Box quilt top together!

Well, I can't believe it, but I've finally finished the top to my Jewel Box quilt. I'm debating on adding a one-inch border of that navy blue, or I may just save that matching navy fabric and do a binding with it instead.

I went to a quilt retreat this weekend, and after making some fold-and-roll totebags, I worked on this Jewel Box. I've had it two-thirds done since July of 2008.


It's king sized - 108 inches square, to fit my waterbed. There are more than 3700 pieces in it, squares and triangles. I don't know how many fabrics there are, but a LOT. :D All the navy blue is the same, but there are about 6 different tone-on-tones for the white. Countless different fabrics in the bright squares and triangles. There are some duplicates, but not too many!

You're never quite sure if what you draw in EQ will look the same when it's translated to fabric, but I think this time, it's very close. Here's the original design I did on EQ of what I wanted it to look like:



Back in May of 2008, all those little squares looked like this. If you're interested in how I went from the EQ design to construction of the quilt, here's my instructions, with graphics. For those of you who like to count, there's 2592 squares in this quilt, 1160 triangles, 36 rectangles (in blue, to piece the border) for a grand total of 3788 pieces.

14 comments:

Ann said...

Several words come to mind....AWESOME.......BEAUTIFUL......GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see it quilted! Is it coming to Mo for that?

Icchic said...

How BEAUTIFUL!!! Its absolutely gorgeous...

marie said...

That is beautiful! It is also nice to know someone else still has a water bed, I thought I was the only one left, LOL.

Diana said...

Wow! Just...wow!

Caroline in NH said...

Spectacular! What a wonderful job!

paula, the quilter said...

Stunning quilt. I just moved the Jewel Box quilt that I made out to our camper trailer

Quilter Kathy said...

Gorgeous quilt...wow!

LJRandolph said...

Absolutely fantastic!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh man, I love this jewel box!

anne bebbington said...

I remember when you first put up this EQ design and now it's a pieced top - it's gorgeous and has translated so well into fabric - I'm very partial to the jewel-box pattern and shading the background just elevates it to the sublime - absolutely lovely!

Brigitte said...

hi, I never saw a JewelBox which catched my eye like yours!!! congratulation!!!
would it be possible to get the EQ file? I own EQ 6 + 7 ....
greetings from Germany
Brigitte

Miranne said...

Now I see why it's called Jewel Box. What a stunning quilt! It truly is one of the most beautiful quilts I have stumbled across on the Internet. Gorgeous!!!!

Elaine Adair said...

I'm getting close to starting a Jewel Box, and girl, this one is stunning! Just changing the value in the border is a great idea but the medallion look takes it to new levels. There is a lot of talk on one of the Yahoo mail lists of your quilt - we all LOVE it!

baster said...

I think if the quilt will be hung on the wall, there is an additional step: making and attaching the hanging sleeve.

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