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Jewel Box quilt | block

Finished size: 44" by 60" using 44" fabric bolt width.

This block is made using half square triangle and four patch units.

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Block size Finished Size 44" by 60"
Columns Border width 6"
Rows Number of blocks 6
Fabric bolt width Here is Jeanne's
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[top]Fabrics

Fabric 1: 
Cut 6 strips 5 inches wide. Subcut strips into 48 squares.
Fabric 2: 
Cut 2 strips 5 inches wide. Subcut strips into 12 squares.
Cut 6 strips 21/2 inches wide. (Border)
Fabric 3: 
Cut 2 strips 5 inches wide. Subcut strips into 12 squares.
Fabric 4: 
Cut 2 strips 5 inches wide. Subcut strips into 12 squares.
Fabric 5: 
Cut 2 strips 5 inches wide. Subcut strips into 12 squares.
Cut 6 strips 41/2 inches wide. (Border)
Cut 6 strips 21/2 inches wide. (Binding)

[top]Half square triangle units

Figure 1
  • Match 1 square of each fabric right sides together.
  • Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on wrong side of lighter fabric.
  • Sew 1/4 inch seam on both side of diagonal line.
  • Cut units apart on drawn diagonal line.
  • Press seam to one side.
  • Square up units to measure 41/2 inch(es).
  • Makes 2 units per fabric pair.

Unit A - fabrics 1 & 2; make 12.
Unit B - fabrics 1 & 3; make 12.
Unit C - fabrics 1 & 4; make 12.
Unit D - fabrics 1 & 5; make 12.

[top]Four patch units

Figure 2
  • Match 1 square of each fabric right sides together.
  • Sew 2 parallel 1/4 inch seams.
  • Cut half way (21/2 inches) between seams; press seams to darker fabric.
  • Place two different two patch units rights sides together, with background NOT together, snugging previously sewn seams.
  • Sew 2 parallel 1/4 inch seams crossing previously sewn seams.
  • Cut half way (21/2 inches) between seams; press seams to one side.
  • Makes 2 four patch units per fabric pair.

Unit E - fabrics 1, 2 & 3; make 24.
Unit F - fabrics 1, 4 & 5; make 24.

[top]Block instructions

Jewel Box quarters

Sew block together as shown in layout using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Press seams to one side.

Makes 1 block.

[top]Border instructions

Figure 4
  • Sew 2 horizontal strip sets, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance using border strips of Fabrics 2 & 5 respectively and at least 441/2 inches long; press seams to lighter fabric and in same direction.
  • Sew 2 vertical strip sets, with a 1/4 inch seam allowance using border strips of Fabrics 2 & 5 respectively and at least 601/2 inches long; press seams to darker fabric and in same direction.
  • Mark centers of all strip sets and quilt top sides.
  • Sew vertical borders to quilt sides starting and ending 1/4 inch from edge and matching centers and fabric 1 to raw edge of quilt. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance; press toward borders.
  • Sew horizontal borders to quilt top and bottom starting and ending 1/4 inch from edge and matching centers and fabric 1 to raw edge of quilt. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance being careful not to sew vertical borders; press toward borders.
  • For mitered corners, fold quilt top and borders diagonally matching border raw edges and point where previously sewn seams stopped. Draw a 45 degree line extending quilt top through borders.
  • Sew on drawn line stopping 1/4 inch from quilt top; take care not to stretch bias.
  • Trim excess to 1/4 inch; press seam open. Repeat for all corners.

[top]Finish instructions

Backing & Batting: including a 4 inch allowance on all sides, backing and batting should be about 52" by 68".

Sandwich:

  • Place pressed backing right side down on a flat surface large enough to lay flat; tape in place at sides, then corners.
  • Lay batting on top of backing and smooth wrinkles; tape in place at sides, then corners. (If using slippery batting, spray baste to baking and top.)
  • Put pressed quilt on top right side up.
  • Smooth borders and blocks square, pushing excess toward middle. Quilting will take up slack and quilt will hang better.
  • Pin baste 3 to 4 inches apart in quarters down length and width. Finish pin basting each quarter 3 to 4 inches apart.

Quilting: quilt as desired. Adjust presser foot pressure to accomodate quilt thickness prevent backing from sliding while quilting.

Binding: Figure 5

  • If the number of binding strips are greater than 1, sew strips together by laying ends right sides together forming an L.
  • Sew on diagonal where fabrics cross from upper left to lower right.
  • Trim excess to 1/4 inch.
  • Repeat to make a continuous strip; press seams open.
  • Fold and press strip lengthwise in half wrong sides together.
  • Leaving a 5 inch tail, sew binding to quilt top matching raw edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Stop 1/4 inch before corner with needle down.
  • Pivot work as if to sew next side and reverse sew off quilt top.
  • Fold binding back, creating a 45 degree fold, then fold forward matching fold to previously sewn side.
  • Continue sewing binding, and repeat above for each corner.
  • Stop sewing approximately 5 inches from beginning.
  • Unfold and overlap ends.
  • Cut at an approximate 45 degree angle somewhere where both ends overlap.
  • Match ends wrong sides together, leaving equal dog ears.
  • Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Refold binding and finish sewing to quilt.
  • Fold binding to back and handstitch to finish using a blind stitch.

[top]Tip: Put desired fabrics right sides together and then cut squares. This way, square pairs will already be matched.