Friday, February 03, 2006

My newest mystery quilt!


I just completed this mystery quilt this week. It is a Jewel box variation. My dear friend Carol A. did the longarm quilting on it. As always she has done a fantastic job! I have already done this mystery once and don’t have a picture of it. I gifted it as a graduation present to our good friend’s daughter. Our guild is thinking of doing a scrappy mystery quilt for retreat this fall. So, I pulled out the binders that have printed out mysteries in them and started pulling out the ones that could be done with scraps. I ended up choosing this one only because I had enough background fabric on hand to go ahead and start cutting. I was on clue 3 when I realized it was familiar. I am not big on batiks, but I had purchased a large amount for a Jan Krentz class I had taken. So this was a good project to use them up.
I am happy with the end result. I don’t think you can go wrong with a scrap quilt. I wasn’t able to get the okay from the designer to use it at our retreat. So I am back to square one again and possible mystery quilt #21.

15 comments:

cher said...

great colorful quilt! I really want to do a jewel box quilt...but too many current ufos

Carolyn said...

It's gorgeous and I love the variation of the jewel box. The colors are great too...

dot said...

This is a beatiful quilt.

Sandra said...

I love this variation - I'm going to make one like this myself! It's beautiful :-)

Finn said...

An absolutely beautiful Jewel box Laura. I think the batiks work well there, and if, as you said, it got them used us..all the better. It would be very hard NOT to like this quilt!!! Great job.
Sorry about the permission to use tho, I know tha pattern is in public domain, but I suppose her printed out clues are hers.

Dawn said...

I've always wanted to do a Jewel Box also. I love how yours turned out!

trish said...

Your jewel box quilt is wonderful! The navy border fabric sets off the scrappy batiks so nicely!

trish
www.randomthreads.com

Tonya R said...

Have you considered writing up a mystery directions yourself? You love them, you're experienced at working with them. Why not give it a try?

Sharon said...

I wanna go with you when you do mystery quilts. Every one of yours is wonderful. Mine? Well, shall I say less than even OK? Love all the quilts you've shown!

Holly said...

Very pretty :)

Mary said...

Very nice - I like the sashing in this Jewel Box version. It is a great pattern for a scrappy quilt.

JudyL said...

That's one of the prettiest mystery quilts I've seen. I love jewel box quilts.

Judy L.

Darcie said...

Oooh, Laura. This Jewel Box mystery is spectacular. A very nice use of batiks!

I agree with Tonya...make your own clues!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

Beautiful quilt. I am with Tonya - maybe you should try writting up your own mystery. At least that way you would never have to worry about having permission to use it. That sure is some batik stash you are busting!

Cheers!

Evelyn

Joanne said...

I'm enjoying seeing all your mystery quilts! I did the jewel box one too -- mine was done in Christmas fabrics - scrappy, of course. I did quite a few online mysteries back then, too, but haven't done any lately -- I figure I already have enough on my plate!