Thursday, December 16, 2010

Finish: Happy Campers Jewel Box Quilt

First things first, if you're here for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day or if you haven't entered my Christmas giveaway, check it out!

This is my take on a traditional Jewel Box Quilt.  It's a twin size quilt I made for my oldest twin to be a companion to this quilt.  I love American Jane, diagonal movement, and half square triangles.  This quilt has it all, but I kind of think it's too much.  I hate to sound like a whiner or a downer.  I still think it's a good quilt, but just not what I was expecting.  Sometimes when you find a pattern you really love you have to be patient to find the right fabrics to go wtih it (and vice versa).  That's one of my biggest flaws as a quilter...falling in love with a fabric and a pattern at the same time that really don't go together.  I am too impatient to wait for that perfect combo.

 The recipient is a big fan of his Daddy, and he told me this picture is his daddy.  He loves that.  Just between us, his daddy is WAY cuter :)

 One thing I really love about this quilt is the backing.  I did this on my last Happy Campers quilt and I love what a neat look it has when it is turned down on a bed.  It's Camp Basics Stripe, an American Jane fabric that was made to be a companion to Happy Campers.  Sandy Klop does this for many of her lines, I think.  I found the backing fabric for 3.99/yard online and I bought yards and yards (and I actually bought the very last yard they had!).
 The difference between this and the traditional Jewel box is that this quilt has little picture squares instead of 4 pieced squares in that spot.  I wanted a way to display the scenic prints.  I also fussy cut some scenic prints out of the Happy Campers Panel that I found on clearance for $2 each.  My best friend got me started with 2 charm packs and scraps from HER Happy Campers quilt.

 Here is my scooby lovin' kid showing me where his daddy is.

And here is looking for his brothers...

Myy best friend talked to me about this quilt and made me realize that even though it kind of makes my eyeballs hurt that isn't the important thing.  My son loves this quilt and it is HIS...not mine.  I'm glad I just sucked it up and finished it because she's right- It's not all about me and what I like.  You should make quilts YOU like, but if something goes wrong and you don't like it, find a gracious recipient out there who will.

Note: I have added comment verification after getting my first spam comment.  I know it is annoying, so I apologize.   I just don't think a viagra ad belongs on here...


  1. I have the same problem as you. I can't wait for that perfect fabric/pattern combo. What I've started doing is trying to plan my quilts way in advance when I'm working on other things. That way I can let ideas percolate and get better!
    For what it's worth, I LOVE this quilt. I think it's totally amazing. And it may calm down a bit when it's on the bed and has pillows and stuffed animals on it. Besides, as long as the owner adores it, that's all that matters!

  2. I think the quilt is wonderful. You're too hard on yourself, as are many of us. Great job.

  3. I've never seen this pattern, but I LOVE it!

  4. Awe! It's beautiful and he's a cutie! Great job!

  5. are you going to give us this pattern or do we just Google it? I absolutely love it!!!!

  6. I love the quilt. It turned out beautifully. And I'm sure your super-picky tyke loves it too.

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  8. I love this quilt! It feels really traditional/old fashioned, love that it doesn't have a border interfering with the pattern and can't wait to get started on making one!


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