Free Quilt Block Pattern
The Jewel Box quilt block has been around for a very long time. It is a simple four patch featuring only the simplest of patches used in quilting -- the square and half square triangle. This quilt block is a perfect choice to use up all of those tiny scraps you have been saving. My personal opinion is that quilters used "jewel" coloured fabric scraps and thereby created the name of this block (but I am only guessing). In any case, the more scraps you have the better.
My version of this quilt block uses a single, light background fabric, but you may choose to use a variety of fabrics for this. The only requirement is that there is lots of contrast between the background fabric and all of the other fabrics used. (*Note - many quilters choose a dark fabric for the background instead, and then, of course you also must have lots of contrast with the remaining fabrics.)
The two sample quilts illustrated show you that secondary patterns can emerge as you design the layout of your personal quilt.