Jewel Patchwork is not as common as the Log Cabin
or Block pattern and it is a shame. It looks as if it could be quite
lovely. I have searched everywhere and cannot find a colored picture to
do it justice.
The following information on this type of patchwork is from The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework, 1887, by S.F.A. Caulfeild and Blanche C. Saward. It has been edited for use on this site.
The pattern shown below is intended to give the appearance of large precious stones, set round with smaller ones, and a plain setting. Each of the large squares represents a cut stone with the light falling upon it, and to produce this effect is made either of two shades of blue satin brocade, two of ruby brocade, emerald, or yellow brocade. The small squares are made of any colours, and should be much varied; the long lines, of plain brown gold satin.
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To work the Jewel Patchwork pattern: Cut out in paper a perfect square,
measuring 2 inches each way, run a line across this from the left-hand
top point to the right-hand bottom point, and horizontally across its
centre. Cut down the diagonal line from the left-hand top corner to the
centre of the square; cut across to the right on the horizontal line. The two pieces the square
is thus divided into will be the two sizes required for the centers of
the pattern; have them copied in tin, and cut from the smallest piece
half the light shades of satin and half the dark shades, and from the
larger half the dark shades of satin and half the light shades required.
For the straight pieces, cut out lengths of two inches, an inch wide; and for the small squares an inch every way.
Join the light satin
to the dark, so as to make a perfect square, and put the light colour
on the right side of the dark colour for three patches on one line, two
patches on the next line, and one patch on the third line of the work,
and reverse it for the next three rows; surround a square thus made with
the long brown pieces, and fill in the four corners with four little
squares; then join on another large square, and surround that on the
three sides left open with the straight pieces of brown satin and the
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