Quilt Notes: TREASURE BOX dates back to the Nancy Page (aka Florence LaGanke) syndicated quilt column, June 2, 1942, and which states the following, as published in the Hartford Courant, along with her drawing illustrated left.
"Perhaps it is the present trend toward saving that gave me this idea for a treasure box pattern. I can think of so many things that might be tucked away in treasure boxes. [...] This quilt block may be set together with a plain square or with sashing. The squares may be set parallel to the sides of the bed, or they may be held on the basis. For a quilt made for a double bed, measuring ninety by one hundered and six inches, plan on using nine yards, all told, of material. It is difficult to tell you how to divide it inasmuch as the method of setting the pieced blocks together will affect the amount of material needed."
Notice that Nancy Page briefly includes her own personal response to the design, which is common in her articles. The design is included in Jinny Beyer's QUILTER'S ALBUM OF PATCHWORK PATTERNS, p.134-8, along with similar "X" shape patterns. The border around the X in this pattern appears to be fairly unique, and it has a 3D effect in these illustrations because it seems to work well with the "box," image in the title. But see also Nancy Cabot's LUCKY KNOT in Beyer's ALBUM, p.118-9, and where the criss-crossing rectangles are intertwined.
Designs at this site with interesting themes on hopes or dreams of happiness include, for instance:
BIRDS IN THE AIR
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS
DOVES IN THE WINDOW