Back here at the tail end of the middle of the group, there have been some really great and fabulous blocks already done. Some were even blocks that I had hoped to post as my month! I guess getting in line to be first can be a good thing sometimes! LOL.
But I think I found something really exciting. I am a total insomniac. I stay awake for a long long long time every night after everyone else has gone to bed. I have three dogs snoring softly (some NOT so softly) and I can hear Frank snoring from all the way out in the living room with the TV going! I watch a lot of late night TV and cruise the quilt sites on my iPad until about 2 or 3 AM every night.
One of my favorite blocks has always been the Bug Jar. I have collected fabrics to make a Jar Quilt for a long time but have never really made one. Maybe this will turn the corner on that idea today!
I thought we could make a Fabric Jar Block. I envision a quilt with jars of different colors – one red scraps, one blue scraps, a yellow and a green jar. An orange sitting on one corner and a tall purple one in the middle maybe.
Wouldn’t it be cool to have a whole shelf unit full of different sized jars of fabric? Way cool. You can have mixed up colors of the rainbow in each jar and maybe different sizes of jars of multicolored scraps. You can dream in rainbows! If you can sleep!
For a 12 inch finished block this will measure 12.5 inches unfinished. Oh, just for reference .125 is 1/8 inch and .825 is 7/8 inch.
1.25 x 12.5 block bottom
Two 2.5 x 8.5 block sides
Two 1.75 x 4 lid sides
Four 1.5 x 1.5 squares for jar corners
You can make a 6.5 inch jar block by cutting the following:
1.125 x 3 – striped cap fabric
Background – 1.5 x 6.5 block top
.825 x 6.5 block bottom
Two 1.5 x 4.5 block sides
Two 1.125 x 2.25 lid sides
Four 1 x 1 squares for jar corners
3. Sew the lid between the two lid sides background pieces to form a long skinny strip.
4. Lay out the block in the following order:
block top (background)
block bottom (background)
Tall block that finishes 8 x 12. To make it finish 12 x 12 just add 2 inches to your sides to make the block background wider.
For an 8 x 12 finished block: For a 12 x 12 finished block:
2 x 8.5 Block top (background) 2 x 12.5
2 x 3.5 Lid (stripes) 2 x 3.5
Two 2 x 3 Lid sides (background) 2 x 5
5.5 x 8 Jar fabric (made fabric) 5.5 x 8
Four 1.5 x 1.5 Jar corners (background) 1.5 x 1.5
Two 2 x 8 Block sides (background) 4 x 8
2 x 8.5 Block bottom (background) 2 x 12.5
If you want a flat bottomed jar, leave off the two bottom corners of the jar. You can tweak the measurements in any number of different ways and make a variety of different shapes and sizes. Oh, you can make the top corners of the jar larger than the bottom two corners and have a different sort of jar.