Thursday, January 1, 2009

An Alternative to Football...

Well, I started watching the Penn State vs. USC game (Rose Bowl) and gave up at half time....my oh my, Penn State looks terrible (apparently things got a bit better in the second half). So, I moved myself up to my sewing room and assembled my mason jars....

I thought I would add a quick tutorial at this point.

I drew a template for my mason jars on a piece of graph paper. You can do the same and make your jars any size or shape that you like. I will give you the measurements that I used, in case you would like to copy.

There are so many ideas for this jar quilt. I have seen it done up adorably using all sorts of insect fabric...like bugs in jars.....so cute! You could use fabric with sewing notions to make a quilt for your sewing room....oh there are so many possibilities!Here are the measurements for my template:



A (veggie fabric) 6 " by 8 1/2"rectangle.

B (black) 1 3/4" squares

C (black) 1 1/4" squares

D (grey or gold) 1 1/4 by 4" rectangle

E (black) 1 1/2 by 4" rectangle

F (black) 2 1/4 by 2 1/2 " rectangles

G (black) 1 1/2 by 8" rectangles

Sashing (wood print or brown) 1 1/2 inch strips of 44" wide fabric

Start by sewing squares B onto A in the top corners (right sides facing) diagonally across square. Fold corner to outside and press. Repeat the same with squares C onto lower 2 corners of A. With right sides together, sew G to each side of A.






Assemble top rectangles by sewing D to E (right sides together) and then add F to right and left side.




Attach your jar lid piece to your jar piece to complete block.












Assemble blocks in a row and add sashing between rows.



Finish by adding sashing across top of top row and down each side.


You can then add a border around the whole thing and complete by quilting and adding bias binding.

All seams are 1/4 inch.

If you have any questions feel free to email me!


PS: The secret to accurate quilt piecing is accurate cutting....nothing beats a cutting wheel, and a 1/4 inch presser foot. These presser feet have a little straight edge on them that guarantees a perfect seam every time!

5 comments:

Mona said...

WOW!! That looks great! The jars look so realistic.

Princess Of Pink said...

CUTE!! I love, LOVE it, so pretty!!

Anonymous said...

Wow you put it together fast did u stay up all nite. Great job Bev

Anonymous said...

Carrie said:

Wow great job Bev you must have stayed up all night!

Gerry said...

I love this. It's so realistic looking. Really nice work.

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