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How to Make Bug Jar Quilt Blocks
Sew Square Bug Jar Quilt Blocks
This easy Bug Jar quilt block pattern explains how to sew a square bug jar that's a bit different from most of the other bug jar quilt block patterns I've seen.
Bug jar quilt blocks often depict jars that resemble tall, quart-sized canning jars. I wanted to design something a bit shorter, with more jar width to accommodate large prints. The result is a jar quilt block that looks a bit like an old-fashioned pickle jar.
Fill your bug jar quilt blocks with bugs,... of course, or consider candy, flowers, cookies... any pictorial fabric that suits your needs.
Finished block size: 12" x 12"
Use any background you like. Black is effective for colorful prints and can make the jar seem to pop out from the fabric, but another color might work better with your quilting fabrics.
12-inch Bug Jar Quilt Block Fabric Cutting Chart
- one 8-1/2" x 8-1/2" square
- one 1-5/8" x 5-1/2" bar
- Block Top: one 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" bar
- Block Bottom: one 1-1/4" x 12-1/2" bar
- Block Sides: two 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" bars
- Cap Sides: two 1-5/8" x 4" bars
- Jar Corners: four 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares
More Bug Jar Quilt BlocksContinue to 2 of 4 below.
02 of 04
Sew the Center of the Bug Jar Quilt Block
Start Sewing the Bug Jar Quilt Blocks
Continue to 3 of 4 below.
- Find your jar square.
- Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of each small background square.
- Align a square in each corner of the block as shown, right sides together. Take care to align raw edges as closely as possible. (See "A")
- Stitch a seam directly on each drawn line.
- Trim excess edges, leaving about 1/4" past the seam line. (See " B")
- Press as-is to set the seam (improves the accuracy of any patchwork).
- Flip... the corner patches right side up. Press the seam allowance towards the bug fabric. (See "C")
03 of 04
How to Sew a Bug Jar Quilt Block
Finish Sewing the Bug Jar Quilt Blocks
Use a 1/4" seam allowance to assemble the quilt block, placing units right sides together for sewing and matching raw edges carefully. Use straight pins to hold patches together if it helps you keep them aligned.
- Sew a background sidebar to two opposite sides of the bug jar square. Press seam allowances towards the side bars.
- Stitch a background cap side to each side of the cap along short edges as shown in the middle row above. Pres seams allowances... towards the darker fabric. If you strip pieced the unit, it is already assembled.
- Make the top of the block by sewing the bug jar cap unit to the long bottom edge of the top background bar. Press the seam allowance to the top background bar.
- Sew the cap/top background bar unit to the top of the bug jar unit. Press the seam allowance towards the cap unit.
- Sew the bottom background bar to the bottom of the block. Press the seam allowance towards the bottom strip.
Your completed block should measure either 12-1/2" x 12-1/2" or 6-1/2" x 6-1/2".
If your block is smaller than it should be, or skewed, press again and recheck. If it still isn't quite right, use my easy squaring-up method before sewing it to other blocks.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Example of a Bug Jar Quilt with Sashing
Add Sashing to Bug Jar Quilt Blocks
Here are two examples of Bug Jar quilt blocks sewn with sashing between them. Sashing helps make the blocks appear to be sitting on a shelf.
You could eliminate the vertical sashing and use only long strips between rows of quilt blocks that are sewn side by side.