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Bug Jar Quilt Block Patterns
Bug Jar Quilt Block Patterns

Bug Jar Quilt Blocks

Illustration © Janet Wickell

This duo of bug jar quilt block patterns was originally designed for a block swap on the Quilting Forum. The theme possibilities are endless, because the jars needn't hold bugs. Any pictorial fabric will work just fine.

Fabric possibilities for jars:

  • Buttons
  • Thimbles
  • Spools of thread
  • Candy or other Foods
  • Seashells
  • Anything you like.

Bug Jar Quilt Block Size Options

Both of the bug jar quilt blocks finish at 9-inches tall, but their widths differ. The quilt block with the tall jar finishes at 6-inches across, and the block with the shorter jar finishes at 4-1/2" wide. The differences allow you to add a bit of variety to your jar shelves.

Make Six 6" x 9" Bug Jars

Background Fabric:

  • six 2" x 6-1/2" bars (top trim)
  • twelve 1" x 8" bars (side trim)
  • twelve 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" squares (jar top corners)
  • two 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" strips (for strip pieced lid units)

Jar Fabric:

  • Six 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" bars

Lid Fabric

  • 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" bar (strip pieced lid units)

Make Six 4-1/2" x 9" Bug Jars

 

Background Fabric:

  • six 4" x 5" bars (top trim)
  • twelve 1" x 6" bars (side trim)
  • twelve 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" squares (jar top corners)
  • two 1-1/4" x 6-1/2" strips (for strip pieced lid units)

Jar Fabric:

  • Six 4" x 5-1/2" bars

Lid Fabric

  • 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" bar (strip pieced lid units)

Keep units for each block size in a separate area so they don't intermingle.

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