Tips & Hints
For the March block we're doing a jar block. This block is very easy to construct. For the jar use conversation fabric (fabric with actual recognizable objects printed on it rather than abstract designs) with something on it that you might put in a jar. Think about food, candy, bugs, fruit, veggies, crayons, money, whatever your imagination can come up with. The background is a tan print and the jar lid is a print that coordinates with the jar fabric. We are making 12" blocks this year (that's 12 1/2" unfinished). We will be making TWO blocks for March.
Below is a table with the cutting information for EACH block.
First make a "snowball" corner on each corner of the jar fabric with your four tan 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. You will sew diagonally, trim the inner tan fabric and press the remaining fabric back toward the corner. Please click here to see pictures of the steps.
Now sew a 2 1/2" x 10 1/2" tan rectangle to each side of the jar. Press the seam away from the jar. Sew the 12 1/2" x 1 1/2" tan rectangle to the bottom of the jar. Press the seam away from the jar. Make the lid section by sewing the 5 1/2" x 1 1/2" lid fabric between two 4" x 1 1/2" tan rectangles, joining the 1 1/2" ends. Press seams away from the lid fabric. Sew this unit to the top of the jar, pressing the seam away from the jar.
That's all there is to it. Your block should measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" (unfinished). Click here to see a photo (block is too big for the scanner) of the front of the test block I made. Click here to see the back. No templates or foundation patterns this month.
Remember to label your blocks on the BACK of your block. Sticking a return address label on each is an easy way to do this and you're already putting one on the envelope anyway. If you use pen, please use something that is permanent, like a pigma or archival album pen. Do not forget to label your blocks. Your $3.85 Priority Mail stamp is due if you forgot to include it with your February block. On the outside of the envelope, in the lower left corner, please write which month(s) the blocks is(are) for (i.e. BOM Mar 2003). This helps Patty separate the BOM envelopes from the rest of her mail.
If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN Club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo). You will be making TWO blocks for March. Please do NOT trim your blocks. Blocks will be due to Patty by March 31st. Patty and I will be getting together to open "squishies" April 5th, so please get your blocks to her at least a week before then. If you have not sent your February blocks yet, they will be due at the same time. If you can't get the blocks to Patty before the winners are picked, please email me for the addresses of the winners so you can mail the blocks to them directly.
I will not be including an Electric Quilt file anymore, unless there is a huge demand for it. Email me if you would like one and I'll send it to you.