September 2007

September 2007 Block

Mini Jars

Tips & Hints

For September I designed this block with two mini jars and blank spaces for quilting designs. Use two fabrics printed with something you might put in a jar. I used a gray print for the jar lids, but you could use any fabric that you feel goes with your jar fabric. The background is Moda Marble Black.

Cutting directions for TWO blocks are below:

43 1/2" x 1"Jar Lid Fabric
46" x 6 1/2"Assorted Jar Fabric
46 1/2" x 6 1/2"Moda Marble Black
81" x 2"Moda Marble Black
81 1/2" x 1 1/2"Moda Marble Black
82" x 2"Moda Marble Black

Sew your jar lid fabric between two 1" x 2" Moda Marble rectangles. These are sewn end to end. Press toward the black. Repeat three more times for a total of four units (two per block).

Next we're going to sew black snowball corners onto the jar fabric rectangle. If you need a refresher on snowball corners, see the instructions for when we last did a jar block. First, be sure your jar fabric is oriented so the 6 1/2" measurement is horizontal and the 6" measurement is vertical. Then place two 2" x 2" black squares right sides together on the two upper corners, lining up the edges. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to opposite corner of the black square. For marking black fabric I use a Clover white pen that disappears with ironing. Sew along the lines and press the squares back onto themselves to form a triangle. You may choose to trim one or both seam allowances. (The instructions mentioned previously show trimming one, but it's a matter of personal preference.) Attach the 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" black squares to the bottom of the jar fabric rectangle in the same manner. Repeat three more times for a total of four units (two per block).

Sew the jar lid unit to the top of the jar unit. Remember the larger triangles are at the top of the jar unit and the smaller ones are at the bottom of the unit. Otherwise the jar lid will not fit properly. Press toward the lid unit. Repeat three more times for a total of four units (two per block.) Sew a black 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" to the right side of two jars and to the left side of the remaining two jars. Press toward the black square. Join unit with the black square on the right to a unit with the black square on the left. See block graphic above for correct placement. Press toward the first row. Repeat for the second block.

We are making TWO blocks for September. The blocks are 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished. Do not trim your blocks. Let the winners of the blocks trim them as necessary when they set them into a quilt top. And remember to label your blocks (sticky address label is a good method). Send your blocks to Patty. The blocks should be mailed a week before the end of the month. By now you should have all sent in your Priority stamp and mailing label. And remember that if you haven't won yet, Priority postage has gone up and it would be nice if you sent an additional 55 cent stamp to Patty to help with postage prices. If your blocks are late, you won't be in the drawing for that month and you'll cause more expense and work for Patty. Another reminder, all blocks should be made with 100% cotton, quilt shop quality fabrics that have been washed, dried and pressed.

If you have questions or comments, post a note on the MSN club or email Squirrel (Patty) or AzPatch (Margo).

September 2007 Quilt