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A Novel Idea Free Block of the Month Series - A Bookcase Quilt Using Novelty Fabrics

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A Novel Idea Flowerpot Block


For the whole bookcase quilt:
Main Bookcase fabric
- 1¼ yard
Darker Bookcase fabric (A) - 1 yard
(this is an estimate, but I believe that would be plenty)

Plus...for the June Jars block

Tiny Stripe for Jar Lids (B)
3 Jar Fillers (N)


1. Cut the fabrics for the jars block [Rotary Cutting] as follows:

Jars Block Fabrics

Dark Bookcase fabric (A1) ~ 4" x 8½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A2) ~ 2" x 4½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A3) ~ 4½" x 6½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A4) ~ 2 - 4½" x 4½"
Dark Bookcase fabric (A5) ~ 2 - 1½" x 3½"
Tiny Stripe for Jar Lids fabric (B) ~
2½" x 3½"
Jar Novelty fabric (N1) ~ 4½" x 6½"
Jar Novelty fabric (N2) ~ 4½" x 4½"
Jar Novelty fabric (N2) ~ 4½" x 4½"

2. Prepare the appliqué jar shapes [Cardboard Templates ~ For Piecing] as follows:

Request the free June Jars Template here

Novelty Jar fabrics (N1, N2, N3): Prepare the corners [Cardboard Templates ~ For Piecing] as instructed.
Rotate the corner template to make the arc on each corner of the 3 jar fabrics.

Jar Block Fabrics

Jar Block Fabrics
Using pinking shears trim each corner, cutting beyond the drawn line, as instructed.

3. Gently finger press the corners over on the drawn line and baste in place [Stitches - #3c].

Jar Block Fabrics

Jar Block Fabrics

Baste the prepared jars to the dark wood background fabrics (A3 & A4).

4. Using 18" of thread [Stitches] that matches the jars, blind-stitch [Stitches - #1] them to the background fabrics.
End with a knot on the back of unit, behind the appliqué patch.

Jar Block Fabrics

5. Remove all the basting stitches, and carefully trim the jar fabric even with the background, if necessary.
Press [Pressing - #2].

6. Sew a strip set from fabrics A5 + B + A5 patches [Strip Piecing], as illustrated.
Cut them down to 1" units.

Jar Block Fabrics

7. Layout the patches & units as pictured below.

Jar Block Fabrics

Machine stitch [Machine Piecing Basics] the patches in numerical order.
Press the seams open.

8. Block [Blocking] the Jars block at the finished size of 12" x 8".


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