Friday, May 13, 2011

Bloggers Quilt Festival (Jar Quilt)

Amy over at Amy's Creative Side is putting on the Bloggers Festival again.  This is a fun way to see a lot of beautiful quilts without leaving the comfort of your easy chair.

I decided to participate again and chose a quilt I finished ten years ago.  I've been noticing a lot of people are doing "jar quilts" again and wanted to show mine made way back then.  I even left one jar "open" with a fly trying to get in it.




When this pattern first came out, everyone on the internet jumped on the idea of swapping jar blocks.  I was in a group that decided to do FOOD instead of bugs.  This was in 1998, I finished it in 2001 and it hung in my kitchen for quite a while.

It was so much fun and I was lucky enough to get blocks from the Netherlands, Australia, Norway and many places across the United States.  I decided to put labels on my jars and put everyone's names and email addresses on them, just like they were real canning jars on a shelf.  (It's doubtful any of the addresses are still current, I know mine isn't!)   It was a real conversation starter!

Anyway, I thought it might be fun to list the names on the quilt.  Maybe some of your are still out there and might like to see your block made into my quilt. (And if you are, please let me know!)  Here they are:

Bonnie Preslar, Beverly Burris, Peggy Raley, Judith Brainerd, Jean Fajimoto, Lyn Sethna, Wendy Harrison, Barbara Morris, Patsy Brown, Dixie Reed, 
Laurel McDaniel, Eileen, Chrysanne Demirel, Karen Dent, Lucy Radatz, Synnova Vanar, Susan Leise, Nataya Segerink and Patsy Hasenfratz.  (Thank you all.)

Everyone enjoys the back of the quilt too.  It was a huge jar full of Hershey candy bars and my label was on the jar lid.

Be sure to check out all the quilts here.


40 comments:

  1. I have fallen for your 10 year old quilt ! and the back ! how neat ; I hope you connect with some of the block contributors ! thanks for sharing !

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  2. That is really cool! I remember when lots of quilters were making jar quilts. I never got to it but every once in a while I see fabric designs that would be perfect. Maybe someday.

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  3. Fabulous quilt! I have no seen this design before - what a great idea!

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  4. How fun that you made such a fun quilt with friends from all over. I hope those other people are still quilting, too. Very cute!

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  5. What a fun quilt. I'm collecting fabrics for a bug jar quilt, so when I saw your jar quilt linked at the Bloggers Quilt Festival, I had to come check it out.

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  6. It's a cool quilt. I love seeing this pattern and have always been tempted myself to make it with little Halloween creepy crawlies in the jars. It's neat too that you say you did an internet swap for fabric 10 years ago !!!

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  7. Awesome quilt! I love how it is 10 years old, but doesn't look dated. Great job! I graduated high school in 1998! LOL, I guess I like to think I don't look dated either.

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  8. This quilt is such good fun! Love the idea of blocks from all over the world. It looks great!

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  9. I love this SO much! I want to make one really bad! Yours is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I started quilting 5 years ago and this pattern was one of my first entries on my "must do" list. Unfortunately I still havent got around to doing it. woops. Yours is lovely!

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  11. How unusual and interesting. Thanks for choosing to share this quilt. I'm a novice and I love it!

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  12. What a cute quilt, and I like the fabrics

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  13. I think the back of the quilt is the perfect icing to top off a beautiful cake! :) Really cute quilt!

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  14. O my goodness; you make me want to try a jar quilt. This is great, and I love the fly!

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  15. Darling. How fun to have input from people around the world! Always fun to work together. Thanks for sharing and have a greatcday

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  16. What a wonderful quilt and so special because it was made by many. Such a clever idea to put the details on the labels.

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  17. Your back for this common style is so great. it integrates the label seamlessly into the design. The block gather is so special - blocks from friends everywhere. Great job.

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  18. What a fun quilt - both the front and the back :o)

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  19. What a cool quilt and I am really enjoying the Hershey jar on the back:)

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  20. What a great quilt! I missed the "jar phase" but I may have to make one of these anyway.

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  21. Your jar quilt is darling....I love the jar on its side and the one without the lid too!

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  22. Love your quilt....let's start up another swap! I have some fabrics with food on them!
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. What a fun back for your jar quilt! I'm thinking it would be a fun back for a kids donation quilt! This is a way fun post!

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  24. I made a bug jar quilt for my first granddaughter. Now I have a grandson. He would love it. I need to make one again! They are so much fun!!!

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  25. Your quilt reminds me of my grandmother's pantry. She canned lots of veggies every summer. And what a wonderful memory quilt with blocks from all around the world.

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  26. I think it's a great conversation starter. I love the fly trying to get in.

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  27. Oh I remember these, I never got past the collecting bug fabrics, may make one yet.
    What a great slice of time, they are truly memory jars. Kudos
    Come see my entries, #210 repro cheddar stars and #214 antique applique-quilted joy

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  28. I love the shapes and variety in the jars. A great shared project that works together cohesively!

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  29. Wonderful quilt. What a great 'bee' project. I love the way you can notice something different every time you look at the quilt.

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  30. I still have a Jar Quilt on my list of wanna do quilts. I've been collecting Fruits and Vegetables, Bugs and candy fabrics to make me one. I even started a Christmas Candy one, it's on my UFO list this year. Thanks for sharing. LOVE the back.

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  31. this is such a fun quilt!!! what a great idea!

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  32. Very fun quilt Linda- I have never made a quilt with food fabrics- they look so lovely hanging in a kitchen.
    It sounds like you really enjoyed making this quilt.
    Another great blogging festival wasn't it!
    Regards,
    Anna

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  33. I love your jar quilt, front & back! I made a couple of bug jar quilts several years ago. Seeing this makes me want to make another jar quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I love your jar quilt! I have a special jar quilt that my aunt made my son about 8 years ago. I really love how you included the quilters on your labels! PERFECT!

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