My next project is well underway...Snack Attack! While surfing the 'net about a year ago, I happened upon a quilt that grabbed hold of my imagination and wouldn't let go. It was a representation of a pantry closet with jars filled with fruits and vegetables. I loved it. I wanted to make a quilt for my oldest grandson, who is 11 and is a snacker (his favorite is potato chips). This quilt is meant to take him through his teen years to his HS graduation. I thought about the jar quilt, and thought...why not jars of snack items sitting on shelves in a pantry cupboard or closet? I attended a number of quilt shows last spring and summer and began to gather as many fat quarters as I could depicting snack items. These could be salty snacks, chocolate snacks, or candy snacks. I came up with almost 30 different prints over the course of about 6 months. What I didn't find in person, I found at various online quilt shops.
Here is one of the blocks I've made from the prints:
As you can see, the background of the print is black, as well as the borders around each block. I wanted the jars to be reminiscent of glass canning jars, complete with zinc lids. (I found a gray fabric that was perfect for this!). The subject of each print needed to be busy enough, however, to give a good outline of the jar. I found the pattern (aka bug jar) at about.com. If you Google "jar quilt", you'll find it in the listings.
There will be a total of 25 jar blocks in this quilt when finished. Here are a few more of the blocks that I have finished:
Next post I'll show you the finished quilt top.