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A Bug Jar Quilt -- not perfect

by Shari Prescher

Bug jar quilt -- folded to show back view also

Bug jar quilt -- folded to show back view also

I went to a class downtown and found out how to make a bug jar quilt.

But I sewed too close to the seam lines and now they are coming apart. I like it but the bookcase part looks like broken shelves or swayed shelves, and my jars are misshapen and lids look like little slivers instead of a jar lids. So I have used embroidery thread to patch it up.

The ladies are telling me stuff like it gives it more character, I think it needs lots of help.

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Sep 15, 2018
need input
by: Anonymous

I have completed two bug jar quilt tops and am completely happy with them...but here is my question. I have always hand quilted my quilts just like I watched my Grandma do, but my daughters both machine quilt and have convinced me to try it on these two. I just cannot seem to settle on a quilting design that is suitable.

Does anyone have thoughts or experience in what would look ok and not detract from the pattern design?

Thanks for any input or advice.

Aug 08, 2012
Going Bugs!
by: Roberta

When I have a small joint that separates where 2 blocks come together I create a small 3-d lady bug and applique her over the flaw. Guess she's my "trademark" Fortunately not every quilt sports one of these lady bugs.

Mar 14, 2012
been there
by: Laura

Your quilt looks great. My first quilts I did the same thing, sewed to close, to slight seam allowances and ended up with frayed edges and puckering seams. Remember, We really are our own worst critics, I see every flaw in my projects when no one else notices.

I've found if I truly can't live with it I can fake it.. a little creative applique, even just sewing bias on seams can help hide the flaws and reinstate my confidence.

Jan 12, 2012
Bug in a Quilt
by: Elaine DeFoor

It looks great in the picture. You learned a lot from this quilt and won't make the same mistakes. When I first started learning to quilt, I was part of a group working on a large quilt to raffle off for money to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Many of the ladies involved were master quilters. One of them told me that there was no such thing as perfect in a quilt and a lot of "fudging" always went on in every quilt. I still know where those places are on all my quilts and I am still not a master quilter but the people who received my quilts don't know about "fudges" and haven't found them to my knowledge.

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