Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Quilted Button Jars

As I continue to spend time in my new sewing space I am inspired by my color choices for the room, aqua and orange. Still funny to me working in oranges for myself and it not be Halloween. I also scored these super cute collections of buttons which I stitched into small quilt blocks that look like jars.

Auditioning buttons

Luckily I also have a smidge of a Amy Butler Oxford Stripe in duck egg, orange and brown - perfect. I pieced a simple jar block from a pattern I got at a local quilt shop. You could use basically any rectangle with a triangle attached (I have shown below) at the tops, then a "lid" for the fabric, border on all sides as desired.

Block pieces ready to sew

Sew a 1.5 inch square at the top corners, mark diagonally, this is your sewing line

Trim 1/4 inch away from square and backing (white-jar), iron squares "up"

I did not actually quilt it but did include batting to stitch through when I attatched the buttons, the backing covers and protects the random stitches from the buttons.

Block pieced, border audition and playing with more buttons!

I sewed about 100 buttons total between the two blocks, I added a 1.25" binding and closed by hand. Not sure where this will hang in my new sewing room, but I will enjoy my button collections on display!

Completed block with binding is 7.75 wide by 9.25 tall.


Annette said...

I love your button jars! I have a thing for buttons and I just might try something like this!

VivJM said...

Oh, wow! This is wonderful. I have always loved buttons since playing with them as a little girl and now have all my buttons in a HUGE Kilner jar on display. Am so going to make one of these for my sewing corner! Thanks for the tute ;-)

Laurel {Make and Takes} said...

What a fun idea! We are featuring fabric crafts over at the M&T Spotlight this week and I'd love for you to submit this - http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

Thoughts from my Page said...

This button jar block is really neat. I am going to make one.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Fabulous fun and a terrific idea! You should have had a 'button, button, who can guess the number of buttons?' on this won...I would have major lost in guessing. WOW!!!! Am posting your link on my blocks link page for many more visits from others ;)

Pam said...

Very Cute. I've been looking around for ideas to use decorating my sewing room. This would be great for that!

DeeDee said...

could you tell us the overall dimensions of the block - thank you

Midnight Creations said...

Hi there, the completed width is 7.75 inches by 9.25 tall. This is with the binding.

DeeDee said...

thank you so much for answering my question and providing the measurements - have already chosen my fabric to try this wallhanging.

Pamela said...

These are just delightful -- they make me smile. Where do you buy your buttons?

Midnight Creations said...

I got them at a local quilt shop (of course I have tons of buttons and really did not need to buy any) but, alas. They are button jars, I found the website, I used the "Citrus" and "Paradise" colorways.


AllieMakes! said...

Very sweet! Love the button detail!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Sew Can Do said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

By the Bluegrass said...

ahhh, this is just darling! I love anything w/ buttons.

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