I designed this quilt for the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild's challenge due in November. We were given some fat eighths of Michael Miller Cotton Couture bright solid cottons and they immediately reminded me of candy... jelly beans to be precise!
We just happen to store our candy in a jar at home so the Mason Jar came instantly to mind. I had a hard time deciding whether to make a flat quilt or a three-dimensional bag; large or small. I eventually opted for the easier design in the larger size which just seemed modern. There's nothing like giant jelly beans! The finished jar ended up being 29 x 51 inches. I pillow-cased or "faced" all the appliqué jelly beans so that they all had a second white layer in behind to keep the colours bright even on the dark purple background.
I added a wide binding and sewed it by hand so I could change the width as I went along, making it wider at the bottom. I added a pre-sandwiched lid at the end to give it extra loft, and felt as if I were screwing the lid onto a real jar as I quilted it!
I think I stuck with the original design pretty close except that the jar called for some extra free-motion quilting to fill in the empty space. I also felt that 5 cents was a bit steep for a jelly bean!
I won first prize and received a fabulous Cotton Couture colour chart as well as an even more fabulous $50 gift certificate for Sew Sisters Quilt Shop! (Thanks Stacey for the photo.)