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Bug Jar Quilt Part 2

Bug Jar Quilt

This is Part 2 of the Bug Jar Quilt tutorial. This section will show you how to quilt and bind your bug jar quilt pattern. This tutorial is perfect for making children's quilts for summer bedroom sets or picnics in the park.

Project TypeMake a Project

Quilt Size40 inches wide x 48 inches long

Time to CompleteWeekend project

Primary TechniqueApplique



  • Quilt top from Bug Jar Quilt Part 1
  • Batting
  • Quilt backing fabric
  • Quilting machine needles - these are sharper and work much, much better than regular sewing machine needles when you're going through all those layers.
  • Machine thread - I just use my usual thread, but thicker quilting thread is also available.
  • Chalk or other removable fabric marker.
  • Binding - I'm using purchased satin blanket binding.
  • Large safety pins - to baste if you're using non-iron on batting
  • Quilting foot for your machine - this foot helps all the quilting layers move under the needle at the same rate so you don't end up with puckers. It grips the top layer as the feed dogs move the bottom layer along.

    Bug Jar Quilt


  1. Find a large, flat spot to lay out your pieces. Lay the backing on the bottom and the batting on top. At this point, I like to pin the backing to the batting.

    Bug Jar Quilt
  2. Lay the quilt top on top of the batting.

    Bug Jar Quilt
  3. If you are using iron on batting, follow the instructions for ironing/fusing it. If you are using regular batting, place safety pins about every six inches apart to hold it together.

    Bug Jar Quilt
  4. Remove the regular foot from your sewing machine. You may need to take off the regular shank to put your quilting walking foot on. Use the screwdriver that came with your accessories and take off the screw that holds the regular shank on. Put the quilting foot on. I like to have the line guide on the left since it's hard to bunch the quilt up against the machine and still use the quilting foot.

    Bug Jar Quilt

    Bug Jar Quilt
  5. Draw a line with chalk or some other removable marking tool down the center of your quilt.

    Bug Jar Quilt

    Bug Jar Quilt
  6. Sew a straight line along the line you just marked. Because you're sewing through a lot more layers than usual, it's a good idea to sew on a test piece to make sure your tension is okay.

    Bug Jar Quilt
  7. Guiding the quilt can be tough - some people use quilting gloves to help hold the fabric. You can buy them, or you can buy a cheap pair of gloves at the dollar store and use puffy paint to put "grabbing" lines along them.

    Bug Jar Quilt
  8. Line your guide up on the line you just quilted. Quilt your next line.

    Bug Jar Quilt
  9. Continue in this way until you have quilted the first half. Turn your quilt the other way and use the line guide to quilt the other half. You'll need to keep readjusting the pins to keep from getting puckers. If you're using iron-on batting you'll most likely need to reposition it a couple of times.
  10. When the entire quilt is finished, trim the edges.

    Bug Jar Quilt Trim Edges
  11. Next, attach the binding. Binding has one side that's shorter than the other. You'll want to pin the shorter side on the top of the quilt. This helps you make sure you're catching the bottom layer of binding in the sewing. First, pin binding along one side and sew it in place. Don't cut the extra off.

    Bug Jar Quilt Binding
  12. To make a mitered corner, fold the corner as shown below.

    Bug Jar Quilt Mitered Corners Binding

    Bug Jar Quilt Mitered Corner Binding
  13. Make sure the back of the corner looks as nice as the front, pin, and sew along the next quilt edge.

    Bug Jar Quilt Binding
  14. When you get to the end of the binding or the end of the quilt, turn end under about 1/4 inch.

    Bug Jar Quilt Binding
  15. Fold as shown below.

    Bug Jar Quilt Binding Finishing

    Bug Jar Quilt Binding Finishing
  16. Put mitered edge over the already sewn edge and pin. Sew binding on and then hand sew the diagonal seam in a hem stitch. Depending on the length of your binding, you'll probably have to do this twice.

    Bug Jar Quilt Binding
  17. Iron and enjoy!

    Bug Jar Quilt



This is Part 2 of the Bug Jar Quilt tutorial. Click here for Part 1.

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