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Moda Bake Shop: Star Spangled Sky

As many of you know, Kelli and I did a lot of quilts for Moda Bake Shop several years ago.  Some of the things you likely don’t know is that Moda Bake Shop isn’t ran quite the way it used to run.  The site has been reworked and can now be found through www.modafabrics.com.  Well through all of this, Kelli and I have been overwhelmed by questions from interested parties wanting the patterns for specific quilts as some of the patterns have been “lost in the archives”.  Well, to be honest, we are wanting to avoid all those emails and requests so we are going to be featuring one of our old Moda Bake Shop quilt or projects each week until all of them are posted here on our blog so we can readily find them and have access to them whenever we wantThese quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

4 Blue Jelly Rolls (or approximately 3 yards assorted blue fabric, cut into 2.5” strips)
2 Red Jelly Rolls (or approximately 1.25 yards assorted red fabric, cut into 2.5” strips)
2 yards neutral
2 yards blue
2 yards red

8 yards backing

Block Size:  16” finished

Quilt Size:  90.5” x 90.5”

Cutting Instructions:

White–2 yards neutral (creamy grunge 30150 174 Moda #1 from PB and J Fabric Line)

  1. Cut 10- 4.5” strips.

                        -Use 2 strips to cut a total of 16- 4.5” squares
-Remaining strips will be used in the border

Blue–2 yards blue (42100 15)

  1. Pull 10 blue jelly roll strips from each of the 4 blue jelly rolls for 40 total (If using the Paintbox Batiks fabric line, you will need to use the bluish/green strips)
  2. Cut 26- 2.5” strips
    -Use 20 strips to cut a total of 40- 16.5” rectangles
    -Use 2 strips to cut a total of 32- 2.5” squares

-The remaining 4 strips will be used in making the blocks.  These strips can be set aside with the jelly roll strips.

  1. Cut 1- 4.5” strip
    -Sub-cut this strip to yield a total of 4- 4.5” squares

Blue Block Pieces—40 jelly roll strips + 4- 2.5” strips

  1. Using 22 of the strips, cut a total of 64- 2.5” x 12.5” rectangles—You will get a total of 3 rectangles from each strip.
  2. Use 16 strips to cut a total of 64- 2.5” x 8.5” rectangles—You will get a total of 4 rectangles from each strip. **Set aside remaining length not used**
  3. Use the remaining 6 strips and the remainder of the previous lengths, cut a rotal of 64- 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles—You will get a total of 8 rectangles from each full strip.

Red–2 yards red
                         -Pull 8 red jelly roll strips from each of the 2 red jelly rolls for a total of 16 jelly roll strips.

                        -Cut the 16 strips into a total of 249- 2.5” squares

  1. Cut a total of 27- 2.5” strips

                        -16 will be used for the border
-10 will be used for the binding
-Cut the remaining strip to yield 8- 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles

Quilt Instructions: **Important—Make sure that your quarter inch seam is a TRUE quarter inch seam**

  1. Make 16 blue background stars. -White star, red corners, blue background
    To  make one:
    Put a white 2.5″ square on the corner of a blue 2.5” x 4.5” rectangle.  Sew on the diagonal.  Trim.  Press.

Put a white 2.5″ square on the opposite corner.  Sew on the diagonal.  Trim.  Press.

Assemble the pieces in rows as shown.

Sew the rows together to create the star.

 

  1. Make 4 corner stars using the above method changing the colors as shown below. -Blue star, red corners, 2 red backgrounds, 2 white backgrounds

  1. With a quarter inch seam, sew an 8.5” rectangle to opposite sides of the white star blocks.  Press to the rectangle.

  2. Attach a red square to each end of the remaining 32 rectangles.  Press to the rectangle.

  1. Attach these strips to the opposite sides of the block and press to the rectangle.

  1.  Repeat process adding another row around the block. Sew a 12.5” strip to opposite sides of the block.  Press to the rectangle.
  2. With right sides together, sew a red 2.5” square to each end of the 32 remaining 12.5” strips.  Press to the rectangle.8.  Sew to the remaining opposite sides of the block.  Press to the rectangles.

You will need 16 of these blocks.

  1. Layout blocks and sashing as shown.  Sew into rows.  Sew the rows together.  Assemble center of the top and press well.

  1. Join the 8- 4.5” strips on the diagonal.  Repeat with 16- 2.5” red strips, joining on the diagonal.
  2. Layout the assembled top.  Cut a total of 4 white strips the width of the quilt.  Cut a total of 8 strips from the red fabric.12.  Sew a red strip on either side of the white strip.

  1. Attach a pair of pieced borders to opposite sides of the quilt.
  2. Attach the corner star blocks to opposite ends of the remaining 2 pieced border strips.

  1.  Attach the completed borders to the quilt.

  2.  Quilt as desired.  Bind using the remaining 10- 2.5” red strips.

If you would like to see how we quilted our version and to sign up to win the jelly roll, stop over to our blog, Jo’s Country Junction.

Quilt Size:  90.5” x 90.5”

StarSpangledSky-2

Stash Report

A bit ago I told you all that I wanted to make a quilt using this fabric….


It was a Walmart fat quarter only fabric.  I originally bought it because I thought it was so stinking cute…and I love dogs.  My intention was to make a quilt for the Humane Society benefit with it.

Then I got thinking about making a graduation quilt with it….

Then I thought of this pattern.

The problem was I didn’t have enough of the dog print fabric.  So…I said something to all of you and WHAM.  I got more fabric just like that.

Someone messaged me and said someone on Ebay had 4 fat quarters.  I immediately went and bought them.  Then some came in my mail….

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Ask Jo: Cutting Up Scraps

A while ago I did a little blurb about how I was cutting up scraps.  It was just something simple in the middle of a post about my sewing room.  I was surprised when I got so many comments and questions about it.  Today I’m expanding and writing more.  Hopefully in the writing I will answer all the comments that came my way.

Before I get started I do want to say that I use Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System for keep my scraps.  You can learn more about that here.

Here is the tote that needs to get trimmed into usable pieces.


In no real order I garb pieces and I stack them like this.  The largest on the bottom, graduated smaller pieces on the tops.  I layer about 6-8 to a cut.
For the example above the longer bottom pieces aren’t folded, the top two are.

I’ve been wanting to add to my 2″ bucket.  For me, I use 2″ and 2 1/2″ strips most often.  Today when given a choice, I plan to cut more 2″ strips than any other size.

I do an edge cut to start so all the edges are even.
Next I made the 2″ cut….


I reposition my ruler and make another 2″ cut.

Now, the top purple fabric is used up.  I measure the top piece.  It’s not 4″ so I can’t make two 2″ cuts.  
I end up opting to take two 1 1/2″ cuts.  It was the best use of the fabric as I only had less than 3 1/2″ I was working with…because remember, I only cut according to the top piece of fabric.

Now the top piece of fabric is gone.  The best way to use up this last bit is to make a 2″ cut…and I do.
I’ll do another batch so you get the hang of it…

I have graduated layers ready to cut.


I square up the edge and start thinking about what the best cuts are.  I start by measuring the top piece.
It’s looks to be about 4 1/2″.  I take two 2″ cuts.  
I pull the leftover scrap off.
Lucky me…I can squeeze a 1 1/2″ stip off next.  
…and another 1 1/2″ cut.  That made the best use of the fabric.Now hmmm.  What do I want to do with this next cut.  The top fabric is 3 1/2″ wide.  I could make a 3 1/2″ cut or I could or I could make a 2″ cut and then an 1 1/2″ cut.  It doesn’t matter.

The top piece is gone and I’m left with this…I ended up stripping this into 2″ pieces but I could have done anything with it.  I opted for 2″ as remember, that was the size I was focusing on.
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Moda Bake Shop: Peanut Butter and Kelli

As many of you know, Kelli and I did a lot of quilts for Moda Bake Shop several years ago.  Some of the things you likely don’t know is that Moda Bake Shop isn’t ran quite the way it used to run.  The site has been reworked and can now be found through www.modafabrics.com.  Well through all of this, Kelli and I have been overwhelmed by questions from interested parties wanting the patterns for specific quilts as some of the patterns have been “lost in the archives”.  Well, to be honest, we are wanting to avoid all those emails and requests so we are going to be featuring one of our old Moda Bake Shop quilt or projects each week until all of them are posted here on our blog so we can readily find them and have access to them whenever we wantThese quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

Here’s what you need:

1 fat quarter bundle PB & J
4 yards neutral print (We used ½ yard of each of the 8 neutral prints)
1 yard neutral (border)1 yard
dark print (binding)
2.5 yards dark solid (borders, block outline)
8 yards for backing

From each of 32 colored fat quarters, cut the following:
-1- 3.75” x 21” strip (stars)
-2- 3” x 21” strips (sashing)
-2- 1.75” x 21” strips (sashing, pieced border)

From each of 8 lighter fat quarters, cut the following:
-3- 3.75” strips (stars)

From neutral border cut 10- 3”strips

From binding fabric, cut 10- 2.5” strips

From dark solid, cut the following:
-27- 1.5” strips (star outline)
-6- 1.75” strips (pieced border)
-10- 3” strips (border)

Making Star Blocks:

From 32- 3.75”  colored strips, cut 1- 5” rectangle and 2- 3.75” squares.  A total of 32- 5” rectangles and 64- 3.75” squares.

From 24- 3.75” lighter strips, cut 8 (1 of each print) into 4- 5” segments from each to yield a total on 24- 5” segments.  Using the remaining 16- 3.75” neutral strips, cut a total of 64- 3.75” squares.

  1.  Pair 1 colored 5” segment with 1 neutral 5” segment.  With right sides together, use an easy angle ruler to cut 2 half square triangles.  Sew together using a ¼ inch seam.  Press to the colored print. Continue with all of hte 5″ segments.  It you haven’t used an Easy Angle ruler before,here’s a great tutorial Bonnie Hunter didshowing you how.
  2. Assemble star by first sewing the dark square together into a four patch.

-Then sew the half square triangles together as shown.

-Sew two to the side of the four patch.

-Sew a light colored square to each end of the remaining start points.

-Then sew the final strip to the outside.

Outlining the Star:

  1. Using 11 of the 1.5” dark solid strips, cut a total of 32- 1.5” x 13.5” strips (3 from each strip).  Sew to opposite sides of each star block.  Press to the dark “frame.”

  1. Using the remaining 16 strips, cut 32- 1.5” x 15.5” rectangles.  Sew to opposite sides of the star.  Press to the dark “frame.”

Making the Sashing Blocks:

  1. From each neutral ½ yard cut, cut a total of 3- 3” strips.  Cut each in half (approximate) to yield a total of 24- 3” x approximately 21” strips.
  2. With right sides together, pair 1 colored 3” x 21” strip with 1 neutral 3” x 21” strip.
  3. Using your easy angle ruler, cut a total of 10 half square triangles from each set.  Sew using a 1/4 “ seam.  Press to the colored half.  Make a total of 448 half square triangles.
  4. Using the colored 1.75” strips, cut a total of 576- 1.75” squares (448 for sashing blocks, 128 for pieced border).
  5. With right sides together, place a colored 1.75” square in the neutral half of the half square triangle.  Sew diagonally from corner to corner.  Trim excess fabric and press to the colored square.  Repeat for each of the 448 sashing blocks.
  6.  Sew the newly created units together as shown creating 16 blocks.
  7.  Sew the blocks together in a 4 x 4 setting as shown.

 

Making the Pieced Borders:

  1. Subcut the 6- 1.75” strips into 64- 1.75” x 3” rectangles.
  2.  Following the diagram below, using the remaining 128- 1.75” squares, place a colored square on one end of the dark rectangle with right sides together.  Sew diagonally from corner to corner of the colored square.  Trim excess and press to the colored square.
  3. Repeat on opposite end.  Continue making 64 pieced border blocks.

  1. Using the remaining 1.75” colored strips and the remaining 1.75” dark strip, create 4- 1.75” half square triangles using your easy angle ruler.  Press to the dark.
  2.  Sew 16 of the newly created border pieces together.  Make four sets of these border units.  Add a half square triangle to both ends of two of the strips.
  3. Add newly created border as shown.

 

  1.  Next add the neutral, then dark borders.
  2. Quilt and bind using 2.5” binding strips.PBJ-Binding

    For the quilting I did something made up that I call lassoed stars.

    PBJ-LassoStars

    I do really love this fabric line.  My favorite print of the line is on the back of the quilt.  Isn’t that a fun floral?

    PBJ-backing
    This fabric line was from designer Basic Gray.  I absolutely adore all of the fabric lines created by them.  There is something about the deeper richer colors that I love.