Moda Bake Shop Day: Step Up


Hooray!!  It’s a Moda Bake Shop day!!  It’s a giveaway day too!  Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop have a special prize for one of our readers.  Keep reading and I’ll tell you about the giveaway soon.  First off, here’s our quilt!


We are calling the quilt Step Up.  The design came to me when I was in the shower one day.  Amazingly, the shower has been where several quilt design ideas have come to me.  I wanted something simple and this was it.  All you do is sew two strips to a square…of course it’s not quite that easy…but close.   You can find the complete free pattern over at Moda Bake Shop.


The quilt ended up really big, 84″ x 100″.  Kelli and I just have trouble making anything small.  You can easily make yours smaller by taking off a row.

For the quilting motif I played and played around hoping to come up with some that looked like paw prints being the fabric line is “Here Boy”.

We used this fabric from the line for the backing….cute, right??

Our quilt will be donated to the Humane Society for their next fund raising event.  We hope it brings in some money to help some needy dogs.

I love when simple designs come together and look cute like this quilt.

Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

So are you wondering what the Fat Quarter Shop is going to give one of my lucky readers….How about jelly roll of your choice??  That sounds great to me!

If you want a chance to win, just leave a comment telling what organization or group you volunteer for.  We’ll pick a winner next week!

Today I am hooking up with Michelle’s Romantic Tangle,  Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.

Hooray…It’s a Moda Bake Shop Day!!



If you are new to the blog, welcome.  We typically put up new blog post twice daily so there is always something new and fresh here.  We host lots of giveaways too.  Click HERE and see what’s new today…

Welcome loyal readers and new readers.  If you’re here from Moda Bake Shop and are new here’s some things you might want to know about us…we blog daily-typically twice a day.  We are a mother daughter quilting team.  I’m Jo the mom and I’m remodeling a foreclosure house-read about that here…Kelli is the daughter I quilt with.  We have a new quilt book coming out in early 2015.  We love to blog about our beagles, Ruby and Puppycat, recipes and whatever else is happening in the kitchen or on the farm.  Thanks for stopping by.

I love Moda Bake Shop days and I love giveaway days-don’t you??  Lucky for us we have both today.  Fat Quarter Shop is offering a $50 gift certificate for one of our lucky readers..but first let’s talk about the quilt.

Kelli and I really like it.  When we saw MoMo’s Avant graden from Moda fabric we knew we wanted to do something with it.  We loved the colors and have found we really like most everything we have seen that MoMo does.  As we were looking at the fabric we saw that many of the prints were large prints.  Those are sometimes hard to work with if we cut them small so we knew we wanted a quilt design where the fabrics weren’t cut down into small pieces….

Next we knew wanted to challenge ourselves by not adding any white, light or typical background print to the blocks…hmmm.

So we started with a square and went from there.  The block we came up with is simple.

I did the designing…Kelli figured yardage and I ordered the fabric.  It came and the fight began…who was going to get to sew it.  We both wanted to as we loved the fabric.  I wanted to sew it but my schedule at the time was kind of full so Kelli took it home.  Well about half way through she petered out.  She didn’t think she’d like the quilt.  She missed seeing some light backgrounds in the blocks and didn’t think she’d like the quilt.  She brought it back to my house and I started in on the blocks….I could understand her thought process but I liked the look of the quilt on paper and thought it would be okay.  I just needed to have some faith so I started sewing.

By the time Kelli left that day I had quite a few blocks done and Kelli was back on track.  She took it home, finished the blocks and sewed them together.

Now..she loved it.  She called excited telling me it turned out wonderful.

Once I saw it…I agreed…but now my turn to fret.  How do I quilt it??


I’ve learned that sometimes it works good to soften square and triangular quilt blocks quilting them with a circular or swirling designs is good…so I opted for this.  I’ve been in love with Baptist Fans lately and this is just a take on that only putting a swirl in the center.  I had a great time with it and will be doing this again and again on future quilts.  I used a brown thread and was happy with that.  All in all, I really like it.

I hope you like it too.

Now about that gift certificate….  Fat Quarter Shop is offering one of my lucky readers a $50 gift certificate.  That should set you on your way to making a quilt of your own.  If you’d like a change to win it…just leave a comment here.  We don’t require anyone to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Instragam or an any of those things but you sure can.  Simply leave a comment here telling if you’ve been to a family reunion this summer and how many miles you traveled to get there…we have one coming up soon…Thanks for stopping by.

To see other quilt progress and finishes check out  Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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