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.

Moda Bake Shop Day: Candy Wishes with Giveaway



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…

I love Moda Bake Shop Days and today is one of them.  Our latest quilt, Candy Wishes, is being featured on Moda Bake Shop today.  Keep reading for more info on the giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop.

Moda comes up with lots of challenges for us Chefs and the challenge for the month of January was to come up with projects that used the mine charm packs called Moda Candy.  Well I hadn’t played much with the new pack so I thought I would give it try.  I figured most of the other chefs would be making small projects so I decided to think big and make a quilt.

This uses two charm packs and is very easy.  I sat down and sewed the entire top in an afternoon/evening setting.  Another fun fact-there are no seams to match so if you are teaching a beginner to sew or if you yourself are a beginner, this is a great quilt to start with.


Who’s holding that quilt…Peek a boo…it’s my son Karl!!  I love having this guy home from college!!


…but I digress.  Back to the quilt.  How it got made is quite a saga.  I sent the design in for approval a week or so before Thanksgiving.  I expected the fabric after Thanksgiving and had time scheduled to sew.   Between mix ups and miss communication I didn’t get the fabric until the 19th.  Well by then the holidays had kicked in around here.  I’ve been scrambling to get time to get it finished by my December 31st publishing date…good news is, I made the deadline!!  (odd news-scheduling got screwed up and it wasn’t posted until today!)

For quilting I used a off white thread on the front and back.  I did a wave with a swirl across the whole quilt.  I loaded it into the machine width-wise so I could travel the length of the quilt.


On the red border and on the squares I peddled it with small circles.  I had honestly intended on doing some fancier quilting but time was not my friend and I settled with this.

The backing fabric is WONDERFUL.  I wish I had yards of it to back other quilts too.


This quilt doesn’t have a home as of yet.  I think it is going to go with the next batch of charity quilts that gets sent out.

Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

Okay, about the giveaway….Fat Quarter Shop is giving away two mini charms of the fabric line Wrens Friends.  That’s the same line our latest Quilty Magazine quilt was made from.  It’s so cute!!  If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment here telling if you have purchased a mini charm pack before.  We’ll pick a winner next week.

If you like giveaways we have another one going on here.

Today, we are hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish Friday,Freedom Fridays, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

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