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Moda Bake Shop: School Spirit Quilt

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 want.  These quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

Hello…it’s Jo and Kelli from Jo’s Country Junction.  Some time ago while browsing the internet we saw a beautiful picture of an antique quilt done in red, white and black.  A couple days later we saw that Sweetwater had a new fabric line out, “Mama Said Sew” made in the similar colors.  That same day someone called and asked if we would donate a quilt for an upcoming school benefit.  Being our school colors are red, white and black, everything clicked and before we knew it we had designed a pattern inspired by the antique quilt and Sweetwater’s “Mama Said Sew” fabric line for the upcoming school benefit.

Mama Said Sew Fat Quarter Bundle or a bundle of you choice
5/8 yard binding
1 1/4 yard outer border
1/4 yard extra of your favorite red from the line
1 yard Country Red Moda Solid for setting triangles
6 yards backing

 Sort your fat quarters into five piles.  Using the Mama Said Sew line, I created the following piles; red, light with red accents, black, light with black or gray accents, and gray.  I also set aside the prints that were either all light with no accents, as well as those lights that had highlights of red, gray, and black.

You will need a total of:
-9 light with red accents (I added a few of the lights that were set aside to get a total of 9)
-6 red fat quarters + quarter yard red print
-5 black fat quarters
-5 light fat quarter with black or gray accents
-3 gray fat quarters

Cutting Instructions

 Begin with the red focused blocks.  As 64 red blocks are needed, you will need to cut 2- 5”x22” strips from 7 of the red focused lights.  Cut one 5” strip from the remaining light fat quarters with red accents.  Subcut each of these strips into 5” squares to yield 64 light with red accent squares.  These will be used for the block centers

From the lights with red accents, cut a total of 13 sets of 2” strips.  Subcut  into 2” squares.  Organize squares into sets of four.  You will be cutting a total of 65 sets and will be using 64 of the sets in the flip corners of the red blocks.

From the red prints,  cut each into a total of 12-1 ½” strips.  After cutting each fat quarter into 12 strips, set the strips aside in a group.  From each set, cut 5 of the strips into 5” lengths and cut 7 of the strips into 7” strips.  You will have a total of 20-5” strips and 21-7” strips.  Set aside the 21st7” strip.

Using the quarter yard of red, cut a total of three 1 ½ “ strips.  Cut these strips into a total of 8 5” strips and 8 7” strips.

Using the 5 black fat quarters, cut 2-5”x22” strips from each fat quarter.  Cut each strip into 4-5” squares for a total of 50 5” squares.  Set one aside.

From the grey fat quarters, cut a total of 10 sets of 2” strips.  Subcut these strips into 2” squares, organizing them into sets of four.  You will be using 49 of these sets for the flip corners on the dark blocks.

Using the 5 light fat quarters with gray or black accents, cut a total of 12-1 ½” strips from each fat quarter; set the strips from each fat quarter aside in a group.  From each set of 12 strips, use 5 to cut a total of 20-5” strips and a total of 21-7” strips.

Using the solid red fabric, cut 3 strips 10 ½” strips.  Subcut the strips into 8-10 ½” squares.  Cut the squares twice diagonally to yield a total of 32 triangles to be used as setting triangles.  Using the remaining fabric, cut 2-5 ½” squares.  Cut each square once diagonally to be used as the corner setting triangles.

Sewing Instructions

To make one red square, you will need one light 5” square, 2 matching 1 ½” x 5” red strips, and 2 matching 1 ½” x 7” red strips.  Sew the 5” strips to opposite sides of the 5” square.  Press seam to the outside 1 ½” strips.


Sew the 7” strips to the remaining sides.  Press to the outside 1 ½” strips.  Repeat to make a total of 64 blocks.

Using a set of 4 light 2” squares, place each square on a corner of the block, right sides together.  Sew diagonally across the 2” square.  Repeat to cover each corner.  Trim one quarter of an inch from the outside of the seam.

Press to the corner triangle.

Continue on each of the 64 blocks.

Making the dark square is similar.  You will need one black 5” square, 2 matching 1 ½” x 5” light strips with black or gray accents, and 2 matching 1 ½” x 7” light strips with black or gray accents.  Sew the 5” strips to opposite sides of the 5” square.  Press to the dark center.  Sew the 7” strips to the remaining sides.  Press to the dark center.  Repeat to make a total of 49 blocks.

Using a set of 4 gray 2” squares, place each square on a corner of the block, right sides together.  Sew diagonally across the 2” square.  Repeat to cover each corner.  Trim approximately one quarter of an inch from the outside seam.  Press to the corner triangle.  Repeat for each corner.  Continue to create flip corners on each of the 49 black/gray blocks.

Quilt Layout

 

 

Sew the blocks together on point as shown alternating red and black blocks and adding the setting triangles.  Press well.

From the border fabric, cut 8-4 ½” strips.  Join end to end. Lay out and measure the quilt through the middle of the quilt.  Cut two border strips to this measurement.  Sew onto the appropriate sides of the quilt.  Repeat to add the border on the other side.

Quilt as desired.  Bind using 2 ½” double fold binding.

83″ x 83″ quilt


This was such a fun quilt to make..it’s not difficult to make yet looks more complicated.  I hope you give this one a try.

Quilt Shop Tour: Pine Needles Quilt and Sew

When I was in Rochester for all of my doctor appointments last week I made a stop to Pine Needles Quilt and Sew.  I had messaged Connie and suggested we meet.  She was happy to drive my way and shop so we did.  We were good girls, kept our hugs to ourselves, used masks and hand sanitizer.   The shop had good safety precautions in place so we felt comfortable.

Some of you might not know but I know Marsha that owns the shop (and her daughter Suzie).  Years ago my husband Kramer worked for Marsha’s husband and her dad on their farm outside of Chester Iowa.  That was back in 1990.  Marsha was a big time quilter crafter then and continued to be.  It was so surprise to me that she decided to buy the quilt shop in Cresco (and eventually move it to Rochester).

Marsha and I have run into each other off and on through the years and I’ve always appreciated the times that we have.  I always feel like she’s a bit of a kindred spirit…both of us are farm girls with farmer husbands and both of us love crafting.

I don’t get to Rochester often and when I do typically have a giant list of errands.  With covid and no errands to do, I thought stopping at the shop would be perfect.


I got there before the store opened.  I sat in the truck and waited until Connie arrived and the store opened.

The store is well-known as the local Bernina sewing machine dealer.


They also handle Baby Lock machines.  Much of the store is designated for machines.


The store will be moving to a neighboring store in the near future.  I was told the new store will be bigger with a bigger classroom.

The last time I visited I saw this great pineapple block bag.  I ended up getting the pineapple ruler but haven’t used it yet.  Seeing the bag reminded me I need to give the ruler a try.


New in the shop is Halloween.  This big pillow was cute.  I love the pumpkin motif that was quilted into the piece.
Here is the section for the Halloween fabric.  Don’t you just love the softer colors… Continue reading

Moda Bake Shop: Pet Mesh Bags

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 want.  These quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

Today’s feature isn’t a quilt…it’s bags made with pet mesh.

 

Here’s what you need:
Jelly Roll
Scraps of Deco Bond or heavy interfacing
Zippers  22″ red and 12″ red
Pet Mesh Screen:  This may be hard to find locally.  Here is an Amazon link for it:
New York Wire 70587 Pet D-Fence Screening, 36-Inch by 84-Inch

We designed two different bags…Let’s start by making the square bag.

Start by unrolling your pet screening.  This is a plastic product.  Don’t worry about cutting it with a scissors or sewing with it.  It works wonderfully.

Cut:
2 ~ 12″ x 12″ pieces of pet screen
4 ~ 12″ x 4″ pieces of pet screen

Take your 12″ zipper.  Take your favorite black jelly roll strip and cut two pieces the length of the zipper.  Take a different jelly roll strip and cut two more pieces the length of the zipper.

Take one of each of the two different pieces and sandwich the zipper between them as shown making sure the right sides of the fabric face the zipper.  Make sure your favorite fabric piece is on the top of the zipper as it is the only fabric that people will see.

Pin in place as shown.

Sew along the pinned edge.

Press the fabric as shown.

Top stitch along the zipper.

Repeat for the other side of the zipper making sure the fabric that you want to be shown faces the top of the zipper.

Take a jelly roll strip.  Cut four pieces of fabric that are the width of the newly made zipper unit.  Sandwich two the pieces as shown, pinning in place.

Sew along the pinned edge using a 5/8″ seam.  Press and top stitch in place just as you did along the zipper.

Trim the edge of the fabric by placing the ruler along the edge and lining the 1 1/4″ line along the seam as shown.

Take a ruler and measure 10″ (the picture shows 11″ but use 10″).  Mark the line with a pen.

Tack the zipper as shown; sewing on the line previously made.

Trim the extra fabric away as shown cutting through the zipper.  Being the zipper is tacked, it is okay to cut it.

Sandwich the remaining two pieces of red fabric on the end.  Sew using a 5/8″ seam, press and top stitch as you did with the first end.

Trim the pieces so it is four inches wide.  It is easy to do this if you line the 2″ ruler marker along the zipper and trim.

 

Set this piece aside.  Now onto the handle.

Take a jelly roll strip.  Cut it 13″ long.  Cut a piece of Deco Bond  2 1/2″ x 13″.   Place the Deco Bond on the wrong side of the jelly roll piece and fold in half.  Pin.

Sew along the edge as shown using a 1/4″ seam.

 

Turn the piece right side out.  Press and top stitch.

Align the handles between the top of the zipper area as shown.  Tack in place.

Sew the 4″ x 12″ mesh pieces and zipper piece together as shown using a 5/8″ seam.

Bring the remaining zipper edge and the mesh edge together keeping right sides together.  Pin.  Sew using a 5/8″ seam.


Take the piece you just complete and one of the 12″ x 12″ mesh pieces.  Align it as shown pinning in place making sure the first and last pin is 5/8″ away from the edge.

Sew BETWEEN THE PINS using a 5/8″ seam.


Align the next edge.  Again pinning in place making sure the first and last pin is 5/8″ away from the edge. Sew BETWEEN THE PINS using a 5/8″ seam.

Continue on each side. Unzip the zipper.

Then repeat adding the other 12″ x 12″ piece.

Trim the corners.  Turn the bag right side out and you’re finished.


Now To make the long bag:
Cut one piece of mesh 24″ x 26″. Continue reading

Dirty Dozen UFO Challenge

When I was cleaning in the sewing room I realized how many UFOs I have.  I don’t mind the UFOs that I have.  So many were cut out over nap time when I was doing childcare.  Cutting out quilts was the thing I could do that was quiet while the kids were sleeping.  It made good use of my time…but now, I have quilts that are cut out that I need to be sewn.  It’s not a bad problem to have, but, it’s time.  They need to get sewn.

Mary at Country Threads is hosting a “Dirty Dozen UFO Challenge”.  Essentially you pick 12 unfinished projects and number them 1-12.  Each month she picks a number and that’s the project you finish.  Read more about it HERE is this blog post from Mary.  (Country Threads is currently down. They are hoping to be up soon)

I thought this would be a good way to tackle a few of my UFOs.  So I’m jumping in.  Here are my projects….

1-Virginia Bound:
This one is a top…sort of.  I have the center section done.

Virginia-Bound-Center-1
This is the original quilt….

Virginia-Bound-Center-3
But..when Kelli and I were in Moline for a quilt retreat with the Mississippi Valley Quilters years ago, I saw this one that someone else did….this… Continue reading