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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.

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

Moda Bake Shop: Neighbor Girl

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.


Kelli and I loved Zen Chic’s, Juggling Summer, fabric line. The quilt was a graduation gift for Kalissa’s best friend, Regan. She is the sweetest gal you could know and I was happy to make this quilt for her.

Fat Quarter Bundle of Zen Chic

5 1/4 Yards Black Accent Fabric 1503 25
2 3/4 Yards Cream Fabric 1503 27
6 Yards Backing Fabric for Backing and Border

The cutting instructions make use of an Easy Angle Ruler.  If you aren’t familiar with using the ruler.  Here is a tutorial to help you.

Cutting Instructions:
From the black accent fabric:
Cut 10 ~ 1 1/2″ strips.  Sub cut into 272 1 1/2″ squares.
Cut 28 ~ 2 1/2″ strips.  Sub cut into 360 triangles using a Companion Angle Ruler.
Cut 8 ~ 4″ strips for the border.

From the cream fabric:
Cut 30 ~ 2 1/2″ strips.  Sub cut into 720 triangles using an Easy Angle Ruler
Cut 10 ~ 1 1/2″ strips.  Sub cut into 78 ~ 1 1/2″ X 4 1/2″ rectangles.  Sub cut 8 ~ 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ rectangles.  Sub cut 4 ~ 1 1/2″ squares.

From the fat quarter bundle:
Set aside the creamy fabrics and the black fabric that matches the accent color.

From the remaining fat quarters:
Cut each fat quarter into 2 1/2″ strips.  Layer two of the pieces wrong sides together.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.  The blocks need mirror image pieces and the best way to get them is to have your fabric wrong sides together when you cut.

Using the companion angle ruler cut triangles.

Again layer two pieces on top of each other.  Using a companion angle ruler cut off the corner.  After the corner is cut off, position a ruler on the pieces as shown lining the ruler up on the two inch line.  Cut.

Continue cutting.

Each block needs four of the companion angle triangles and four of the parallelograms.  You will also need eight white triangles.

You can get five blocks from each fat quarter.  You will need a total of 90 blocks all together.

Instructions:

Sewing these blocks together is a little tricky.

When sewing the parallelograms, pieces need to be placed as shown.

Start by making the inner *56* blocks.  (The outer blocks are just a little different)

Sew the pieces together in strips as shown.

Sew the strips together to create the block.

Make 56 of them.

Now we need to make the *16* side blocks.

Make strips as you did before.  But this time, you will need to create the small black edge triangle pieces on each strip.  To do that, lay a black square on the corner.  Sew on the diagonal.

Trim and press open.

Create the shown strips.

Sew the strips together to create the block.

Next we need the top and bottom blocks.  There are *14* of them.

Create using the same methods adding two black triangles to the blocks as shown.

Next we need the corner blocks.  Create them using the same methods.  You need *2* like this.

You need *2* like this.

Lay the quilt out making sure to keep the inner blocks in the inside, the top and side blocks in place and the corner blocks in place.  Sew in rows.  Then sew the rows together to create the inner quilt top.

Time to make the inner border.  It is made using the 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ cream pieces and the 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ black squares.

Create 78 of these.  Sew them together in strip sets.  2 sets of 17 each and 2 sets of 19 each.

Using the 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ cream rectangles and the 1 1/2″ black squares create 4 of these and 4 of these.

Add one to each end of the border strips using the diagram below as a guide.  Make sure to match your seams.

Attach the long inner border pieces to the quilt.

Sew the cream 1 1/2″ squares to the remaining inner border strips.  Attach the strips to the quilt.

Sew the outer border pieces together.  Add the outer borders.

Cut the backing piece in half.  Seam the two pieces to create a backing.

Sandwich the top, batting and backing.  Quilt as desired.  Bind by cutting 2 1/2″ strips from the leftover backing fabric.  Bind.

Grab a good book, a cup of coffee and cozy in with this gorgeous quilt! Measures approximately 83″ x 91″

I just loved this fabric line..this quilt was more challenging than most Moda Bake Shop quilts I’ve made but well worth the effort.

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