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Moda Bake Shop: 1934 Nine Patch

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.

Here’s my latest quilt project, 1934 Nine Patch. If you are new to quilting or are looking for an easy large quilt, this might be just the pattern that you are looking for. Nine patch blocks sew together quickly to create a beautiful and classic design. The colors of this fabric line, Circa 1934, are SO rich and creamy. The red and gold colors elicit a warm and cozy feel.

Circa 1934 Jelly Roll
2 1/4 yards Circa 1934 Solid Red 37008 11
3 3/8 yards Circa 1934 Solid Cream 37008 15
2 1/2 yards Circa 1934 Solid Gold 37008 13
3/4 yards Circa 1934 Davis Black 37007 14-binding
6 yards Circa 1934 Ginger Sage 37003 12-backing

When making the quilt, I made extra blocks so I would have extras to add a row of nine-patch blocks when piecing together the backing. If you do not want a pieced backing, you will need more backing yardage than is listed above.

Start by making the gold and cream nine patch blocks first.
Cut 31 gold strips- 2.5″ wide.
Cut 38 cream strips- 2.5″ wide.

Sew the strips together in a gold-cream-gold pattern. You will need a total of 8 strip sets like this. Press the seams toward the gold. Sub cut the strips into 122 gold-cream-gold sections that are 2.5″ wide.

Sew the strips together in a cream-gold-cream pattern. You will need a total of 15 strip sets like this. Press the seams towards the gold. Sub cut the strips into 244 cream-gold-cream sections that are 2.5″ wide.

You should now have a stack of pieces like this.

Matching the seams, sew the pieces together to create a nine patch block like the one shown. Press the seams out.

Next make the red nine patch blocks.
Cut 31 red strips. Sub cut the pieces in half.
Cut 8 cream strips. Sub cut into 11″ pieces. If they are slightly smaller don’t worry.
Select 30 of the jelly roll strips. Cut each strip into two- 11″ lengths and one- 21″ length. Keep each set of jelly roll strips together.

Sew a 21″ red strip on each side of the 21″ jelly roll strip. Sew a colored 11″ strip to each side of the cream 11″ strip. When possible, match sew the strips together (keeping the selvage ends next to each other). Press all seams toward the colored jelly roll strip.

Sub cut the pieces into 2.5″ segments. You will end up with 4 of one and 8 of the other. This will make four nine patch blocks. Press all seams toward the colored jelly roll strip.

Assemble into nine patch blocks. Each of the red blocks will have a cream square in the center.

Continue making blocks in the same manner making 124 blocks.

All of the blocks are made. It’s time to assemble them together into rows. Notice that one row starts with a red block. The other starts with a gold block. Create 8 “red” rows and 7 “gold” rows.

Assemble the rows as shown. You will have leftover blocks.

The next step is to create the back. To do this, Cut the backing fabric in half. Remove the selvage edge. Sew the red strips from the jelly roll and another 2.5″ strip cut from the red fabric together into one long strip. Sew it to the one long side of the backing.

Cut an 8″ strip from the remaining backing piece. Sew the 8″ strip to the red of the first backing strip.

Sew some of the remaining blocks together to create a strip equal in length to the backing fabric. Sew the blocks to the 8″ strip. Sew the last backing strip to the blocks.

Quilt as desired.
Cut nine binding strips. Sew together and bind.

90″ x 90″ Quilt
Gracie wasn’t in the mood for a photo shoot with the quilt. The neighbors were shooting off firecrackers and the noise really scares her….poor girl….

This quilt went on to be a donation to the Fireman’s Breakfast Raffle.  Happily one of the firemen won it and I’ve seen it displayed in their home.

Moda Bake Shop: Chain of Faith

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.

Of all the projects that Kelli and I ever did for Moda Bake Shop, this project, Chain of Faith, was likely one of our most popular projects.  People have sent us pictures of their quilt more than any other project.
I’m so happy to be showing you my latest Moda Bake Shop Project, Chain of Faith. If you are looking for a quilt pattern that looks complicated but is actually not, Chain of Faith might be just the quilt for you! If you haven’t seen or touched the fabric yet, you are going to want to. This fabric line feels like it’s already been loved. It’s so soft and cuddly.

Here’s what you need:
2 Collections for a Cause-Faith Jelly Rolls
3.5 Yards of Red Collections for a Cause-Faith 4609016 for cornerstones, border and binding
6 yards of Collections for a Cause-Faith 4609123 backing fabric

There isn’t room for error when cutting the jelly rolls. You may want to purchase an extra 1/4 yard of fabric from one of your favorite prints in the fabric line…just in case.

From the red cut: 41 – 2.5″ strips
Set 8 aside for borders
Set 8 aside for binding

Sub cut 32 – 11″ pieces
Sub cut 219 – 2.5″ pieces

From Jelly Rolls (I set the solid red, brown and cream pieces aside)
From 11 strips sub cut 32 – 11″ pieces
From 29 strips sub cut 144 – 8.5″ pieces
From 22 strips sub cut 128 – 6.5″ pieces
From 15 strips sub cut 128 – 4.5″ pieces

You will need to use leftover pieces from previous strips to complete the number of strips needed.

There is VERY little leftover fabric when making this project, so cut carefully.

Take the 11″ red strips and sew to the 11″ strips along the length of the pieces. Press to the red.
Sub cut into 4 – 2.5″ pieces.


Mix and match the pieces sewing them together to make scrappy four patch blocks.

Sew a 4.5″ piece to each 4 patch as shown.

Sew a 2.5″ red square to a 4.5″ piece.


Sew the piece onto the main block.

Sew a 6.5″ piece to the main block.

Sew a 2.5″ red square to a 6.5″ piece.

Sew the piece to the main block.

Repeat the process making a total of 64 blocks.

The next step is to take four of your smaller blocks, four 8.5″ sashing strips, and a red cornerstone and sew them into a block as shown. Be careful to sew them together so that the small red squares form an “X”. Also be careful to sew them together so that the vertical stripes of the block are across from each other.

Repeat making a total of 16 of these larger blocks. Set them aside.

Sew a red cornerstone between two sashing pieces as shown. Make 20 all together.

Now take four of your blocks and five sashing pieces. Sew the sashing pieces to them as shown.It is really easy to turn the blocks in the wrong direction. Look at the photo closely and see how the blocks are still forming an “X” and the vertical strips in the block are still vertical. Make a total of four rows.

Now make sashing to strips to go between the rows. You will need to eight 8.5″ pieces and 9 red cornerstones for each row, starting and ending with a cornerstone.

Connect them as shown. Make a total of five sashing strips.

Now sew the rows and the sashing strip together to form your quilt top. A sashing row will be at the top and at the bottom as well as between the block rows.

Take your border strips and sew them together. Attach to your quilt and your quilt top is finished.

Piece your backing together and quilt as desired.

One 86″ x 86″ quilt

This fabric line is SO soft….now it’s perfect for a cup of cocoa and a snuggle.

Here’s a little funny about the quilt…. Continue reading

Moda Bake Shop: Jelly Roll Chair Cover

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 project:  A chair cover made from a jelly roll.  Of course you can take any 2 1/2″ strips and make it.  At the time we had our beagle Gracie who had long left us.  Here’s the pattern.

Our beagle Gracie prompted me to get creative with a jelly roll to make a chair cover. Hopefully now all those hairs she is shedding will end up on the chair cover and not on my chair. If you have a pet, little ones in the house, or a messy hubby like mine, the chair cover might just be the thing you need to protect your furniture.

1-Jelly Roll of Civil War Reunion- (42 ~ 2 1/2″ strips)

1/4 yard coordinating fabric for trim
3/4 yard coordinating fabric for chair center
2 1/2 yards coordinating fabric for backing

Batting Scraps

Here’s a picture of what it will look like before you put your cover on your chair. I thought seeing this picture before you read the instructions might help you understand the construction a little better.


Cut the 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric into 3-2.5″ strips. Set aside.

Open your jelly roll.

To make the front flap piece, pick 9 strips from your jelly roll. Trim to 13″ long. Sew them together lengthwise. Press the seams open. Trim so the piece is only 12″ long.


Take one of the 2.5″ strips of coordinating fabric. Trim to the appropriate length. Stitch on place. Press.


From your batting scraps and your backing fabric, cut pieces that are the same size as the front flap you just made. Layer batting, then backing right side up and pieced section right side down. Pin around the three sides as shown, leaving the top portion without the trim piece unpinned.


Sew around the three pinned sides. Trim the corners and turn the piece right side out. Carefully poke the corners out. Iron the entire piece. Machine quilt as desired. I recommend using a walking foot if your machine has one.

I stitched along each seam as shown.

Trim the edge.

Set the front piece aside.

Making the side pieces that go over the arm of the chair is a very similar process. Chose nine jelly roll strips. Sew them together along the length. Press seams open. Trim off the selvage edge. Add the trim pieces to each end. Cut in half and you will have two pieces as shown.


Finish preparing the arm pieces as you did with the front piece. Set aside.

To make the back piece, select 10 jelly roll strips. Sew them together. Press and square up the edges as you did with the previous piece. Add a trim strip to one edge.

Finish preparing the arm pieces as you did with the previous pieces. Set aside.

Using the coordinating fabric, cut two squares that are 21″ x 21″. (This was a good measurement for my chair. You may want to adjust the measurement if the cushion on your chair is larger or smaller.) Cut a piece of batting that is 22″ x 22″.

Lay the batting down. Place one piece of fabric right side up on the batting. Then begin laying the quilted pieces onto the fabric with the right side of each piece facing down and the unfinished edge along the edge of the fabric square. The arm pieces need to go across from each other. The front and back pieces need to be across from each other. Pin in place. You will have to fold arm pieces back as shown in the photo. Continue until all pieces are pinned in place.

Sew all pieces in place using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, being careful not to get one of the pieces caught in the seam. I recommend using a walking foot if your machine has one.

Trim the batting so it is even with the fabric edge. Fold the edges of the back piece up as shown.

Place the other 21″ x 21″ piece on top of the project putting the right side down. Pin in place as shown.

Sew along the edges using a generous 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a section about 8″ long along the back unsewn.

Trim corners. Turn right side out.


Carefully poke the corner out. Get the base of the project to lay flat.

Pin the opening shut. Hand stitch it closed.

Machine quilt the center if you desire.

You now have a completed chair cover.

Put it on your chair and enjoy some security, knowing your good furniture won’t be ruined…or if you’re like our family, put it on your chair and know that your company won’t see all the spills and stains you can’t get out.


This was a fun project that went together very quickly. It’s an easy weekend project that’s fun to make and will surely get used if you have a pet in your family.

Moda Bake Shop: Jewels in the Curio

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.

Look and see what is fresh from the oven, Jewels in the Curio.  This 79 ” x 79″ quilt’s name comes from the fabric line, Curio, by Basic Grey, and the name of the quilt’s featured block, Jewel Box…put them together and we have Jewels in the Curio. The Curio fabric is wonderful…soft, subdued, and perfect for a gift when you know don’t what colors the recipient might like.

The quilt makes efficient use of a two charm packs, a jelly roll and yardage making very little waste. If you are new to quilting, the pattern may look difficult but honestly, this is do-able. The layout is what makes the quilt look harder than it actually is.

(Normally I would insert a cute picture of all the fabric right here, but I was so excited when the fabric came that I immediately starting cutting into it.) Please forgive me but I am sure if you are a quilter you understand…when new fabric comes, I just have to touch it! Here’s a partial picture instead. Imagine the backing and background fabric and two charm packs totally intact… Aren’t the colors just wonderful!?!

Blocks, Scrappy Border and Binding:
One Jelly Roll and two Charm Packs

Background and Borders:
4.75 yards Moda Marbles Sweet Off White 9880 36

Backing:
5 yards Curio Cabriole Pond 30272 11

Batting 90″ x 90″

Start by cutting the background fabric. Cut 8~ 5″ strips. Subcut them into 64~ 5″ squares.

To Make the Blocks:
Open up the charm packs and pick out 64 charms that you want to use in the quilt. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the backs of the charms squares.

Sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Then cut on the line and there will be two half square triangles. Press to the colored triangle.

Trim the blocks to be 4.5″ square.
Keep the like colored blocks together.

Set the half square triangle units aside.

From the background fabric cut 16~ 2.5″ strips. Sub cut them in to 64~ 11″ strips.

Open the jelly roll. Set aside the “whitish” strip. Select 32 pieces. Cut 2~ 11″ pieces from each strip for a total of 64 pieces. Cut 2~ 2.5″ squares from each strip. Set the squares aside for the scrappy border. Set the remaining strip piece aside for the scrappy binding.

From the remaining jelly roll strips cut a variety of 84 more 2.5″ squares for the scrappy border for a total of 148~ 2.5″ squares. The leftovers of the jelly roll strips will be sewn together for the binding.

Take a 11″ jelly roll piece and a 11″ background strip and sew them right sides together. Press to the colored piece.


Cut the piece into 4~ 2.5″ segments. There will be a little piece leftover. Discard it.

Lay the pieces right sides together, matching the seams and sew creating a four patch. Press. Keep the like four patches together. Sew all of the segments into four patches.

Take two matching half square triangles and two matching four patches. The triangles and four patches should not match. Lay them out as shown. Sew the pieces together to create a block. Make 64 blocks.

Lay the blocks out as shown in a 8 x 8 “barn raising” pattern. Sew together in rows. Then sew the rows together creating the center of the quilt.

From the background fabric, cut 8~ 4.5″ strips. Sew the pieces together. Cut two borders the length of the quilt. Sew them on. Press seam toward the border. Lay the quilt out. Cut two background strips the width of the quilt. Sew the pieces to the quilt. Press to the border. Here’s a close up of the borders so you can see how they come together.

Sew two rows of 36~ 2.5″ scrappy border squares together. Sew them to two opposite sides of the quilt. Press to the first border. Sew two rows of 38~ 2.5″ squares together. Sew them to the remaining two opposite sides of the quilt.

From the background fabric cut 8~ 2.5″ strips. Sew the strips together. Cut two borders the length of the quilt. Sew them on opposite sides. Press toward the background border. Lay the quilt out. Cut two background strips the width of the quilts. Sew the pieces to the quilt. Press to the border.

Cut the backing fabric in half. Sew together. Sandwich the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired.

Sew the remaining jelly roll pieces together to make a scrappy binding.

Bind.

79 ” x 79″ quilt

I love the scrappy binding…Here’s Gracie showing that binding off.

This is one of my favorite Moda Bake Shop projects Kelli and I ever did.  I loved the design and the fabric….I’ve gifted most of the other projects but kept this one.  I would happily make this again.