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  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.

9 thoughts on “Moda Bake Shop: 1934 Nine Patch”

  1. Awwww! There’s Gracie! She’s what originally drew me to your blog! Anyone who had a beagle on their quilt had to be my kind of people! We had two beagles at the time. Gracie grabbed my attention, but your blog is wonderful and I’ve been a devoted reader all of this time!

  2. I love this quilt. I had some of that 1934 fabric line, and loved it. I know my taste in fabric has changed over the years, but I still love that one.

  3. I’m a wee bit confused. Where does the jelly roll shown in the picture get used? Or is yardage used instead of a jelly roll? I’m a new quilter and don’t understand. Thank you for all you do. I love reading about your charity work.

    1. Hi Marcia. If you look a the directions one portion says “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.”
      The blocks that are red include a portion of the jelly roll.

  4. It’s really a nice pattern. And looks so easy to make. A few weeks ago you had someone ask about a 9 patch pattern – that I believe a relative had made. I found a pattern that matched it called an improvised nine patch. That too is a lovely pattern to make. I had to get a new phone as mine died and lost all my designs. Hope you are doing well.

  5. Katherine Gourley

    I am so glad you are doing this with your MBS patterns. I was disappointed when Moda changed MBS and had wished that I save some of the patterns that I loved. Thank you for all you do.

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