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  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….Look again at the picture of the quilt…

Look specifically at the lower left corner.

Oops..after all my telling and telling you all to be careful when laying out the blocks, I turned the blocks.  Imagine my embarrassment when a blog reader finally told me I did that.  UGH.  The quilt was already quilted….the quilt was already featured on Moda Bake Shop.  Oh my.

What can I say except, it happens to the best of us.  I really does.

On gracious blog reader wrote that they thought I turned the block intentionally as it “looked like one of the faith fish” as the quilt was called “Chain of Faith”.  HA!! Nope, but so sweet of you to give me an out.

The quilt name “Chain of Faith” came because I used Chain blocks and the fabric line was called Faith…so Chain of Faith was the best name Kelli and I could come up with.  (We’re terrible at quilt naming)

This quilt however is one of the most used in my home.  It lives in my living room and is the snuggle quilt for TV watching.  It’s the one that’s used when babies need somewhere to lay.  It’s the one that is used to build forts.  I’m so happy that we made this quilt all those years ago.

15 thoughts on “Moda Bake Shop: Chain of Faith”

  1. Judith Fairchild

    I think the name of your block is great! The chain of faith that runs in generations of Christian families is what I thought of when I saw the title of the quilt. The warmth and comfort of love between generations

  2. Beautiful quilt! I am constantly in awe of your skill for using a line of fabric, a group of fabrics, or any fabrics! Rockstar!
    I love the Collection For A Cause fabrics but doesn’t seem like they have had a new line in a while.

  3. Of all your designs, this one is my favorite. I haven’t attempted it – too many others in the wings. Maybe one day.
    Love and prayers

    1. At first I thought it was too many pieces…but when it’s finished, I can see how it looks so we’ll put-together!

      1. Perhaps you can revise the word we’ll to well , funny and frustrating how techno thinks they know better how to word things for us!!

  4. It’s nice to see Chain of Faith
    on your blog. I made a copy of the pattern many years ago and have always loved it too. I had looked at it over the weekend when I was looking for an upcoming project. So nice to see it and hear about the behind the scenes story. We love to see what you design.

  5. Hi Jo,

    Love the blog! I ran across this series and thought of you. I don’t know if you have read the series, but I thought you might like them.

    Mr. Churchill’s Secretary is book 1
    Maggie Hope Series,
    by Susan Elia MacNeal


  6. Jo,
    Thank you so much for the Chain of Faith pattern! I have a question about the red, brown, and cream jelly roll fabrics that you set aside. Am I correct in thinking that those strips will be cut into the sashing strips?
    The directions do not state that, but I think it is inferred that sashing strips will be cut into 8.5″ segments from those strips you set aside.

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  8. Made this quilt many years ago. Gave it to my dear sil. At that time I had a jelly roll, a layer cake and the yardage.
    You are so right no extra fabric when you are done. Have always wanted to remake so thanks for the redo on the pattern

  9. Christina Coats

    Ooh how lovely , a gorgeous quilt. I love reds especially French General fabrics. As I have loads of FG’S this is a definite pattern to keep. Have a dear friend called Faith who has hinted she’s never had a quilt!!! Yes, not one quilt lives in her house. So this will be made for her. Off to find all my FG and see if I need any more . I don’t think so , but a lovely excuse to buy more don’t you think? Hehe.

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  12. This is a beautiful quilt. I am hoping to make this only in teals so trying to find the right jelly rolls for it the name is awesome…a family heirloom for a Christian family. I like the “Amish chain” going thru it. I had first thought of doing a quilt with 10” layer cakes and saw your idea of cutting 5 -2” strips. Quite creative. I hope to make the chain of faith during the fall and winter. Thank you for sharing your talent

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