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  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.


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.

6 thoughts on “Moda Bake Shop: Neighbor Girl”

    1. Yes it would be jelly roll friendly….but it would take more than one I think. I didn’t do the math. Just a guess.

  1. I love seeing your older designs – unfortunately, some are no longer available at Moda. Would you be allowed to share the instructions with us (chain of faith for instance)?
    Love and prayers

  2. Wow, Jo! This looks sorta complicated to me but I love it! And your whole post of steps to follow is great – I know how much work that is!!!

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