Moda Bake Shop: Peanut Butter and Kelli

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 wantThese quilts will be archived here on the blog in the free patterns section on the right column.

Here’s what you need:

1 fat quarter bundle PB & J
4 yards neutral print (We used ½ yard of each of the 8 neutral prints)
1 yard neutral (border)1 yard
dark print (binding)
2.5 yards dark solid (borders, block outline)
8 yards for backing

From each of 32 colored fat quarters, cut the following:
-1- 3.75” x 21” strip (stars)
-2- 3” x 21” strips (sashing)
-2- 1.75” x 21” strips (sashing, pieced border)

From each of 8 lighter fat quarters, cut the following:
-3- 3.75” strips (stars)

From neutral border cut 10- 3”strips

From binding fabric, cut 10- 2.5” strips

From dark solid, cut the following:
-27- 1.5” strips (star outline)
-6- 1.75” strips (pieced border)
-10- 3” strips (border)

Making Star Blocks:

From 32- 3.75”  colored strips, cut 1- 5” rectangle and 2- 3.75” squares.  A total of 32- 5” rectangles and 64- 3.75” squares.

From 24- 3.75” lighter strips, cut 8 (1 of each print) into 4- 5” segments from each to yield a total on 24- 5” segments.  Using the remaining 16- 3.75” neutral strips, cut a total of 64- 3.75” squares.

  1.  Pair 1 colored 5” segment with 1 neutral 5” segment.  With right sides together, use an easy angle ruler to cut 2 half square triangles.  Sew together using a ¼ inch seam.  Press to the colored print. Continue with all of hte 5″ segments.  It you haven’t used an Easy Angle ruler before,here’s a great tutorial Bonnie Hunter didshowing you how.
  2. Assemble star by first sewing the dark square together into a four patch.

-Then sew the half square triangles together as shown.

-Sew two to the side of the four patch.

-Sew a light colored square to each end of the remaining start points.

-Then sew the final strip to the outside.

Outlining the Star:

  1. Using 11 of the 1.5” dark solid strips, cut a total of 32- 1.5” x 13.5” strips (3 from each strip).  Sew to opposite sides of each star block.  Press to the dark “frame.”

  1. Using the remaining 16 strips, cut 32- 1.5” x 15.5” rectangles.  Sew to opposite sides of the star.  Press to the dark “frame.”

Making the Sashing Blocks:

  1. From each neutral ½ yard cut, cut a total of 3- 3” strips.  Cut each in half (approximate) to yield a total of 24- 3” x approximately 21” strips.
  2. With right sides together, pair 1 colored 3” x 21” strip with 1 neutral 3” x 21” strip.
  3. Using your easy angle ruler, cut a total of 10 half square triangles from each set.  Sew using a 1/4 “ seam.  Press to the colored half.  Make a total of 448 half square triangles.
  4. Using the colored 1.75” strips, cut a total of 576- 1.75” squares (448 for sashing blocks, 128 for pieced border).
  5. With right sides together, place a colored 1.75” square in the neutral half of the half square triangle.  Sew diagonally from corner to corner.  Trim excess fabric and press to the colored square.  Repeat for each of the 448 sashing blocks.
  6.  Sew the newly created units together as shown creating 16 blocks.
  7.  Sew the blocks together in a 4 x 4 setting as shown.


Making the Pieced Borders:

  1. Subcut the 6- 1.75” strips into 64- 1.75” x 3” rectangles.
  2.  Following the diagram below, using the remaining 128- 1.75” squares, place a colored square on one end of the dark rectangle with right sides together.  Sew diagonally from corner to corner of the colored square.  Trim excess and press to the colored square.
  3. Repeat on opposite end.  Continue making 64 pieced border blocks.

  1. Using the remaining 1.75” colored strips and the remaining 1.75” dark strip, create 4- 1.75” half square triangles using your easy angle ruler.  Press to the dark.
  2.  Sew 16 of the newly created border pieces together.  Make four sets of these border units.  Add a half square triangle to both ends of two of the strips.
  3. Add newly created border as shown.


  1.  Next add the neutral, then dark borders.
  2. Quilt and bind using 2.5” binding strips.PBJ-Binding

    For the quilting I did something made up that I call lassoed stars.


    I do really love this fabric line.  My favorite print of the line is on the back of the quilt.  Isn’t that a fun floral?

    This fabric line was from designer Basic Gray.  I absolutely adore all of the fabric lines created by them.  There is something about the deeper richer colors that I love.

8 thoughts on “Moda Bake Shop: Peanut Butter and Kelli”

  1. Elizabeth V K

    Jo, I love the quilt design but think maybe there needs to be correction. In making the stars, it says cut “4- 5” segments from each to yield a total on 24- 5” segments”. Previously I did not see anything about 5″ cuts so wondered if that should be 3.75″.
    Thanks for all you share.

  2. This comment will sound a day late, but yesterday was a family day and my phone was put down! First, your Memorial Day thoughts were so touching. I got misty eyed for sure. Second, your idea of not getting much done is vastly different than mine lol. By my reckoning you were very productive that day! My task is to finish the quilts I’m making out of the receiving blankets from my 6 kids. I cut them into enough squares to make 6 baby quilts to be given to each of my sons when they have a baby. Each quilt has pieces from each blanket. I’m on number two because my second local grand baby is due in July. I’d like to get them all made ahead of time.

  3. I want to make a quilt but get so frustrated , I have a lot of fabric but not much of any of it and nothing goes together. I could scream , I want to use it but on what.

  4. What a beautiful quilt! I do not recall ever seeing it before. My mind is now pondering how to use Bonnie’s scrap system for it. While I do not have that FQ bundle, I definitely have FQs in my stash to use. I absolutely love the computer generated version! I will also add, that since Moda redid their site, I do not think it is as user friendly as it was. Thank you for adding the quilts to your site. It is added to my “some day to-do list.”

  5. Elizabeth, look at the instruction above where you are asking about. It says 5″ rectangles out of the 3.75″ strips – making 5×3.75″ rectangles. So it means cutting 5″ long segments out of the 3.75″ strips wherever 5″ is referenced. I think this is the answer. maybe?

    Thank you Jo and Kelli for your generous use of time to reproduce your great patterns where people can find them. I’ve had that situation with Moda also, not finding a pattern I thought would always be there. I learned to print them if I thought I might make one.

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