Moda Bake Shop: Star Spangled Sky

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.

4 Blue Jelly Rolls (or approximately 3 yards assorted blue fabric, cut into 2.5” strips)
2 Red Jelly Rolls (or approximately 1.25 yards assorted red fabric, cut into 2.5” strips)
2 yards neutral
2 yards blue
2 yards red

8 yards backing

Block Size:  16” finished

Quilt Size:  90.5” x 90.5”

Cutting Instructions:

White–2 yards neutral (creamy grunge 30150 174 Moda #1 from PB and J Fabric Line)

  1. Cut 10- 4.5” strips.

                        -Use 2 strips to cut a total of 16- 4.5” squares
-Remaining strips will be used in the border

Blue–2 yards blue (42100 15)

  1. Pull 10 blue jelly roll strips from each of the 4 blue jelly rolls for 40 total (If using the Paintbox Batiks fabric line, you will need to use the bluish/green strips)
  2. Cut 26- 2.5” strips
    -Use 20 strips to cut a total of 40- 16.5” rectangles
    -Use 2 strips to cut a total of 32- 2.5” squares

-The remaining 4 strips will be used in making the blocks.  These strips can be set aside with the jelly roll strips.

  1. Cut 1- 4.5” strip
    -Sub-cut this strip to yield a total of 4- 4.5” squares

Blue Block Pieces—40 jelly roll strips + 4- 2.5” strips

  1. Using 22 of the strips, cut a total of 64- 2.5” x 12.5” rectangles—You will get a total of 3 rectangles from each strip.
  2. Use 16 strips to cut a total of 64- 2.5” x 8.5” rectangles—You will get a total of 4 rectangles from each strip. **Set aside remaining length not used**
  3. Use the remaining 6 strips and the remainder of the previous lengths, cut a rotal of 64- 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles—You will get a total of 8 rectangles from each full strip.

Red–2 yards red
                         -Pull 8 red jelly roll strips from each of the 2 red jelly rolls for a total of 16 jelly roll strips.

                        -Cut the 16 strips into a total of 249- 2.5” squares

  1. Cut a total of 27- 2.5” strips

                        -16 will be used for the border
-10 will be used for the binding
-Cut the remaining strip to yield 8- 2.5” x 4.5” rectangles

Quilt Instructions: **Important—Make sure that your quarter inch seam is a TRUE quarter inch seam**

  1. Make 16 blue background stars. -White star, red corners, blue background
    To  make one:
    Put a white 2.5″ square on the corner of a blue 2.5” x 4.5” rectangle.  Sew on the diagonal.  Trim.  Press.

Put a white 2.5″ square on the opposite corner.  Sew on the diagonal.  Trim.  Press.

Assemble the pieces in rows as shown.

Sew the rows together to create the star.


  1. Make 4 corner stars using the above method changing the colors as shown below. -Blue star, red corners, 2 red backgrounds, 2 white backgrounds

  1. With a quarter inch seam, sew an 8.5” rectangle to opposite sides of the white star blocks.  Press to the rectangle.

  2. Attach a red square to each end of the remaining 32 rectangles.  Press to the rectangle.

  1. Attach these strips to the opposite sides of the block and press to the rectangle.

  1.  Repeat process adding another row around the block. Sew a 12.5” strip to opposite sides of the block.  Press to the rectangle.
  2. With right sides together, sew a red 2.5” square to each end of the 32 remaining 12.5” strips.  Press to the rectangle.8.  Sew to the remaining opposite sides of the block.  Press to the rectangles.

You will need 16 of these blocks.

  1. Layout blocks and sashing as shown.  Sew into rows.  Sew the rows together.  Assemble center of the top and press well.

  1. Join the 8- 4.5” strips on the diagonal.  Repeat with 16- 2.5” red strips, joining on the diagonal.
  2. Layout the assembled top.  Cut a total of 4 white strips the width of the quilt.  Cut a total of 8 strips from the red fabric.12.  Sew a red strip on either side of the white strip.

  1. Attach a pair of pieced borders to opposite sides of the quilt.
  2. Attach the corner star blocks to opposite ends of the remaining 2 pieced border strips.

  1.  Attach the completed borders to the quilt.

  2.  Quilt as desired.  Bind using the remaining 10- 2.5” red strips.

If you would like to see how we quilted our version and to sign up to win the jelly roll, stop over to our blog, Jo’s Country Junction.

Quilt Size:  90.5” x 90.5”


9 thoughts on “Moda Bake Shop: Star Spangled Sky”

  1. I am working on using this pattern for the second time with a big floral as the star in a cranberry red and then using the colors in it for the strips around and the cornerstones. Mine will be done in a king size. Thanks, Jo, for making it easier to find these great patterns.

  2. Stephani in N. TX

    What a pretty quilt. Love the block construction with the small squares in the corner of the block. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Just what I was looking for to use my red and blue scraps. It’s a fun quilt for the 4th! Thanks for designing great quilts!

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