Moda Bake Shop: Sophie’s Bouquet

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 quilts 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.

Our old farm dog, Pepper, is showing off the quilt that features fabric from the line Sophie by Chez Moi. Sadly as I’m writing this, Pepper is gone and has been for several years.

I was so in love with this fabric. I am especially in love with the turquoise blue floral fabric that is used as the setting squares. The floral design is amazing. The quilt uses one jelly roll along with extra yardage.

Here’s what you need:
1 Jelly Roll-Sophie for Blocks and Scrappy Binding
4 1/4 yards Nosegay Blue Fiesta (32501-11) for Setting Squares, Setting Triangle and Corner Triangles
2 yards Sophie Leafy Swirl Pink Sorbet 32504 13- for constant pink in the blocks and the inner border
1 3/4 yards Sophie Petal Pink Sorbet 32506 22-for background fabric in the blocks
6 yards Sophie Paisley Floral Cream 32502 14 for backing

You will also need a half square triangle ruler such as an Easy Angle.

I use this one…You can find it HERE on Amazon.

Others use the Essential Angle Ruler.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.

If you would want to fussy cut the setting squares, you will need extra yardage.

From the setting fabric:
Cut 12~ 6 1/2″ strips. Sub cut into 72~ 6 1/2″ squares.

Cut 3~ 9 3/4″ strips. Sub cut into 9~ 9 3/4″ squares. Cut these squares twice on the diagonal to get your setting triangles. You will use 34.

Cut 2~ 5 1/8″ squares. Cut once on the diagonal to create 4 corner triangles.

From the pink constant fabric in the blocks:
Cut 17~ 2 1/2″ strips. Sub cut into 270 2 1/2″ squares.

For the background fabric in the blocks:
When I made my version, I used the lights from the jelly roll pieces for some of the back ground in the blocks. I cut the remainder from the light yardage. You can do it the way I did or you can make all of the background from the same fabric. You will need a total of 23~ 2 1/2″ strips for the background.

I pulled out the strip of fabric that matches the setting fabric and set it aside.

Take one of the jelly roll strips. Layer it right sides together with one of the light 2 1/2″ strips as shown. Place it on the cutting mat. Take the half square triangle ruler and position it over the top. Cut a straight edge on the side as shown.

Following the manufacturer’s instructions that came with the ruler, cut triangles as shown. Flip the ruler as you make each cut. Each block needs six sets of triangles. Continue cutting across the strip making triangles. You will get four sets of six triangles per strip.

Chain piece the triangles, keeping the like triangles together.

Cut the triangles apart. Clip the dog ears and press towards the dark fabric. Continue keeping like squares together.

Layout the half square triangles along with three pink squares as shown.

Sew the blocks into rows.

Sew the rows into blocks. Continue until you have 90 blocks. Press blocks.

Now is the fun part…the layout. This quilt is set on the diagonal. It’s easy to get blocks twisted or turned. I kept watching and checking to make sure those pink squares were lined up in rows.  See? Continue reading

Twilting with Carver

Gannon had a doctor’s appointment the other day and Kalissa asked me if I’d keep Carver.  It was only to be about 3 hours max.  I said sure but talked to Carver in advance telling him I had to get a quilt finished and he’d have to be good in the sewing room and let me do it.

So he played on his Ipad while I bound the quilt.

But then he got bored so I tried to think of something to entertain him.  He was awed that the tops lifted off of my old sewing chairs and there was a secret compartment there.

He hid all of his treasures…oh he giggled thinking he was so tricky to hide them there.

Carver is all about tools and mechanics and learning about them so when my bobbin ran out of thread I thought I’d show him how to fill a bobbin.  Oh my word, you would have thought he died and went to heaven.  Seriously, he was a bobbin filling fool.

Here he is pushing the button to make it fill.

I had no idea but…. Continue reading

Down a Rabbit Hole: Punch Needle

So the reason it’s taking me so long to REALLY clean my sewing room is that I end up down some rabbit holes.  Today’s rabbit hole….Punch Needle.

I did punch needle some time ago….well actually a long time ago.  It was all because of the gals at Country Threads.  Here are some pictures of the samples they had in their shop…trust, there were TONS more but here are a few that got me to give punch needle a try.  These photos were from back in 2011.

I just love these…


I wish I had them all….

NeedlePunch-9…but I wish they were all finished!!

Country Threads always did an awesome job of finding interesting things to mount the finished pieces on…like above the little dust pan.

The gals were so into punch needle that they even started designing their own patterns.  Here are a few… Continue reading

My Flowers….and Grandma Time

I thought you might enjoy seeing my flowers outside.  They are really beautiful this year.  I think I’m the happiest I’ve ever been with them.  I planted my own hanging baskets this year.  I’ve always wanted to but it never has happened.  Then last year in about November, I was over at Kalissa’s house and saw that she had her three huge hanging baskets, now dried up and dead, next to her garbage can.  I asked her if she was throwing them out and she said yes, so I asked if I could have them.  She looked at me like I was crazy and said sure….

Well this is the hanging basket now….

I planted an unusual assortment of fushcias, sunpatiens, and regular impatiens.  I love the baskets and will plant them like this next year too.

Here’s Georgia playing in the water that leaked out of the basket after I watered them.

The two matching baskets hang on the pole that Craig put up for me last year.  We did so much landscape work last year and this year, the work is finally looking really good.

This is the front of the house.  I think I’m going to have Buck build me another planter to go at the front.  He originally built these for me as a mother’s day present.  He builds a lot of decks for people and then can have the leftover lumber scraps.  He made the planters with that and I love them.

Here you can see the back side of them…. Continue reading