Auntie’s Diamonds


Finished Size: 57″ X 88″
Hello again!!  It’s Jamie from SunFlower Seeds with my new Moda Bake Shop project! Auntie’s Diamonds is a quilt made from a Layer Cake and a Bella Solids Charm Pack!  I hope you like it and if you make one please add it to my Flickr Group!!  As always, be sure to check out my blog {jamiemueller.blogspot.com} for a giveaway!


1 Layer Cake “LC” (Sophie by Chez Moi)
1 Moda Bella Charm Pack “CP” (brown)
½ yard inner border fabric (blue houndstooth)
1 ¼ yard outer border fabric (paisley floral)
5 ½ yards backing fabric
¾ yard binding fabric (pink houndstooth)


Cutting Blocks:

1. Choose 40 LC squares (there are 42 in each pack) and cut each one in half. You will have 80- 5” X 10” rectangles.

2. Take 20 Charm Squares (1/2 of the pack) and cut each one in half horizontally and vertically. You will have 80- 2.5” squares.

Block Assembly:

1. Take one 2.5” square, fold in half diagonally and press. The pressed line will be your stitching line. Repeat with all 80- 2.5” squares.

2. Place one 2.5” square RST (right sides together) on the top right corner of one 5” X 10” rectangle. Pin in place and stitch on pressed line of 2.5” square. Repeat until you have 40 total on the top right corner. See photo:

3. Place one 2.5” square RST on the top left corner of one 5” X 10” rectangle. Pin in place and stitch on pressed line of 2.5” square. Repeat until you have 40 total on the top left corner. See photo:

4. Trim off excess fabric ¼” from sewn line. See photo:

5. Press all 40 RIGHT corner blocks towards the solid corner.

6. Press all 40 LEFT corner blocks towards the printed fabric (larger piece).

7. Square (trim) all blocks to 5” X 10”.

Top Assembly:

1. Layout blocks 8 rows of 10 blocks each as desired, making sure to match the small triangle corners to make the diamond in the center. See photo:

2. Sew blocks together in 4 patches to have 20 larger blocks, making sure to match seams of small triangles. See photo:

3. Sew the 20 larger blocks of four together until the center of the top is complete.

Inner Border:

1. From inner border fabric cut 7- 2 ½” X WOF (width of fabric) strips.

2. Measure center length of quilt top and cut 2 strips to that measurement. (You will have to sew 2 of the 7 strips short ends together to have enough length).

3. Sew side strips on each side of the quilt. Press towards border.

4. Measure center width of quilt top and cut 2 strips to that measurement. (You will have to cut 1 of the left over strips in half and sew each half strip to the short end of each top and bottom strips).

5. Sew top and bottom strips on the quilt. Press towards border.

Outer Border:

1. From outer border fabric cut 9- 4 ½” X WOF strips.

2. Measure center length of quilt top and cut 2 strips to that measurement. (You will have to sew 2 of the 9 strips short ends together to have enough length).

3. Sew side strips on each side of the quilt. Press towards border.

4. Measure center width of quilt top and cut 2 strips to that measurement. (You will have to cut 1 of the left over strips in half and sew each half strip to the short end of each top and bottom strips).

5. Sew top and bottom strips on the quilt. Press towards border.

Quilt as desired.

Binding:

1. From binding fabric cut 8- 2 ½” strips

2.Sew all 8 strips together (short ends) to make 1 continuous strip. Fold binding strip in half wrong sides together and press. Attach binding to right side of quilt (raw edges even) and machine stitch all the way around. Turn binding to back and hand stitch down.

Finished Size: 57″ X 88″

Your new quilt is done!! ENJOY!

Jamie Mueller
{jamiemueller.blogspot.com}

Little Have Grown


Hi my name is Heike Pier and this was my first time to make something from a layer cake! I thought it would be challenging to make a large project and I didn’t know how I could make something so large with 10” squares.

I named my quilt Little Have Grown as the little squares grew into a large quilt with the help of some black solid fabric.


1 layer cake – Twirl by Me and My Sisters Designs
4 1/2 yards of black solid
4 yards of backing fabric
70” x 76” of batting


Cutting Instructions:

Sort your layer cake into squares you will use for the centre of the blocks and squares you will cut into strips for the borders of the blocks.

You will need 9 squares for the centre of the blocks and the rest of the squares for the borders and binding. I selected all the squares with large motifs for the centre squares and small prints for the borders.

Cut the squares for the centre of the blocks into 4 squares 4 ½”.

Cut the remaining layer cake squares as follows:
Cut 27 of the squares into:

1 strip 2 ½” x 10”
2 strips 1” x 4 ½”
4 strips 1” x 5 ½”
2 strips 1” x 6 ½”

Cut 3 of the squares into:

1 strip 2 ½” x 10”
4 strips 1” x 4 ½”
6 strips 1” x 5 ½”
2 strips 1” x 6 ½”

Cut 3 of the squares into:

1 strip 2 ½” x 10”
2 strips 1” x 4 ½”
6 strips 1” x 5 ½”
4 strips 1” x 6 ½”

From the black solid cut:

20 squares 6 ½”
55 strips 2 ½” x 6 ½”
2 strips 4 ½” x 62 1/2” (*approx for top and bottom – measure your quilt)
2 strips 4 ½” x 60” (*approx for sides – measure your quilt)
strips 2 ½” x width of fabric for sashing (cut as needed)

Make the Blocks
Each block has 2 colour borders.

For the first border you will need 2 strips 1” x 4 1/2” and 2 strips 1” x 5 ½” from the same fabric.

For the second border you will need 2 strips 1” x 5 1/2” and 2 strips 1” x 6 ½” from the same fabric.

Distribute your centre squares and border strips until you are happy with the combinations. I tried to make sure at least one of the borders was the same colour as part of the centre square.

Sew the first border by sewing the 1” x 4 ½” strips to the top and bottom of one of the 4 ½” square and the 1” x 5 ½” strips to the sides of the square.

Sew the second border by sewing the 1” x 5 ½” strips to the top and bottom of one of the square and the 1” x 6 ½” strips to the sides of the square.

Repeat to make 36 blocks.

Add the Sashing
The blocks in the quilt are on point but are pieced in strips. To make the layout more interesting, and to make a larger quilt, intersperse the pieced blocks with black solid squares. You will need 9 black 6 ½” squares in addition to the 36 pieced blocks, to make the quilt.

Arrange your blocks and black squares into strips of 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1 as shown.

Sew blocks into rows by sewing the black 2 ½” x 6 ½” strips between the blocks and at both ends of the row.

Cut the remaining black 6 ½” squares in half diagonally and sew to the end of each row.

Sew 2 black half square triangles to either side of a black 2 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ strip for the top left hand corner of the quilt.

Use the black 2 ½” x width of fabric strips to sash the rows. Let the end of the sashing hang over each row and be sure to line up the squares in the rows as shown.

Finishing
Square up the quilt top by trimming the edges of the sashing so the squares are on point.

Measure your quilt top along the top and sides. Add ½” to the measurement for the sides of the quilt for seam allowances and cut 2 black strips 4 ½” x this measurement.

Sew the side strips to the sides of the quilt top.

Add 8 ½” to the measurement for the top and bottom of the quilt to allow for seam allowances and the side borders and cut 2 black strips 4 ½” x this measurement.

Sew the top and bottom strips to the top and bottom of the quilt top.

Layer the quilt top, batting and backing fabric and baste in place. Quilt as desired. I like to hand quilt.
I quilted inside the centre of each square about ½” from the edge. I also quilted through the centre of each sashing strip and added decorative quilting in the black solid squares. I used a variegated thread that matched the colours in the layer cake.

Sew the 2 ½” x 10” strips into one continuous strip to use for binding the quilt.

I hope you have fun making this quilt!


One quilt 62″ x 68″

Heike Pier

Ruby’s Party Bag


I’m very excited  to be posting over here at the Moda Bake Shop, it’s been awhile.  I’m so in love with this fabric by Bonnie and Camille, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.  Come visit me over at my blog for a chance to win some of this super cute fabric for yourself!  Our Cozy Nest

3 Fat Eighths  (or 3 –  9″ x 22″ pieces of coordinating fabric)
1/2 yard of fast to fuse fusible interfacing or a similar stiff interfacing
Pattern Pieces – included in Printer Friendly Version at bottom of post.


Step One:  Pick three of your favorite coordinating pieces from your fat eighth bundle. Not easy to do since they are all so dang cute!

Step two:  Decide which piece of fabric you want to use for the body of your bag.  Iron it onto the fusible interfacing.

Step three:  Cut out pattern pieces, trace onto fabric, and cut out. You will need to cut two purse pieces.   The pattern for the sides and bottom of the purse will need to be traced and then flipped over and traced again on the other side since the fabric will be too stiff to fold.

Here is what you should have:

Step 4 – Do the same thing in step three for the lining of the bag.  Note – Be sure and layout your pattern pieces so you have that extra fabric on the right side.  This piece of fabric will be used for the “binding” at the top of the purse.  You will need to make sure there is 1 1/4″ of extra fabric on the right side.

Step 5 – Lay one of the purse pattern pieces down with print side up.  Lay your piece for the sides and bottom on top of it with the print side down (like in picture below).  Starting on the right side, begin sewing the two together, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.  Note:  Use 1/4″ seam allowance on the entire project unless noted otherwise.  I’m not much of a pinner and honestly this fabric is going to be so stiff, I’m not sure you could pin it.

I just sew a little at a time, sort of curving the sidepiece to the fabric piece as you go.  I kept my needle down when I lifted up the presser foot to move the fabric.

Step 6 – Now sew the other side of the purse on starting on the right side again.  Don’t worry too much about having to bend and move the fabric, I just used an iron when I was finished to smooth it out.

When you’re done sewing the body of the bag together, trim the edges of the bag down to about 1/8″.  
Follow steps 5 and 6 for the lining of the bag.  Turn your bag (not the lining) right side out and place the lining inside so that wrong sides are together.  Stitch the two together by sewing around the top of your bag using a 1/4″ (or a little less) seam allowance. It’s embarrassing that it took me a while to figure this out, but it’s much easier to do this if you remove the extension table from your machine (that blue plate you see on mine).

Step 7 – Make the ruffle for the top of the purse.  Out of you third coordinating piece of fabric, cut a strip of fabric that measures 2 1/2″ wide by 22″ long.  Iron the fabric in half with the print on the outside. If the raw edges on the end of the ruffle bother you, just fold it over 1/4″ before ironing it in half lengthwise and stitch. To make the ruffle I just sew along the length  of the fabric (raw edges on the inside) and about every  3/4″ make a pleat by folding the fabric up about 1/4″ inch and then back down again.  The picture below shows it much better than I can explain it.  When you are done making the ruffle, sew it to the top of your bag. Finished off the edges by overlapping the two ends about 1/2″.

Step 8 – Making the bag handle.  Cut a piece of fabric that is approximately 2″ x 11″ out of the same fabric as your ruffle.  Iron the strip of fabric in half, unfold and then iron the outside edges into the center like pictured below.  Iron back in half (should be 1/2″ wide) and stitch 1/8″ in on both sides.

Step 9 – Pin handle to purse like pictured below and tack into place.

Step 10 – Binding around top of bag.  I apologize for this very poor picture, I couldn’t get my flash to work. I did this the same way I would bind a quilt.  This is where you will use that little 1 1/4″ wide piece of fabric that you saved from the lining.  You will need to sew the two pieces together end to end, it should be about 16″ inches long although you wont need nearly that much. Iron fabric in half lengthwise and then unfold and iron one side into the center (just like you did for the handle, but only one side).

Sew onto the top of your bag by placing the side of the binding that is not folded onto the top of your bag with print side down.  Fold the very edge of the binding over about 1/4″ to give the edge a finished look.  Sew around entire opening of bag and when you get to the end,  overlap the pieces 1/2″ to 1″ folding the very end over 1/4″ before stitching down.  Now the fun part (at least to me).  Fold binding over onto the inside of bag an hand stitch down.  If your bag is wrinkly when you’re done, take a hand towel and wrap it around your hand.  Put your wrapped hand inside of the bag and apply a warm iron to outside of bag until you are happy with how it looks.
 

One super cute party bag, for your little princess!

Nicole Willmore

Birchbark Lodge Quilt


Hello folks, I am Stacey and I blog over at Stacey’s Place. I am super excited, and a little nervous to share with you my second project here for the Bake Shop. I sketched this quilt up a long time ago and was not sure what to do with it for a while. As you can see I finally decided and am ecstatic about it! These pictures really do not do it justice; it’s a new family favorite in my house for sure! The line, Birchbark Lodge by Holly Taylor goes perfectly with our outdoorsy lifestyle (we live in Maine). I have a special place in my heart for traditional quilt blocks. I love the modern blocks too, but quilts like this one sing to me… I hope you enjoy!



1 fat quarter bundle, Birchbark Lodge by Holly Taylor
3 yds solid color for main background
5 yds backing
1/2 yd binding

You need:
52- 4″ x 4″ pinwheels
cut 104 solid 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ squares
cut 104 print 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ squares

4- 2″ x 2″ pinwheels
cut 8 solid 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ squares
cut 8 print 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ squares

40- 2″ x 4″ flying geese
cut 40 solid 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles
cut 80 print 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles

32- 8″ x 8″ stars
cut 128 solid 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares
cut 128 print 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares
cut 128 solid 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ squares
cut 128 print 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ squares

24- 8″ x 8″ strip squares (cut after your other fabric pieces are cut; use the remaining fat quarter fabric)
cut 192 print 1 1/2″ strips
cut 48 solid triangles from diagram A

Flying Geese block:
On your 80 print 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the square. Place the print square right sides together on top of the 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ solid rectangle so that the line is placed like in the picture below. Sew on that diagonal line. Trim off excess, making sure you leave a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press open. Repeat for the remaining 39 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ pieces and the 39 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ print squares.

Repeat for the other side.

This is your flying geese block.

You will have 40 of these fully completed.

Pinwheel block:
Take each of your solid squares and draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew a 1/4″ seam on both sides of the line.

Cut on that line.

Press open. This yields two half square triangles. Layout your two half square triangles as shown below.

Sew. Repeat from beginning of pinwheel directions again.

You now have two of these units. Layout according to picture below.

Pin together and sew. Press open. Your pinwheel block is complete.

Repeat with remaining blocks until you have 52 finished pinwheel blocks.

Star block:
You need 4 of your solid 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ squares and 4 print 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ squares. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the fabric. Place one solid and one print square right sides together.


Sew a 1/4″ seam on each side of the line. Cut on the line.


Press open. You have made your half square triangle. Repeat with the 3 remaining squares of each.


Next you need 2 solid 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares, and 2 of your half square triangles you just made. Sew them together as shown. Press your seams to the left. Repeat once more so you have two like this.


Now, you need 2 half square triangles, and 2 print 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares. Sew together as shown below. Press seams to the right. Repeat again so you have two of these.


Sew the 4 rows that you just made together as shown below to complete your star block. Press your row seams down.
Repeat with remaining fabric, you need 32 completed star blocks.

Strip block:
You need 8 of the 1 1/2″ strips you cut earlier. Sew them together as shown.


I used my 8 1/2″ Omnigrid ruler, and I lined up my diagonal line on the seam that has 4 strips on each side. Trim off the excess that is past your 8 1/2″ square.


Diagram A:

Attach your cut piece from diagram A to one side. Sew press.

Repeat for the other side.

You will have 24 of these completed blocks.

You now need to sew your pieces according to the quilt layout.

Layer, Quilt, and Bind!


1 super cozy comfy quilt measuring 64″ x 80″.

Stacey Carey
{staceysplace.com}

Home Sweet Home


Hi all – it’s Jera from Quilting in the Rain bringing you this super fast Home Sweet Home tutorial (thank you Anna from Switzerland for the quilt name)! I used the Hometown collection by Sweetwater. If you’re familiar with my tutorials, you know that I love simple and quick quilts that require minimal fussy measurements. Well, this is one of them because this quilt almost requires no measuring! That’s the beauty of Moda pre-cuts! 🙂 Enjoy!

P.S. check out my new site at www.QuiltingInTheRain.com for a chance to win FREE Moda pre-cut fabric! Simply click on the Fabric Giveaway link on the homepage.

  • 2 charm packs (or 81 pre-cut 5″ squares)
  • 10 neutral colored jelly roll strips (or 3/4 yard neutral colored fabric; from this, cut ten 2.5″ x 42/44″).
  • 5/8 yards binding fabric
  • 3 yards backing fabric

Step 1 – Choose 9 charm squares (or pre-cut 5 inch squares) and make a 9 patch block by sewing 3 rows together with 3 blocks per row.
Step 2 – Using a rotary cutter and ruler, cut 2 diagonal lines from corner to corner as shown below.Step 3 – Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 3 nine patch blocks. Cut diagonal lines form corner to corner for all 3 blocks. This will give you a total of 12 triangle pieces.
Step 4 – Here’s the fun part! Rearrange all 12 pieces to your liking.
Step 5 – Sew the rearranged pieces back together as shown below. This will give you a block that measures roughly 13.3″ x 13.3″. Repeat until you have a total of 9 finished blocks.

Step 6 – Take three jelly roll strips (or three 2.5″ x 42/44″ long strips), and then sub-cut each trip into three 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips. This will give you a total of six 2.5″ x 13.5″ strips. With right sides facing together, sew a strip to the side of a finished block, press flat with an iron and then trim the excess ends (since your finished block measures 13.3 inches, this is simpler then trying to measure 13.3 inch long strips).
Sew the remaining strips to create sashing between the blocks that looks like this:

Step 7 – Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) for the middle sashing. with right sides facing together, sew the first row of blocks to the sashing, then press flat with an iron. Repeat until all three rows of blocks are connected by the two sashing strips. Trim the excess ends.

Step 8 – Use two more jelly roll strips (or two 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) for the top and bottom borders. After sewing them on, trim the excess ends. Lastly, sew the left and right side borders on. Each side will measure roughly 47″ long, so you will need to sew some jelly roll strips together to get two 2.5″ x 47″ long strips. I simply sewed three jelly roll strips together (or three 2.5″ x 42/44″ strips) from end to end and then cut that in half. After sewing them onto the sides of the quilt top, trim the excess fabric.

That’s all there is to it! Like I said, it’s a non-fussy-cut quilt and fast to piece together. Here’s a picture of my quilting buddy, Bodie, that I thought I’d sneak in. He was ready for a walk in this photo. 🙂


Thanks for checking out my tutorial! Don’t forget to check out QuiltingInTheRain.com for a chance to win some free Moda pre-cut fabric! Simply click the Fabric Giveaway link on the homepage. Happy Quilting!


One fabulous 47″ x 47″ quilt!

Jera Brandvig
{QuiltingInTheRain.com}

Hexagon Flower Bag

Hi, I’m Julie from Narioka, Australia. After four quilt tutorials for the Moda Bake Shop, I’ve decided to show you a bag pattern. While paper piecing hexagons, this idea came to me. Its a really cute, quirky, fun to make bag. It would make a great hand-stitching project to take away if you are travelling.
Enjoy!

To make this bag you will need
One Charm Pack. (One bag takes 18 squares.)
Half yard of fabric to make lining and handle.
Three inch wide strip of coordinating fabric for handle.
Pre-cut 2 inch hexagon templets.
2.5 inch strip iron on interfacing.
I’ve used Lauren and Jessi Jung’s Flora for the main bag and for a different look, a second bag from the Indian Summer range from Laundry Basket Quilts.


Step 1.
To make this bag you will require 18 charm squares from your pack. Pick them at random or hand select your favourites like I did.

When I sew hexagons, I use pre-cut hexagon templates. Alternatively you can make your own. The ones I have used are two inch {ie. the length of each side measures two inches}.


Step 2.
Place your hexagon template over you first charm square and rotary cut around it allowing slightly more than 1/4 inch. I find 1/4 inch not quite enough. Some people don’t cut off the excess but I prefer to. It may give the bag a better finish if you do cut them off.


Step 3.
Place your first cut hexagon on a stack of five or so charms as a guide. Continue to cut out the remaining hexagons from all eighteen squares.



Step 4.
Lay your hexagon template on the wrong side of your first cut piece and evenly fold the first side down. Using a threaded needle, work your way all the way around the edge using a long basting stitch to hold the sides in place. See below.


You will end up with a pretty pile like this after a little while.


Step 5.
You are now ready to start joining your hexagons together. Place them right sides together and whip stitch along the edge. See image.


Use my pictures as a guide to how to arrange the hexagons.

You can join them in rows or make two hexagon flowers like I did below. I wanted to see what the front and back of the bag would look like so I joined them this way. I wanted the red in the centre front of the bag.


Keep working your way around until all 16 pieces are joined in the shape below.
Step 6.
Placed the two remaining hexagons, right sides together on the hexagon at either end.


Only stitch these two end hexagons on along the two sides as indicated in the photo. Leaving the end opening open to insert the strap into.


Step 7.
You can now fold the bag in half and partially stitch down the sides. Only stitch down three hexagon sides, from where I have indicated below.


Step 8.
After stitching the sides, turn your bag sideways and you will have an opening at the bottom. Lift the bottom hexagon (green) up to meet the two (yellow) hexagons above it. Stitch along these two sides.


This is how it will appear on the finished bag.


Step 9.

You can now snip your basting threads and remove the paper templates. Turn your bag so the correct side of the fabric is facing out. Flip over the top two top hexagons so they face the inside of the bag.



Give the bag a gentle press along the edges.


Step 10.
To make the lining and handles you will need to cut the following pieces.
Bag lining 9 by 19 inches.
Bag straps 2.5 by 14 inches.
Optional – if you want a stiffer handle cut a 2.5 by 14 inch piece of iron on interfacing and fix to wrong side of one of the bag straps.


Step 11.
Press over about 1/2 inch the top edges of the bag lining.


Flatten pressed edge out and sew along side seam as shown.

Lay your bag exterior over lining and mark with a pin the position to sew the opposite side seam. This will make sure your bag lining fits snuggly into the bag exterior.

If necessary, trim excess fabric off the side seams back to about 1/4 inch. Fold each corner as shown and stitch across the corner one inch from the end of the side seam stitching. This will box out the bottom of the lining. Trim off excess back to 1/4 inch.
Step 12.
Fold over the top along the pressed mark.

Insert lining into bag, pin and then slip stitch around the top edge.
Step 13.
Iron on interfacing to wrong side of one bag strap.
Stitch bag straps together, right sides together along the long edge. Check required width against strap opening and stitch along the other side.


Turn strap in the right way, press and then insert the ends into the opening on the bag as shown. Insert about 1/2 an inch. Pin and hand stitch in place and you are finished.



A cute pieced hexagon bag.
Perfect for day or evening.

9 3/4 inches widest x 6.5 inches tall {including strap}

Julie Sebire.

Uncle Sam’s Quilt with American Banner Rose

Hello there, lovlies! I’m Andie and I sew and blog over at Andie Johnson Sews. I’m so excited to share this vintage-inspired quilt with you!  This quilt was born from a longing to make something patriotic and slightly old-fashioned looking, but it had to have a fresh and sweet feel to it. For me, this quilt is just the right mix of traditional and modern – which, quite frankly, makes me a little giddy. This quilt is a snap to put together and would make a wonderful gift for your favorite veteran, military family, or patriot!


1 jelly roll of American Banner Rose
1 1/4 yards of tan and white woven check {which is 54″ wide}
1/2 yard of red small floral print {for the binding}
2 3/4 yards of aqua background with red flowers {backing}



 

Begin by sorting your jelly roll into colors: light blue, dark blue, red, light neutral and dark neutral.



Cut the strips that will make the stripes first: keeping the strip folded in half the way it comes off the roll, measure 16″ from the selvage end and cut across the strip. Repeat this process with all of the red strips and all of the light neutral strips. You’ll need to add a few of the darker neutrals to round out the neutral totals.

This will give you two 16″ pieces and one 11ish” piece. I chose to leave my selvages in the quilt {I think it makes it scrappier, which I totally dig.}

Red strip totals: {18} 16″ strips and {9} 11ish” strips
Neutral strip totals: {9} 16″ strips and {9} 11ish” strips



From the blue strips, cut {54} 2.5″ squares, using whatever color combo of the lights and darks you like. I mixed mine up.



Begin sewing the blue squares together.  Piece {2} rows of 3 squares.



Sew the rows together.



For each flag:
1. Piece {2} 11″ pieces together – one red, one neutral with the red on top.
2. Piece {3} 16″ strips together, two red and one neutral. The neutral will be in the middle.
3. Attach the 11″ strip set to the blue square set.



4. Attach the blue/strip set to the 3-strip set to create the flag.



Layout your {9} flags on a design wall or on the floor to find the arrangement that is the most pleasing. Trim the flags to 16″ x 10″.

Next, cut the sashing fabric {the woven check}. Cut:
{6} 3″ x 16″ strips for the vertical sashing
{4} 3″ x 35″ strips for the horizontal sashing and top and bottom borders
{2} 3″ x 60″ strips for the side borders



Add the checkered sashing and borders: first add the 16″ vertical pieces between the flags. Then add the horizontal pieces that will separate the rows. {You can see in the picture that I didn’t do a stellar job of lining up my rows. Be careful when adding the horizontal pieces to make sure the rows match. I had to go back and fix this!} Add the outside borders, attaching the top and bottom strips first and then the sidepieces.

 

Cut the remaining blue strips into 6″ pieces.




Piece together {2} strips of 8 pieces for the top and {2} strips of 10 pieces for the sides. Add the side strips first and then the top and bottom strips to the border.

This is the pieced top!

Quilt as desired. My dear friend Jill, whom I met through the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild , is
a truly gifted quilter and longarmer and she quilted this for me! She did a fantastic job and I just
 love the stars, loops and ribbons she added. Yum!



Bind the quilt with the red floral yardage and run this little gem through the wash to make it crinkly and cuddly!
                  

60″ x 45″ quilt

The back is just as yummy as the front! I like to piece my quilt backing, but this quilt will be just as sweet without it. I just used some leftover strips from the roll in a random pattern.

I had so much fun making this quilt. I love a quick project that has huge eye-candy payoff. This quilt would also be delicious using other Moda lines like Hometown or Ruby. Thinking outside the box with something as iconic as the American Flag made with unconventional colors can result in the most unique and inspiring projects!
Happy stitching y’all and God Bless America!
Andie Johnson