Starry Terrain Quilt

Horray, Horray, it’s a Moda Bake Shop Day!! Well everyday is a Moda Bake Shop day, but today it’s my day to show you the latest project that I have been working on, Starry Terrain. I needed a wedding present and the couple had requested a black, lime and magenta quilt. I checked to see what fabric lines Moda had and of course, they had something that would work…the fabric line Terrain along with the black swirl fabric…perfect. For interest, I ended up adding the orange too. I hope you like it.

Terrain is a fun fabric line with deep jewel toned colors. Kimberly over at the Fat Quarter Shop has fabric from the line at her shop. She has generously offered to sponsor a give away for $50 gift certificate to one of my lucky blog readers. After you check out the tutorial here, head on over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, to learn more about it.

1 Terrain Layer Cake
6 yards Black Marble Swirls Jet9908 29
2 yards Orange
Terrain Lichen Bloom 27098 13
3 1/2 yards Magenta Terrain Fern Berry 27099 12
2 yards Lime/Teal Terrain Lichen Foliage 27098 14
6.5 yards Backing Terrain Forest Floor Foliage 27090 14-More fabric will be need if you don’t want to piece a scrappy backing.

Cutting Instructions:

Black-6 yards
Cut 32~ 2 1/2″ strips sub cut into 512~2 1/2″ squares
Cut 19~2 7/8″ strips sub cut into 256~ 2 7/8″ squares cut on diagonal
Cut 8~5 1/4″ strips sub cut into 64~5 1/4″ squares cut twice on diagonal

Lime-2 yards
Cut 19~2 7/8″ strips sub cut into 256~ 2 7/8″ squares cut on diagonal

Orange-2 yards
Cut 8~5 1/4″ strips sub cut into 64~5 1/4″ squares cut twice on diagonal
Cut 7~ 3 1/2″ strips. Set aside for a pieced back.

Magents-3 1/2 yards
Cut 16~5 1/4″ strips sub cut into 128~5 1/4″ squares cut twice on diagonal
Cut 9~2.5″ Strips for binding

Layer Cake
Remove the lime, orange and magenta squares from the remaining squares cut 64~ 4 1/2″ squares. There will be a few repeated fabrics and some leftover.

When you initially look at this quilt, it appears like the quilt features the green star block. That is not true! This is the actual block:

As the blocks come together, they create the secondary green star. Also note the center square of each of the stars features a different fabric.

Start by sewing the black and green triangles together to make half square triangle blocks. You will need 512 total. Press to the black.

Now take a black 2 1/2″ square and pair it with one of the half square triangles that were just created. Sew together as shown. Press to the black square. Now pair the pieces together and sew. Press seam to one side. Set these aside.

To create the hour glass portion of the block take a magenta triangle and lay it on a black triangle. Sew as shown. Press to the magenta. You will need 512 total.

Take a magenta triangle and lay it on an orange triangle. Sew as shown. Press to the magenta. You will need 512 total.

Lay the newly formed triangles on top of each other and sew making sure to match the center seams. Continue until you have 512 quarter square triangle blocks.

Begin assembling the blocks by sewing the pieces into strips as shown.

Sew those strips together to create the block. Complete 64 blocks.

Assemble the blocks into an 8 x 8 layout.

To piece the backing, take the leftovers from the layer cake and sew them into a 126″ long strip that is 10″ wide. Sew the 3.5″ orange strip pieces together. Sew them along the sides of the layer cake pieces. Cut the backing fabric into two 126″ pieces. Sew that to the sides of the orange fabric.

Press the backing and top. Layer backing, batting and top. Quilt as desired.

Bind with the magenta 2.5″ strips. ENJOY!!

96″ x 96″

As long as I quilt, it will always amaze me to see the designs created when blocks come together.

Don’t forget to come on over and check out the give away I am hosting for the $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Flying in Squares Quilt

Hello Moda Bake Shop fans!!! ¬†I am so excited to be back today to share a “high flying” tutorial with you all ūüėČ ¬†I’m Melissa Corry and you can find me at my blog,¬†Happy Quilting. What you might not know about me is that I have a fairly new sewing room that I painted purple!! ¬† I love it, but I have nothing on the walls. ¬†So when I saw Terrain by Kate Spain, I knew it was the perfect line to create my new sewing room decor. ¬†And I am so happy to share it with all of you!!

And if you just love it and want to make your own “Flying in Squares” quilt, pop on over to Julie at The Intrepid Thread. ¬†She has a fabulous “Flying in Squares” quilt kit with everything you need to get your own flock flying and at a great price to boot ūüôā ¬†Terrain is no longer available in her shop, but she has a great alternative.

To make this quilt you will need:

27 Squares from your Layer Cake – I used mostly the cool colored prints ūüôā
1 1/2 Yards of Bella Solids White
2 Yards for Backing
1/2 Yard for Binding

One final note before we get started ūüôā ¬†If you have any questions about this tutorial, please email me at happyquiltingmelissa (at) gmail (dot) com. ¬†I will answer them ASAP. ¬†When you are finished, I would love for you to add a picture of your “Flying in Squares” quilt to¬†my Flickr Group. ¬†I just get giddy seeing other’s versions of my tutorials and I love to do parades on my blog of everyone’s completions ūüôā


Start with your 27 layer squares. ¬†From each square cut (1) 6 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ square and (5) 3″ x 3″ squares. ¬†You will have a little bit of scraps left.

Now let’s move on to your white yardage. ¬†Iron your yardage first to remove any wrinkles. ¬†Align your fabric on your mat and cut a straight edge. ¬†Then cut 9 strips measuring 3 3/8″ x the WOF (Width of Fabric). ¬†From each of the 9 strips cut 12 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ squares for a total of 108 squares.

Once again, ¬†align your fabric on your mat and cut a straight edge. ¬†Then cut 12 strips measuring 1 3/4″ x the WOF. ¬†From 6 of the strips cut (12) 1 3/4″ x 13″ strips and (12) 1 3/4″ x 8″ strips. ¬†From the remaining 6 strips cut (12)¬†1 3/4″ x 15 1/2″ strips and (12) 1 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ strips.


Now we are ready to start making some geese. ¬†This is a great method of making Flying Geese that have no waste. You also aren’t sewing any triangles on along the bias which helps to keep everything nice and straight. ¬† To save time be sure and repeat each of the sub-steps 27 times making your geese in an assembly line fashion rather than making 4 geese at a time.

With right sides together, lay two white squares onto your large print square as shown.  Using your ruler, draw a pen line diagonally from the top left corner to the bottom right corner.

Now go ahead and pin both sides of each square adjacent to that drawn line. ¬†Make sure to put them out far enough that your presser foot won’t hit them as you sew on by ūüôā ¬†Now stitch a 1/4″ seam along both sides of the drawn line (the black lines represent your stitching lines ūüôā ¬†Remember, you are doing these assembly line so go ahead and chain stitch all 27 sets on the right hand side of the line, and then go back and do all 27 sets on the left hand side.

Go ahead and clip your threads and then align your ruler along the drawn centerline.  Cut your pieces apart along that drawn line.

Now you will want to press your seam up towards your white fabric. ¬†Don’t these look like cute little hearts ūüôā

Now, take 2 more white squares and align them on your two stitched pieces as follows with right sides together.  Once again, draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of the white squares from corner to corner.

Now pin each piece far enough out that your foot will go by and then once again, stitch a 1/4″ seam along both sides of the drawn diagonal line. ¬†(Remember to chain stitch to save time ūüôā

Clip your threads and then using your ruler aligned along the drawn line, once again, cut your 2 separate pieces apart.

Press toward the white again.  Lastly, trim off the little corners.

And you are done!!!  You should have a whole flock of geese (108) that are precisely perfect and ready to get flying!!


So now we are going to start sewing those geese together. ¬†Start by laying out 2 geese as follows. ¬†Lay the first geese onto the second and with rights sides together pin along the edge. Pin 48 sets. ¬†Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge. ** Hint -If you try to make sure that you sew directly over where the triangle intersects (where the 2 grey lines cross on the picture), you will get much crisper points.¬† Once you have finished the first set, don’t clip your threads. ¬†Just keep feeding all 48 sets through. ¬†This is called chain stitching and it saves tons of time. ¬†Now go ahead and clip your threads and press. ¬†You now should have ¬†48 sets of double geese and 12 single geese remaining.

Now we are going to use the same process to make rows of 4 geese. ¬†Lay your first set of 2 geese onto your second with right sides together, make 12 sets like this. ¬†Pin your edges of all 12 sets and chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edges, once again, making sure to cross directly over the intersection point. ¬†Press your seams. ( Just as clarification – you will have some leftover sets of 2 geese.)

Now, grab your 12 sets of 4 flying geese you just made and 12 leftover sets of 2 and lay them out as follows. ¬†(Really pay attention to the directional orientation; I had to do some unpicking when I was only half focusing on what I was doing ūüôā ¬†Lay the 2 flying geese onto the 4 with right sides together. ¬†Take care to match up the center seam of the 2 with the point of the 4th goose ūüôā ¬†Pin along the seam and the edges. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edges, clip your threads, and press. ¬†These will be your top and bottom rows and you can set these aside for a¬†minute.

Now we need some four patches for the center of our blocks. ¬†Start by grabbing a stack of those 3″ squares. Layout 6 sets of 4 as follows. ¬†Now lay the sets of 2 with right sides together as follows. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along all 12 sets of 2, clip your threads and press. ¬†Now you can take the sets of 2 and lay them with right sides together to make 6 sets. ¬†Pin along the edge taking care to match the center seam. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge, clip your threads and press.

Now take the 6 four patches your just made and the remaining 12 sets of 2 geese and lay them out as follows making 6 sets. (Once again, really focus on the directional orientation.) ¬†Lay the right hand set of geese onto the 4 patch with right sides together. ¬†Take care to match the center seams. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along all 6 sets. ¬†Clip your threads and press. ¬†Now repeat the same process with the left hand set of geese. ¬†You will now have 6 sets of center rows.

Now your block rows are complete and you are ready to sew your blocks together.  Lay 6 blocks out as follows.  I like to layout all 6 at first so I can play with the orientation of colors and get everything the way I like it before I sew.

Lay the top row onto the center row of each of the 6 sets. ¬†Pin, taking care to match up all of the seams. ¬†Chain Stitch a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge and then clip your threads and press. ¬†Repeat the same process for the bottom row.

And you now have 6 beautiful Flying Blocks!!


Remember those remaining 12 geese? Now is the time to use them. Take 2 geese blocks and lay them out as follows. ¬†Lay the first geese block onto the second with right sides together and pin along the edge. ¬†Repeat this to make 6 sets. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge, being sure to cross over the intersecting seams. ¬†Clip your threads and press.

Now take those 6 centers you just made and you are going to add some sashing. ¬†Start with the 5 1/2″ strips and lay them with right sides together along the sides of your center. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the left hand side of the 6 centers. ¬†Clip your threads. ¬†Now chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the right hand side of the 6 centers. ¬†Clip your threads and press both sets of seams on the 6 centers. ¬†Then repeat the same process but on the top and bottom using the 8″ sashings. ¬†Go ahead and set the 6 sashed centers aside.

Now grab your pile of 3″ print squares. ¬†You will be making 12 rows of 3. ¬†Start by taking 2 squares and with right sides together sew a 1/4″ seam along any edge. (you won’t need pins) ¬†Repeat this 12 times chain stitching to save time. ¬†Clip your threads between the 12 sets. ¬†Open your sets of 2. ¬†Now lay another 3″ square with right sides together along the edge and chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along all 12 sets to make 12 rows of 3. ¬†Clip your threads and press.

Now you will be doing the same process as above by making 12 rows of 5. ¬†Once again, start by making 12 sets of 2 squares and with right sides together and chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along any edge. Clip your threads. ¬†Now add a third square to each of the 12 sets, followed by a fourth square and then a fifth square. ¬†Clip your threads and press.

Now get your sashed centers again and your rows of 3 and 5 squares. ¬†This process is the same as sashing before we are just using pieced sashes instead. ¬†Lay out 6 blocks as follows. ¬†(Once again, I like to lay them all out so I can determine orientation of color ūüôā

Place the pieced rows of 3 onto the sides of the centers of all 6 sets and pin the edges. ¬†Chain stitch a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edges of the right hand sides and then clip your threads and repeat chain stitching a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edges of the left hand side. ¬†Clip your threads and press.

Now just repeat the same process for the top and bottom. ¬†Take care when pinning to make sure to align the seams of the center block and the pieced rows. ¬†Chain stitch your 1/4″ seams, clip¬†your¬†threads and press.

And now your blocks are ready for the final sashings. ¬†Repeat the same process. ¬†You got this!! ¬†Attach your 13″ sashings to the sides of your block and your 15 1/2″ sashings to the top and bottom of your block.

And now you are done with your 6 Square blocks!!  Excellent!!!


Now it is on to the super fun part and it goes really quick!! ¬† Lay out your blocks as follows. ¬†Notice, I changed the orientation of some of my square blocks. ¬†You don’t have to, I just like the way it looks. ¬†I find it helps to take a picture of my layout so I can refer back to it ūüôā

And now we can make some rows. ¬†Start by laying the first block in each row onto the second block with right sides together. ¬†Pin along the edge. ¬†You won’t have to worry about matching seams because of the sashing ūüôā ¬†Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edges of the 4 sets. ¬†Now just lay the third block in each row onto the now pieced together first and second block with right sides together. ¬†Once again pin along the edge and then sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge of each set. ¬†Clip your threads and press. Now you have 4 rows!!!

Lay the first row onto the second row with right sides together and then lay the third row onto the fourth row with right sides together. ¬†Pin along the edge taking care to match up the seams where the blocks meet. ¬†Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge of each set. ¬†Clip your threads and press.

Now just one more seam to sew!! ¬†Lay your now sewn together row 1 and 2 onto your row 3 and 4. ¬†Pin along the edge once again taking care to match up your seams. ¬†Sew a 1/4″ seam along the pinned edge, clip your threads and press.

And there you have it!!!  Your Flying in Squares quilt top is finished!!!


Take your 2 yards of backing and cut it into a 1 3/4″ yard x WOF piece and then 2 4 1/2″ x 32″ pieces. ¬†Sew them together as the layout below.

Make your quilt sandwich up. ¬†Taping the backing down to a hard surface will really help to keep out bunching in the back of your quilt. ¬† ¬†Baste your quilt sandwich. ¬†(The more pins the better ūüôā

Now go ahead and quilt. ¬†I love this part; it is one of my favorite things to do!! ¬†I did a new swirl pattern with some sharp points and echoing. ¬†It was a ton of fun. ¬†If you are new to free motion quilting just google it. ¬†You will find lots of videos and tutorials to help you along your way ūüôā

Lastly, make your binding strip from your 1/2 yard of fabric and attach it to your quilt. ¬†I machine attach my bindings but you are welcome to do it by hand if you prefer. ¬†There is a great tutorial here if you are not familiar with binding ūüôā

I like to throw my quilt in the wash real quick when I am done so that it gets that nice soft look.  Now just sit back and enjoy!!

One super fun “Flying in Squares” quilt measuring 44″ x 60″

Melissa Corry

Eydie A’s Jelly Quilt

Mom and I are so excited to bring you our 2nd recipe for Moda Bake Shop! This quilt “Eydie A’s” is designed and named in Grandpa’s (mom’s dad) memory. This lovely quilt uses a jelly roll and both a dark and a light print to set off the scrappy blocks. It is made using Blueberry Crumb Cake by Blackbird Designs…the perfect line for Moda Bake Shop.

Please stop over at our blog and say hi!

april and mickey
1 jelly roll Blueberry Crumb Cake by Blackbird Designs
2 5/8 yards tan sprig on cream for background triangles
3 2/3 yards cream flower on blue for sashing, border, and binding
94 x 108 inches batting
7 1/2 yards backing

Using the Jelly Roll strips piece together in sets of 2 for a total of 20 sets. Do not press yet.

Then piece the sets of 2 together for 10 sets of 4. Now press each strip set so that the seams are going to same way (all to the left or all to the right).

Layout and cross cut them into 2 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch combination strips for a total of 168 combination strips.

Piece combination strips together into groups of 2. Be sure that seams are pressed opposite of each other when pairing them up.

Piece groups of 2 together for a total of 42–16-patch blocks. Set these aside.

Cut 14–6 3/4 inch strips¬†from the background.

Cut these strips into 84–6 3/4 inch squares. Cut each square in half diagonally once.

Piece the triangles to the blocks.

Piece the triangles opposite and press.

Then piece the remaining triangles. Press.

From the blue… cut 24–3 inch strips for sashing. Using 12 strips, cut 35–3 x 11 3/4 inch sashing strips.
Piece the remaining strips into 6–3 x 86 inch strips

Cut 9–4 inch strips for the borders from the blue¬†and cut 1 strip in half. Piece together 2–4 x 86 inch strips for top and bottom borders. Piece together 2–4 x 106 inch strips for side borders

Cut 9–2 1/4 inch strips for binding from the blue¬†and piece strips end to end.

Layout the quilt as follows: 6 x 7 layout with 86 inch strips running from side to side and the 11 3/4 inch strips running up and down between blocks. Piece together rows of blocks then piece rows to blue sashing strip. Piece borders to top and bottom first then sides.

Layer quilt with backing and batting; quilt as desired. I quilted Eydie A’s with a freestyle overlapping meander with white thread.

Trim quilt and stitch binding down.
Then roll the binding over and top stitch binding down (or hand stitch binding down on back).
Eydie A’s quilt measuring 88 x 108 inches…

We do have a few kits of Eydie A’s using the Blueberry Crumb Cake… check out our online shop…

and here is the listing for the kit…

happy quilting!
april and mickey

Jumbo Coins Baby Quilt

Hi there, it’s Natalia from Piece N Quilt! I’m super excited today to share this super simple baby quilt. I love giving baby quilts as gifts to friends when they have new babies so I’m always on the lookout for a simple but cute baby quilt pattern.
Hope you enjoy this quilt today!

1 Good Fortune Layer Cake
1 Yard Bella Solids White
1/4 Yard Coordinating Binding
2 Yards Moda Snuggles Backing (if you are using regular fabric for backing you will need 4 yards)
Quilt kits are available over at Burgundy Buttons!

Begin by cutting your layer cake in half. Creating 5″x10″ rectangles.

From your Bella Solids White cut 14 – 2″x WOF strips.

Using the attached template cut 6 flower petals, one small flower center (3″ circle, a cup works great for a template) and one large flower center (a 3 1/2″ circle) and one large Bella Solids White circle (I used a large mixing bowl for this template).

Sew the 5″x10″ rectangles into strips, 5 strips of 12 blocks.

I pieced the leftover strips together and pieced them into the backing.

Now sew the rows together using the 2″ white fabric as your sashing and borders. As shown in the image above.

Using the applique technique of your choice applique the flower onto the lower right hand corner of the quilt top. (I prefer to use starch applique, here is my free tutorial)

Quilt, bind and enjoy!

A super simple baby quilt that can be made in less than one day!

1 – 58″x58″ Jumbo Coins baby quilt.

I have to share a little picture of the quilt backing.

Being a machine quilter I don’t love working with minky type materials. But… I had never used the Moda Snuggles before so I decided that this was a great quilt to try it out on. Let me tell you! It is AWESOME!!! I will¬†definitely¬†use the Moda Snuggles AGAIN!

Thanks for checking out my tutorial today!

Stop by my blog to see what I’m up to!

Quilt kits are available over at Burgundy Buttons!

Natalia Bonner
{Piece N Quilt}

Ribbon Candy Tree Skirt

1 Jelly Roll – Bella Solids Natural
1 1/3 yard – Bella Solid Natural (990039)
1 1/3 yard – cream felt

Happy Holidays! I’m Jennifer Rodriguez from All Things Belle. While my regular cup of tea is pieced quilt patterns, during the holidays I’m always feeling rushed to make more projects in less amount of time. Today I’m going to show you how to make a dramatic and classic tree skirt that is so simple. I love how it resembles Christmas ribbon candy. This tree skirt would be easy to match your decor; all you would have to do is change the Bella Solid jelly roll or serger thread.

In my project I used both my serger and ruffler foot. These accessories are not necessary to complete this tree skirt and I will give you tips how to work without them.
Step One: You will first need to decide on your color scheme for the skirt. Our Christmas tree is full of colorful ornaments and I didn’t want the skirt to be too bright. I choose to work with the Bella Solids natural and green serger thread.

Step Two: You will serge both sides of every jelly roll strip. If you don’t want to lose any width to your fabric, you can choose to not use the blade in your serger. However, I find you get a smoother serged edge if you have it cut the fabric as well.
*If you do not have a serger, you can zigzag the sides of all the strips. The sewn sides are decorative and to minimize any unraveling.

When you are done, you will have a very large pile of jelly roll strips.

Step Three: You will cut both the Bella Natural fabric and the felt into a very large circle with a 42″ diameter. Find the center of the circles and cut a 21″ slit -this will be the opening that will fit around your tree base.

Step Four: Spray or pin baste the two circles together; serge them together. This is will be your tree skirt base.
*If you do not have a serger, you can do a straight stitch to sew them together and bind them together with bias tape.

Step Five: With your ruffler foot set at 12:1 (twelve stitches for every ruffle), place the strips so that the needle will sew down the middle. Please refer to picture below.
*If you do not have a ruffler foot, you can sew a long running stitch and gather by hand. This will create a slightly different ruffle, but will still be adorable.

Step Six: Once you have ruffled/gathered every strip, pin the strips in a circular manner on the skirt base. The strips will not be long enough for the circumference for the outer rows – simply pin another strip on top of end of the last.

Continue in this manner until the tree skirt base is covered.

Step Seven: With a long elongated serpentine stitch, sew the strips in place.

I did a serpentine stitch to give it a more decorative look to the strips.

When you start and end the strips, fold the raw edges under about 1/4-1/2″.

And that’s it! Can you believe it? This project is so amazingly easy, but it provides a dramatic result.

With this color combination, it’s complementary to our very colorful tree but does not provide a glaring contrast.

I hope you will try this skirt. It’s easy to alter to fit your personal style. Wouldn’t this be fabulous in black and white? Or maybe orange and black for a little kitsch Halloween tree next year? The possibilities are endless!

A 42″ round tree skirt that is so adorable you will be hesitant to let Santa cover it up with presents!

Thank you so much for spending this time with me. I wish you a very happy holiday season! I would love to see if you make one of these skirts. Please feel free to share it in my All Things Belle Flickr group.

Jennifer Rodriguez

Moda Twill Tape Key Fob


Hi, I’m Tonya from¬†Tonya’s Sewing Room. ¬†Today I’m going to show you how to make a Moda Twill Tape Key Fob from all those precut Twill Tape’s you’ve been saving.

10″ Moda Twill Tape
10″ black webbing
key fob hardware
black thread (for your bobbin)
white thread (for the top)
measuring tape
crimping tool (for the key fob hardware)

Cut 10″ of your Moda Twill Tape and 10″ of your black (or your color choice) of webbing.

Line the twill tape up on the middle of the webbing and sew down both sides. Remember to use white thread on top, and black thread in your bobbin.  I used white thread on the first one I made and that white really stands out on the black webbing.  Black thread looks much better.

Once you have the twill tape sewed down both sides, fold the key fob in half and place the hardware in the middle just like what I have done. ¬†You can get a crimping tool here¬†like this, or see if your husband has something like it in his shed. ¬†Mine did, thankfully. ¬†I did wrap some extra twill tape around the tool to keep it from scratching my key fob hardware. ¬†I crimp the hardware without the key chain ring on there because on my first attempt, I crimped the ring as well. ¬†Oops…….

Add your ring once you have the hardware crimped on………

1 Moda Twill Tape Key Fob

Tonya May

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Hi!¬† I’m Konda Luckau of Moose on the Porch Quilts.¬† I’m excited to share this quilt with you!¬† I made a quilt in the delectable mountain pattern with charm squares that is in my book Simply Charming Fun.¬† When I showed it to a friend of mine, she suggested I make one with a layer cake.¬† What a great idea!¬† When I saw Grace by 3 Sisters, I knew that is what I wanted to make my quilt out of.¬† I used a different layout with the pattern for this queen size quilt.

As I sewed the quilt, I thought about the name of the fabric, Grace, and about the Christmas Season.¬† Combining that with the delectable mountain pattern that I was sewing, the name “Go Tell it on the Mountain” came.¬† I liked it because it made me feel like singing while I was sewing.¬†

A layer cake makes this traditional pattern quick and fun!

1 Grace Layer Cake
5 1/2 yards of background and binding fabric
2 2/3 yards of border fabric
7 1/2 yards of backing fabric

9 1/2″ square ruler or larger

Cutting Instructions:

1.  Cut the background and binding fabric into the following strips the width of the fabric:

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A.¬† 6 — 10″ strips
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† a.¬† Sub cut into 24 — 10″ squares
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† B.¬† 4 — 9 1/2″ strips
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† a.¬† Sub cut into 16 — 9 1/2″ squares
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† C.¬† 12 — 2″ strips
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† a.¬† Sub cut into 48 — 2 x 9 1/2″ rectangles
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† D.¬† 18 — 2 1/2″ strips
                        a.  set aside 8 strips for the inner border
                        b.  set aside 10 strips for the binding

2.¬† Cut the large border fabric into 9 — 9 1/2″ strips the width of the fabric

Sewing Instructions:

1.¬† Take 24 of the layer cake squares and the 24 — 10″ background squares.¬† Draw a diagonal line on the back of all of the layer cake squares.

2.¬† Take one layer cake squares and one 10″ background square.¬† Place them right sides together and sew a scant 1/4″ seam on BOTH sides of the line and cut on the line as shown below.
3.¬† Repeat with all 24 layer cake squares and 24 background squares.¬† This will make 48 half square triangles.¬† Square up to 9 1/2″ as shown below.


4.  Press open as shown below.  Make two identical stacks of 24 half square triangles.

5.¬† **CAUTION**¬† Each stack will be cut differently.¬† There are two half square triangles from each layer cake fabric.¬† Make sure that the two identical halves are cut differently.¬† Also, sometimes using this method, you can cut two at a time as shown below.¬† This is NOT one of those times.¬† I tested this for you.¬† I probably should have picked a new layer cake square, but I decided to leave it.¬† If you cut two at a time this way, your mountains won’t match up.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

6.¬† Now that you know what not to do, take one of the stacks and cut it into three 3″ strips as shown below.¬† The leftover should be mostly background with a small corner from the layer cake print.¬† I actually liked to cut and sew one block at a time, so I didn’t get things mixed up.

7.¬† After you cut the three 3″ strips, swap the two outer strips and add one of the 2″ x 9 1/2″ rectangles to one side as shown below.

8.¬† Sew strips together to make one block.¬† Repeat with that stack only to make 24 of the right side of the mountain.¬† The block should measure 9 1/2.”

9.¬† Now for the other stack.¬† It gets cut into 3″ strips with the diagonal starting in the opposite direction as shown.¬† The leftover piece is still mostly background with a small corner from the layer cake print.


10.¬† Then, just as before, switch the two outer strips, add one 2″ x 9 1/2″ background rectangle and sew them together as shown below.


11.¬† Repeat with all 24 half square triangles from the second stack to make 24 left sides of the mountain blocks.¬† This block should also measure 9 1/2.”

12. ¬†Take all 48 of your mountain blocks and the 16 — 9 1/2″ background squares and layout the quilt as shown.¬†

13.¬† Sew the blocks into rows.¬† Press.¬† Then sew the rows together.¬† Press.¬† The quilt center should measure 72 1/2″ x 72 1/2.”

14.¬† Take the 8 — 2 1/2″ background strips for the inner border.¬† Sew them together into 4 pairs.¬† Trim two pairs to 72 1/2″ or the length of your quilt center.¬† Sew these to the left side and right side of the quilt.¬† Press.

15.¬† Trim the other two pairs to 76 1/2″ or the length of your quilt center with the two side borders added.¬† Sew these two lengths to the top and bottom of your quilt.

16.¬† Take the 9 — 9 1/2″ border strips.¬† Take 8 of them and sew them into 4 pairs.¬† Take the last strip and cut it in half.¬† Sew each half to one long border length.¬†

17.¬† Trim the two shorter lengths into 76 1/2″ or the length of the two sides of your quilt.¬† Sew these lengths to the left side and right side of the quilt.¬† Press.

18.¬† Trim the two longer lengths into 94 1/2″ or the length of the top and bottom of your quilt.¬† Sew these lengths to the top and bottom of the quilt.¬† Press.

19.¬† Cut the backing fabric into 2 — 3 yard pieces and one 1 1/2 yard piece.¬† Cut the 1 1/2 yard piece in half along the fold parallel to the selvage.¬† Sew them back together along the short side so the length is about 20″ x 3 yards.¬† Sew this lengths between the 2 wider three yard pieces to make the backing.

20.¬† Quilt as desired.¬† I quilted it with a paisley design.¬† Use the 10 — 2 1/2″ strips for binding.

One queen size quilt 94″ square.

Because this quilt only takes 24 layer cake squares, there are enough squares leftover to make a smaller quilt.  It takes 12 squares to make the center two rings of mountains.

Happy Quilting!

Konda Luckau
{Moose on the Porch Quilts}