June already? It’s true. Summer is here and you’re going to need some sewing projects to keep you busy and maybe even entertain the kiddos home from school. Our Chefs have just the ticket with a month-long series of Staycation projects.

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Opal Pillow

Welcome! This pillow was designed and created by Pippa from Pippa Quilts. It features the lovely hues of a Bella Charm Pack against a white background. The elegant modern design of the pillow is easy to stitch up in a couple hours and the envelope opening on the back, makes for easy cleaning. I like a nice big pillow, and this 26″ size is the perfect for lounging on the sofa with.

1 Bella Solids Charm Pack
3/4 Yards Bella Solids White
3/4 Yards Marble Flannel Pastel Grey
30″ Square piece of muslin
30″ Square piece of batting
1 26″ Square pillow form

1. Select 18 charms from your pack, whichever colors you like. Cut a 2 3/4″-wide segment from each of these charms. Set aside the leftover bits of the charms.

2. Sew together 2 of the 2 3/4″-wide charm pieces along their 5″-long side to create a two-toned square. Press the seam to one side. Repeat to create a total of 9 two-toned squares.
3. From the white fabric, cut 4 strips 3 3/4″ x 26″, and 12 strips 3 3/4″ x 5″. 
4. Decide how you would like to arrange your squares on the pillow top, following this arrangement as you continue piecing. Sew one of the 5″-long white strips to one side of a two-tone square. Press the seam toward the two-tone square. Repeat on the opposite side of the square, again pressing the seam toward the two-tone square.
5. Sew another two-tone square to this unit, then another white strip, continuing in this manner until you have 3 two-tone squares and 4 white strips pieced together, like so:
6. Sew a 26″-long strip to the top and bottom of this unit, pressing the seams toward the two-tone squares.
7. Create another unit of 3 two-tone squares and sew this to the above unit.
8. Sew another 26″-long strip to the bottom of this unit. In the same manner as above, add another row of two-tone squares, and the final 26″-long strip. The pillow top is now complete.
9. Layer the muslin, batting, and pillow top (right-side up). Baste the three three layers together and quilt as desired; I stitched a simple stippling pattern with white thread. When done, trim away the excess batting and muslin.
10. From the flannel, cut two pieces that are approximately 20″ x 34″. Fold in a 1/4″ inch along one of the 20″ sides of one of the pieces, then fold in another 1/4″ and stitch just along the fold to secure it. Repeat with the second piece of flannel.
11. Lay one of the pieces of flannel right-side up with the folded edge toward the bottom, then lay the second piece of flannel on top with the folded edge toward the top and layered about 5″ on top of the first piece of flannel. Lay the pillow top on the flannel, right-side down and so the top folded edge runs along the middle of the pillow top. Pin together and stitch around the perimeter with a generous 1/4″ seam allowance.

12. Trim away the excess flannel and sew along the perimeter with a zigzag stitch, catching the raw edges.

13. Cut across the corners and turn the pillow right-side out, gently pushing out the corners and pressing the seams. Insert the pillow form, and voila!
Pippa Armbrester

Star Spangled Sky Quilt

Hello!  It’s Jo and Kelli from Jo’s Country Junction with our latest project, “Star Spangled Sky”.  We originally designed this quilt thinking we would use Minick and Simpson’s Indigo Crossing line, but Moda’s sample room was out of that line so we decided to expand our horizons and work with batiks using Edyta Sitar’s Paint Box Batiks.  This is our first batik project.  Let’s just say that we will be working with batiks again.  We are offering a giveaway on our blog for a Paint Box Jelly Roll stop over to sign up to win.

We mixed it up a bit.  We used batiks from the Paint Box Batiks line and the white is from the PB&J line.  We gave approximate yardage in case you can’t find the jelly rolls.

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 (creamy grunge 30150 174 Moda #1)—PB&J fabric line
2 yards blue (42100 15) Paint Box Batiks
2 yards red (42100 23 Plum) Paint Box Batiks
8 yards backing Paint Box Batiks
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.
3.  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 (42100 23 Plum)
            1.  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
            2.  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.

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

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

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

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

6.  Repeat process adding another row around the block. Sew a 12.5” strip to opposite sides of the block.  Press to the rectangle.
7.  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.

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

10.  Join the 8- 4.5” strips on the diagonal.  Repeat with 16- 2.5” red strips, joining on the diagonal.
11.  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.

13.  Attach a pair of pieced borders to opposite sides of the quilt. 

Attach the corner star blocks to opposite ends of the remaining 2 pieced border strips.

14.  Attach the completed borders to the quilt.

15.  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”

Jo and Kelli Kramer


"Bubbles" Mod-Improv Color Pop Lap Quilt

Hi all!
Erin Davis here from Sew at Home Mummy with my contribution to Moda’s May Color POP! Challenge!  I think the colors of the “Noteworthy” line really pop against that Bella “Cloud”; this project incorporates both easy-peasy strip piecing and for a bit of a challenge, some gorgeous set-in circle work! Not to fear – you can do it – curved piecing just requires a bit of patience and a little practice! And for fun, you can personalize this quilt – after all, it’s improv!

This 50″ x 70″ lap quilt was a lot of fun – I hope you’ll give it a go!

1 Jelly Roll (“Noteworthy” by Sweetwater)
1 Layer Cake (“Noteworthy” by Sweetwater)
3.25 yards of Bella Solid, (front: Bella “Cloud”)
3.5 yards of Bella Solid, (backing: Bella “Snow”)
Twin-sized Batting
Circle Templates (in the “Printer Friendly Version” of the post)

Cutting Instructions:
Cut 4 circles, using templates A – D provided, from layer cake pieces.
Cut 4 circle backgrounds:
          from front color yardage, cut 4 squares measuring  12.5” square
          from squares, remove circle cut-outs using templates E – H provided
From Jelly Roll, choose at least 10 strips, and, cut strips at different lengths randomly (making sure the shortest is no less than about 12”); I left mine either 
– full length of strip    or/
– cut the strip in half
From front color yardage, cut approximately (6) 2.5” x wof strips (amount of strips required will depend on how many and how long the patterned strips you’ll be inserting)

“Cut on the fly”; once you start piecing the top, it’ll be really handy to have your cutting station set up so that you can cut fabrics as you need them – cut, piece, repeat.

– Cut 2 pieces of backing fabric 36″ x 63″ (1yd27″).
– Select 7 layer cake pieces for the back piecing.
Inset Circles:
1.       Fold background and circles in 4 & finger press raw edges. Match circles with the appropriate background cut-out (A with E, B with F, etc.) 
2.       Pin circles to background, right sides together, easing fabric to fit.

3.       Sew, pivoting and easing fabric accordingly so as to eliminate risk of puckers.
4.       Press seams to inside of circle using steam and starch.
5.       Trim circle blocks to 11.5” square, centering circle while trimming.

1.       Lay strips out in order you are happy with on your design wall/floor/table,  staggering/offsetting them randomly; organize your circle blocks in an orientation you’re happy with.

2.       Once you’re happy with your layout, attach pieces of background strips to the top ends of 4 of your patterned fabric sitting to the far left of your quilt, creating a “strip set”, so as to bring the ends even. 
3.       To the strips on the bottom of the quilt, add solids to either end; to the
a.       left side: enough to hit the vertical strip set already pieced (approximately 8″ wide strip)
b.      right side: enough to bring the horizontal strips to the end of the quilt 
4.       Sew in background fabrics accordingly to the blank areas surrounding the circle blocks, filling in the space as you go, starting from the top of the quilt and working down. Leave the sewn strip sets separate for now.

5.       Now, Sew all of your strips together, alternating the end you start sewing each time so as to avoid warping. Start with the vertical strips and sew them into one ‘section’. Next, sew your bottom strips together creating another “section”.
6.       Attach vertical strip-set section to the left side of the circle-block section; attach the bottom horizontal strip set section to create the quilt top.

1.       Attach 7 layer cake pieces in a row randomizing patterns.
2.       Take the (2) cut back pieces and attach them to either side of your layer cake row lengthwise; press seam open.

Finishing the Quilt:
1.       Layer, baste, and quilt as desired.
2.       Bind quilt with left-over jelly strips.

One color-popping, gorgeous, 50″ x 70″ lap quilt!

…. and the back:

Erin Davis

Boxes of Colour Quilt


Hi everyone, it’s Andrea from Urban Quiltworks, also known as Millions of Thoughts.  I love colour contrast in quilts, and I have created a quick and easy child’s quilt for you to make using Boho by Urban Chiks.   The quilt uses two blocks in its design, with a bit of a play on the bento box pattern.  With the right colour placement, this pattern creates bright pops of colour to capture attention.    Visit me at  UrbanQuiltworks for more photos and ideas about this pattern.  If you do make it or any of my other tutorials, please let me know.  I love to see what you have been creating!


1 jelly roll –   Boho by Urban Chiks
1.5 yards – 31090-18  Boho Basic Rain – Boho by Urban Chiks
0.5 yards binding fabric  –  31091-18  Boho Bohemian Daisies Rain- Boho by Urban Chiks
3.5 yards backing fabric – 31097-16 Boho Free Spirit Earth – Boho by Urban Chiks

Block A

Choose NINE of the lightest print jelly roll strips to make Block A.   Each jelly roll print chosen will make two of Block A.  (18 blocks total)

For each jelly roll strip cut:
4 – 2.5″ x 2.5″
4 – 2.5 x 6.5″

Blue fabric cut:
18 – 2.5″ squares
18 – 2.5″ x 6.5″ strips
18 – 2.5″ x 8.5″ strips

Block B

Choose NINE strips of the boldest prints from the jelly roll.  Each jelly roll print chosen will make two of Block B.  (18 blocks total)

For each jelly roll strip cut:
2 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
2 – 2.5″ x 4.5″ strips
2 – 2.5″ x 6.5″ strips

Blue fabric cut:
18 – 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares
18 – 2.5″ x 4.5″ strips
18 – 2.5″ x 6.5″ strips
18 – 2.5″ x 8.5″ strips

Separate jelly roll into lights and darks.   Choose the lightest lights and the boldest darks:

Block A – For assembly of Block A, press after each step towards the outside of the block.

Choose one 2.5″ blue square and sew a light printed 2.5″ square to each side of it:

 Sew a 6.5″ matching strip to each side of the block:

 Sew a 6.5″ blue strip to the one side of the block:

Making sure the blue strip is on the LEFT side of the block,   sew an 8.5″ strip to the top of the block:

**Your completed Block A should have a blue frame on outer LEFT and TOP sides.

Block B –For assembly of Block B, press after each step towards the outside of the block.

 Attach a DARK 2.5″ square to a blue 2.5″ square:

Sew a 4.5″ blue strip to the pair:

 Sew a matching 4.5″ dark print as shown:

Sew a matching 6.5″ print as shown,  making sure that the dark print will be at the TOP and LEFT of the block:

 Sew a 6.5″ blue strip to the block as shown:

Sew an 8.5″ blue strip to the block as shown, making sure that the blue strips are on the TOP AND LEFT of the block:

There are many variations of this quilt.   I chose to use the light prints contrasting with the darks, so that the lights blocks look like they are floating over top of the dark prints.
I made a few extra blocks to have more choice for my layout – this is optional.

Choose two of block A and two of block B (matching block B prints)  and place together to make one large block as shown:

Before sewing each large block of four together,  I recommend playing around with the colours and layout.  I really wanted the prints and the colour to “POP”  so I changed the layout several times before I was happy with my final outcome:

 Sew together the blocks, row by row.   Press towards block A to ensure seams will nest together:



Quilt and bind as you wish.  I chose to quilt only the blue fabric using straight line and wavy quilting to make the colour blocks pop and out even more.

A quick and easy baby quilt measuring 48″ x 48″

Andrea Harris

Adjusting Patterns for Pre-Cuts

Did you know that Moda Fabrics offers a wide range of free patterns? You can find them {here} on the Moda Fabrics/United Notions website. Today Oda May will show you how to take a pattern and make adjustments so you can use pre-cuts.

Hello, Bake Shop readers! I just adore Moda’s new Civil War Jubilee pattern and wanted to adapt it for pre-cuts so all of you pre-cut lovers can enjoy it, too. I’m going to share my simple method so that you can follow similar steps to adapt other patterns for use with pre-cuts.

Civil War Jubilee is a good pattern to start with because many of the pieces used are cut to 2.5″ wide,  perfect for a jelly roll! And that’s my first tip – start with a pattern that uses pieces that are the same size as a pre-cut. To refresh your memory on pre-cut sizes, visit the {Bakery} page.

Let’s figure out how many jelly rolls to use. To do this for the Civil War Jubilee pattern, I added up the length of the cuts used for each block. For example, the pattern specifies:

Each block uses the same two cuts (twice): 2.5″ x 12.5″ and 2.5″ x 4.5″ for a total length of 34″. That means we can cut from one jelly roll strip for each block and still have 8 inches of usable fabric left. There are 40 jelly rolls strips per package so we can make 40 blocks with one jelly roll. The pattern is a 5 x 9 block layout with a total of 45 blocks. Our pre-cut version will be a 5 x 8 layout. 
Now that we now how many jelly rolls, we will use the same yardage cuts called for in the pattern, but we’ll have a bit more left over for the scrap bin.You will also need to recalculate your borders and bindings, but there are lots of free calculators to help you with that step.

Which other Moda patterns would you like to see adapted for pre-cuts? Let me know in the comments.

Adding + Subtracting,