School Days Charm Quilt

It’s Cindy from Tops to Treasure with you on the Moda Bake Shop today. When I was a little girl, my great great aunt lived with us.  She wore baggy dresses with big pockets, dresses that buttoned down the front.  She kept tissues in those pockets (candy would have impressed me more.)  As I put this quilt together I thought about her dresses.  My mom made them all and it seems they were all made of little floral prints.  I think Aunt Mame would have liked this fabric line – American Jane’s “ABC 123”.

Mame was born, and died, in September, the month when thoughts turn back to school, reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Half of the people I know can’t wait for school to start… little children, ready for a new adventure; and moms ready for their older kids to get out from under foot.  The other half….not so much.  Whichever camp you fall in this quilt is perfect for the adventures waiting around the bend.  It is easy,  I promise, and goes together fairly quickly.  I got my fabric Friday, starting cutting on Sunday and Tuesday afternoon the top is finished and ready for the quilter.  (During that time I also washed, folded, and put away 7 loads of laundry, and had a doctors appointment that started at least 30 minutes later than scheduled…and there was no one else in the office.)

I hope you enjoy my pattern as much as I enjoyed making it.

3 charm packs American Jane “ABC 123”
1 1/4 yds dark fabric (includes inner border) – I chose the cream letters on black # 21623-18
1 yd light fabric – I used Bella Solid #9900-11 
1 1/4 yds for outer border – I chose the large blue floral #21624-12
½ yd for binding (cut 2 ½” wide) – I used the solid blue plaid #21625-20

3 1/4 yds for backing

4 1/2 square ruler – it doesn’t matter whose ruler…I like one that has lines making an “x” from corner to corner.  The lines help me straighten up my blocks as I trim them.

You are going to make 12, 12″ finished blocks set squarely in a 3 x 4 grid. Then you will add three borders. The first, most inner border is pieced and blends into the block section of the quilt finishing off the secondary pattern of pinwheels.

The instructions are presented in four parts – cutting, block construction, center construction, and border construction.  The cutting instructions will tell you which part you are cutting for. This way you can either cut them and then set them aside (When I do this I put the sections in Ziploc baggies and label them. It keeps them all nice and neat and I know what they were for when I come back later and can’t remember what I was doing.) Or you can cut them as you are ready to use them.

Cutting Instructions:

Block Cutting Directions: (17 pieces per block for a total of 204 pieces)
From dark fabric – cut 12, 5 1/4 inch squares. Sub-cut each square twice diagonally into 4 small triangles for a total of 48 small triangles.

From light  fabric – cut 12, 5 1/4 inch squares. Sub-cut each square twice diagonally into 4 small triangles for a total of 48 small triangles.

From Charms select 24 squares and sub-cut them each once diagonally into 2 large triangles for a total of 48 large triangles for corner blocks.  If possible choose charms that do not read the same color as the dark and light that you have chosen.

From your Charms select 60 squares and trim them to 4 1/2″ square for center and edge blocks

Border Cutting directions:
Inner most border:

(32 corner patches of 3 pieces each + 14 charm patches = a total of 110 pieces)
from dark fabric – cut 8, 5 1/4 inch squares. Sub-cut each square twice diagonally into 4 small triangles for a total of 32 small triangles.

from light fabric – cut 8, 5 1/4 inch squares. Sub-cut each square twice diagonally into 4 small triangles for a total of 32 small triangles.

from Charms select 16 squares and sub-cut them each once diagonally into 2 large triangles for a total of 32 large triangles for corner blocks.

from Charms select 14 squares and trim them to 4 1/2″ square for center and edge blocks

Skinny border:cut 7 strips, 1 ½” x width of fabric (WOF)

Outer most border:cut 7 strips, 4 ½” x WOF

The Blocks
This is a 9-patch block made of whole patches in the center and edges. The corners are pieced with a identical bi-colored triangles which create a secondary pinwheel pattern when several blocks are set together.  I designed it and presented it first to my best friend as one of a block of the month series and later to my local quilt guild.  For the guild, we were all very tired, and so I named it “Brain Dead”.  You can find patterns for more blocks like this on my blog Quilty Friends.

Block Piecing:
Corner Patch:
Sew one dark and one light small triangle together to make a large triangle.

Being careful not to warp the triangles, iron seams open.

BE CAREFUL TO MAKE THEM ALL THE SAME – it is very easy to get these going in the wrong directions. If you are careful to always sew in the same direction with the pieces in the same place you should be alright.  I suggest chain piecing these.  If you do them all at once it is easier to do them all the same.

Make 48

Using the right angle to align the pieces, sew each two colored triangle to a large triangle cut from charms.

Trim the excess seam allowance (This should be all from the large, single fabric, triangle.)

Being careful not to warp the triangles, iron seams toward the large triangle.

Trim to 4 1/2 inches square.  Really, i am totally serious.  Do this step!  It doesn’t look like much, but every little bit adds up.  I use my ruler that has a big “x” on it.  Aline the seams with the lines of the “x” to make sure that the block is squared correctly.  It will help your pinwheel points meet in the center when you finally put all of the blocks together.

This is what I trimmed off of my blocks.

I really hate this step.  It is tedious and boring.  BUT I love the results.  I think you will too.

Make 48.


Take 4 corner patches and 5 trimmed charm squares and arrange them like the picture above.
Sew them in rows of three.

Rows 1 & 3 can be made with the same orientation. (You just turn one of the rows up side down when you put the block together.) Be careful here. Yes it is simple – so simple that it is easy to turn a corner the wrong direction. Unstitching is no fun….so take your time the first time.

Row 2 is just 3 random charms sewn together in a row of 3. (This row is so simple that when I introduced the block to my guild I named it “Brain Dead”.)

Make 12 blocks.

I like to lay all of my blocks out before I start sewing the rows together.  It helps me get things balanced.

This is where I started….

It would be perfectly fine to leave them this way.  I wanted my center colors distributed more evenly.  I don’t like the two black centers together on the left hand column, or the two reds on the bottom row.

Change the blocks around to suit you.

Sew blocks together in 3 rows of 4.

Sew rows together.

The Borders:
There are 3 borders. 

Border Piecing Directions:
Inner most border piecing:
Following the directions already given for the piecing of the block’s corner patch, make 32 corner patches.

Now, you are going to take the corner patches and trimmed charms to make 4 strips of blocks. 2 that are 11 patches long and 2 that are 12 patches long. Use the border diagram to determine how to orient the blocks.

Attach the 12 patch strips to the long edges of the center.  The corner patches should like up with the corner patches of the center blocks and create three new pinwheels on each side.

Attach the 11 patch strips to the short edges of the center.  The corner patches should, again line up with the corner patches of your center.  This time you should have 4 new pinwheels on each end.

Skinny border piecing:
I know that this is not the “approved” method, and the Quilt Police will probably hunt me down and shoot me, but this is how I do it.  If you are gentle with your handling of the pieces it will work just fine without pinning anything or cutting the pieces precisely.  If you are a man handler of fabric measure and cut your borders to the size you need, then pin them and sew as usual.

Sew 2 sets of 2 WOF strips together to make long sides of skinny border.

Cut 1 WOF strip in half, making 2 1 1/2″x 21″ (give or take) strips.

Sew 2 sets of 1 WOF + 1/2 WOF strips together to make short sides of skinny border.

Attach skinny borders to quilt, then trim excess.

Outer most border piecing:
Repeat process from skinny borders using 4 1/2″ wof strips everywhere you used 1 1/2 before.

One awesome, super scrappy quilt measuring 54 x 66 inches.

It would be great for a couch or child’s bed.  You can also make it larger, say for a twin sized bed, by adding more blocks (See the note at the end of this post for yardage requirements)

For Your Information

Just in case you want to make it bigger…or smaller…here are some helpful facts.

This pattern required one 5 1/4″ square of dark, one 5 1/4″ square of light, and two 5″ charms to complete one secondary pinwheel pattern. For this project there are 20 pinwheels – so you need 20 dark, 20 light, and 40 charms to complete the corner blocks.

Each completed block requires an additional 5 charms.  This project has 12 blocks, so you needed 60 charms for the block piecing.

The pieced border requires one charm for each edge of a block that it touches.  For a 3 x 4 grid you have two edges of three and two edges of four….so 6 + 8 or 14 charms.

Soooooo, if you want to make this pattern bigger….say 4×6 blocks (which would finish at something like 66″x90″ or a skinny twin.)  you would need….

40 pinwheels – requiring 40 dark, 40 light, and 80 charms
24 blocks – requiring 120 charms
and 20 charms for the border.

That is 220 charms (6 packs of 42 would do it.) 

Cindy Sharp
{Tops to Treasure}

Easy Pezzy Crib Quilt


Hello Friends! This is Alyssa from Pile O’ Fabric. My goal at Pile O’ Fabric is to connect with fellow quilters, and inspire them to continue learning, to step out of their comfort zone, try new techniques, join new events, try new products, and fall even more in love with quilting than they were. And Conquer that Pile O’ Fabric!

I am very excited to be sharing my very first Moda Bakeshop Recipe with you all today. The Easy Pezzy Crib Quilt. This quilt just like the name is very easy and can be made quickly. It would make a wonderful gift for a new baby!


for Quilt Top

  • 1 Pezzy Print Charm Pack by American Jane for Moda 
  • 1 2012 Bella Solids Charm Pack for Moda
  • 1 New Bella Solids Charm Pack for Moda
  • 1 Dark Bella Solids Charm Pack for Moda
  • 25″ x 5″ piece of white solid (cut into 5 charms for applique background)

for Appliqué

  • fabric scraps 2 1/2” or larger
  • 1/2 yard HeatnBond Light iron-on adhesive
  • freezer paper
  • appliqué templates (download here)

for Finishing

  • 2 1/2 yards fabric of your choice for backing
  • 1/3 yard Bella Solids in Christmas Red for binding
  • Crib size batting (45” x 60”)

This quilt can be made with our without the Appliqué section, depending on the look you want to achieve.

First you will begin by laying out your charms alternating one Pezzy Charm with one coordinating Solid Charm.


If you plan to add the Appliqué section you will layout your charms 8 x 11, with 5 white charms for the background. Otherwise if not layout your charms 8 x 10.


Once you have your final layout label and seperate each row piles.


Starting with row #1 piece each charm together with a 1/4″ seam.


Now we will press our seams and trim the thread tails.


Press your seams to one direction for each row, alternating directions per row. For example Row #1 press seams to right, Row #2 press seams to left and so on. This will help assure your squares line up when sewing.


Pin your first two rows with seams together.


Sew the pinned rows together with a 1/4“seam allowance.


Continue to sew your rows together until you reach your Appliqué row.

Appliqué Section
If you plan to skip the appliqué section, then you can skip these instructions and continue to piece your rows together.

Print your templates on printer paper. Next trace the template onto the paper side of your freezer paper. (if you have printer friendly freezer paper than print the template directly onto the freezer paper) Cut all your templates out of the freezer paper and set aside.


Following the directions on the HeatnBond packaging, press your fabric scraps to the HeatnBond.


Layout your freezer paper templates onto the fabric scraps and press with a hot dry iron.


Cut each template out.


Remove the freezer paper from front of your template. The wonderful thing about freezer paper is you can reuse it multiple times. So I put all my templates into a Ziploc bag to save for future projects. Then remove the HeatnBond paper backing and throw away.


Position letters shiny side down on your white appliqué section, then press with a hot dry iron.


Sew along the edges of the appliqué with your choice stitch. I chose to use the zig-zag stitch in a beige thread.


You will have a lot of thread tails leftover. Don’t just cut them short. Thread a quilting needle with the thread tails, and pull thread to the back of the fabric.


Tie a knot, and then trim your thread tail.


Once you complete your appliqué section, finish piecing all your rows together until your quilt top is complete.


Continue on and baste your quilt, with your favorite basting technique. I myself like to spray baste my quilts.


Then quilt with your pattern of choice. I chose to quilt 1/4” on the left and right side of all my seams. And then for my appliqué section I quilted diagonal lines 1/2” apart using painters tape.


Continue on and bind the quilt with your preferred binding technique. For quilts I plan to wash often I machine stitch the binding.


And you are done!

One Easy Pezzy Crib Quilt
35″ x 48 1/2

Gift it or Love it, Cuddle it and Enjoy it!


Are you a beginner quilter looking for more details on how to quilt, baste, and bind? Monday June 25 at Pile O’ Fabric a Beginners Quilting Series starts which will go through every step to creating today’s featured quilt. We will talk about tools/notions, fabric shopping, layout/design, piecing, basting, quilting, binding, tagging, and washing. And for more quilting and sewing tutorials, reviews, inspiration and encouragement, come visit me at Pile O’ Fabric!

If you use this tutorial to make a Easy Pezzy Crib Quilt, I’d love to see it!  Be sure to add it to my Flickr group, and of course to the Moda Bake Shop Flickr group as well.  Thanks for stitching along!

Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner
{Pile O’ Fabric}

Pez-O-Rama Quilt

 Hello Everyone! It’s Crystal Hendrix from over at Hendrixville where I talk about my crazy life with kids with Autism and what I keep myself busy with!

I saw this line and was immediately so happy with how bright it was! I was inspired to create a simple quilt that would fit on my bed. We see so many quilts but how many can we use them on a daily basis? This one you can! It’s a perfect quilt to try for beginners who might be a little afraid to approach a larger quilt!

3 Fat Quarter Bundles Pezzy Print by American Jane (I know it’s a lot but we use almost every inch of it!)
1 Charm Pack Pezzy Print by American Jane (This is used for the back piecing)
6 1/4 yards 216051 23 (black fabric – backing)

We first want to take our fat quarter pieces and iron them out, so that there is no crease and then fold them lengthwise.

Trim it down to 21″.

Then cut the 21″ piece into two 10.5″ pieces.

Now we have 2 pieces (from each fat quarter) that are 10.5″ x 18″. Open them up and iron them if needed (by ironing them it guaranties a better cut – therefore making your sewing a lot easier later on.)

Now you trim the 2 pieces down to 15″. This will give you a total of 2 – 15″x10.5″. Now make sure that you save your 3″ strip. We will use this later for our binding.

When cutting out your fat  quarters, I used all the pieces except for the black pieces. This gives you a total of 11 different colors. Eight of your colors you will need a total of 6 – 10.5″x15″ ( 3 fat quarter pieces) and three of your colors you will need a total of 5 –  10.5″x15″ ( 2 1/2 fat quarters).

Now we will assembling our quilt top (see how fast and easy this is?) You can create any random or nonrandom design that you desire. Our layout will be 9 x 7. First sew the rows together…

Then sew your 7 rows together…

Viola! You have your very “large” quilt top all done. 
Now for the back of the quilt I decided to do something a little different. You can use your leftover pieces of your fat quarters and the charm pack to give your back the best look.

For the back, piecing will be rather easier this way too. Cut 4 – 42″x34″ pieces and 2 – 42″ x32″ pieces. This is the black yardage.

For the middle section, you will need a total of 44 – colored 5″ squares (don’t use the black charm pieces from the charm pack – use your leftover fat quarter pieces instead) and 22 – black 9.5″x5″ pieces.

Sew the two colored charm pieces together and press, and then sew it to the bottom black piece.

Sew 11 pieces together for one row, and then another 11 pieces together for the bottom row. When assembling them (see diagram above) you will want to sew together the 2 rows so that the black pieces are being sandwiched by the colored blocks.

Once you have finished your back piece, baste quilt and bind as desired. Use your leftover 3″x10.5″ as your binding pieces. You can either trim them down to 2.5″x10.5″ or keep them as they are. Sew together ALL of the 10.5″ pieces together for your binding.

An approximately 90.5″x102″ bright and colorful quilt perfect for Spring! 

I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I did! I would love to see your own quilts! Feel free to email me with any questions and of course your beautiful quilts! (
Crystal Hendrix

Isosceles Picnic Quilt


Hello! Penny here from sewtakeahike! Today I’d like to share a tutorial with you for making a HUGE! picnic quilt! I don’t know about you, but when I need a picnic quilt, a little quilt just won’t do. So if you like a big ‘ole quilt when you go on a picnic, this might be just the quilt for you!

1 fat quarter set pezzy prints

1/3 yard each of 6 different coordinating moda solids

1 yard each 9 different pezzy prints

6 yards backing fabric

90″ X 105″ batting

23″ binding fabric, cut into 9 strips 2.5″ wide

Isosceles template (included in Printer Friendly Version)

Coordinating thread

Notes: all seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise specified.

1. Cut 144 triangles from fq set, yardage of pezzy prints, and 1/3 yard cuts of solids.

2. Choose your layout for the triangles, (18 across makes a row) and sew them together in rows.

TIP: to keep the triangles organized and in the order I wanted, I picked them up a row at a time, keeping each triangle in the correct order and then pinned a sticky note to the first triangle with the row number on it.

There will be 8 rows. When sewing the triangles together, the edges of fabric will not meet up as if you are sewing squares together. Instead, you will overlap them like this, and the edges will come together where the 1/4″ seam allowance is.

Then when you sew the next triangle on, make sure the point of the new one is even with the one previously sewn.

3. Sew the 8 rows together, making sure to pin, pin, pin to match up points and edges.

4. Trim the side edges so they are straight.

5. Make your quilt backing. (For my quilt back, I cut out a few extra triangles and used some coordinating moda solids)

6. Make a quilt sandwich and quilt your picnic quilt.

7. Square up your quilt, and make sure to keep the batting and backing scraps to use later to make your handle strap.

8. Make your binding and bind your quilt.

9. Using the backing scraps from squaring your quilt up after quilting, piece together two strips 3″ x 92″

10. Spray-baste a strip of the scrap batting and lay one of the strips onto the batting.

11. Quilt the strip lengthwise with a straight stitch every 1/2″ and then trim the batting even with the strip edges.

12. Layer the quilted strip right side up and the remaining strip right side down and sew together along long edges, stopping and starting sewing 2″ from each end.

13. Turn.

14. Place the right sides of the two ends with no batting together. Pin and sew together. Repeat with the ends that have batting. (This will be fiddly, just go slow).

15. Topstitch along each edge of the strap.

To pack and carry the picnic quilt, fold the quilt lengthwise in thirds.

Then fold each end in about 18″.

Then fold one end again.

Fold the other end over and place the quilt evenly over the handle strap.

Grab the loops and bring them together, folding the quilt in half one more time, and there you have it!

84″ X 101.5″ isosceles picnic quilt with a carrying handle strap!

Penny Layman

Heartsy Pillow

Hi!  I’m Wendy from Sewing in the Wendy City, and I’m so glad to share my 5th Moda Bake Shop tutorial with you.  This is a quick project to decorate for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

1 charm pack of Pezzy Print
3/4 yard of any solid or print in the Pezzy line
14″ pillow form
14″ square of Wonder Under or Steam a Seam
2 18″ squares of batting
small amount of polyester fiberfil
neutral or invisible thread

Choose 9 of your charm squares to be the heart appliques.

Print out the heart template included in the Printer Friendly Version.  Be sure to print at 100%, no scaling.  Each side of the square should measure 5″ when printed.

Trace the heart shape onto the Wonder Under (paper side) 9 times and roughly cut out the hearts and iron them onto the wrong side of the charm squares you chose.  Make sure the rectangles of the Pezzy Print squares are all going the same direction for the hearts.
Cut the hearts out and set aside.

Choose 9 more charm squares, and iron one heart onto each.  Just for fun, I made sure the rectangles in the background fabric were going the opposite direction as the rectangles in the hearts.

Layout your squares into a pleasing design and sew the squares together into a 9-patch.

Layer the 9 patch, batting, and a scrap of fabric for the backing.  The scrap will not be visible when the pillow is finished.

Quilt the background and use a zig-zag stitch to go around the edges of the appliqued hearts but do not quilt inside the hearts.
Clip a small hole in the backing in the center of each heart.  Be careful to only cut through the backing layer and not the batting.

Take a small amount of stuffing and put it between the batting and the backing to make the heart puff out a bit.

Then hand stitch the opening closed.

Trim 1/4″ from the edge of the 9 patch.

Cut 2 pieces of the solid fabric to 10″ x 16.”  Hem one of the long sides of each piece by folding over twice 1/4″ and stitching.

Overlap the two backing pieces to create an envelope closure.   There will be some excess on the sides that will be trimmed later.

Pin the back in place and sew from the top 1/4″ from the edge all the way around.

Trim around the edge of the batting to remove the excess.

Making and attaching the binding:
Cut two 2.5″ wide strips of the red fabric.  Sew end-to-end, press seams open, then press in half lengthwise.  Attach binding to the back of the pillow.  Fold it over the edge to the front and topstitch near the edge of the binding to secure.

Insert your pillow form, and you’re done!

One cute and funky pillow, just in time to decorate for Valentine’s Day!

Wendy Poling

Follow the Pezzy Brick Road

Follow the Pezzy Brick Road

46″ X 55″
Hi Ya’ll! It’s Jamie Mueller and Jill Rimes of SunFlower Quilts again with our newest Moda Bake Shop project!  We had so much fun designing this quilt and it was even more fun to make!  It’s made with the very popular Pezzy Prints fabric from American Jane and let us tell ya, the fabric is so fun you’ll definitely want to get your hands on some!  We used one Charm Pack and 1/8 yard cuts of yummy Bella Solids to make this adorable baby quilt! 
If you make one please add a photo to our Flickr Group, we would love to see it! Also make sure you check out BOTH of our blogs for a GIVEAWAY! 
Jamie’s blog: {} 

1 – Pezzy Print charm pack

1/8 yard each of 12 coordinated Bella Solid fabrics

(99001 23G, 990080G, 99002 4G, 99001 43G, 99001 92G, 99001 84G, 99001 37G, 990048G, 99001 26G, 990099, 99001 94G, 99001 93)

1 yard white Bella Solid for sashing

1 ½ yards Bella Solid for outer border and binding

3 ½ yards backing fabric (we used the red multi pez print)

Making the Blocks

1. Separate the 5” charm squares by color. There will be 12 color groups.

2. Place the 12 different 5” charm color groups with a coordinating Bella Solid fabric. There will now be 12 charm/solid fabric groups.

3. Take one group and cut the 5” charm squares in half yielding 2 – 2 ½” x 5” rectangles. Cut the coordinating Bella Solid fabric into 1 – 4” x WOF (width of fabric) strip. From the strip cut into 4 – 1” x WOF strips; then from the 1” x WOF strips cut into 16 – 1” x 5” rectangles and 16 – 1”x 3 ½” rectangles. Repeat for remaining 11 charm/solid fabric groups. (Note: Be sure to keep the 12 coordinated groups separate from one another.)

Sewing the Blocks

1. Take 1 charm/ solid fabric group and sew a 1” x 5” coordinated Bella Solid rectangle to each side of the 2 ½” x 5” charm rectangle. Press to solid fabric.

2. Sew a 1” x 3 ½” coordinated Bella Solid rectangle to the top and bottom of the block. Press to solid fabric. Square to 3 ½” x 6”. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 for all 80 blocks.

(Note: Depending on the charm square color groups, you will have 6 or 8 blocks)

Cutting the Sashing

From the Bella solid white sashing fabric cut:

22 – 1” x WOF strips. Set aside 16 of the strips for the inner border and sashing strips. From the remaining 6 strips subcut into 72 – 1” x 3 ½” rectangles.

Cut 1 – 3 ½” x WOF strip. From the strip subcut 10 – 3 ½” squares units.

Sewing the Sashing

1. Choose 8 Pezzy Print blocks and lay them out vertically. Sew a 1” x 3 ½” sashing strip to the bottom of the first block. Press sashing to block. Continue sewing a 1” x 3 ½” sashing strip to the bottom of the next 6 blocks.

2. Sew all 8 blocks together in a vertical row. Press sashings to blocks. Repeat Steps 1 and 2 to make a total of 6 vertical rows that measure 3 ½” x 48 ½”.

3. Choose 7 Pezzy Print blocks and lay them out vertically. Sew a 1” x 3 ½” sashing strip to the bottom of the first block. Press sashing to block. Continue sewing a 1” x 3 ½” sashing strip to the bottom of the next 5 blocks.

4. Sew a 3 ½” white sashing squares to the top and bottom of each of the 5 rows. Press to pezzy blocks.

5. Sew the short end of 14 – 1” x WOF strips together to make 1 continuous strip.

6. Measure all rows and cut 12 – 1” white sashing strips to that measurement.

7. Layout the rows as shown.
Sew a 1” white sashing strip to each side of rows 1 and 11. Sew a 1” white sashing strip to the right side only of rows 2-9. Press to sashing strip.

8. Sew vertical rows 1-6 together as shown. Press to white sashing.

9. Sew vertical rows 7-11 as shown.

10. Sew all rows together from Step 9 & 10 as shown.

11. Measure the center of quilt horizontally with the 2 remaining 1” x WOF white sashing strips. Cut each strip to that measurement. Sew to top and bottom of quilt top. Press to sashing strip.

Outer Border

1. Cutting on the lengthwise grain (parallel to selvage) from the Bella solid red border fabric, cut 4 – 2 ½” x length of fabric.

2. Measure center length of quilt top and cut 2 strips to that measurement. Sew to each side of quilt. Press to border.

3. Measure center width of quilt top and cut 2 strips to that measurement. Sew top and bottom strips on. Press to border.

Quilt as desired.


From the Bella solid red binding fabric on the lengthwise grain cut 4 – 2 ½” x LOF (length of fabric) strips.

1. Sew all the strips together (short ends) to make 1 continuous strip. Fold binding 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.

Your quilt is finished!! Enjoy!  Please email us photos or add them to our Flickr Group, we’d love to see them!

Jamie Mueller

On the Move With Jane

Hi, I’m Wendy from Sewing in the Wendy City, and I’m thrilled to be back with my fourth tutorial at Moda Bake Shop!

I came up with this idea because I was planning teacher gifts for Christmas for my kids’ teachers. I wanted to make handmade items, all different, from one line of fabric.  A layer cake is a great way to do this, and Fairy Tale Friends is so darling and has so much variety that you can’t go wrong!

One layer cake has enough layers for 5 bags.  Then each bag requires a yard of fabric for the handles, lining and strips down the front and back.

1 layer cake of American Jane “Fairy Tale Friends”
1 yard of 21606 – 11 (red argyle) for lining and handles
Thread for topstitching
Batting scraps:
   1 piece of batting approximately 34″ x 20″
   2 strips of batting approximately 45″ x 1.5″

Choose your 7 favorite layers.  One layer cake (plus some yardage) will make 5 bags!

Cut each layer cake into 3 pieces:
two 4″ x 10″
one 2″ x 10″

Choose 10 of the 4″ x 10″ pieces to use, and then cut the remaining larger pieces into half so that the measure 2″ x 10″

You will need: 10 4″ x 10″ cuts and 12 2″ x 10″ cuts

Divide the 4″ pieces into 2 groups of 5 and sew together.

Sew all the 2″ pieces together, then cut in half so that you have 2 identical long pieces.

 From your yardage, cut 2 1.5″ strips width of fabric and 2 4″ strips width of fabric.

Cut the narrower pieces in half, then arrange as pictured.

Sew them together, and then baste onto a piece of batting approximately 34 x 20.  I used spray baste to do this.  You do not need a backing fabric in this quilt sandwich.

Quilt as desired.

Once the outside is quilted, trim off the excess batting and square it up.

Time to make straps.
Cut 2 1.5″ strips of batting approximately 45″ long.

 Find the strips of yardage you cut earlier at 4″ wide.   Fold over one long edge 1/4″ and press.

Pin to the batting, with the raw (not folded over) edge lined up with the edge of the batting and the right side facing the batting.

Sew the length of the batting.  A walking foot is helpful here if you have one.

This seems complicated but really isn’t, so hang in there with me. After you make that seam, fold the fabric over so that the right side is out and the raw edge is inside. Press. Then wrap the fabric all the way around the batting like this….

 So that it meets up.  Pin it.  Press it.

Sew as close as you can to that folded edge all the way down the strap.  Then sew on the other side so that the strap has a seam close to each edge.  I added one more down the middle.

Cut both straps to the same length, and then fold up the raw edge twice and stitch to secure.  It may be helpful to measure on yourself or on a bag you like to determine the length of straps you want.  Mine were 40″ long.

Give the bag some shape

With right sides together, sew the side seam of the bag so that you have a tube.

 Then match the panels of yardage and pin, and then sew the bottom seam.

To gusset the corners, pinch the bottom corners of the bag and pin approximately 3″ from the tip of the triangle you created.  Sew where the pins are.

When you do this on both sides, your bag will stand up!  Please note that the side seam is not actually on the side, it’s on one corner.

And here’s what it looks like on the inside.

Time to make lining

Cut a piece of the yardage that is 18″ by 32.5″.

With right sides together, sew the side seam.  Then sew the bottom seam.  Gusset the corners here as well, but be sure that the flaps go outside instead of inside so that they will be hidden between the outer bag and the lining.  The right side of the lining should not have any raw edges showing.

Unlike the outer bag, the side seam stays on the side.

Put the lining inside the bag.

Line up the top raw edges, pin and sew.

Center the straps on the outside of the bag and pin.

Stitch all the way through the bag and lining.

To finish off the bag, cut one more strip of yardage, 2.75″ x width of fabric.  We are basically going to put binding on the top of the bag.  Fold it in half lengthwise and press.  Align the raw edges with the top of the bag on the inside and sew 1/4″ from the top.  Fold it over to the outside and topstitch along the folded edge.

A cute tote bag, suitable for carrying lots of stuff lots of places.

Thanks so much for reading!  Want to win a set of my extra layer cakes to make your own tote?  Stop by my blog and take a look!

Wendy Poling