Film Strip

Hi there! I’m Cara from CaraQuilts and I’ve got a great pattern for you all today! Film Strip will work with any fabric line, and any solid or contrasting color can be used in place of the black. I think this would be very striking in any of the new Batiks Moda is coming out with soon. And of course, I love it in Prayer Flag!

Leah at Burgundy Buttons is offering a kit!

I’ve done a scrappy look, using all of the colors in the line, but this could also be done in just 3 color groups, the teal, lemon, and coral would give you a warm feel, the grass, aqua, and white would result in a cooler, beachy feel.

1 Jelly Roll and 1 Layer Cake in Prayer Flag
1 Bella Solid Jelly Roll in black, or 2 yards.
1/2 yard Bella Solid Black for binding.


Pick 14 layer cake squares for the film “frames”. Trim each to an 8½” square.
Separate 21 Jelly Roll strips and trim (2) 19” x 2½” from each strip. Or, use all 40 and have (1) 19” x 2½”strip from all but 2 strips which you will cut (2)19” x 2½”strips.
Regardless, a total of (42) 19” x 2½” strips are needed.
Separate 3 Bella Solids black jelly roll strips and trim them to make (12) 8½”x2½” strips.

Take 22 Bella Solid strips and join them into (11) long strips using the flip and stitch method. Place strips right sides together at a 90 degree angle and stitch from one corner to the other.  Open and press well. Trim to a ¼” seam allowance.

These will be referred to as the long black strips. Set aside for now.

Starting with the “frames”(8 ½” squares), sash 8 of them on two opposing sides with the 8½”x2½” strips, and the remaining 6 on just one side. Join these into 3 sets: 2 with 5 frames and 1 with 4.



   Using the jelly roll strips, make 2 strip sets with 21 strips each. If you can, alternate direction when sewing strips together to avoid stretching. Press all in one direction. Trim the sides so the sets are 18 3/4″ wide.


Take the 4 frames section and measure its length. Attach one Bella Solids black strip along each side.

Now it’s time to start putting everything together.  Layout the two strip sets with the 4 frames section.

Press towards the center.

Take 6 of the long black strips and stitch together lengthwise into pairs. These are the wide long black strips and should be 4 1/2″ wide.
Take the 5 frames sections and attach one wide long strip to the top and one to the bottom of the each of the 5 frame sections and press.
Stitch one 5 frame section to the bottom and one to the top of the center section. Press.
Measure the length of the quilt. Cut the remaining wide long black strips to this length. Stitch one to each side of the top. Press towards the strips.

And now for the most loved and hated words in every quilt pattern…Baste, Quilt and Bind!

One 56 1/2″ x 74″ quilt ready for cuddling under while watching your favorite movie!


PS Be sure to check out my blog for a giveaway, and for ideas for the left over fabrics!

Charmed Living Runner

Hi all! I’m Rebecca Silbaugh from Ruby Blue Quilting Studio. I’m pleased to introduce you to my Charmed Living Runner design. This is my first project for the Moda Bake Shop (Thanks Moda!) and I could be more excited to share it with you. It’s a great project to make for you or as a gift. With the variety of charm packs available, you can make this out of any fabric and it will look spectacular. Also included are optional applique instructions. Feel free to change the applique to suit your fabrics or leave it out entirely.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and have as much fun making one as I have. For more information on who I am and what other patterns I have designed, please check out my blog at Also, for wholesale inquiries or more information on where my patterns are sold, please e-mail me at

* 1 Moda charm pack
* Backing – 3/4 Yard
* Binding – 1/4 Yard

If you decide to add an applique embellishment to your table runner you will need:
* 16″ square scrap for the flower petals
* 4″ square scrap for the large flower center
* 2″ x 4″ scrap for the small flower center
* 6″ square scrap for the leaves
* 1 Yard Green 1/2″ ricrac for flower stems
* Threads to match

Begin by separating each of the charm squares into piles. There will be a pile for each piece that will need to be cut. This is a good planning step to make sure you distribute the colors.

You will need one pile with 3 squares, one with 18 squares, one with 11 squares, and one with 8 squares. Keep in mind it might be helpful to use smaller prints in the pile with 11 squares since they will be cut the smallest.

Cut each of the 3 squares from the first pile into 4 equal 2-1/2″ squares.

Trim the next 18 squares to 5″ x 4-1/2″ pieces. Re-trim each of these into 2 pieces measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Cut the next 11 squares into 9 pieces, 1-1/2″ square each.

Cut last 8 squares into 2 pieces each: 1-1/2″ x 5″ and 3-1/2″ x 5″. All of these pieces will be used in the borders. Set them aside for now.

Pair together two 1-1/2″ squares at random, designating one as a “light” and one as a “dark”. Make 48 pairs pressing the seam to the “dark”.

Match two of the pairs shown above. Offset the “darks” to create a scrappy four patch. Do this for all pairs, creating a total or 24 four patches.

Sew a 2-1/2″ square to the side of a four patch. Make 12.

Sew a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip along the bottom of each of the 12 units from above.

Stitch another 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip along the side of each block being made.

Sew each of the remaining four patches onto the end of a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece. Make 12.

Sew the strip segment made above along the bottom of the block. Repeat this step for all 12 blocks. Each block should measure 6-1/2″ square.

Stitch all of the blocks together in a 3 x 4 setting, rotating blocks as you lay them out.

Pair each of the border pieces (set aside earlier). Alternate fabrics, designating one as the “dark” like we did making the four patches earlier. Four small pieces need to be “darks” and four of the bigger pieces need to be “darks”. Press seams toward the “darks”.

Alternate the small and large “dark” pieces by sewing 4 units together side to side. Make 2 borders. Each border should measure 4-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.

Stitch the borders along both ends of the runner. At this point you can choose to embellish the runner with applique or leave as is.

This is the same runner once the applique has been added.

Here’s a close up of the applique along the bordered edge of the runner. Now all that’s left is to quilt and bind! Quilt as elaborate or simple as you like (I usually “over-quilt” my table runners in case I want to set “stuff” on it. It seems to help the “stuff” from being wobbly. Less wiggle room!)

One table runner measuring 18″ x 32″, perfect for anyone! It’s so quick and easy I can promise you that once you’ve made one, you’ll want to make more! For color options of this pattern, please visit my blog at

If you create one of these incredible table runners, please e-mail me at and I will post your picture on my blog! Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Casserole Carrier

Know anyone having a baby? Got a potluck dinner to go to? Just like carrying casserole dishes around on a regular basis? If so, this project is for you!

1 Prayer Flag charm pack
1 1/4 yd White Bleached Bella Solid
2 packages of crib sized batting
2 packages of 1/2″ double fold bias tape OR 1/2 yd fabric for binding
2 round 6″ purse handles
14 #20 snap caps
7 #20 snap studs
7 #20 snap sockets
Snap setter / snap press

1. Cut 10 charm squares in half to create (20) 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles. We’ll call these “R.”
2. Select 20 more charm squares. We’ll call these “S.”
3. Create 4 strips by sewing the following pattern: S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R.

4. Cut (6) 2 1/2″ x 33″ strips of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew white strips to pieced charm square strips like photo below to create two main panels.

5. Cut (4) 8″ x 24″ rectangles of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew two 8″ x 24″ rectangles to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

6. Sew two charm squares to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

7. Cut 2 layers of batting the same size as your panels.

8. Layer, baste, quilt, and bind entire perimeter.

9. Slide a purse handle over each short end of the panel toward the right (outer) side. Fold edge down. Pin and stitch in place.

10. Apply two snap studs to the right side of one panel flap as shown.

11. Apply two snap studs to the wrong side of the other panel flap.

12. Fold over your panel flap like the photo below to determine where to apply two snap sockets. Repeat with the other panel.

13. When the studs and sockets are applied, the panels will snap together to hold your casserole dish snugly in place.

14. Apply three snaps on the top edge under each purse handle (sockets on one side, studs on the other) to improve the structural integrity of the casserole carrier.

… a fun way to carry a casserole dish to a pot luck dinner!

Be sure to stop by my blog for lots of other fun ideas!

Thanks for looking,
Jenny Garland

Mad For Yo-Yo’s Quilt

 by Vickie E
Mid-ohio quilter

• Spring Magic Charm Pack by April Cornell
• 2/3 yard border, binding & backing Spring Magic Trail Tulip sku # 35134 11
• 1/2 yard background Mill House Inn Clotted Cream sku# 20115 18
• Kyoto bamboo batting 21 X 21 inches
• Large Clover yo-yo maker
• Invisafil thread by Wonderfil

• cut background fabric 15.5 inches by 18.5 inches
• make 23 yo-yo’s with the large Clover yo-yo maker and 4 inch circles (charm squares work perfectly for these).
• Evenly space the yo-yo’s across the 18.5 inches.
• approximately 3.5 inches from one center of a yo-yo to the next.
• and 1.5 inches from the corners of the background.

• showing the center to center measurement.

•pin all 23 yo-yo’s in place.

• Using the invisifil thread and a buttonhole stitch, stitch around the outer edge of all the yo-yo’s

• it may look like this.

• Cut 2 the border fabrics 2 inches X WOF.

• Subcut the borders into (2) 18.5 strips

• and (2) 18 inch strips

• Add the 18.5 inch strips to the sides first

• then add the 18 strips to the top and bottom.

• Layer with batting, backing, and quilt with the invisifil thread

• bind with single fold binding

18.5 inch X 21 inch small quilt for a doll, back of an chair, table decor, wall hanging or room accent.

I started making yo-yo’s for my Candy Buttons Quilt and just kept going. I love to have projects to take with me for over lunch break, at doctors appointments etc. These were a perfect take along. Once I had the yo-yo’s made….the rest sewed together in a few hours! Including the quilting. While making the pictures for this tutorial I stumbled upon placing on the back of my newer IKEA chair…it’s as if it were made for it…and that’s where it will stay.

Flower Patch Quilt

1 – layer cake. The Nostalgia collection by April Cornell is featured.
1/4 yard – Cream tonal from the same collection for the border.

3 yards – 1″ Elan Cotton Rick-Rack in rose


Break open your layer cake and separate them into creams and colors. There are some lovely cream prints in this collection, which will be used for the blocks behind the applique. Choose five of the color squares for the appliqué pieces and set aside.

This project makes full use of each square, with the scraps being used for the pieced border as well as the backing and binding. To make the best use of each square, use the following diagram when cutting the 6”squares listed below. This will result in each square yielding: 1 – 6” square; 1 – 4” x 10” rectangle; 1 – 4” x 6” rectangle.

From the cream squares, cut:
9 – 6” squares
4 matching 4 1/2” squares for the cornerstones

    From the color squares, cut:
    16 – 6” squares

      From the cream and color scraps, cut:
      48 – 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” rectangles for the pieced border

        From the squares set aside for the appliqué, cut:
        3 – Flowers
        3 – Flower Middle
        3 – Flower Centers
        3 – Small Leaves
        3 – Large Leaves

          From the cream tonal, cut:
          3 – 2 1/2” x width of fabric strips cut into:
          2 – 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” inner border strips
          2 – 2 21/2” x 20 1/2” inner border strips

            From the rick-rack, cut:
            4 – 25” long pieces


              Make the Quarter-Square-Triangle Units

              Choose two color 6” squares and lightly mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of one square. Sew 1/4” away from each side of the line and cut along the line to make two half-square-triangle units; press.

              Right sides together, align the two half-square triangle units together along their seams with opposite fabrics aligned.

              Lightly mark a diagonal line, in the opposite direction of the seam, on the wrong side of a half-square-triangle unit. Align these two units together, pin and sew 1/4” away from each side of the marked line. Cut along the line to make two quarter-square-triangle units.

              Repeat this process to make a total of sixteen color quarter-square-triangle units, and nine cream quarter-square-triangle units.

              Assemble the Quilt Center and Add the Inner Border
              Lay out the nine cream quarter-square-triangle units into three rows of three units. Position the sixteen color quarter-square-triangle units around the cream units to make a quilt center that is five rows of five units. Sew the units in each row together; press in one direction. Join the rows together to complete the quilt center; press in one direction.

              Sew a 2 1/2” x 20 1/2” cream inner border strip to the left and right edges of the quilt center; press toward the cream. Sew a 2 1/2” x 24 1/2” cream inner border strip to the top and bottom edges of the quilt center; press toward the cream.

                Make and Add the Pieced Border Strips

                Sew together twelve 2 1/2” x 4 1/5” rectangles along their long edges to make a pieced border strip. Repeat to make a total of four pieced border strips. Baste a 25” length of rick-rack to one long edge of the pieced border strip using a 1/8” seam. Repeat for each of the four pieced border strips. Sew a pieced border strip to the left and right edges of the quilt center; press toward the pieced border with the rick-rack falling toward the cream inner border.

                Join a 4 1/2” cream square to each short end of the remaining two pieced border strips (note: depending on how your rick-rack dips towards the edge fabric, you may need to fiddle with the ends a bit to avoid getting them stuck in the seams. i.e., I did this, so I’m giving all of you fair warning. Rick-rack is a stubborn thing to work with, but I can’t help myself. It’s worth it!)

                Sew the two pieced border strips to the top and bottom edges of the quilt to complete the quilt center.

                Applique the Quilt Center (template included in Printer Friendly Version at bottom of post)

                Using your favorite method of appliqué, prepare the large flowers, medium flowers, flower center, small leaves and large leaves. The sample project was made using the freezer paper and starch method of appliqué. Referring to the project picture, lay out the prepared appliqué pieces onto the cream panel in the center of the quilt.

                Layer, baste and quilt however you like – I know, the dreaded “Quilt as desired”. I outline quilted the applique and did a simple stiple on the rest of the quilt. Bind the quilted quilt and voila…You’re done!

                One 32″x32″ quilt top

                This is a great way to use a full layer cake to make a quick and easy project. Personally, I love having a project like this to do the hand applique while watching TV or other activity that involves me sitting in one place for a while… 🙂

                If you’d like to check out more of my patterns or find out what projects are coming out of my studio at the moment, you can visit my blog,, or check out my website at

                Hope you enjoy making this!


                Princess Pea Blanket

                1 Honey Bun – featured Spring Magic by April Cornell
                Layer Cake Squares or scraps for Applique’
                1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for blanket front
                1 3/4 yards of coordinating fabric for backing.
                1 1/2 yards of coodrinating fabrics for ruffle trim.
                1 3/4 yards of batting – featured Kyoto batting by Luna batting by Moda
                3 yards each of various coordinating colors of ric-rac and other trim embellishments.
                1 green button for the pea
                Printed applique pattern for the Princess
                Coordinating threads for applique
                Wonder-Under fusible web

                Separate your honey bun into the appropriate colorways and decide on a color pattern (green, pink, teal, yellow, green, pink…) Start with your first strip and add a trim embellishment.
                Add your second color strip right sides together. I used a white Moda scalloped trim and ric rac between the strips to act as a sheet in between the stacked mattresses.

                Continue adding strips and trims until you have sewn all 40 strips together.

                Cut your coordinating fabric for the blanket front, 16″ wide by the width of the fabric. Sew to the top of your strips or “stacked mattresses”.
                Iron all the strips down going in one direction. The raw edges should all be going toward the top of the blanket.

                Topstitch all the strips about an 1/8″ on the bottom of each strip tacking the raw edge down on the back.

                Print out the Applique pattern from the Printable version and cut out all the pieces.

                Decide on what fabrics to use for each piece. I used layer cake squares as they are perfect size for the appliques and I have the whole range to choose from for my princess. For the face and hands I used a Moda wool in a flesh tone color.

                Apply Wonder-Under (or other fusible web) to each of the fabrics for your applique.

                Trace around all the applique pieces onto the fusible side of each of your fabric selections. Wonder-Under has a paper on one side so you can easily trace and cut before you peel it off to fuse it to your project.

                For the dress, mark where the sleeve is located with a fabric pencil so when you machine applique you can stitch in the sleeve for the dress.

                Layout all your pieces together before ironing so if you need to make adjustments you can still do so. Once you have everything where you want it… iron down in place.

                Machine or hand applique your princess to your blanket.

                Round off the corners using a bowl or something round as a guide. This will make it easier when sewing the ruffle on around the corners.
                From your coodinating fabric for the ruffle trim, cut 8 strips all 6″ wide by the width of the fabric. Sew all the strips together end to end creating one long strip. Iron in half length wise now making your strip 3″ doubled on fold. I used a ruffle foot on my machine to create the ruffle. You can also do this by stitching a long loose stitch and then pull one of the threads delicately creating a ruffle. If you do it by hand, then you will need to make sure you stitch your ruffle down in place so it does not come undone when adding to your blanket.

                Sew your ruffle on to your blanket top with the ruffle facing in towards the blanket. I like to start my ruffle end even with my raw edge of my blanket top to conceal any raw edges.
                Then simply turn the ruffle edge to match up with the blanket edge and stitch all around the blanket.

                When you get back all the way around to the other end, overlap the two ruffles about an inch or two and then curve the end down and sew across the raw edge to conceal the edge when attaching the back.

                Trim off any excess ruffle so it is even with the raw edge of the blanket top.

                Now it is time to sandwich the blanket with your batting. I wanted a loftier feel so I used two layers of batting. Lay the batting down first.

                Next lay the blanket backing on top of the batting with the right side up. Use safety pins into your carpet to help hold it tight and straight.

                Next layer the blanket top right side down facing the right side of the backing. Be sure your ruffle in sandwiched between your backing and blanket top. Pin all around the blanket edges to make sure it will not shift when sewing. Sew your layers together like a big pillow. Leave about a 6-8 inch opening for turning. Also be sure that sew with a seam allowance large enought to hide your seams on the ruffle.

                Flip your blanket right side out so that your batting is now sandwiched between your backing and top. The ruffle will now be on the edges of your blanket as your trim. Stitch the opening closed by machine or hand.

                To hold the batting in place, I tied off the blanket with a coodinating Mettler cordonnet thread. Decide on what mattress your pea (button) will reside and hand sew in place.

                One adorable little blanket for your special princess!
                Angela Yosten

                Binding and Hair Clips

                Charm Pack – featured is Spring Magic by April Cornell
                {a honey bun could also be used for the binding clips}
                Binding & Hem Clips – featured are Collins No. C136
                3/4″ Cover Buttons – featured are Dritz #13-30
                Craft glue or Hot glue

                Yo-Yo maker
                Mary Ellen’s Best Press in a Spray bottle
                {water would work too}

                Select four charm squares

                Cut the charm squares into 1 1/2″ squares. Honey bun strips could also be used since they are precut into 1 1/2″ strips. Just cut down to 1 1/2″ squares.

                Spray once on the fabric square to dampen it with Mary Ellen’s Best Press. This helps the fabric stay around the cover button when working with it.

                wrap the fabric around the cover button until all the ends are on the inside of the button. Then press the back of the button firmly into place until it snaps down.

                Bend the button hole down so that it will not be in the way when applying to the clip.

                Add a glob of hot glue or craft glue.

                With the clip opened, carefully glue the end of the clip to the back of the covered button.
                Let dry before closing clip.

                Now follow these steps for the rest of your clips.

                You can get 9 clips out of one charm square.

                For an extra added touch… add a yoyo to the underside of the button before attaching to the clip.
                Following instructions for the Yo-yo maker, make a yoyo from a charm square.

                Hand sew on a covered button… you do not want to bend the button hole if you are making them this way.
                With a thin piece of ribbon, fold it over a couple times creating a leaf.

                Stitch on the leaf to the back of the yoyo and then glue the clip to the ribbon while the clip is opened.

                You now have one adorable little Hair clip.

                A few variations of hair clips that you can make using binding & hem clips.

                Lots of adorable binding and hair clips to coordinate with everything.
                Angela Yosten

                Irish Soda Bread

                3 cups all-purpose flour
                1 tablespoon baking powder
                1/3 cup white sugar
                1 teaspoon salt
                1 teaspoon baking soda
                1 egg, lightly beaten
                2 cups buttermilk
                1/2 cup raisins
                1/4 cup butter, melted

                Moda Fabric Table Runner or Tablecloth

                Fabric shown in picture is Stock# 35102-11 from Nature’s Chorus by April Cornell

                1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
                2. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and baking soda. Blend egg and buttermilk together, and add all at once to the flour mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in raisins. Stir in butter. Pour into prepared pan.
                3. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Wrap in foil for several hours, or overnight, for best flavor.

                Recipe provided by Patricia Roberts, employee of United Notions/Moda Fabrics