Boho Patchwork Vintage Star Quilt

Thanks for checking out my latest Moda Bake Shop recipe!  I’m Sarah, from Sweet Dreams by Sarah, and you can visit my blog to read a little more about my inspiration for this quilt, and to get a sneak peek of other projects that I’m working on.  I mostly make baby quilts, because frankly, I like immediate gratification.  Even though this is a lap-sized quilt, it comes together so quickly, it will be done before you know it!

I love the modern feel of a traditional block that’s blown up, so today we’re making a giant vintage star, using patchwork to give it a fun, scrappy feel.  Let’s get started!

1 Boho Layer Cake
3 Yards Bella Porcelain
4 Yards of any coordinating yardage for backing – I used No. 31091-18 in Rain and No. 31095-14 in Whisper (you will also have some leftover Layer Cake pieces that you can use to make the backing more scrappy)
5/8 Yard Binding – I used No. 31094-14 in Rain
Cotton batting, measuring at least 70″ by 70″

First, we need to sort the Layer Cake.  The great thing about this project is that you can really use any Layer Cake that has definite color ways, plus some lower contrast prints.  You’ll want to pull the following from your Layer Cake:

Four colorway-sorted piles, with at least 4 different prints in each:

A lower contrast or multicolored pile, with at least 8 different prints:

Set aside the rest of the layer cake, as we’ll be using that for the borders!

Keeping each pile together, cut the squares in quarters, giving you little stacks of 5″ squares.

Remaining cutting:
From the Porcelain background yardage:

  • 6 squares that measure 14″, and 4 squares that measure 13 1/2″
  • 8 strips 3 3/4″ by width of fabric (WOF)

From binding fabric:

  • 7 strips 2 1/2″ by WOF

Now that we have all the pieces, let’s get sewing!  We’ll be using a 1/4″ seam for all seams.

Using the squares we cut in the first step, and working with one color pile at a time, sew the squares into nine-patches.  Pick out 9 5″ squares from one of the colorways, and lay them out, trying to make it as scrappy looking as possible:

Sew the squares together into rows:

 And press out the rows with the seams going in opposite directions so that you can nest the seams:

 Sew the rows together and press for your nine-patch:

You’ll need 1 nine-patch in each colorway, and 2 in the low contrast fabrics.

Next, we need to mark those 14″ squares we cut from the background fabric.  Mark the diagonal across the square, with your preferred marking tool.  We’re going to be sewing on either side of that line, so make sure you can see it.  Lay one of your nine-patches down, right side up, and then lay the background square on top, with your marking facing up.

Pin this together, and then sew on either side of the line, 1/4″ away from the line:

Do this with all 6 of the 9 patches that you’ve made up, and then go ahead and cut on those lines that you drew, going right between the lines that you sewed.

 Press these open, and you’ll see that you now have patchwork half square triangles!

You should now have 16 blocks to work with – the 12 half square triangles, plus the 4 13 1/2″ background squares.  Using your design wall or your floor, arrange them for your quilt center.  Be sure to pair up the two half square triangles for the main colorways together, as you can see below:

Sew these squares together to create the center of the quilt.  To help the seams to line up, I usually handle this piecing in quadrants.  I sew together the 4 blocks in the upper left hand corner, then upper right, etc., to create bigger “chunks” that are much easier to manage when matching up corners.

Next, we’ll add the inner border.  Grab the 3 3/4″ strips that you cut from the background.  Take 2 of them, and sew together end to end, to make a double-long strip.

Do this with all 8 strips, so that you have 4 double-long strips – one for each side of the quilt.  Press the seam to one side, and pin to the edges of your quilt center, matching up the seam between the two strips to the seam in the middle of the side of the quilt:

Sew the strips onto the quilt center, using a quarter inch seam:

Sew these strips on the right and left side first, pressing and squaring up these sides before sewing the strips on the other two sides:

Next, we’ll work on the outer border.  Grab the extra 5″ charms that were left over from your 9-patches.  We need a total of 58, so pull about 5 more pieces from the layer cake – just choose your favorite prints here, as we’re still going for a scrappy look – and cut them into 5″ squares.

Choose 13 of the squares, and sew them end to end in a long strip.  Be sure to use a 1/4″ seam! I loosely arranged my squares by color so that I could control the color distribution a big as I sew them together.

Choose another 13, and sew them end to end as well.  Be sure to press these long strips well, and pin them onto opposite sides of the quilt.  Sew each strip onto opposite sides of the the quilt center.

Next, choose 15 squares, and sew them end to end in a long strip.  Do this twice also, which will give you the final borders to attach to the quilt.

Press it all well, and your quilt top is done!  The leftover layer cake pieces can be used in putting together your backing, or you can simply use yardage.  In this case, I used a few layer cake pieces to connect two pieces of yardage, for a scrappy looking back.

Quilt as desired, and use the 2 1/2″ strips that we cut from the binding fabric to construct your binding strips.  I bound this quilt using my preferred method of initially sewing the binding onto the back of the quilt, and then sewing on the front – both by machine.

One 67×67″ lap quilt!

This quilt pattern can also be simplified and made a bit smaller by stopping after you finish the quilt center!  I made this version, using a Twirl (by My Sister and Me) layer cake, and it measures approx. 52″ by 52″.

Sarah Connolly

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

4-Step Flagstone Quilt

Hey everyone! It’s Jera from Quilting In The Rain bringing you this fun quilt top that you can finish in a weekend.

And here’s a sweet treat for all you pre-cut lovers…The West Seattle Fabric Company‘s online shop is offering Boho Quilt Kits, plus 10% off all pre-cuts and kits by typing in the code bakeshop at checkout.

 Grab a Layer Cake or a Boho kit and get this quilt top done within a few hours. Have fun!

For one big quilt measuring 54.5″x63.5″

  • One  Layer Cake (you will need all 42 squares)
  • coordinating thread
  • 1/2 yard binding
  • 3 1/4 yards backing 


For two smaller quilts measuring 36.5″x45.5″ each

  • One  Layer Cake (each quilt uses 20 squares)
  • coordinating thread
  • 3/4 yard binding (will bind both)
  • 3 yards backing (will back both)


    Step 1 – Choose ten pre-cut 10 inch squares and lay them directly on top of one another making sure they are aligned. Using a ruler and rotary cutter, make a diagonal cut through all ten layers. Make sure the cut is similar to the one shown below (i.e. don’t make the cut too slanted).

    After you make the diagonal cut, you will have two stacks of fabric: Stack A and stack B.

    Step 2 –  From stack A, take the bottom piece and from stack B take the top piece. Place them together as shown below. Piece these two pieces together (with right sides facing together, sew a 1/4″ seam allowance). Repeat until stack A and B are all pieced together.

    Tip: For faster piecing, you can chain piece:

    Step 3 –  After you’ve completed Step 2, press open all of the blocks using an iron. Next, stack all of your blocks on top of one another, same as you did in Step 1. Make sure all the blocks are facing the same direction and are aligned. Rotate the stack and then make a diagonal cut again, as shown below.  Once again, you will have stacks A and B.

    Repeat Step 2 with stacks A and B:

    After sewing together, press open with an iron. A finished block will look like this:

    Repeat steps one through three with ten more pre-cut ten inch squares so that you will yield a total of 20 finished blocks. If you want to make the bigger quilt, repeat the steps until you yield a total of 42 finished blocks.
    Step 4 –  To make the smaller quilt, lay all 20 finished blocks in a 4×5 formation as shown below. To make the bigger quilt, lay all 42 finished blocks in a 6×7 formation. 
    To piece the quilt top together, first sew all four blocks together in each row, and then sew each row together. (Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, sew with the right sides facing each other, and then press open with an iron).

    Lastly, baste and bind your quilt. That’s all there is to it!

    Two smaller quilts measuring 36.5″x45.5″ each, or one big quilt measuring 54.5″x63.5″

    The fabric I used in the above images are from Moda’s Marmalade collection. Below I used a combination of Moda’s Sew Stitchy and Noteworthy collection. This pattern is so much fun I’ve used several different collections, so grab a Layer Cake and have fun!

    Happy Quilting 🙂

    Jera Brandvig

    Turn On The Charm Placemats

    Hi there, it’s Amanda from Material Girl Quilts and I am so pleased to be back at the Moda Bake Shop today.  I am going to show you how to make a set of 4 placemats, perfect for any wedding shower gift.  And honestly, who doesn’t love a handmade gift?!

    1 charm pack (Boho by Urban Chiks)
    2 yards fabric for background, binding and backing (Boho basic in Meadow)

    Cutting Instructions:

    From yardage:
    Cut three 5″ strips (for blocks) and then sub-cut those strips into 24 5″ squares
    Cut eight 2 1/2″ strips (for binding)
    Cut four pieces approx. 22″ x 16″ (for the backings)

    Choose 36 charms and cut each into four 1 1/4″ x 5″ strips as shown below.

    Assembly Instructions
    *seam allowances are always 1/4″ inch
    Using 6 strips from various charms per block, piece 24 – 5″ blocks, as shown below.  **Note do not press your seams until all 6 strips are pieced together.

     Press the seams all in the same direction.

    Now select one pieced 5″ block and one 5″ background square. 

     With right sides together, mark a diagonal line across the back of the square as shown below.
    Sew 1/4″ on each side of your marked line and cut on the line between the seams.
    Open them up and you will have two half square triangles.  Press toward the background fabric.

    Trim all of your half square triangles down to 4 1/2″ blocks.  Use the 45 degree line on your ruler to line up with the diagonal seam in the block.

    Now choose 12 trimmed half square triangles per placemat.  The best thing about half square triangles, is that there are so many ways to lay them out and get different results.  I chose to use the layout below.

    Here are just a few of my other favorite layouts with these blocks.  Play around with yours to see what you like best.

    Once you have selected your layout, piece the placemat tops together, pressing your seams in alternating directions per row.

    Layer your quilt top, batting and backing and quilt as desired. 

    You will need two 2 1/2″ strips of binding per placemat.

    Four placemats approximately 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ perfect for any new couple in your life!  Now maybe they will invite you over for dinner 🙂

    If you make any placemats using this tutorial, I would love to see them!  You can also check out my blog for other tutorials.

    Amanda Castor
    {Material Girl Quilts }