Mod Nine Patch Quilt

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Hi there, I’m Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy, and I’m so happy to be back at the Moda Bake Shop for another quilt tutorial! This super simple quilt is a great way to feature your favorite colors and prints! I used Ellen Luckett Baker’s gorgeous Quilt Blocks collection, full of fun, vibrant colors and paired it with several coordinating solids. This quilt pattern comes together very quickly and can easily be whipped up in a weekend! If you make a quilt using this Mod Nine Patch quilt tutorial, I’d love to see it in my Flickr group.

1 fat quarter bundle of 30 prints or more – I used Ellen Luckett Baker’s gorgeous Quilt Blocks collection
1/4 yd of five different coordinating solids – I used Moda Bella Solids in Fuschia, Amelia Blue, Lime, Silver, Turquoise, and Surf
1 yd white background fabric
5/8 yd binding of your choice
4 1/4 yds backing of your choice
70″ x 90″ batting

1. Sort your fat quarter bundle into color stacks, for a total of five colors. From each color group, cut:
(6) 4 1/2″ squares for the center of your blocks
(24) 4 1/2″ squares to surround the center of your blocks

2. From your coordinating solids, cut:
(6) 7″ squares from each, 30 total

3. From your white background fabric, cut:
(30) 7″ squares

4. From your binding, cut:
(8) 2 1/2″ x WOF strips

Block Assembly:
1. Let’s begin by making some half-square triangles (HSTs). Pair one white 7″ square with a coordinating solid 7″ square, right sides together. Sew a scant 1/4″ all the way around.

On your cutting mat, cut across both diagonals of your square, creating four HST units. Press seams open. Trim each HST unit to 4 1/2″, aligning the 45 degree mark on a quilting ruler with your seam.


Repeat for all white squares and solid squares, creating a total of 120 half-square triangle units.

2. Next, choose a color to begin working with. I chose to start with my pink blocks. Sew two surrounding 4 1/2″ squares on the right and left sides of a center square, as shown. This creates the middle row of your block.

3. To create the top and bottom rows, use a coordinating surrounding 4 1/2″ square in the center and add two HST units to the right and left sides as shown below.

4. Sew the block together, sewing two rows together at a time. Press seams open to finish block.

5. Repeat steps 1 – 4 to create a total of 30 blocks.

6. Lay your blocks out in six rows of five blocks each, in an order that’s pleasing to you. Sew blocks together into rows, then sew rows together to finish quilt top.


7. Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.


One beautiful 60″ x 72″ quilt!


Happy sewing!!

Elizabeth Dackson
{Don’t Call Me Betsy}

Modern Halves Quilt

Hello again, everyone!  My name is Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy and I am so excited to share another Moda Bake Shop recipe with you all today!  When I first saw photos of Half Moon Modern, I positively fell in love.  I adore the bright, fun color palette of this collection and the fabulous prints, so I was super excited to get a chance to work with it.  If you make a quilt using this Modern Halves quilt tutorial, I’d love to see it in my Flickr group!

1 fat quarter bundle of 32 fat quarters or more
1 1/3 yd border fabric
2/3 yd binding fabric
4 1/4 yds backing fabric
74″ x 84′ batting

1. Begin by unwrapping your fat quarter bundle and sorting your fat quarters by main color.  Half Moon Modern has six different main colors, so I had a total of six piles.

2. Each fat quarter will create enough pieces for one entire block.  As we’ll be making a total of 32 blocks for this quilt, you will need to select a total of 32 fat quarters from your bundle to work with.  We’ll be mixing and matching the pieces we cut from each fat quarter to create a scrappy look for each block.

3. From each fat quarter, you will cut the following pieces:

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4” square
1” x 4’
1” x 5”
1.5” x 5”
1.5” x 7”
2.5” x 7”
2.5” x 11”
1.5” x 11”
1.5” x 13”

Note: You can stack your fat quarters to maximize your cutting and save time!

4. Now that you’ve finished your cutting, we’ll get started by picking one 4″ square to start with, and then choosing your coordinating rings around your square.  First, select two 1″ x 4″ pieces and two 1″ x 5″ pieces for the first ring.  Next, select two 1.5″ x 5″ pieces and two 1.5″ x 7″ pieces for your second ring, followed by two 2.5″ x 7″ pieces and two 2.5″ x 11″ pieces for the third ring, and finally two 1.5″ x 11″ and two 1.5″ x 13″ pieces for the fourth and final ring.  Once you’re happy with your fabric choices, we’ll get started on sewing.

5. Let’s stitch your first block!  Using a scant quarter-inch seam, first stitch your two 1″ x 4″ rings to either side of your 4″ center square.

Press your seams open and then seam your 1″ x 5″ rings to finish your first ring.  Press seams open, then flip your block over and press again to ensure the seams lie nice and flat.

6. Next, do the same with the next rings, starting first with your 1.5″ x 5″ rings and then your 1.5″ x 7″ rings. Press all seams open, then flip your block over and press again to ensure the seams lie nice and flat.

7. Repeat with your final two rings, starting first with your 2.5″ wide pieces, then your 1.5″ pieces to finish your first block.

Use your 2.5″ wide pieces to create the third ring
Use your 1.5″ wide pieces to create the fourth ring

8. You now have completed your first block!  Repeat for all blocks.  I found once I finished the first block and got the hang of building these blocks, it worked best for me to chain-piece several blocks at once, first picking out my fabrics for multiple blocks.

9. After you have finished sewing all 32 blocks, let’s trim them uniformly.  If your scant quarter-inch seams and pressing skills are 100% perfect, your blocks will be 13″, but my blocks never are, so I trimmed each block down to 12.75″ for uniformity.  Once your blocks are trimmed, select one block to set aside out of the group.  We will use this block to create corner setting triangles for the quilt and cut it up first.  You’ll make two long cuts across the corners of this block as shown below, which will create a total of four triangles.  Set them aside for now.

10. With the remaining 31 blocks, you will cut along the diagonal of the block, from one corner to another, creating two perfectly symmetrical half square triangles.  Make sure to hold your ruler firmly and cut slowly to ensure an accurate cut.  Repeat for all blocks.

11. You will create a total of 62 half square triangles as a result of your cutting, and now comes the fun part – mixing and matching!

Pick one half square triangle to start with, and then pair it up with another half square triangle of another color.  For my first pairing, I chose one of my blue half square triangles and paired it with a red one for a fun contrast.

12. Once you have chosen a pair of half square triangles to pair together, stitch them together using a scant quarter-inch seam.  Go slowly to be sure to keep your seam allowances open.

Press your seams open, then flip the block over to press the seam fully open.  This will help the block lie flat in spite of the somewhat bulky seams.  Repeat for a total of 25 complete blocks.  Trim as necessary to 12.25″.

13. You will now have another 12 half square triangles remaining.  We will use these half square triangles for setting triangles along the sides of the finished quilt.

14. Time to lay out your quilt top, at last!  Gather all of your finished blocks as well as your 4 quarter square triangles and 12 half square triangles.  Below you’ll find a diagram to illustrate the layout for this quilt top.  The red letters in the corners indicate the placement of the quarter square triangles, with the numbers illustrating the placement of the 12 half square triangles.

Feel free to move blocks and triangles around until you’re happy with the layout.

15. Once you’re happy with your layout, it’s time to put these rows together.  Going back to the diagram above, it also illustrates the way to assemble the quilt top, in diagonal rows.  First stitch the blocks in each row together, pressing seams open as you go.  Once you’ve completed your rows, stitch the rows together in pairs, Row 1 to Row 2, Row 3 to Row 4, and Row 5 to Row 6.  Then, stitch Rows 1/2 to Rows 3/4 and Rows 5/6 to Row 7.  Finally, stitch these two large sets of rows together to complete the primary patchwork part of your quilt top.

16. Next, you can add borders to create a more rectangular quilt and to set off these fun blocks.  This border is entirely optional.  To create your borders, cut four 8″ x WOF strips and four 2.5″ x WOF strips.  Seam the 8″ strips together in pairs, creating two 8″ strips, and repeat for the 2.5″ strips as well.  Stitch the 2.5″ strips to the two long sides of the quilt, press seams open, then add the 8″ strips at the top and bottom of the quilt and press seams open again.

17. Ta da!  A finished quilt top!  Baste, quilt and bind as desired, and enjoy!!

One gorgeous 74″ x 84″ quilt

Happy sewing!

Elizabeth Dackson
Don’t Call Me Betsy

Bella Crossing Quilt

MBS - Bella Contrast quilt front

Hello everyone, my name is Elizabeth Dackson and I blog over at Don’t Call Me Betsy.  I am so excited to share my first Moda Bake Shop tutorial with you today!  I just finished co-hosting the first round of an all-solids sewing swap on Flickr called For the Love of Solids, and in the midst of that swap, I wound up sketching something I couldn’t get out of my head, and I’m so happy to have turned that sketch into a quilt.  You could easily use prints in this quilt {choose prints for each of the five blocks in the quilt with a great deal of contrast to create the same effect that this quilt has in all solids}.  I have also included instructions for using your remaining fat quarters to construct a pieced back!

2 fat quarter bundles of Moda Bella New solids
1 jelly roll of Moda Bella White or 1/2 yd Moda Bella White, cut into 2.5″ strips
1/2 yd Bella solid of your choice for binding

Cutting and Sorting
1. First, sort your fat quarter bundles to match up all of your fabrics.  For this quilt, I used a Moda Bella New Solids bundle, and chose ten fat quarters from each bundle for the front of the quilt.  Since you have two fat quarter bundles, you’ll be pulling a total of twenty fat quarters.  When picking your fat quarters, remember that this quilt is all about contrast, light and dark, so make your selections accordingly.  I used five colors (orange, blue, purple, gray, and green). We’ll use the remaining fabrics for the backing of the quilt, so you may set them aside for now.


2. We’ll start cutting the darker colors, so set aside your lights for now.  Iron your fat quarters and square up as necessary. Make three 5″ cuts along the long side of the fat quarter.  Then make four 5″ cuts from the short side of the fat quarter. This will yield 12 – 5″ squares per fat quarter.  For each of the five blocks we’re making, you will need 30 – 5″ squares {you will cut a total of 120 – 5″ squares}.


3. Let’s tackle the light fat quarters.  Iron and square up as necessary, then place on your cutting mat.  For each of your five colors, cut:

* 6 – 1.25″ x 4.25″ strips
* 6 – 1.25″ x 4.5″ strips

4. From your white fabric, cut 60 – 1.25″ squares and 30 – 1.25″ x 2.25″ strips.


Block Assembly
5. Let’s put these blocks together!  First, take your light colored 1.25″ x 4.25″ strips, and seam a 1.25″ white square on the end.  Press seams open.  Repeat with all light colored 1.25″ x 4.25″ strips, chain-piecing your way through.


6. Next, pair your pieced strips together with a coordinating 5″ square.  Press seams open, and add another coordinating 5″ square on the opposite side of your pieced strip.  Press seams open and set aside.  Repeat for remaining strips and 5″ squares.


7. Now, we’ll finish up the center strip across the block.  First, take your 1.25″ x 2.25″ white rectangle and match it up with the remaining light colored strips, which will be 1.25″ x 4.5″.  You’ll seam one strip to each side of the rectangle.  Press seams open and repeat for remaining white rectangles.


8. Let’s finish these blocks!  I find it easier to lay all of my pieces out on top of one another, to speed up my piecing. Seam one pair of pieced 5″ squares to the center strip, press seams open, then add another pair to the opposite side to match and finish block. Press seams open.

Assembling your blocks

9. Lay your blocks out in a manner that is appealing to you – 5 blocks by 6 blocks.


10. Using a scant 1/4″ seam, seam your blocks together row by row, matching seams carefully, then seam rows together to complete the quilt top.


1. You will need 12 fat quarters to complete the binding, as well as four jelly roll strips.  Seam your fat quarters together along the short sides to create long columns, approximately the size of a half yard.  Once you had made all six columns, seam three together to create the first half of the backing, as shown below.  Repeat for the bottom half of the backing.  You can add a jelly roll strip on both raw edge sides of each half of the backing, with a total of four jelly roll strips, to add some additional width to the backing.

2. Baste your finished top and back with batting, and quilt as desired.  Cut your chosen binding into six 2.5″ strips and seam together for one continuous strip of binding, and bind.

MBS - Bella Crossing quilt - front

One gorgeous 52″ x 62″ lap quilt, perfect for snuggling under!

I hope you enjoyed this quilt tutorial; I had a lot of fun putting it together for you!  Please do let me know if you follow this pattern and make your own quilt, you can link it up to my Flickr group, Stitching with Don’t Call Me Betsy.  I’d love to see it!  Happy stitching everyone!

Elizabeth Dackson
{Don’t Call Me Betsy}