BOO! Table Runner

Em here from Em’s Scrapbag cookin’ up a little Halloween treat with the Boo Crew. A quick and easy table runner sure to scare up a little fun in your lair.

1 Boo Crew layer cake
¾ yard backing
Fat quarter for binding

Choose 24 of your layer cake squares. Arrange in sets of two.  (4 set for the Bs and 8 sets for the Os)
Choose one other 10″ square for spiders in Bs. Make a template from lightweight cardboard of a 6¼” circle.

For each O
Choose one of your 10″ squares and place the cardboard template on top and cut a generous ½” seam allowance around it. From the other 10″ cut a 8½” square.

For each B
Choose one of your 10″ squares and cut:
2 – 3½” squares
1 – 1½” x 6½” rectangles
From the other 10″ square cut
6 – 1½” squares
4 – 1½” x 6½” rectangles

To make the Os run a gathering stitch ⅛” around the edge of each circle.
Next pull the gathering stitch until the circle begins to pop up.

Place the template inside the popped circle and pull the gathering stitches until it encases the template.

Using Best Press and/or steam press your circle to set edge around template.

Pop out your template and center on your 8½” square background.  Top stitch in place.

For your Bs
Using your 10″ spider square cut 8- 1½” circles.  A spool of thread works good for this.
With a needle and thread start on the wrong side of the fabric and begin a gather stitch.

Folding the fabric over as you go.
Pull tight to create your spider and tie off.  Repeat with remaining circles

Sew a 1½” x 6½” B rectangle to a 1½” x 6½” background rectangle.

Take the 3½” square and sew the 1½” squares on the diagonal on three of the corners. Trim seam allowance.

 Sew a yo yo spider in the center of this block.  Repeat with the other 3½” square, remaining 1½” squares and yo yo spider.

Sew these two blocks together.

Sew the two 1½” x 6½” rectangle unit to the side of this.

 Sew another 1½” x 6½” rectangle to the other side of your B.

Sew the remaining 1½” x 6½” rectangles to the top and bottom of your B.
Sew a B to two Os to create your Boo units.  Make 4.

From your scraps or remaining 10″ squares cut 4- 5″ x 6 1/2″ rectangles and 1- 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ rectangle. Sew these together with the smaller rectangle in the center. Sew this piece between two of the Boo units.

You can stop here to make a table mat or add the remaining Boo units on either end for a runner.

 Sandwich top with batting and backing and quilt as desired.  I quilted spiderwebs in mine.

22″ x 38″ runner

Emily Bailey

Artist On-the-Go Tote


Emily here today from Em’s Scrapbag for a perfect staycation project!

4 fat quarters (I used Simply Style by V and Co.)
4 grommets
Grommet tool

From on fat quarter cut a 15 1/2″ x 20″ rectangle for cover
From another fat quarter cut a 15 1/2″ x 20″ rectangle for lining
From third fat quarter cut 2- 12 1/2″ x 9″ for pockets
From fourth fat quarter cut 2- 3 1/2″ x 12″ rectangles for crayon holders and 2- 3″ x 15″ strips for handles

On each of the pockets fold the top edge down 1/4″ twice press and stitch in place.
On each of the crayon holders fold the short ends in 1/4″ and press.
Fold down the top edge of each of your crayon holders down twice making sure that the ends stay pressed in.
Run a gathering stitch along the top and bottom of your crayon holders.
Center an 8″ ruler 2″ from the bottom of one of your pockets.  Draw an 8″ line along the top of your ruler.
Gather the unfinished edge of your crayon holder so that it fits in the 8″ marked space.  Placing right sides together pin along the line you drew and stitch in place.
Use your 8″ ruler to make marks about 2 1/4″ up from where you sewed the crayon holder on.  Bring up the crayon holder up.  Gather the finished side so it fits between the marks you made and stitch the sides in place.
Divide your crayon holder into 12 equal spaces.  Just over 5/8″ and mark.  
Sew on each of these marks through the crayon holder.  Back stitching to reinforce.
Measure 2″ from the top of your first crayon holder.  Mark your 8″ line and repeat process with second crayon holder.
On your 15 1/2″ x 20″ lining make a 12 1/2″” long line 9″ from the left side.  Place the pocket with the crayon holders right side together along the line you drew so that the 9″ is not covered by the pocket and sew 1/4″ seam.  Flip and press so that the edges of your pocket line up with the edge of your lining.
Measure 9″ from the right side and repeat process with the remaining pocket.
Place the cover over your lining piece right sides together, pin.  Starting at the bottom sew around the edge leaving an opening to turn right side out.
Press to make crisp edge around where you have sewn and to finish edge on opening. 
 Top stitch in place.
Place a ruler 1/2″ down from top edge.  Measure 3 1/4″ and 6 1/4″ from side edge place grommets here.  Following the directions with your grommet tool apply grommets.  Repeat on other side.
Fold the short ends of each handle in 1/4″.
Fold in half along the long side.
Open up and fold bottom edge into the center fold.  Press
Fold the top edge into the center fold.  Press.

insert photo

Fold in half and top stitch in place.
Place handles through grommets so ends show on cover.  
Tie a knot in each end.
Place a 24 pack of crayons in the crayon holders and a sketch pad in the other pocket.  Place the cardboard from a old sketch pad in the pocket behind the crayons to give it stability.

One artist on-the-go tote

Pharaoh’s Pyramids Quilt

Hi, Em here from Em’s Scrapbag, so thrilled to be back sharing another recipe.  Being the mother of three sons, I’m always on the look out for fabrics and patterns that lend themselves well to all things masculine.  I’m also a big fan of Malka and have been thrilled that Moda has taken her fabric and mass produced it.  So when I saw her new line I knew I had to design a quilt using it.  My oldest son, Alex, is studying engineering and recently he had to construct a bridge out of nothing but Popsicle sticks and wood glue.  Did you know that a triangle is the strongest shape structurally? Well it is.  I guess seeing his bridge sparked and idea for a quilt.  Using Simple Marks, Color Splash Batiks, and lots of triangles  Pharaoh’s Pyramids was born.

1- Color Splash Batiks jelly roll

1- Simple Marks jelly roll
4 yards background (23210 31)
1/2 yard binding (2321031)
5 yards backing
90″x 90″ batting

A 60* ruler
Cut your background fabric into 18- 6 1/2″ strips the width of fabric. Open your jelly rolls. Mix and match your strips into 18 sets of 3.
 Using your 60* ruler sub cut each of your strips into 10 triangles

Repeat this process with the background strips.
Starting with a background triangle place a strip triangle along pieced side.  Make sure that the point of your triangle extends 1/4″ past the end of previous triangle as shown in picture.  This ensures that you have a straight edge as you make your row.  Repeat this process until you have used 11 strip triangles and ended with a background triangle.
On alternate rows you will start and end with a strip triangle and use 11 background triangles.
Continue until you have made 15 rows total. 
Sew your rows together.  Next line up your ruler on inside points of the rows. Trim
Sandwich and quilt as desired.  I simply quilted a 1/4″ away from all the seams on either side.
One Pharaoh’s Pyramid quilt structurally sound and ready to keep that strong man of yours toasty warm.  Measures approximately 82″ x 90″ 

Emily Bailey

Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt

Hi, this is Emily. I design under the name Aunt Em and my blog is Em’s Scrapbag.  This is my first time getting to post on Moda Bake Shop and I must say I’m tickled pink to be here.  When I first saw the line Cuzco, I thought of my daughter.  Her favorite colors are orange, purple and green.  A perfect fit, don’t you think?  She always wants to eat outside so a picnic quilt is perfect for her.  I hope that you will enjoy it also.

2- jelly rolls Cuzco
3 yards Bella Solid platinum background and binding
4 yards Bella Solid platinum backing

First open those yummy jelly rolls and mix and match the strips into 18 sets of 3.  Sew these together.

Take each of your strip sets and cut them into 2 1/2″ lengths.

Mix and match these to create 85 nine patches.

Take 10 of these nine patches and line up your ruler so that the 1/4″ line runs through your center points.

Stay stitch a scant 1/4 inch along cut edge to keep from stretching.

From your background fabric cut
 68- 6 1/2″ squares
5- 9 3/4″ squares cut on diagonal twice
2- 5 1/4″ squares cut on diagonal once

Using  the 5 1/4″ squares cut on diagonal once for your corners and the 9 3/4″ squares cut on diagonal twice as setting triangles along edge follow the diagram below to lay out your quilt.

Sandwich your quilt and quilt as desired.  I did organic zig zag lines.  If I had more time I would have loved to do some big stitch quilting in the quilting in the colors of the prints in the quilt.  Bind with remaining platinum.

 One 70″ x 87″ quilt perfect for a picnic in a mountain meadow, or for cuddling under with cocoa after a day on the slopes.

Stop by and visit me for what to do with the the other half of your setting nine patches or just to say ‘hi’.

Emily Bailey