Firecracker Favors

July 4th is just around the corner and to help celebrate our independence, I have made up these quick and easy Firecracker Treats that are sure to put a smile on any kid, young or old. This is a great project to get your kids involved in and recycle all those empty toilet paper rolls and leftover layer cake squares.  Be sure to check out all my other Free Tutorials here.

Layer Cake Squares (1 for each firecracker)
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Treats (Candy, toys, stickers, etc)
Beaded Fringe, Ribbon, or Ric-rac
Sewline Glue Pen

1. Gather all your ingredients together… you will need one layer cake square (10″ square) for each toilet paper roll.

2. Place 1 square wrong side up and place a toilet paper roll centered towards one end on its side.

3. Using your Sewline glue pen, apply some glue across the toilet paper roll.

4. Start rolling your fabric around the toilet paper roll.  Continue to apply glue around the roll on the fabric until your fabric is completely rolled around the toilet paper roll. I overlapped my fabric to use the whole square.  I did not cut anything off the square.

5. Seal off the end of the fabric to the roll using the glue stick and press firmly to make sure your fabric is stuck.

6. Using some decorative trim or ribbon, cut off approx. 6 inches to tie around each end.

7. Tie off one end of your firecracker to seal it.

8. Fill your firecracker favor with special treats or candy for that special person.

9. Using another piece of decorative trim or ribbon, tie off the other end of your favor.

1 Layer Cake will make 42 Firecrackers

Have a safe and happy July 4th!

Angela Yosten

American Glory

Hello! I am Stefanie from Little Lady Patchwork.  I am so thrilled to be sharing another Moda Bake Shop project with you.

My inspiration for American Glory comes from my love of anything red. I wanted to create a simple, modern quilt that draws its roots from traditional quilt blocks. I hope you enjoy American Glory, my modern version of the American flag.

1 Bella Solid Layer Cake – Red (sku# 9900LC-16)

1 Bella Solid Layer Cake – White (sku #9900LC-11)

3/4 Yard of blue floral fabric from Clermont Farms (sku # 14680-11)

1/2 Yards of red stripe fabric for binding from Clermont Farms (sku # 14683-11)

2 1/2 Yards of fabric for backing

Cutting Instructions:
From (18)  Bella Solid White 10″ X 10″ Squares, cut:
  • (2) 3 1/2″ X 10″ strips.
  • Sub-cut each strip into (1) 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″  rectangle.

From (18) Bella Solid White 10″ X 10″ Squares, cut:
  • (2) 3 1/2″ X 10″ strip. Sub-cut each strip into (2) 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ squares.
From the remaining Bella Solid White 10″ X 10″ squares, cut:
  • (2) 3 7/8″ X 10″ strips. Sub-cut each strip into (2) 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares.

From the Bella Solid White, you will need a total of:
  • (36) 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangles
  • (72) 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ squares
  • (18) 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares
From (18) Bella Solid Red 10″ X 10″ Squares, cut:
  • (1) 3 1/2″ X 10 ” strip. Sub-cut the strip into (1) 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangle.
  • (1) 3 7/8″ X 10″ strip. Sub-cut the strip into (2) 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares.

From the Bella Solid Red, you will need:
  • (18) 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangles
  • (18) 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares 
From the Blue Floral Fabric, cut:
  • (18) 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ squares
  • (36) 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares  

Block Construction:
Note: All seams are sewn with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press all seams in the direction of the arrow.
Block A
Step 1:
  • You will be using the red and white 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangles.
  • With Right Sides Together (RST), layer a white 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangle on top of a red 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangle.
  • Sew the rectangles together. Press the block open in the direction of the arrow.

Step 2:
  • With RST, layer a white 3 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ rectangle on top of the red end of the block that you created above.
  • Sew the rectangles together. Press the block open in the direction of the arrow.

Block A should measure 9 1/2″ X 9 1/2″.
Repeat and make a total of (18) Block A.

Block B

Step 1:

  • Lay your ruler from corner to corner on the RED 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ square.
Step 2:
  • Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the red 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ square.

Step 3:
  • With Right Sides Together (RST), layer a red 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ square on top of a blue floral 3 7/8″ X  3 7/8″ square .

Step 4:

  • Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch on both sides of the diagonal line.
Step 5:
  • Place your ruler on the diagonal line.

Step 6:
  • Cut on the diagonal line. This will yield two separate triangles.
Step 7:
  • Press the block open toward the red fabric.
  • Trim the block to 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ square
Step 8:
  • Repeat steps 1-7 for the remaining red 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares.
  • Then repeat steps 1 -7 using the white 3 7/8″ X 3 7/8″ squares.
You will need a total of:
  • (36) white/blue floral 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ squares.
  • (36) red/blue floral 3 1/2″ X 3 1/2″ squares.
Step 9:
  • Lay out the pieces as shown.
  • First join the pieces into rows following the diagram. Press the seams in the direction of the arrows.
Step 10:
  • Join the rows together to complete the block.
  • Press the seams in the direction of the arrows.
Block B should measure 9 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ square.
Repeat and make a total of (18)  91/2″ X 9 1/2″ star blocks.

You are now ready to construct the quilt top.

  • Lay out the blocks into 6 row of (6) 9 1/2″ X 9 1/2″ blocks.
  • Alternate the stripe and star blocks.
  • Sew the blocks together make each row. Press the blocks to one side or press the seams open.
  • Sew the 6 rows together to complete the quilt top.
  • (1) American Glory Quilt
  • 54″ X 54″
Here is another color option for my American Glory quilt:
I hope that my American Glory quilt inspires you to make your own simple version. I can just imagine a taking this quilt on a picnic. It would even make a great gift for a military service member.
Have fun creating your own American Glory!
Stefanie Roman
Little Lady Patchwork

American Pinwheels

Hi! It’s Crystal again from Hendrixville! Patriotism is very strong in my family. My father served in the Vietnam war and my brother in law is currently serving in the Utah National Guard. I have great respect for all of the soldiers and the sacrifices they make for us. I made this quilt for my brother in law and his wife, and would like to dedicate this quilt for all the soldiers out there!

2 charm packs of Clermont Farms by Minick and Simpson
7/8 yards red color
2 1/2 yards different red color 
2 1/2 yards dark blue
3 yards light blue color 
4 yards cream color
7/8 y any fabric for binding
yards any color for backing

(All of the colors of fabric were taken from the Clermont Farms collection by Minick and Simpson)

This quilt is mostly made up of 2 different blocks. Each block will finish as a 10 1/2″ square. Use a 1/4″ seam throughout the quilt.  
Lets start with the large Pinwheel block. 

Out of the red and the dark blue colors, cut (56) 5 7/8″ squares in each color.

  Draw a diagonal line on the back of all the red blocks.

Place the red block (face down) on top of the blue block and pin. Do this for all the blocks. I find that if I pin it at the top and the bottom it holds the blocks together nicely.

Sew a line 1/4″ away from your diagonal line on each block. Once done with one side, turn around and sew along the other side as well.

Take your rotary scissors and cut on the diagonal line.

Press open each block. I like to press the seams open for pinwheels.

Once all of your blocks are pressed, layout 4 blocks in the pattern above.

Sew two blocks together and press open seams. Trim your “ears” off.

I like to keep my piles like this, it helps me keep track of all of my pieces and I already have it laid out for the block.

Now take your two pieces and pin together. I start out in the middle and line up my seams.

Sew and press open seams.

If you have your seams open, I find quilting is easier.

Now you have one block done. Make a total of 28 of these blocks.

Once you have finished the large blocks, move on to the Pinwheel in a Star block (I am not 100% sure of the real name of this block).

We will use the cream color for the background and in the little pinwheels. Cut (56) 3 3/8″ squares in the cream color.

Cut (112) 3″ squares in the cream color.

Cut (28) 6 1/4″ squares in the cream color.

Cut (56) 3 3/8″ squares out of the red color (Use the 7/8 yd piece).

Cut (112) 3 3/8″ squares out of your light blue color.

Lets start with the little pinwheels. Follow the same steps as the large pinwheel.

You will need 28 little pinwheels.

Now take your light blue squares and cut them in half diagonally. Yes, cut all 112 squares in half!

Then take your 6 1/4″ square and cut it in half diagonally.

Once you finished cutting it, rotate the square (line it back up) and cut it in half diagonally again. Or you can cut each triangle in half. Do whatever makes you more comfortable.

Take a light blue triangle and align the long side with one of the short sides of the cream triangle. You can pin it in place now if you like.

Sew 1/4″ away from the edge of the triangle.

Press open the triangles BEFORE you sew the second light blue triangle onto the other side.

Sew the second triangle on the other side like the first side. Then press open. Now you have 1 sidepiece for your star.

At this point I like to layout my block. Use the cream 3″ squares for the corners.

Sew together to make 3 columns.

Now pin the side columns to the centerpiece. I start by pinning the seams first, to make sure they line up correctly.

Press open. Now you have your little pinwheel in a star block done! You will need 28 total of these blocks.

Now layout all of your blocks in an alternating fashion. The layout will be 7×8. Sew the blocks together to make rows, and then sew the rows together. Make sure to press.

With your light blue fabric, cut 8 strips 3 1/2″ x WOF (width of fabric).

It doesn’t matter which side you sew on first, but this is the layout I chose. Sew 2 strips together to make 4 long strips.

Then take your charm packs and sew together a random pattern (or not) to make a long strip to make a second border for your quilt top. (Your row of charm packs will NOT line up perfectly. You will end up trimming a little bit off one of the charm pieces).

Once you have sewn on your second border and pressed, cut 9 strips of 4 1/2″x WOF out of the light blue fabric.

Once again layout your border however you like. Sew it on and press like you did your first border.

After all of that work, you will have one quilt top done!

Baste, quilt and bind as you desire.

One beautiful American Pinwheel Quilt measuring approximately 93″ x103″. It makes a nice queen size quilt or a smaller king size quilt.

Garden Stars and Stripes

For celebrations rich in history and tradition, such as the occasion of our nation’s independence, a classic design is called for.  In this quilt, Americana meets French General, to add a touch of patriotic to your wall or table.  A tribute to Liberty with French styling… I think I’ve seen that before…

Because I made two versions of this runner, and because this is Memorial Day weekend, and because this quilt is made to celebrate independence, I am auctioning one of these runners off, and giving all the proceeds to Operation Family Fund.  This organization is in place to help the families of wounded or killed soldiers.  Please visit my blog, traceyjay quilts, for more information, and join me in remembering and appreciating the sacrifices made for freedom.   I’m also hosting a sponsored giveaway for a Rural Jardin layer cake… so come on over!

I hope you enjoy Garden Stars and Stripes.

1 Rural Jardin Layer Cake

1/2 yard Chanvre and Blue Juniperis (13539-11)
1/2 yard Chanvre and Red Juniperis (13539-12)

Inner border:
Option 1:
1/4 yard Rouge Juniperis (13539-25)

Option 2:
Leftover background fabric

Outer borders:
Option 1: 10 Layer cake squares (you will not use all of them for the blocks)
Option 2: 2 1/2 yards of woven stripe (12553-39 featured)

Option 1:
2 1/2 yards of your choice (12531-12 featured)

Option 2: Remaining woven stripe yardage.

1/2 to 1 yard of woven fabric (I did mine as continuous binding and only needed 1/2 yard. If you want to do bias binding, you might be happier with 1 yard).

Option 2 is on the left; Option 1 is on the right:

*All seam allowances are 1/4″
*WOF = width of fabric


For background pieces:
Blue Juniperis:
Cut one 3 1/2″ x WOF strip; Sub-cut in to eight 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares (as pictured below)
Cut one 5″ x WOF strip; sub-cut in to four 5″ squares
Sub-cut the 5″ squares diagonally to yield 8 half-square triangles (HST)

(The remainder of this fabric will be used for an inner border in Option 2.)
Red Juniperis:
Cut two 3 1/2″ x WOF strips; sub-cut in to sixteen 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares
Cut one 5″ x WOF strip; sub-cut in to eight 5″ squares
Sub-cut the 5″ squares diagonally to yield sixteen half-square triangles (HST)


Choose 4 layer-cake squares for each block (4 Bleu Clair, 4 Woad Blue, 4 Rouge).

Cut each block in to two 3 1/2″ x 10″ strips.  You will have a 3″ strip leftover –save it — this will be used for the pieced border of Option 1.

(We’ll cut borders later.  I never cut my borders until my blocks are ready for them.)

Constructing the star blocks:

On the wrong side of your 3 1/2″ square background pieces, draw a diagonal line.

Sew on the line, starting in the top-left corner for 4 of the strips, and the top right corner for 4 of the strips.

You then need to trim this rectangle.  Cut 1/4″ away from the seam you just stitched on one side, and then cut 3 1/2″ away from the edge you just cut.  See picture below.  Before you press the seam open, you should have the shape of a parallelogram (more specifically, you will have a rhombus; most would call it a diamond).

For Option 1 — Save and set aside the triangles of background and colored fabric you cut from the top portion.


Press seams open.  You now have your eight star segments.

Arrange them into a star, in a layout that pleases you. 

To add the corner background pieces, take the triangles you cut from the 5″ squares and line them up in the blank spaces of the star.  When you place them right sides together, you will notice there is a 1/4″ overlap (see arrow below).  This is important to have so that when you open the seam, the hypotenuse (long edge) of the triangle you just added lines up with the inner edge of the star segment.

This is how the overlap looks before sewing:
Join those two segments together to form one quadrant of your square.  

Join your bottom and top quadrants to form halves, and your halves to make a whole.

Your block should measure very close to 15″ square at this point.

The star blocks are constructed the same for both options.  Make one in Woad Blue, Clair Bleu, and Rouge.  

*A note about seams:*

This is a bulky block (as far as seams go) with many pieces cut on the bias (bias tends to stretch).  After trying various methods, I found pressing my seams open created the least amount of bulk, and helped the block lie flattest.  I also had a hard time getting a system that would allow all the seams to nest…I found they would nest for one set of seams, and then be both going the same direction for another.  To avoid bulk, a poochy block, trouble nesting, and having dark red under white background, I pressed my seams open.  But do what you’d like.

Pieced Borders – Option 1:

I had a difficult time figuring out what to do with borders for this quilt (thus the two options), but after receiving my Schnibbles Times Two (from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.), and seeing those leftover pieces from preparing my star blocks, the answer for a pieced border became obvious.


Cut four 2 1/4″ x WOF strips from Rouge Juniperis.
Sub-cut in to ten 2 1/4″ x 15″ sashing pieces.

Sew on vertical sides of star blocks and join the three blocks together.  Your row will be sashing, block, sashing, block, sashing, block, sashing.

Hourglass Cornerstones:

Sew leftover triangle pieces (from star blocks) together.  Press seams open.  

Line up these squares so that the dark and lights are opposite one another, and draw a diagonal line from the unsewn corner to the opposite unsewn corner.

Sew 1/4″ away on both sides of drawn line. Cut drawn line to form two mini hourglass blocks.

Make as many as you’d like with your leftovers, but you only need eight.  I used the blues for my cornerstones, in order to contrast with the sashing.

Trim to 2 1/4″ squares (cutting a little from each side, to keep the design centered).

Attach a mini hourglass block to a 15″ sashing piece. 


I was careful to measure each segment as I went, making small adjustments as necessary, to ensure that the cornerstones lined up with my vertical sashing pieces (as shown).  Sew to top and bottom of star blocks, pinning at intersections.

Pieced Border:

Choose 6 contrasting layer cake pieces, and sub-cut in to three 3″ x 10″ rectangles.  Add these rectangles to the 12 strips leftover from creating the star blocks.  Choose blocks that create a nice variety of strips.

Choose one layer cake square, and cut it into four 5″ squares for the corners.
You may also need a small scrap, to help line up sides (I did).  

Your star section with sashing should measure about 50″ x 20″
For the sides, use 7 strips and sew them together.  Add a scrap or adjust seam allowances as necessary to make the edge fit.  

Cut these strips in half to form two border sections.  
Attach to sides of quilt.

For the top and bottom borders, begin and end each section of border with a 5″ square corner piece.  You will then need 20 strips to create the top and bottom sections. My quilt did not need a scrap or any adjustment of seam allowances, but make sure you measure your actual top to see if this number of strips fits.
Cut in half (as you did with side sections) and sew to top and bottom of quilt.  

Option 1 Quilt top is complete!

Option 2:

*Note about pre-washing:*

I normally never pre-wash; however, you may want to pre-wash the woven.  It seemed to shrink more than the other fabrics… not a problem if you like your quilts very crinkly, like I do.

Cut six 1 1/2″ x WOF strips from Chanvre and Blue Juniperis background yardage.  

From these strips, you will need to cut and create:
Two 60″ strips (it’s OK if you use a scrap at the end; it will be cut off)
Two 30″ strips
Two 15″ strips

Use the two 1 1/2″ x 15″ strips to use as sashing strips between your star blocks, and sew your three blocks together.  Do not sew sashing strips to the outside edges.  At this point, your row will be block, strip, block, strip, block.  The measurement of your quilt top thus far should be about 15″ x 47″.  

Fold your 2 1/2 yards of woven stripes so that you will be able to cut it along the selvage edge.  Cut 7″ (but no more) from the both selvage edges (I trimmed the selvages after I made the main cut, leaving 6 1/2″ of border fabric.)  The remaining fabric will be just the right size for backing.

You should now have two 90″ x 6 1/2″ border lengths.  Sub-cut them in to two 30″ lengths, and two 60″ lengths.  
We will be creating multiple mitered borders.  Julie, of jaybird quilts, has a great tutorial here.  I’ll add just a few notes and images below for those unfamiliar with the technique.  
Attach the white inner border to the woven border strips.  

(* Note: With this cutting method, it is theoretical to be able to get all your corner stripes to line up; if you desire this effect — I have done this on one corner of the quilt– then check that you are sewing the white border to the same edge for all the panels.)
A few things to keep in mind while creating mitered borders:
  • Press the side border seams towards the outer border, and the long border seams out towards the inner border.  This allows the seams to nest.  
  • Don’t forget to start and stop your seams 1/4″ from the edge of the star blocks.
  • Here’s what the over-lap will look like.
When you fold the corner down, fold along the diagonally angled seam in your star block. Draw your stitching line from this seam, not the edge of the fabric.
    Here’s a close up:
      Julie’s tutorial is great if you need any more instruction than this. 

      Your quilt top is finished! I angled my quilting lines, kind of like a braid.  Taping and drawing guidelines really helped.
      Label, Layer, Baste, Quilt, Bind, Wash, Dry, Admire, Celebrate.

      A Patriotic table or wall quilt classy enough to leave up after the Fireworks.  Measures approximately 56″ x 26″ all crinkled up.

      Don’t forget about our Quilt Auction to benefit families of soldiers … or our layer cake giveaway! (And I’d love to hear  read what you think of Garden Stars and Stripes.)


      Tracey Jacobsen