60-Minute Gift: Christmas Gift Bag

Christmas Gift Bag designed by Cathie Richardson of Country Garden Stitchery

~One charm pack of Fa-La-La-La-La by French General
~Three different fat quarters, two red and one natural, by French General
~Low Loft Batting
~Sewing Thread – I used a coordinating variegated red sewing thread.

For the embroidery:

~6″ x 9 1/2″ piece of coordinating quilting fabric for the embroidery design.
~Embroidery pattern (included in PDF print out)
~Three skeins of embroidery floss: one brown, one red, and one green.  I used hand dyed flosses by
The Gentle Art in Sarsaparilla #7015, Raspberry Parfait #0380 and Forest Glade #0190
~#02 Micron black ink pen.
~Tracing method of your choice.

For the embroidery trace the design onto the 6″ x 9 1/2″ piece of fabric using the method of your choice.  You can embroider the design in all one color for a redwork design or change the flosses to your favorite colors!  I will include here how I made the model.   Use two strands of floss except as noted.  Raspberry Parfait and stem stitch for the border lines, the snowman outlines and his hat.  For his face I used one strand of floss and stem stitch for his nose and mouth.  I used very small cross stitches for his eyes.  I alternated one and two strands for the stars in the sky.  For the dots use two-wrap French knots.  Sarsaparilla and back stitch for the lettering.  Stem stitch for the tree trunks.  Forest Glade and stem stitch for the outlines of the Christmas trees.  For the tree decorations Raspberry Parfait and back stitch.   When embroidery design is complete press lightly and trim the design down to 8 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ to where it has a 1″ border.
Use 1/4″ seams throughout.  Select five charm squares and cut five 2″ wide pieces.  Alternate the pieces to red-green-red and sew.  Press. Cut the sewn piece in half.  Select five more and cut 2″ wide pieces.  Alternate pieces to green-red-green and sew.   Press.  Cut sewn piece in half. 
From one of the red fat quarters cut a 2″ x 8 1/4″ strip.  Sew the embroidered design to a red-green-red patchwork strip, then add the solid strip, then a green-red-green patchwork strip.  Press.  From the same fat quarter you cut the strip cut a piece for the back measuring 6 1/2″ x 8 1/4″.  Sew a green-red-green patchwork strip then a red-green-red.  Press. 
From the other red fat quarter cut two 1 1/2″ x 8 1/4″ strips for back and front pieces and sew to the top and the bottom.  Press.  Cut two 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ for each side of front and back and sew.  Press.     
Cut two batting pieces the same size as the front and back and quilt as desired.  I used the variegated red sewing thread and a decorative machine stitch to sew around the edges of the embroidered piece and in between the strips on front and back continuing down the bottom of the back.   
With the third fat quarter cut two pieces the same size as the front and back for the lining.  Sew the outer bag front and back together.  For the lining sew the front and back together leaving a 3″ opening in the middle of the seam on one of the sides for turning.  From one of the red fat quarters cut two handles measuring 3 1/2″ x 18″.  Press the fabric strips in half lengthwise and then press down 1/4″ along the long side.  Sew the pressed edges together with the variegated sewing thread.      
To make the bottom edges turn the outer bag and the lining wrong side out.  Line up the bottom and the side seams on each side of both bag pieces.  Measure in two inches and put a pin in the spot until you have it lined up with the machine needle.  Sew a straight seam making a triangle.  Cut off the triangle pieces leaving 1/4″ of fabric before the seam.   
Turn the outer bag right side out and tuck it inside the lining so the right sides are together and the lining is on the outside.   Place the handles about 1″ from the side seams matching front and back and making sure they aren’t twisted.  Put the handle edges a little bit above the edge of the top of the bag to ensure they are included in the seam.  Pin in place.
Line up seams, edges of lining and outer bag and handles and pin in place.  Sew around the edge making sure to catch the handles.   
Turn bag right side out through the opening.  I always like to check to make sure my handles are secure and all fabrics were included in the seam before I sew up the opening.  Hand sew or machine sew the opening closed after pressing.
With the variegated sewing thread on the top and neutral color for the bobbin thread topstitch around the top of the bag.  Press.

One Snowman Embroidered Christmas Bag
9″  x  10″ x 3″ with 17 1/4″ handles.

Back View
A fun gift bag for the Christmas holiday!  You can adjust the size by adding strips and patchwork pieces.  Fill it with fun things for somone special then it’s useful after they’ve opened their gift! I’d love to see yours too ~ you can contact me with questions or comments through my website or facebook.  Thank you!  
Cathie Richardson

Charming Butterfly Valances

One of the things that makes the biggest impact in how cozy your house feels are your window treatments.  I love quilting but my windows were so neglected.  I decided to come up with a way to make EASY curtains that will cozy up any room.  You can use charm packs to tie in your bed quilts or couch quilts or do like I did and try something completely different.  I’ve never used French General fabrics before but I am in love.  Petite Odile is perfect for people who love sewing.

  • Exterior fabric  ( Width of window + 5″ x WOF) *if using a wraparound type curtain rod, you need to add 10″ or so instead, depending on how far the rod protrudes on each side)
  • Lining fabric (same amount  as exterior fabric)
  • Charm squares (Each charm pack gives you about 160″ of casing.   Each window needs about 80″ of casing. You can use any extras to make a small pillow or runner to coordinate.

2″ ribbon (about 5 yards per window)

First remove both selvages from exterior fabric and lining fabric.  Cut a 5″ strip the entire length of both pieces (parallel to where the selvage runs.  These will be your rod pockets.  We will be using 2 layers to add a nice drape and better light blocking since these are quilting cottons and not home dec fabrics.  The bonus is that you can arrange your backing fabric so that it peeks out on the bottom if you like.

Take the remaining large sections of fabric for the interior and exterior.  Sew right sides facing {RSF} on 3 sides.  Leave your top edge unsewn.  Clip corners.  Now flip out like a pillowcase for the main body of your curtain.  Press well and top stitch the sides and bottom edge.  I like to top stitch 2 lines because it looks more professional.

 You will need about a 1/2 charm pack per window for your ribbon casing.  Cut charms in half.

Sew 2 rows of 20 2.5″ coins four your 2 window casings.  Press your seams in one direction (preferably toward the bottom)

Take your bottom edge and fold up 1/2″.  Turn the raw edge toward the fold and top stitch to secure.  Once again,  I top stitched twice just because I like that look.

Fold your casings RSF and sew into a tube.

Pull your tube right side out.  Press your tube so that the seam line centered on the underside of the casing.

Match your bottom edges up with the bottom of your curtain.   I like to arrange my 2 casings so that there is half the curtain between the casings and 1/4″ of the curtains on each side of the casings.  Affix your casings on the window by sewing up the sides.  Don’t sew your casing opening shut and do not sew across the top of the curtain- we will have to run a ribbon through it.  In the photo it appears that I have sewn over the casing that but is just the double stitching matching up.

 Cut off any excess casing at the top (raw edge) of your curtain.

 Take a length of ribbon (I used about 2.5 yards per side and trimmed up later…you can use the extras in the room to tie things together).  Put a safety pin on one edge to act as a guide.  I also used a safety pin to act as a “stopper” at the halfway mark.

Once you’ve threaded your ribbon to the halfway point, stop.  Take the ribbon that is still outside and safety pin it between the casing stitch lines on the back.  This is to keep it out of our way as we are finishing up.

Now take your 5″x length of fabric sections.  Sew 2 the short edges RSF.  Turn out, press, and top stitch.  Fold in half lengthwise hiding your lining fabric.  This is your rod pocket. 

Sew the rod pocket along the top edge of the curtain.  Make sure you catch your ribbon in the seam.  Make sure you DON’T catch the safety pin in your seam.

I serged the raw edge of the rod pocket.  You could also zigzag.  If you don’t want to do the rod pocket, you can just fold over the curtain at the top.  I just did not want my casings to be on the rod pocket – personal preference. Hang your curtain and adjust your ribbons.  I tied one knot before I tied my bow.  then cut off the excess.  You can also treat with fray check if you anticipate handling these much.   Make sure you remove the safety pins before you hang your valances.

A really cute window treatment- so easy I could do it!

 On a smaller window…

or a bigger one…

Now go cozy up those windows!

Mary Lane Brown

Charming Christmas Ornaments

Hi!  It is Leila from Sewn.  I took a break this week from writing tutorials for the We Can Do It! Skill Builder Sampler to make some simple Christmas ornaments.  I think it is a fun way to incorporate some of my favorite fabrics into our Christmas decorations.  Let me show you how I made them.

A few charm squares (I am using Rouenneries Deux by French General)
Heat and Bond Iron-on Adhesive
Wooden Die Cuts
String or Ribbon
Glue gun or glue

Buttons, ribbons, lace, fabric scraps…

Trace around the wooden shapes on the paper side of the Heat and Bond.  If you are using a asymmetrical shape – like a letter – trace the front and back of the shape.

Rough cut around the outlines and iron onto the back of your chosen charms.  I was able to get two ovals onto one charm.

 Cut out the shapes just inside the lines.

Peel off the paper backing and iron the fabric directly onto the wooden shape.  I didn’t even take off those miserable stickers.   Flip over the wooden shape and iron the other piece of fabric onto the backside also.

I wanted to spruce my ornament up with a little button flower, so I ironed some Heat and Bond to a scrap of green fabric from my Amish Braid quilt and free form cut some little leaves and a stem.

Place the leaves as desired and iron onto the ornament.  Glue a button on for the flower.  You can keep your ornament plain or go as crazy as you want with extra embellishments.

When you are done decorating your ornament, take a piece of string or ribbon, place the ends together and glue to the back of the ornament.    If you can’t find your glue gun, regular glue works well too.  🙂

Tie a little bow and glue it on top of the string ends.  Or place a button over the loose ends to cover the raw edges of the string.

As many charming ornaments as you desire – one charm pack will make more than 20!  This is also a great way to use up extra charms or small scraps from other projects.  Feel free to stop by my blog and see some other ornaments that my girls made!

Leila Gardunia


Christmas Ribbons

‘Tis the season to be Jolly, Fa la la la la la la la la. Hi, I am Quiltjane from Want it, Need it, Quilt and I am very excited to be back with a festive recipe – Christmas Ribbons. It is winter in Australia and the perfect time to make Christmas projects and snuggle up near a toasty fire.

Today, I bring you a quilt made with French General’s Fa La La La La collection. I have combined piecing and applique to create a ribbon effect that twines its way throughout the blocks.

1 x Fa la la la Layer Cake

  • 1/2 yd 13586-16
  • 1/2 yd 13587-14
  • 1/2 yd 13582-11 (Binding)
  • 1 1/4 yds 13583-14
  • 1/2 yd 13529-70
  • 3 1/2 yards backing fabric
  • Heat n Bond Light
  • Template plastic

From the light coloured yardage and layer cake squares cut:

  • 36 x 7″ squares, cut on the diagonal to yield 72 triangles
  • 18 x 4 1/4″” dark squares and 18 x 4 1/4″ light squares
  • 72 x 3 1/4″ squares
  • 144 x 2 1/2″ x 6 1/4″ rectangles
    Sashing blocks 144 – 2.5″ x 6.25″
    Ribbon pinwheels 72 – 3 1/4″ squares
    Pinwheel Blocks 18 dark and 18 light  – 4 1/4″ blocks
    Makes 12 pinwheels and 12 half pinwheels

    These are the four blocks we will be making.

    From top left: Sashing block, Pinwheel
    Ribbon Pinwheel, and Ribbon block

    Pinwheels – Make 12 Full, 12 Half

    To make the pinwheels:

    • Place a light coloured 4 1/4″ square right sides together with a dark coloured 4 1/4″ square.
    • Sew 1/4″ inch all the way around the border of the squares.
    • Cut once across the diagonal and then without separating the block, cut on the opposite diagonal. Press open the seams.

    This technique yields 4 half square triangle ( HST’s )

    • Trim back evenly to make an unfinished 2 1/2″ square (or sew together first and then trim back to 4 1/2″ unfinished block)
    • Sew four HST’s together to make one pinwheel. Make 12 in total.
    • Sew two HST’s together to make half pinwheels. Make 12 in total.

    Sashing Blocks – Make 30

    • Make 30 sashing blocks by sewing 2 – 6 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ strips together. Keep the remaining 24 single strips for outer sashing.

    Ribbon Blocks – Make 36

    • Cut the 7″ light coloured blocks once on the diagonal to yield 72 triangles.

    • Trace the large ribbon template onto the fusible web ( Heat n Bond light ). Template can be found in ‘Printer Friendly’ version at the bottom of this post.
    • Cut around trace line leaving 1/8″ around curve line. ( Stops the fabric fraying when bonded and cut ).
    • Don’t forget to leave 1/4″ seam allowance as indicated on the template.
    • Press to back of fabric and cut on trace line.
    • Peel off the backing paper and press ribbon appliqué onto a large triangle piece. Make sure to centre the ribbon.
    • With right sides together, sew the two pieces together along the longest side of the triangle. Press seam to one side.

    Trim finished block to 6 1/4″ square. Remember to leave 1/4″ at each tip of the ribbon appliqué when cutting.

    • Using matching thread machine appliqué your ribbon along the curve.

    Ribbon Pinwheel Blocks – Make 13 Full, 8 half, 4 single
    These are made the same way as the larger ribbon blocks.

    • Cut the 3 1/4″ squares on the diagonal to yield 72 triangles.
    • Trace the small ribbon template onto the fusible web (Heat n Bond Light). Don’t cut on the trace line. Leave 1/8″ allowance.
    • Fuse to dark fabric per manufactures instructions. Cut on trace line for arc but leave a 1/4″ seam allowance beyond the template. Make 72.
    Leave a 1/4″ seam allowance.
    • Peel the backing off the fusible web and iron on one triangle, making sure to centre the ribbon appliqué.
    • Place another triangle right sides together and sew along the long side. Trim back to 2 1/2″ squares.
    • Remember to trim the blocks evenly, leaving 1/4″ at each tip of the ribbon.
    • Make 13 blocks as illustrated below
    • Make 8 half blocks and keep 4 single blocks.
    • Using matching thread, machine appliqué the curves of each ribbon

    Putting the quilt top together

    The quilt is sewn in 13 rows as illustrated below.

    • Layout your rows on the floor or design wall to ensure everything is facing the correct way, then sew the blocks together to make a row and then sew the rows together.
    This pattern has a slight variation. The ribbons in the pinwheels are facing upward.

    Finishing the Quilt

    • Layer backing, wadding and quilt top together and quilt as desired. I used an all over feathery pattern with fine matching thread.
    Back of Quilt
    • Cut 6 2 1/4″ strips across the width of the binding fabric and piece the strips together at a 45 degree angle. Attach binding and stand back and admire your festive masterpiece.

    One festive quilt 58.5″ x 58.5″

    Spice it up with tiny yo-yos (suffolk pokes) or Christmas buttons in the centres of the pinwheels and ribbon pinwheels.

    I hope you have enjoyed today’s Christmas recipe. Please upload a photo to my Flickr gallery if you make any of my MBS projects. I would love to see them.

    Jane Davidson
    {Want It, Need It, Quilt!}

    Fa La La Christmas Bunting

    Hi I am Lynne, a UK quilter who blogs at Lily’s Quilts.  In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to make a quick, easy and fun Christmas bunting.  If you do make bunting, Christmas or otherwise, from this tutorial, I would love you to come and show me the pics in my Lily’s Quilts Flickr group.

    One charm pack and 1 1/2″ yds fabric for backing and binding.  If you made the Union Jack Shabby Chic Wall Hanging, you will have charms left over to make this bunting.  If however, you did not, you will need to cut two extra 5″ squares from your binding and backing fabric to make the 44 squares needed.  You will cut these at step 2 of the instructions.

    1. Sew together 30 background charms into pairs and then sew those pairs of charms into one long strip.

    2.   Take a strip of wadding roughly 12″ deep and 75″ long.  If you need to join two pieces end to end – butt up the two edges and run a wide zig zag across the seam.  Make a strip of backing roughly 12″ deep and 75″ long – you can do this by joining two 13″ WOF strips of backing fabric and trimming to size.  You can cut your extra two 5″ squares from the ends of this strip of fabric.

    3.   Baste as preferred to make one long skinny quilt sandwich.  Take a small bite.  Ooh silly me, this is a fabric recipe not a food recipe.  Do not take a bite.

    4.  Mark zig zag lines along the quilt sandwich as shown in this picture.  I am using washable felt tip pens – these lines will disappear into the bunting binding so go wild and pick the clashiest colour you can find.  Go on. Live a little.  I chose green.  The safe choice for Christmas bunting.  I’m British.  We don’t do wild so much.

    5.   Sew a long stitch basting line (on the machine) 1/8″ of an inch from the top and the border of each triangle to hold the three layers together until binding.

    6.  Print out or draw out the letters HAPY CRISTM or the letters you need for whatever else you want your bunting to say.  I opened a Word document, chose the font Adamsky Outline SF, enlarged the letters to 400 and printed the sheets out.  For a more informal look, mix up upper case and lower case letters or perhaps choose letters from different fonts.  Hold your printed letters up against the triangles to check that they are big enough but do not come too close to the edge of the triangles or the edges will get lost in the binding.

    7.  Trace the letters IN REVERSE onto a fusible webbing.  Hold up to the window or place on a lightbox if you cannot see the letters clearly enough.  For those of you with advanced spelling abilities, you may calculate which letters you need to trace more than once.  For the rest of us, you need to trace A, P, H and S twice.  (Can you see I ran out of space and had to cut one of my “S”s in half?!

    8.   Cut out the letters roughly and fuse to the back of 14 green charm squares.  Cut along the lines.

    9.   Fuse the letters to the bunting fabric, aligning them within the triangle shapes made on the fabric with your zig zag markings.  The bottom of the letter should be toward the pointy part of the triangle.  For a more informal look, place the letters at slight angles rather than dead straight.  I like dead straight for Christmas.  Perhaps for a children’s party bunting, I’d like a bit of wonk though.

    10.  Sew around the letters in the stitch of your choice.  I have used a straight stitch about 1/8″ inside the shape of the letters.  If you do not have sufficient contrast between your letters and background fabric, you might wish to sew this line in a thick satin stitch to provide a clear edge to the letters.

    11.  Cut along the zig zag lines to makes lots of triangles like this one.

    12.  Cut 7 1″ WOF strips of binding fabric.  Cut each strip in half so that each is 22″ long or thereabouts.  Bind the two points side of the triangle.  First sew the binding strips to the first edge of the front of the triangles stopping 1/4″ short of the point and doing a few reverse stitches for strength.

    13.   Fold the binding strip up aligning it with the edge of the triangle as shown in the picture and then back down again.

    14.  Sew along the second side of the triangle once again attaching the fabric with a 1/4″ seam.

    15.   Fold the bunting to the back and pin from the wrong side of the bunting and then sew down.  Since my bunting hangs against a wall, I cheat here and do not fold the binding under and hand stitch as I normally would with a quilt but machine sew it down from the right side.  OK the back isn’t the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen but I won’t be seeing it when it’s hung up on the wall.  If your bunting will be hanging so that you can see the back or if it is a gift or being made for sale, you may prefer to fold the bunting under and hand stitch it down as with a regular quilting binding.

    16.   Trim the hanging ends of binding from the tops of the triangles.

    17.   Now cut four 1 1/2″ WOF strips of the fabric you have chosen to go along the top of the bunting which I will call the hanging ribbon.  Sew into a long strip using diagonal joins as you would do if you were making a quilt binding.

    18.   Press in half along the length and then fold in the sides and press again to make one long double-folded strip.

    19.   Pin the bunting triangles into hanging ribbon starting about 15″ along from the end of the ribbon and leaving roughly 1″ spaces between the triangles.  Sew along the top side of the hanging ribbon as close to the edge as you dare, aiming to go through both layers of hanging ribbon as well as through the triangles

    VOILA – one Fa La La charm pack Christmas bunting.  Take it outside in the summer sunshine, hang from some gates, take a photo and pack it away into the Christmas decorations box for a few months.

    Then, in December, go into the attic, get down the Christmas decorations box, pull out your Christmas bunting, don your gay apparel and deck the halls with boughs of holly.

    One Fa La La La La Christmas bunting decoration.

    Lynne Goldsworthy
    {Lily’s Quilts}

    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

    Shabby Chic Union Jack Wall Hanging

    Hi! I am Lynne from Lily’s Quilts.  As you might guess from this tutorial and from the abundance of union jacks on my blog and in my Flickr photostream, I am from the UK.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a shabby chic union jack wall hanging from charm squares from the French General Fa La La line.  Although this is a Christmas line, the use of the brown, red and cream charms from this line means you will be able to leave the wall hanging up all year round.

    In this tutorial, I am first making shabby chic fabric from charm squares in three different colours – red for the main stripes, brown for the background triangles and cream for the skinny stripes.  You could use other charm packs, grouping the colours into three groups or perhaps into warm colours, cool colours and neutrals. You could also make this wall hanging with a layer cake cut into charm squares using a pinking rotary blade cutter.  I used 8 charm packs for this wall hanging because I wanted to stick with the brown, red and cream colours for the flag and will use the leftover charm squares for another project which I will be showing you later on in the year.

    8 Fa La La charm packs (or two layer cakes cut into charm squares using a pinking rotary cutter blade).  2 1/2 yds backing fabric (the offcuts from making the backing can be used to bind the wall hanging).

    1.   Open up two charm packs and sort into colours: brown, red and cream with brown/beige patterns for this project and green and cream with green and red patterns for another project I will be bringing to you later on in the year.


    2.   Cut four pieces of newspaper 13″ X 20″ which you will use as the foundation for making the shabby chic fabric.

    3.  Start by taking 16 brown charm squares and laying them on the newspaper in a random order until all the paper is covered.  If necessary, cut one or two charm squares in half to cover the small gaps, making sure that only the pinked edges are showing.  Make sure the overlap of one charm square to the next is at least 1/4″ and ideally closer to 1/2″.  The brown squares need only reach the edges of the newspaper – they do not need to overhang them for a seam allowance – that is calculated into the size of the newspaper.

    4.  Pin all squares in place. Shorten your stitch length to somewhere between 1.5 and 2 to ensure that the sewn edges hold when cut and to help making perforations in the newspaper for tearing away later.  Sew about 1/8″ from the edge of each pinked edge.

    5. Press and then trim fabric to the edges of the newspaper then tear off all the newspaper.

    6. Repeat for the remaining three brown rectangles.

    7. IMPORTANT: read instructions carefully before cutting.  You need to ensure that you do not cut four identical triangles.  Cut two of the brown rectangles into two triangles cutting along the diagonal from top left to bottom right and two from top right to bottom left.


    8.   Cut one piece of newspaper 32″ X 16″ and another piece of newspaper 28″ X 20″.  Cover these pieces of newspaper with red charm squares.  Pin, sew, remove the newspaper, press and trim as you did with the brown rectangles.

    9.  Cut the 32″ X 16″ piece of shabby chic fabric into four 32″ X 4″ strips to make the slimmer diagonal red stripes.

    10.   Cut the 28″ X 20″ into four 28″ X 5″ strips to make the wider vertical and horizontal red stripes.


    11.   Cut a piece of newspaper 30″ X 24″.  Cover it with cream charm squares in the same way as with the brown and red charm squares.  Pin, sew, remove newspaper, press and trim.  Cut the 30″ X 24″ fabric into four 30″ X 1″ strips and ten 30″ X 2″ strips.


    12.   Put the brown triangles into pairs and note on each one whether a wider 2″ cream strip will be sewn to it or a thinner 1″ cream strip as per the picture of the finished flag.  Sew 1″ and 2″ cream strips along the diagonal edge of each brown triangle.  Press seams open and trim following the lines of the triangle.

    13.   Sew a 4″ red stripe along each 1″ cream strip, taking care to ensure that spare fabric hangs off at each end.  Press seams open and trim following the lines of the triangle.

    14.   Cut a piece of newspaper 27″ X 15″ and lay a matching pair of brown triangles on it.
    15.   With two pins or a fabric pen or pencil, mark any point on the red stripe and the cream strip where these two meet, flip and pin the two together at this point.
    16.   Pin the rest of the seam and sew then press seams open and trim.

    17.   Repeat for the remaining three pairs of brown triangles.
    18.   Keeping track of where each of the corner sections will go, sew 1″ cream strips to the bottom of the top corner sections and the top of the bottom corner sections, press seams open and trim.    Then sew 1″ cream strips to the right of the left corner sections and to the left of the right corner sections, press seams open and trim.
    19.   Sew wide red 5″ strips to the top of the bottom two corner sections, press seams open and trim.
    20.   Sew those sections to the top two corner sections, press seams open and trim.
    21.  Join the two remaining red 28″ X 5″ strips end to end by overlapping one pinked edge over the end of the other and sew along the pinked edge in the same way as when making the shabby chic fabric.
    22. Sew the long red strip to the right side of the left flag section.
    23.   Now take care over this step – if you align this perfectly, the finished wall hanging will look so much better than if you slightly miss.  Line a ruler against the edges of the cream strips and mark the point where they would reach on the edge of the wide red strips.  Pin and sew just the middle section of this seam to start with.  Flip and make sure you have the flag lined up perfectly before sewing the whole seam.  Voila, you have your finished quilt top.  Quilt as desired, bind and hang up.  If you make one of these wall hangings, please come and share your pictures of it in my Flickr group

    One 36″ X 60″ Shabby Chic Union Jack Wall Hanging.  
    Lynne Goldsworthy

    French General Jelly Roll Quilt

    Jelly Roll Quilt

    1 Jelly Roll – I Maison de Garance from the gorgeous French General range

    1 yard Maison de Garance Clochette Oyster

    4 yards Maison deGarance Florence Turkey Red (this includes the backing)

    Hi, my name is Rose from {ludlowquiltandsew.co.uk} and I am thrilled to be writing for the Moda Bake Shop!  I love the Moda jelly rolls because the edges of the strips are cut with whatever the mechanical equivalent of pinking shears is, so there’s no fraying and the strips are really easy to work with. For this jelly roll quilt, I have chosen the Path and Stiles quilt block, also known as Far West.  It is a variation on the Shoofly quilt block and I have made it in the lovely Maison de Garance range from Moda French General.

    Step One – Using the jelly roll

    Sort the strips from the jelly roll into light and dark strips.  Sew together light, dark and light in one strip, and dark, light dark in another strip.  You will need 12 light, dark light strips and 2 dark, light, dark strips.

    Press all the strips with the seam allowance toward the dark strips.  Cut the dark, light, dark strips at 2.5″ intervals.
    Cut the light, dark, light strips into both 6.5″ and 2.5″ pieces.  You will need 48 of the 6.5″ pieces and 12 of the 2.5″ pieces.  Sett the remaining jelly roll strips aside to be used in the quilt border.
    The 6.5″ squares will be one part of the Path and Stile quilt block.  Sew one of the dark, light, dark 2.5″ strips either side of a light, dark, light 2.5″ strip to make a nine patch quilt square as shown.  You will need 12 of the nine patch squares (on the left) and 48 of the right hand squares.
    Step Two – Making the corners of the quilt block
    From the 1 yard lengths of red and white fabrics, cut four strips 6 7/8″ wide across the width of the fabric.  Cut these across the width to make 6 7/8″ squares.  You will need 24 of these squares in both red and white.
    Place a red and a white 6 7/8″ square with right sides together.  Mark a line along the diagonal and sew a seam 1/4″ on both sides of the line.
    Cut along the marked line.  This will give you two squares (each made up of a red and a white half square triangle).
    Press the squares and trim the corners of the triangles.  Lay the quilt block pieces out as shown:  nine patch square in the center, strip squares against each side of the nine patch square and half square triangle squares in each corner.
    Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows together to make an 18″ quilt block.  Repeat to make 12 quilt blocks altogether.
    Sew these jelly roll quilt blocks together in rows of three and then sew the four rows together for the quilt top.
    Step Three – Making the Quilt Binding
    I try to avoid having fabric leftover to add to my stash (which is far too large as it is!) so I always try to use up as much as possible in the quilt border.  For this jelly roll quilt, I gathered together all the remaining jelly roll strips, sewed them together in twos or threes and cut them into 2.5″ strips.
    Sew these together into two lengths of 27 squares and two lengths of 38 squares.  Sew the two 27 square strips along the short edges of the quilt and then the two 38 square strips along the long edges of the quilt.
    Step Four – Finishing the Quilt
    The quilt top is now complete and ready to be layered, quilted and bound.  I used seven 2.5″ strips from the remaining red and white fabric for the quilt binding.  I alternated them so that the binding was part red and part white.  I had ended up with a quilt that I was really pleased with and I had only added half a dozen 2.5″ squares to my fabric stash.  I hope that you like the quilt as much as I do.
    The finished size of the quilt top is 54.5″ by 72.5″, giving a 54″ by 72″ quilt which would be ideal for a single bed with some overhang or to sit on a double bed without much overhang – or just to curl up in and enjoy!
    Rose Smith

    LOVE Bunting

    Hi I’m Wendy, and I ramble often at Sewing in the Wendy City, right here in the heart of the Texas Panhandle.  This is my FIRST Moda Bake Shop Tutorial, and I am over the moon about it!
    I am an avid quilter, but I must admit that my favorite kind of projects are ones that involve not only beautiful fabric, but also can involve my children.  I have a toddler and a preschooler, and we share a love of crafting together!  This “recipe” was one of those fun projects, and I am thrilled to share it with you.
    1 jelly roll of Pom Pom de Paris by French General
    1/3 yard of any fabric in the line. I used the pink and brown bird print (#13572-16 )
    1/3 yard of a solid color.  I used the ivory solid (#13529-70)
    batting (a piece approximately 36″ x 36″ will work)
    thread for piecing
    thread for topstitching (I used red)
    disappearing ink fabric marker
    sewing machine with both a presser and a free-motion foot
    chopstick for turning triangles
    acrylic paint (I used a mix of two pinks to match the fabric)
    First, please cut your solid into an 8″ strip, selvedge to selvedge.

    Then, let’s do some measuring.  On one side, measure 3.5″ and make a mark.  On the other side, measure 7″ and make a mark.  These are the points for your first triangle.   Then from each mark, measure off 7″.  Cut as shown below.  Leave the fabric folded so that you can cut all 8 triangles.

    Here’s a cutting diagram (drawn with love by me):

    Then, with much fear and trepidation, break into your lovely jelly roll.  Before cutting that rubber band, admire it one last time.

    Choose 8 strips that will be the outer edges of your pennants.  I chose the pink tones.  See how nice they look with my backing fabric?
    Take one of your triangles and one of your jelly roll strips.  Allow at least 2 inches extra of the strip on top of the triangle and at least 3 inches extra on the tip. Sew.

    Press your seam under the jelly roll strip.

    Then add a strip (of the same fabric) to the opposite side of the triangle.  (Now you can see why we needed the extra at the tip.)

    And press it under the pink as well.
    Repeat this process for all 8 triangles.

    Grab your backing fabric and cut it into an 11.5″ strip.  From one side, measure 5.5″ and mark.  From the other side, measure 11″ and mark.  Then measure 11″ from each mark.
    Now we need some batting.  Stack your batting, then your pieced pennant front, then your backing fabric. The 2 fabrics should have their right sides together, as shown.  Pin.

     I pinned several and then cut them apart to sew.

    Sew a 1.4″ seam on the 2 sides of the triangle with the jelly roll strips.  Leave the top open.

    Trim off any excess so that you only have 1/4″ excess beyond the seam.
    Clip straight across at the tip of the triangle.  Be careful not to clip your stitches!

    Use a chopstick or turning tool to turn the pennant.

    Press your pennant so the edges stay nicely in place to be topstitched down.
    Load your machine with your topstitching thread (I used a lovely shade of red!) and topstitch around the edges of your pennant.

    I also stitched around the inner part to give it some definition…

     I then added some free-motion loopy quilting down the middle of the border just for fun.

    Now, for the connecting piece!  Choose 3 strips.  I went with the reds this time so they would stand out.

    Cut each piece into 4 strips, 10 inches wide.

    Sew them together end-to-end, alternating your prints.

    Two options here…  You can press this long strip in half so that the pinked edges show, like this:

    Or you can make double-fold binding…

    And it will finish up looking like this:
    Either way, press your long strip, and lay out your pennants.  When you have them in a pleasing order, pin them into the binding strip.
    Beginning at the very end, start stitching and catch each pennant as you go.

    When you get finished, you’ll have something that looks like this:

    Now, to the decorating… if you want to:
    First, find the cutest hands in your house.  Here are the ones at my house.  (Aren’t they darling?)

    I wanted to match the pink in the pink prints, so I ended up mixing 2 paints to match it properly.  If I’d had time to visit another store I might have been able to find an exact match… but you see those cute hands up there?  Well, they were helping me shop!

    Mix the paint in a bowl, and use a paper towel to blot paint onto cute hands.

    Have them carefully put their prints on the pennants.  I did one pair on the far left, other pair on the far right.

    On the 4 middle pennants, I added some small hearts.

    And then I used a Disappearing Fabric Ink pen to write the letters L-O-V-E on those 4 middle pennants.  Photoshop and I worked together to show you what that step looks like:
    Using your free-motion quilting foot, trace around the hands.  I went around each twice because I like the effect of the 2 imperfect lines.

    Try to stop and start at the same place so it’s easier to pull the threads through to the back with a needle and tie them off.

    I used my free-motion foot to trace the letters. I went over each letter 4 or 5 times.  I also traced the little hearts to give them more definition.

    a fabulous Valentine’s Day bunting with special meaning…  
    that looks lovely across your mantel where all those little hands can admire their work.
    You’ll have enough strips in 1 jelly roll to make 3 buntings with 8 pennants each.  
    Thanks so much for allowing me to post here.  It’s a true honor.
    And please stop by Sewing in the Wendy City anytime!
    Wendy Poling

    Lamplight Table Runner

    Hey there, I am thrilled to be able to share with you my very first recipe for the Moda Bake Shop. I have been quilting for over 17 years, with the last few years being an exponential growth of the art form in my life. Please feel free to visit my blog at Blue Nickel Studios for other free patterns that I have available there under the tab labeled Downloads, as well as the fairly regular posts where I share my thoughts about life, family, quilting, and design.

    1 Jelly Roll
    1 Charm Pack

    10 Fat Quarters (2 {one red and one beige} for piecing the top, and 8 for the back)

    1 half yard of Red print for the binding (OR I used one Maison de Garance fat quarter and the matching Jelly Roll strip that I had set aside)

    From your Maison De Garance Charm Pack, choose 3 brown charms and 3 red charms, then trim off 1/2″ from one side.

    From your Jelly Roll, choose 3 Beige Strips and 3 Brown Strips. From each of these, cut (2) 5″ strips and (2) 8 1/2″ strips.

    Keeping the Jelly Roll strips in sets, sew a pair of Beige 5″ strips to the two 5″ sides of one of your trimmed Brown Charms, and repeat with the other two trimmed Brown Charms and Beige 5″ strip pairs. Do the same with the trimmed Red Charms and the pairs of 5″ Brown strips.

    Trim a half inch off these sets (as shown), making the units 4.5″ by 8.5″ overall.

    Sew the matching pairs of 8.5″ Jelly Roll strips to the tops and bottoms of all the units you just made.

    Choose 6 Beige Charms and 6 Brown Charms and cut six 5″ squares from the Red Fat Quarter and six 5″ squares from the Beige Fat Quarter.

    Lightly draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the 6 Beige charms and the 6 Beige 5″ Fat Quarter squares.

    Matching the Beige Charm Squares to the Red 5″ Fat Quarter Squares and the Beige 5″ Fat Quarter Squares to the Brown Charm Squares right side together. Sew 1/4 ” away from the pencil line on the Beige pieces on both sides of the line as shown:

    Cut down the pencil line on all of these sets:

    Press the Red/Beige units open, pressing 6 towards the Red side and 6 toward the Beige side…

    Do the same with the Brown/Beige sets, pressing 6 towards the Brown side and 6 towards the Beige side..

    Trim all of these units to 4.5″ squares as shown:

    Sew these Triangle/Square units together, matching seams as shown with the pressed diagonal seams going in opposite directions as shown:

    Sew these along the Beige sides on the Beige/Red units and the Brown sides of the Brown/Beige units so that you end up with these units:

    Sew these Triangle units to the Square in a Square units you made in the beginning:

    Sew the three Red/Beige “lantern” units end to end as shown and then do the same with the Brown/Beige “lantern” units.

    Cut eight 4.5″ pieces from any remaining Jelly Roll strips and sew four of them side to side to make two units that look like this:

    Sew these 4-strip units to the ends of each of your three “lantern” units as shown:

    Sew the two “lantern” units together with 4-strip units at opposite ends as shown:

    Cut (52) 3.5″ strips from the remaining Jelly Roll strips (you can cut some 2.5″ x 3.5″ pieces from the remaining Charms as needed too).

    Sew 26 of these together along their 3.5″ sides for a scrappy side border. Then do the same with the other 26 pieces.

    Then sew them to the long sides of the table runner as shown:

    Quilt, bind, and enjoy.

    This table runner can go from Autumn to Valentine’s Day with a quick change of accessories. I hope you enjoyed this recipe and will come drop by Blue Nickel Studios often for other quilty things going on.

    And don’t forget to post a picture of your finished Lamplight Table Runner on the Moda Bake Shop Flickr page as well as the Blue Nickel Studios Flickr page. We look forward to seeing what you cook up….

    One tablerunner 22″ x 52″

    Scott Hansen
    {Blue Nickel Studios}