Ruffle Banner and Pillow

Hello!  We’ve got an exciting and quick project to share with you today.  We are very happy to be posting our first tutorial here on Moda Bake Shop!!  Heather and I (Megan) are sisters and we love all things crafty.  We work together on our blogs Fresh Poppy Design and QuiltStory.  We would love for you to stop by! We have linky parties, ideas, tutorials and quilt patterns.  Hope you have fun with this cute banner and pillow 🙂

1 charm pack- Just Wing It! by MoMo
1/4 yard- It’s A Hoot by MoMo 32375 24
1/2 yard- Bella Solids Bleached White 9900 97
18″ pillow form
pinking sheers

Part 1: Creating the Ruffle Banner

Using pinking sheers and taking one charm square, find the center and cut from center to the opposite corner.  Do the same on the other side to create your pennant or triangle.  Repeat until you have 10.
Cut the 1/4 yard fabric in strips, two strips 2″ x WOF (width of fabric). This will be the band the pennants hang from.  Cut two pieces 1.5″ x WOF this will be the ruffle.
Sew the 2″ x WOF strips end to end, roughly 2″ x 86″.  Fold the piece in half, right sides together, sew, turn right side out and press.  Set aside for now.
Next sew the 1.5″ x WOF strips end to end, roughly 1.5″ x 86″.  Now sew the length of one side, very loosely in the widest stitch you can.  Pull the thread to create a ruffle.  Work the ruffle end to end to make it even and the right length to accommodate the pennants (roughly 45″).  (The edge of the ruffle is an unfinished edge).
Pinning along the back, sew the pennants to the ruffle.  The right side of the pennants to the wrong side of ruffle.
Again pinning carefully, sew a topstitch from end to end on the band, including attaching the ruffle and pennants.  Stand back and admire 🙂
Back to work.
Part 2: Creating the Brick Pillow
Choose 18 squares from the remaining charm pack.  Cut in half, 2.5″ to create the bricks.
Sewing end to end, create four rows with 4 bricks in them and four rows with 5 bricks in them.
Lay the rows out in the design you wish.  Sew each row together, keeping in mind to sew them in brick style as in photo above.
Trim off excess fabrics and square the piece to 17″.
Using the 1/2 yard of Bella White fabric, cut two pieces to 17″ x 13″.  Using the photo above as a guide, finish one end on each piece.  Line it up with the right side of fabric of the brick piece, the white fabric will overlap.  This is to create an envelope pillow, where you can insert the pillow and remove anytime for cleaning.  Sew around the outside of the square.
Insert your pillow!

A gorgeous and fast little duo that would make a great seasonal gift, or a fun new way to spruce up your own living spaces!
Thanks so much, hope you love the tutorial.  Please make sure to stop by and see us at QuiltStory!
Megan and Heather

It’s a Hoot Baby Quilt

Hi there!  I’m Amy from Amy’s Creative Side and I have a quick baby quilt to share with you!  If you need a bigger quilt, this could easily be adapted – just add an extra charm pack or jelly roll!  I’m using a traditional block and showing you how you can easily make an adorable quilt, with just a touch of cutting.  Enjoy~

It’s a Hoot Layer Cake

Pistachio 32378 17- 1/2 yd

Marshmallow 32370 15 – 2 yds

Bella white 9900 98 – 3/4yd

Select 12 layer cake squares to be trimmed down for blocks.  Center any desired focal and trim to 8 1/2″

Select 13 layer cake squares to cut 2 1/2″ squares from.  I used my Go! Cutter, to cut in one direction, then in the other.  You need 8 squares from each layer cake.

From the solid white, cut 7 – 2 1/2″ strips, then crosscut into 52 – 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ rectangles.

Piece your blocks according to the layout.

Next add, white rectangles to the sides of your four-patch.  Press, then add the top and bottom, to complete the block.

With 25 blocks, you are ready to assemble your top!  Layout your quilt with the pieced blocks in the corners, and alternate with layer cake squares (as shown in my quilt).

Quilt and bind to finish!

It’s a Hoot Baby – or – one adorable baby quilt!!  It measures 40″ square.  Here’s the back so you can better see my quilting.  I used my walking foot to add dimension around the pieced blocks, and diagonals to the non-pieced blocks.

Happy Quilting ~
Amy Ellis

Building Blocks Baby Quilt

33″ x 40″ Baby Quilt

Looking for a quick and easy baby quilt? This goes together in no time and uses just 20 Layer Cake squares. That means with some extra sashing and border fabric, you can make two! Know anyone having twins? I used “It’s A Hoot;” such a fun and colorful line.

Let me know if you make one! Visit me at:

1 “It’s A Hoot Layer” Cake
5/8 yard Marshmallow 32376 18 for sashing
3/4 yard Turquoise 32375 26 for border and binding
1 1/2 yards for backing

Choose 20 of the 10″ Layer Cake squares for the blocks. Pair up the squares into 10 sets that look good together. In each set, one fabric will be the center square and the other will be the outside of the block and vice versa.
From each pair of 10″ squares, cut:
1 strip 2 3/4″; trim to 2 3/4″ x 6 1/2″
1 strip 3 1/2″; trim to one 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″, one 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, and one 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″
1 strip 1 1/4″; trim to 1 1/4″ x 6 1/2″
Move the center square to the bottom and you’re ready for piecing!
From the Marshmallow for the sashing, cut 11 strips 1 1/2″.
  • Use 3 strips and cut 15 rectangles 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • Use 6 strips and cut 6 rectangles 1 1/2″ x 27 1/2″
  • Use 2 strips and cut 2 rectangles 1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″
From the Turquoise, cut 4 strips 2 1/2″ for the border and 4 strips 2 1/2″ for the binding.
Piecing the Quilt

1. Sew the 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ and the 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ pieces to the 3 1/2″ center square.
2. Sew the 2 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ and the 1 1/4″ x 6 1/2″ pieces to the top and bottom. Make a total of 20 blocks.
3. Layout the blocks in 5 rows of 4 blocks each. Refer to the finished quilt and turn the blocks so that the center square alternates its position between the lower right corner and the upper left corner. Sew 4 blocks together in rows with the 1 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ sashing strips in between.
4. Sew the rows together with the 1 1/2″ x 27 1/2″ sashing strips in between and on the top and bottom.
5. Sew the 1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″ strips to the sides.
6. Trim the 2 1/2″ Turquoise strips to length for the side borders and sew to the sides of the quilt. Repeat with the top and bottom borders.
7. Layer the quilt top with the batting and backing. If machine quilting is new to you, here’s a tip on creating a custom look with simple quilting. Use any simple quilting design, but change thread colors as you move to different colors in the quilt. I did a simple star motif in the center squares and stippled the entire remainder of the quilt, stopping to change thread color as I went. After quilting, bind with the 2 1/2″ Turquoise strips.

A simple baby quilt to snuggle under!

Cindy Lammon
{Hyacinth Quilt Design}

Star Drops Table Topper

Hi! I’m back again with a new project for our Moda “bakers”. While I was as the Spring 2010 quilt market. I met Darlene Zimmerman. She is an amazing quilter and has been designing for more than 20 years. Dalrene mainly focuses on 1930’s reproductions. That’s where I first came to know of her since I have collected 1930’s repros for over 12 years!
As I said, I met Darlene at market and we had some serious quilting chat about what other designs she has and her rulers. United Notions carries all of Darlene’s rulers, so it was fitting that I introduce a couple of them to you here on the Bake Shop.
Without further ado…….
Star Drops Table Topper
1/2 yard background sku # 32376-18 Marshmallow Dots
Bamboo batting at least 20″ X 20″
Begin by cutting strips of background  3.5″ X width of fabric.
In addition: cut a background strip 5″ X Width of Fabric for setting squares.
Sub cut the 3.5″ background strip into {40} triangles.
Line the 3.5″ line of the ruler on the cut edge of the fabric as shown.
Take several fat quarters and cut 4.5″ X 22″ strips.
I used 10 different prints.
Sub cut the 4.5″ strip into 20 triangles {2 each of 10 prints}.
Line up the 4.5″ line of the 30 degree triangle ruler and cut.
Each block requires 8 background triangles and 4 center triangles {2 of 2 colors} as shown.
To piece the component star points, begin by sewing on background triangle to a center triangle.
Then sew the other triangle to the opposite side of the center triangle.
This is one complete star point.
Using the Simpli-EZ square, line up the ruler and the background fabric as shown, to trim the piece.
Here is a close up and notice that the colored center point is 1/4″ from the ruler corner.
This is important for the final piecing of the blocks.
Rotate the star component and trim the other side.
The component should measure 3″ square as shown.
Here is the block just after trimming.
Select 4 components to make a block.
Sew these together similar to a 4-patch.
This is one block complete.
It should measure 5″ square.
Make 5 blocks.
Here are examples of blocks that I made.
Set the blocks in rows of 3.
A= 5″ background
B= 5″ pieced block
Sew them into rows of 3.
Then sew each row to the next.
The top should measure 15.5″ X 15.5″.
Lay the top with batting and backing fabric.
I used a fat quarter from the bundle for the backing.
Quilt as you like.
I chose to use 1/4 outline quiting for my topper.
Here is the back of the topper.
At this point, I have quilted the top before I trimmed the corners.
To trim the topper corners, I used a 4″ X 14″ ruler as shown. 
Lined it up with 1/4″ mark on the ruler with the points of the star blocks.
Trim the top, batting and backing away.
Do this for all four corners.
A view from the back.
A closer view of the quilting.
You may bind with any method you choose.
I decided to bind by machine.
To do this, I made 2 1/4″ double fold binding with left over strips from a fat quarter.
I sewed the binding to the BACK first.
Fold binding to the FRONT and machine stitch 1/16″ from the edge.
I recommend using coordinating threads on the top and bottom for a more polished finish.
A 15″ x 15″ Star Drops Table Topper
Darlene has a created a book with her design option for a larger quilt with setting strips and corner stones.
For those of you that have read through the tutorial, I have a surprise for you!
Leave a comment here on Moda Bake Shop and on my blog
to be entered in a giveaway for a bundle of 12 Moda fat quarters and more. 2 Chances to win!!
Check my blog for details.

Hooting with the Stars

Hello….I’m Jo, along with my beagle Gracie. You can find us every day at Jo’s Country Junction. I’m back with my second Moda Bake Shop post with the fun fabric line, It’s a Hoot. This star quilt finishes at 48.5 inches square, which is a perfect size for that little toddler in your life. I invite you to stop over to my blog and see all the bloopers from Gracie’s photo shoot and the quilt made with an alternative fabric.

1 It’s a Hoot layer cake
1 yard coordinating fabric for star border and binding
3 1/2 yards coordinating fabric for backing
Open your layer cake pack. Cut each square into 4- 5″ squares.

To make the star blocks, select 16 light squares and 16 medium-dark squares for the star points.

Using your preferred marking method, draw a diagonal line connecting opposite corners on the backs of the light squares.

Match each light square up with one of the selected medium-dark squares. With right sides together, sew 1/4 inch on each side of the marked line.

Using a rotary cutter, cut on the diagonal line. Iron four of the half square triangles to the light side and the other four towards the dark side.

Trim squares to 4 1/2 inches square. These will be the star points. Set them aside.

Select 16 additional light charms and 16 medium dark charms. Trim all pieces to 4.5 inches square.

Using 8 of the half square triangles (4 medium/dark 4.5 inch squares, and 4 light 4.5 inch squares), layout a star block as shown.

Sew together in strips.

Sew the strips together.

Create 3 additional star blocks following the previous instructions.

From fabric for inner star border, cut 8- 1.5 inch strips. 

Subcut into 8 – 16.5 and 8- 18.5 inch strips. 

Attach the 16.5 inch strips to opposite sides of each star block. Press.

Attach the 18.5 inch strips to complete the border. Press.

Repeat to have a total of four star blocks.

Sew together 4 five inch blocks together in a row. Make a total of 6 of these sets. These will border the sides of the star blocks.

Sew the borders to the blocks as shown to make a strip. Repeat so you have two rows.

Sew eleven 5″ squares together in a row as shown to create a border strip. Repeat to make 3 strips.

Sew the eleven-inch block strips to the star block strips. Your quilt top is complete.

Seam the backing piece together. Quilt as desired.

Lay your quilt out and admire your handiwork!

48.5 x 48.5 quilt.

Come visit Gracie and I over at Jo’s Country Junction.

8 Fun Projects for 1 Layer Cake

I used “It’s a Hoot” by MoMo in a layer cake for all of these projects.

The garnishes depend on which tutorial you try…some needs buttons, velcro, fusible interfacing, a shirt, or a onesie.

I completely fell in love with this line of fabric and decided that I wanted to make a lot of things with one layer cake.  You’ll find 8 great, small projects that can all be made from one layer cake.  Let’s get started.

1) Card holder.  I am a sucker for punch cards, but I get frustrated when they are all on the bottom of my purse.  I wanted to sew a little pouch for those cards or you could use it for business cards.
I used two halves of a layer cake square.  You could use one square to make it, but I wanted to use two different fabrics so the lining would be different.
I ironed on some light-weight fusible interfacing to one side of one of the pieces so it wouldn’t be too flimsy.
Place right sides together.  I sewed around the edges using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
At the top I wanted mine to be rounded (so the flap would be rounded) so I found a round object and drew a half circle on the fabric as my guide.  Invert and press.
Now you just have to fold it and do the topstitching.  You can see how it’s going be folded to look like a little purse.
I stitched across the top of the pocket first.  Then I folded the pocket as it should go and top stitched around the rest of the wallet.  Your top stitch is also what holds the pocket in place.
Lastly I sewed on velcro for my closure and I sewed a button on the outside to cover up where the velcro is sewn.  (It would be easier to sew the velcro on before you sew the folded pocket up.  I got a little ahead of myself, though 🙂  You could also do a snap closure.

2) Pennant Flag Banner.  I recently finished my craft room and I used the fabric for a couple of projects there as well.
I created a pattern of what shape I wanted the flags to be and I made sure I could get 4 out of each layer cake square.  Right sides together, sew, invert, press.
I bought doubled sided bias tape, inserted each tab into the fold, and sewed down the line.  I think this one would also be cute in a nursery.

3) Inspiration Plaques.  Along with the banner, I created some places to clip up any inspiration I find in magazines.   

I bought burner covers from the dollar store.  2 come in a pack.  I spray painted the edges since I didn’t want to have to fold the fabric over.

I spread a layer of Modge Podge onto the burner cover, laid the fabric on, and then spread on another layer of Modge Podge.  Lastly I trimed the edges after it dried. I purchased magnetic clips, which cling to the burner covers since they are metal.
Voila! A fun, easy project to put more color on the walls.

4) I made a few bowties.  This is my new “Retro Pointed Bow Tie” pattern and it can be purchased HERE.
5) Patchwork Headband.  I love headbands, so I had my sister pick her favorites patterns and I made her a headband.  (This is me trying it out 🙂
I cut 2.5 inch squares. 

 I sewed them to each other, creating a long line.  I used 16 squares total and I pressed the seams.

I cut a long strip of fabric for the reverse side (from fabric I had lying around). I put right sides together and sewed it, tapering it at the end. I inverted it and pressed it.

Tie it on to spice up any outfit.

6) Homemade Heating Pad.  This was super easy to make and would make a great gift.  I’ve been using it on a regular basis since I made it. 
I used 2 squares for this project, but you could use more if you wanted a longer one.  I sewed the squares together and then cut them in half lengthwise. 
Right sides toether, sew, invert, and press. 
I stuffed it with rice and sewed it closed.  Pop it on the microwave for a minute, wrap it around your neck and you’ll be toasty warm as you sit on the couch.
7) Applique.  I love being able to use existing graphics or images from a fabric to make an applique.  This line of fabric has some great options for this. 
I simply cut out one of the birds (leaving plenty of extra fabric around it) and pinned it onto a onesie.  I sewed around the edge of the bird twice and then trimmed fairly close to the edge (leaving about 1/8 an inch).  I washed it so the edges would fray a little.  It was also really easy and makes a great baby gift.
8) Mock-Henley Tee.  I love to add something extra to my shirts just to give them a little interest. 

For this shirt I cut a strip of fabric and ironed the edges under. The strip goes over the collar in the picture because I folded it over the edge to sew it.  I sewed on the the whole strip and embellished it with covered buttons.  (Follow the directions on the package to cover the buttons.)

One layer cake yields a LOT of any of these small projects.  You can buy one layer cake and have lots of gifts for the upcoming season.

Cheri Heaton
{I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar}

Lawn Chair Quilts

Lawn Chair Quilts
Yield TWO 48″ x 75″ finished quilts
by Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie

Great quilt for the beginner quilter, and fun for the experienced quilter. No triangles or biased edges… no points to be perky, and no seams to meet up. Perfect for a retreat project – fun and fast. Especially fun if you’re enjoying a quilt retreat with a picnic on the lawn.

Instructions are based on 42″ – 44″ width of fabric
All seams ¼”
Picnic not included

  • 1 Jelly Roll of It’s a Hoot by MoMo (or 32 – 2½” strips)
  • 2 Jelly Rolls of Moda Bella Solid (or 4⅝ yard of yardage, cut into 64 – 2½” strips)

For each quilt:

  • 54″ x 81″ batting
  • ½ yard binding
  • 2¼ yard backing

1. Divide It’s a Hoot strips into color groups:
16 strips of pinks, reds & yellows with 32 strips of solid
16 strips of blues & greens with 32 strips of solid

2. Working in one color group at a time, set aside one color group to be assembled after completion of first color group.

3. Join a solid strip to each side of the It’s a Hoot print to make a 3-piece unit. Press to the print. Make 16.

4. From each of the sixteen 3-piece units, cut:
2) 12½” x 6½” units
2) 6½” x 6½” units
1) 3½” x 6½” units (from eight 3-piece units only)

5. With assorted print units, assemble row as per diagram. Press. Make 8 rows.

6. Join rows to complete the quilt top, alternating each row in an opposite direction. Press. Layer, baste, quilt and bind.

7. Repeat steps 3 – 6 for second color group quilt.

Please note:
The photographs show an extra row because I had leftover fabric and had enough to make an additional row.  I had added the row on after I wrote the instructions, and my apologies for not noting that.   
The pattern, illustrations and measurements do not include the additional row.  Of course free free to add the row if you have left over and extra batting/backing/binding. 

Yield TWO quilts – or one if using one of the tops as your backing.
Happy summering!