Hopscotch Pips

Hi there!  I’m Jennifer Jenkinson of That Girl… That Quilt and I am so excited to be back with my second Bake Shop project!  When I first saw Sherbet Pips, I knew that I wanted to make a quilt with these adorable characters.  My first Bake Shop quilt was a bit on the complicated side, so this time I decided to share a quilt that you can easily finish over a weekend or less if you are quick about it! 

The design and construction are simple which really allows you to show off cute fabric, your favorite quilting method, and maybe even a new binding technique… 😉

1 Moda Bella Solid White Jelly Roll

1 Sherbet Pips layer cake
3 yards of Grey Cherry for backing
1/2 yard of Vanilla Cherry for binding
Batting that measures at least 65″ x 70″

To get started, select 20 of your favorite squares from your layer cake.

Next, pick 2 of the red squares from the layer cake for the little accent blocks.
Set aside the rest of the layer cake squares; I used mine to piece the backing for the quilt!

Now grab your jelly roll and let’s get to cutting!

For your blocks:

Cut 40 10″ strips from the jelly roll
Cut 40 14″ strips from the jelly roll

For the sashing:

Cut 15 13″ strips from the jelly roll
From your red layer cake squares that you set aside, cut 8-10 2.5″ squares

Piecing the blocks:

* Use a 1/4″ seam allowance for all piecing*

Your block will be constructed as shown above…

Chain piecing make this quilt fly together and I chain pieced my blocks like this:

1. Sew the 10″ strips to one side of the square.  Snip the thread between each block.

2. Sew the other 10″ strips to the other side of the square.  Snip the thread between each block again.

3. Press the seams open
4. Repeat steps 1-3 with the 14″ strips on the other two sides of the square.

*If you have questions about chain piecing, you can find a great tutorial here.*

Making the sashing:

I constructed this quilt with vertical rows so you will be making 3 rows of sashing.  Each row of sashing will use 5 13″ strips.

I wanted my little red squares to be scattered bursts of color floating in the white background.  That’s completely a personal preference.  To do this, I simply sewed the 2.5″ red squares randomly to some ends of the 13″ strips. 

If you want a more uniform look, you can stitch the red squares in a consistent pattern… i.e. one red square stitched to one end of each 13″ strip.

Once you have 5 strips and the desired number of red squares sewn together, stitch the 5 strips end to end to form one row of sashing.  Repeat this step 2 more times to complete your 3 rows of sashing.

Assembling your quilt top:

Referring to the sashing picture above, lay your blocks out 4 across x 5 down.  Remember that we are assembling this quilt vertically.  Once you like the layout, stitch your blocks together to form 4 rows of 5 blocks.  Press the seams and lay the rows out again.
As shown in the picture, your sashing will go in between rows 1 & 2… 2 & 3… 3 & 4.

Depending on how many red squares you use in your sashing, your sashing strips might be a bit too long once sewn to the corresponding row of blocks.  If this is the case, don’t panic!  Before you open the unit to press, simply square the end of the strip even with the row of blocks as shown in the picture.

Sew your sashing to row 1 and press your seams.  Stitch this new unit to row 2.

Sew your second sashing unit to row 2 and press your seam.  Stitch this unit to row 3.

Sew your last sashing unit to row 3 and press your seam.  Stitch this unit to row 4.

Press that last seam and your quilt top is complete!

Tips on finishing your quilt:
If you need a step-by-step guide to basting {pinning or with spray}, head here.
I used a variegated pink thread to free motion quilt… I wanted a pink “tint” to the quilt and I really love how it turned out.
If you would like to make the quilt with rounded corners, head here for the tutorial.  I think it’s a great compliment to the squares and it’s not as scary as you might think!
One adorable 60″ x 65″ {approx} quilt ready to give or keep for yourself to enjoy!
Thanks for following along today and I hope you will come and visit me soon over at That Girl… That Quilt!  If you have any questions please let me know.
PS:  If you would like to have a laugh or two, take a look here for the outtakes of making this quilt… 😉

Jennifer Jenkinson
{That Girl… That Quilt}

City Stops Quilt

Hello!  I’m Jennifer Jenkinson of That Girl… That Quilt and I’m here to share my very first Moda Bake Shop project today.  I’m so excited to be able to show my City Stops quilt made with the fabulous City Weekend fabric line and show you how to make one of your very own!

4 City Weekend charm packs {you will have some left over… perfect for adding to the back}
1 cardboard piece from the back of a charm pack
2 yards for borders
3 yards for backing
Binding will come from your leftover border or backing fabric
Take your charm squares and cut them exactly in half.  You can speed this process up by cutting several at once; I could get my rotary blade through 6 at one time without distorting the fabric.
Once you have cut all your charms, take your cardboard piece from one of the charm packs.  This will be your template for cutting your half hexagons.  How easy is that?!
Cut your cardboard square in half.  With a ruler, measure a 60 degree angle as shown, mark, and cut the edges on both ends of the template.  Now you are ready to cut your half hexagons!
Take a few of your charm square pieces and lay your template on top.  Using a rotary cutter, cut very carefully on both sides.  If you have a hard time not cutting the template, you can simply lay a ruler on top of the template and fabric. Then cut along the ruler.  Cut all of your charm pieces into half hexagons.
Piecing your half hexagons is very simple but you do need to be precise and organized.  Your rows run will alternate directions, so I suggest stitching two pieces together for each direction {A & B} so you have a visual reminder.
When stitching your pairs, you will need to offset your pieces slightly as shown in the picture.
For your first row, get 20 half hexagons and sew them into 10 pairs. 
You can chain piece the pairs to make the process much faster.  Once you have your pairs stitched together, stitch the pairs into one long row.  
*Make sure you alternate the direction you are piecing your hexagons together!*  
Repeat this process to make 14 vertical rows of half hexagons.  Lay out and arrange your rows how you like. 
Now take 7 matching pairs of half hexagons and stitch them to the each of the ends of your vertical rows to give the illusion of whole hexagons at the bottom of your quilt.
Once you have your rows completed, sew your vertical rows together as pictured.  Pay close attention to your seams matching up and you will have a nice and scrappy hexagon look.  Press your rows as you go, until the center of your quilt top is complete.
For the two borders, cut two strips that measure 8″ x 62″.  As shown in the picture, sew your first border to one side of your quilt and press open.  Sew your second border to the opposite side and press open as well.   Now it’s time to grab your ruler!

*If you do not want to do a bias binding and would rather square your quilt, skip this next step and instead square your quilt by cutting a straight line across the top and bottom of the quilt top.*
To keep with the angles of the hexagons, measure the angle {it should be approximately 60 degrees}.
Lining up with the last angle, draw a line to the edge of your border.
With your rotary cutter and ruler, cut along the line to mirror the pattern of the hexagons.  Repeat this step on all 4 sides. 
Once you have the angles cut, use your ruler and trim the excess border fabric to the same length as the tips of your hexagons.
Press your quilt top well, baste, and quilt using your favorite method.  I quilted the hexagons following the outline of the shapes and then I free motion quilted the borders with a random flower design.
If you need a tutorial for binding hexagons, here is one that I wrote a few months ago…
One very unique 48″ x 60″ quilt
Thanks for following along with me today!  I hope you will stop by my blog sometime to chat…

Jennifer Jenkinson
{That Girl… That Quilt}