A Touch of Red Quilt

Hi..it’s Jo from Jo’s Country Junction. I’m here with my latest Moda Bake Shop project “A Touch of Red”. The quilt is a giant and finishes at 98″ x 98″ but it only uses two jelly rolls of Sweetwater’s Reunion fabric line. One of the fabrics features newsprint. As I was sewing along I discovered my Iowa town, population of 257, was listed on the fabric. It was a fun coincidence! After you are done reading this tutorial, head on over to my blog for your chance to win two Reunion Jelly Rolls that Kim from The Fat Quarter Shop is giving away.

2 Reunion Jelly Rolls
2.5 yards
Ink 5477 18 Setting Triangles, Corners and Outer Border
3.25 yards Cherry 5476 22* Blocks, Inner Border and Binding
9 yards Cherry 5478 12 Backing

This quilt features 112 8″ finished blocks set on point.

Each block uses 27″ of jelly roll strip. Three blocks can be made with two matching jelly roll strips. To cut the blocks you will need to unroll both jelly rolls. Match the like fabric together. Set the fabric that is the same as the red squares aside.

From each set cut:
6~ 2 1/2″ cuts, 6~ 4 1/2″ cuts, 6~ 6 1/2″ cuts

From the red fabric:
Cut 30 2 1/2″ strips. Sub cut into 448~ 2 1/2″ squares.

Inner border:
Cut 9~1 1/2″ strips

Cut 10~ 2 1/2″ strips

Setting Triangles and Outer border:
Cut 3~ 13 1/2″ strips. Sub cut into 8~ 13 1/2″ squares. Cut SIX twice on the diagonals to create 24 setting triangles. Cut the remaining TWO once on the diagonal to create the corner triangles. Cut 10~ 3 1/2″ strips for the outer border.

Let’s start sewing! To make a block you need:

2~ 2 1/2″, 2~ 4 1/2″, 2~ 6 1/2″ pieces from the jelly roll strips and 4~red 2 1/2″ squares.

Sew the 2 1/2″ squares together as shown. Press to the red.

Sew the pieces together to create a four patch. Press.

Sew the 4 1/2″ pieces to each side as shown. Press away from the red

If the 4 1/2″ pieces do not line up with the four patch, you are sewing with an incorrect seam allowance. Take the time to correct it now. If everything matches up continue on with your block.

Sew the remaining 2 1/2″ red squares to the 6 1/2″ pieces. Press away from the red.

Sew the newly created pieces to the block. Note the position of the red pieces.

Create 111 more blocks.

Lay the blocks out in an on point (diagonal) setting. Sew together in diagonal strips. Then sew the strips together.

Trim the edges if necessary. Sew the inner border strips together, pressing seams open. Add to the quilt.

Sew the outer border strips together, press seams open and add them to the quilt.

Piece the quilt backing together. Press. Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired. Trim. Sew the binding strips together. Bind.

98″ x 98″ quilt

As I was sewing my quilt, I discover one of the fabric prints had newsprint as the design. I picked up and fabric and started reading it only to discover my little town of 257 people was listed on the fabric! It makes the quilt even more special to me. Read more about the discovery and the great giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop over on my blog, Jo’s Country Junction.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}

Cheddar & Blue Quilt

Here’s the latest baked up goodie from Jo’s Country Junction. The quilt features a traditional block in a barn raising setting and is made with the most gorgeous Moda fabric, Morris and Company, by Barbara Brackman. It’s a must see to appreciate fabric. The colors are so rich and inviting. If you want to see the fabric up close and personal, Karen over at Cabbage Rose Quilting and Fabrics has the entire line and has generously offered to give a lucky reader from my blog a jelly roll along with $30 gift certificate. I used a new to me batting, Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select…which I loved! Ramona from My Fabric Nook sent it to me to try and she is giving one of my readers a batting to try. Check out the tutorial here first then hop over to my blog and I’ll tell you all the details of these great giveaways.

Jelly Roll of Morris and Company
3 3/4 yards Gold Redwood 8213 18 Moda #1
6 yards
Kelmscott Blue 8217 17 Moda #1
8 yards backing
Hammersmith Tea 8217 13 Moda #1
Quilter’s Dream Cotton Select batting- Queen Sized

~From Jelly Roll, set aside the gold and blue strips. Cut 440 2.5″ squares from the remaining strips.

~From Gold cut 32 – 2 7/8″ strips. Subcut into 440 – 2 7/8″ squares. Cut them on the diagonal to create 880 triangles.

Cut 9- 2″ strips for narrow border

~From the Blue cut 28 – 4 7/8″ strips. Subcut into 220 4 7/8″ squares. Cut squares on the diagonal to create 440 triangles.

Cut 10 3.5″ strips for outer border.
Cut 10 2.5″ binding strips.

To make the above section of the block, take one of the 2 1/2″ squares. Attach a gold triangle to it. Press the square.

Attach another gold triangle to the block. Press to the gold. Then attach a blue triangle to created triangle. Press to blue.

Create four blocks.

Sew them together to make one large block. Create 100 blocks.

Using 25 of the blocks, sew the blocks into a 5 x 5 setting.

Repeat to make a total of four.

Sew those four pieces into this.

Following the initial block construction directions, create 40 more of these blocks.

Sew them into two sets of these.

Sew those rows to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Sew the gold inner border strips together. Sew them onto the quilt.

Sew the blue outer border strips together. Sew them onto the quilt.

Your quilt top should look like this.

Piece together the backing. Layer it with the batting and quilt top. Machine quilt as desired. Bind with the blue binding strips.

89″ x 97″ quilt

My beagle Gracie and I invite you to stop over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction to check out the great giveaways sponsored by Cabbage Rose Quilting and Fabrics and My Fabric Nook.

Jo Kramer

Starry Terrain Quilt

Horray, Horray, it’s a Moda Bake Shop Day!! Well everyday is a Moda Bake Shop day, but today it’s my day to show you the latest project that I have been working on, Starry Terrain. I needed a wedding present and the couple had requested a black, lime and magenta quilt. I checked to see what fabric lines Moda had and of course, they had something that would work…the fabric line Terrain along with the black swirl fabric…perfect. For interest, I ended up adding the orange too. I hope you like it.

Terrain is a fun fabric line with deep jewel toned colors. Kimberly over at the Fat Quarter Shop has fabric from the line at her shop. She has generously offered to sponsor a give away for $50 gift certificate to one of my lucky blog readers. After you check out the tutorial here, head on over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, to learn more about it.

1 Terrain Layer Cake
6 yards Black Marble Swirls Jet9908 29
2 yards Orange
Terrain Lichen Bloom 27098 13
3 1/2 yards Magenta Terrain Fern Berry 27099 12
2 yards Lime/Teal Terrain Lichen Foliage 27098 14
6.5 yards Backing Terrain Forest Floor Foliage 27090 14-More fabric will be need if you don’t want to piece a scrappy backing.

Cutting Instructions:

Black-6 yards
Cut 32~ 2 1/2″ strips sub cut into 512~2 1/2″ squares
Cut 19~2 7/8″ strips sub cut into 256~ 2 7/8″ squares cut on diagonal
Cut 8~5 1/4″ strips sub cut into 64~5 1/4″ squares cut twice on diagonal

Lime-2 yards
Cut 19~2 7/8″ strips sub cut into 256~ 2 7/8″ squares cut on diagonal

Orange-2 yards
Cut 8~5 1/4″ strips sub cut into 64~5 1/4″ squares cut twice on diagonal
Cut 7~ 3 1/2″ strips. Set aside for a pieced back.

Magents-3 1/2 yards
Cut 16~5 1/4″ strips sub cut into 128~5 1/4″ squares cut twice on diagonal
Cut 9~2.5″ Strips for binding

Layer Cake
Remove the lime, orange and magenta squares from the remaining squares cut 64~ 4 1/2″ squares. There will be a few repeated fabrics and some leftover.

When you initially look at this quilt, it appears like the quilt features the green star block. That is not true! This is the actual block:

As the blocks come together, they create the secondary green star. Also note the center square of each of the stars features a different fabric.

Start by sewing the black and green triangles together to make half square triangle blocks. You will need 512 total. Press to the black.

Now take a black 2 1/2″ square and pair it with one of the half square triangles that were just created. Sew together as shown. Press to the black square. Now pair the pieces together and sew. Press seam to one side. Set these aside.

To create the hour glass portion of the block take a magenta triangle and lay it on a black triangle. Sew as shown. Press to the magenta. You will need 512 total.

Take a magenta triangle and lay it on an orange triangle. Sew as shown. Press to the magenta. You will need 512 total.

Lay the newly formed triangles on top of each other and sew making sure to match the center seams. Continue until you have 512 quarter square triangle blocks.

Begin assembling the blocks by sewing the pieces into strips as shown.

Sew those strips together to create the block. Complete 64 blocks.

Assemble the blocks into an 8 x 8 layout.

To piece the backing, take the leftovers from the layer cake and sew them into a 126″ long strip that is 10″ wide. Sew the 3.5″ orange strip pieces together. Sew them along the sides of the layer cake pieces. Cut the backing fabric into two 126″ pieces. Sew that to the sides of the orange fabric.

Press the backing and top. Layer backing, batting and top. Quilt as desired.

Bind with the magenta 2.5″ strips. ENJOY!!

96″ x 96″

As long as I quilt, it will always amaze me to see the designs created when blocks come together.

Don’t forget to come on over and check out the give away I am hosting for the $50 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.

Sophie’s Bouquet

Fresh from the oven at Jo’s Country Junction is the latest Moda Bake Shop recipe….Sophie’s Bouquet. Our old farm dog, Pepper, is showing off the quilt that features fabric from the line Sophie by Chez Moi. I am in love with the fabric. I am especially in love with the turquoise blue floral fabric that is used as the setting squares. The floral design is amazing. The quilt uses one jelly roll along with extra yardage.

To get you started, Kimberly over at the Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway over on my blog to get you started on the project. After you’re done here, hop on over and check it out.

1 Jelly Roll-Sophie for Blocks and Scrappy Binding

4 1/4 yards Nosegay Blue Fiesta (32501-11) for Setting Squares, Setting Triangle and Corner Triangles

2 yards Sophie Leafy Swirl Pink Sorbet 32504 13- for constant pink in the blocks and the inner border

1 3/4 yards Sophie Petal Pink Sorbet 32506 22-for background fabric in the blocks

6 yards Sophie Paisley Floral Cream 32502 14

You will also need a half square triangle ruler such as an Easy Angle.

If you would want to fussy cut the setting squares, you will need extra yardage.

From the setting fabric:
Cut 12~ 6 1/2″ strips. Sub cut into 72~ 6 1/2″ squares.

Cut 3~ 9 3/4″ strips. Sub cut into 9~ 9 3/4″ squares. Cut these squares twice on the diagonal to get your setting triangles. You will use 34.

Cut 2~ 5 1/8″ squares. Cut once on the diagonal to create 4 corner triangles.

From the pink constant fabric in the blocks:
Cut 17~ 2 1/2″ strips. Sub cut into 270 2 1/2″ squares.

For the background fabric in the blocks:
When I made my version, I used the lights from the jelly roll pieces for some of the back ground in the blocks. I cut the remainder from the light yardage. You can do it the way I did or you can make all of the background from the same fabric. You will need a total of 23~ 2 1/2″ strips for the background.

I pulled out the strip of fabric that matches the setting fabric and set it aside.

Take one of the jelly roll strips. Layer it right sides together with one of the light 2 1/2″ strips as shown. Place it on the cutting mat. Take the half square triangle ruler and position it over the top. Cut a straight edge on the side as shown.

Following the manufacturers instructions that came with the ruler, cut triangles as shown. Flip the ruler as you make each cut. Each block needs six sets of triangles. Continue cutting across the strip making triangles. You will get four sets of six triangles per strip.

Chain piece the triangles, keeping the like triangles together.

Cut the triangles apart. Clip the dog ears and press towards the dark fabric. Continue keeping like squares together.

Layout the half square triangles along with three pink squares as shown.

Sew the blocks into rows.

Sew the rows into blocks. Continue until you have 90 blocks. Press blocks.

Now is the fun part…the layout. This quilt is set on the diagonal. It’s easy to get blocks twisted or turned. I kept watching and checking to make sure those pink squares were lined up in rows.

Continue laying the blocks out in a 9 x 10 setting. Sew the blocks into rows then sew the rows into a quilt top. Notice the pink squares are all in a line.

Take the backing fabric and cut it in half. From the remaining jelly roll strips cut 6~ 21″ pieces. Piece them together connecting them on the diagonal as you would binding strips. Sew the strip between the two backing pieces. This isn’t completely necessary. I just like to do it so that I don’t have to try to match the prints in the backing fabric.

Layer the backing, batting and quilt top together. Quilt as desired.

Cut eight 2 1/2″ strips of the blue floral fabric. Use them to bind the quilt.

One 74″ x 83″ quilt.

Come on over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, and see all the pictures I took while making the quilt. There were a few mishaps that went into this quilt. You will also want to check out the giveaway that Kimberly from The Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring there.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}

Jewels in the Curio

Look and see what is fresh from the oven, Jewels in the Curio from me, Jo, at Jo’s Country Junction. This 79 ” x 79″ quilt’s name comes from the fabric line, Curio, by Basic Grey, and the name of the quilt’s featured block, Jewel Box…put them together and we have Jewels in the Curio. The Curio fabric is wonderful…soft, subdued, and perfect for a gift when you know don’t what colors the recipient might like.

The quilt makes efficient use of a two charm packs, a jelly roll and yardage making very little waste. If you are new to quilting, the pattern may look difficult but honestly, this is do-able. The layout is what makes the quilt look harder than it actually is. To help make this project even more do-able, Kimberly over at the Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway on my blog to help get you started on purchasing the ingredients
…let’s get cooking.

(Normally I would insert a cute picture of all the fabric right here, but I was so excited when the fabric came that I immediately starting cutting into it.) Please forgive me but I am sure if you are a quilter you understand…when new fabric comes, I just have to touch it! Here’s a partial picture instead. Imagine the backing and background fabric and two charm packs totally intact… Aren’t the colors just wonderful!?!

Blocks, Scrappy Border and Binding:
One Jelly Roll and two Charm Packs

Background and Borders:
4.75 yards Moda Marbles Sweet Off White 9880 36

5 yards Curio Cabriole Pond 30272 11

Batting 90″ x 90″

Start by cutting the background fabric. Cut 8~ 5″ strips. Subcut them into 64~ 5″ squares. Open up the charm packs and pick out 64 charms that you want to use in the quilt. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the backs of the charms squares.

Sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. Then cut on the line and there will be two half square triangles. Press to the colored triangle.

Trim the blocks to be 4.5″ square.
Keep the like colored blocks together.

Set the triangles aside.

From the background fabric cut 16~ 2.5″ strips. Sub cut them in to 64~ 11″ strips.

Open the jelly roll. Set aside the “whitish” strip. Select 32 pieces. Cut 2~ 11″ pieces from each strip for a total of 64 pieces. Cut 2~ 2.5″ squares from each strip. Set the squares aside for the scrappy border. Set the remaining strip piece aside for the scrappy binding.

From the remaining jelly roll strips cut a variety of 84 more 2.5″ squares for the scrappy border for a total of 148~ 2.5″ squares. The leftovers of the jelly roll strips will be sewn together for the binding.

Take a 11″ jelly roll piece and a 11″ background strip and sew them right sides together. Press to the colored piece.

Cut the piece into 4~ 2.5″ segments. There will be a little piece leftover. Discard it.

Lay the pieces right sides together, matching the seams and sew creating a four patch. Press. Keep the like four patches together. Sew all of the segments into four patches.

Take two matching half square triangles and two matching four patches. The triangles and four patches should not match. Lay them out as shown. Sew the pieces together to create a block. Make 64 blocks.

Lay the blocks out as shown in a 8 x 8 “barn raising” pattern. Sew together in rows. Then sew the rows together creating the center of the quilt.

From the background fabric, cut 8~ 4.5″ strips. Sew the pieces together. Cut two borders the length of the quilt. Sew them on. Press seam toward the border. Lay the quilt out. Cut two background strips the width of the quilt. Sew the pieces to the quilt. Press to the border. Here’s a close up of the borders so you can see how they come together.

Sew two rows of 36~ 2.5″ scrappy border squares together. Sew them to two opposite sides of the quilt. Press to the first border. Sew two rows of 38~ 2.5″ squares together. Sew them to the remaining two opposite sides of the quilt.

From the background fabric cut 8~ 2.5″ strips. Sew the strips together. Cut two borders the length of the quilt. Sew them on opposite sides. Press toward the background border. Lay the quilt out. Cut two background strips the width of the quilts. Sew the pieces to the quilt. Press to the border.

Cut the backing fabric in half. Sew together. Sandwich the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt as desired.

Sew the remaining jelly roll pieces together to make a scrappy binding.


79 ” x 79″ quilt

I love the scrappy binding…Here’s Gracie showing that binding off.

Leave a comment here and tell me what you think…then pop on over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, to sign up for you chance to enter the great giveaway sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}

1934 Nine Patch

Hi! It’s Jo from Jo’s Country Junction. Here’s my latest quilt project, 1934 Nine Patch. If you are new to quilting or are looking for an easy large quilt, this might be just the pattern that you are looking for. Nine patch blocks sew together quickly to create a beautiful and classic design. The colors of this fabric line, Circa 1934, are SO rich and creamy. The red and gold colors elicit a warm and cozy feel.

Before I get to the instructions, I want to let you know that Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring a giveaway on my blog, so make sure to stop over to sign up after you’re done here.

Circa 1934 Jelly Roll
2 1/4 yards Circa 1934 Solid Red 37008 11
3 3/8 yards Circa 1934 Solid Cream 37008 15
2 1/2 yards Circa 1934 Solid Gold 37008 13
3/4 yards Circa 1934 Davis Black 37007 14-binding
6 yards Circa 1934 Ginger Sage 37003 12-backing

When making the quilt, I made extra blocks so I would have extras to add a row of nine-patch blocks when piecing together the backing. If you do not want a pieced backing, you will need more backing yardage than is listed above.

Start by making the gold and cream nine patch blocks first.
Cut 31 gold strips- 2.5″ wide.
Cut 38 cream strips- 2.5″ wide.

Sew the strips together in a gold-cream-gold pattern. You will need a total of 8 strip sets like this. Press the seams toward the gold. Sub cut the strips into 122 gold-cream-gold sections that are 2.5″ wide.

Sew the strips together in a cream-gold-cream pattern. You will need a total of 15 strip sets like this. Press the seams towards the gold. Sub cut the strips into 244 cream-gold-cream sections that are 2.5″ wide.

You should now have a stack of pieces like this.
Matching the seams, sew the pieces together to create a nine patch block like the one shown. Press the seams out.

Next make the red nine patch blocks.
Cut 31 red strips. Sub cut the pieces in half.
Cut 8 cream strips. Sub cut into 11″ pieces. If they are slightly smaller don’t worry.
Select 30 of the jelly roll strips. Cut each strip into two- 11″ lengths and one- 21″ length. Keep each set of jelly roll strips together.

Sew a 21″ red strip on each side of the 21″ jelly roll strip. Sew a colored 11″ strip to each side of the cream 11″ strip. When possible, match sew the strips together (keeping the selvage ends next to each other). Press all seams toward the colored jelly roll strip.

Sub cut the pieces into 2.5″ segments. You will end up with 4 of one and 8 of the other. This will make four nine patch blocks. Press all seams toward the colored jelly roll strip.
Assemble into nine patch blocks. Each of the red blocks will have a cream square in the center.
Continue making blocks in the same manner making 124 blocks.

All of the blocks are made. It’s time to assemble them together into rows. Notice that one row starts with a red block. The other starts with a gold block. Create 8 “red” rows and 7 “gold” rows.

Assemble the rows as shown. You will have leftover blocks.
The next step is to create the back. To do this, Cut the backing fabric in half. Remove the selvage edge. Sew the red strips from the jelly roll and another 2.5″ strip cut from the red fabric together into one long strip. Sew it to the one long side of the backing.

Cut an 8″ strip from the remaining backing piece. Sew the 8″ strip to the red of the first backing strip.

Sew some of the remaining blocks together to create a strip equal in length to the backing fabric. Sew the blocks to the 8″ strip. Sew the last backing strip to the blocks.

Quilt as desired.
Cut nine binding strips. Sew together and bind.

90″ x 90″ Quilt
Gracie wasn’t in the mood for a photo shoot with the quilt. The neighbors were shooting off fire crackers and the noise really scares her….poor girl….

Stop over to Jo’s Country Junction, and check out the great giveaway Fat Quarter Shop is sponsoring on my blog….you can check on Gracie too.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}

Jelly Roll Chair Cover

Hi from Jo’s Country Junction! Our beagle Gracie prompted me to get creative with a jelly roll to make a chair cover. Hopefully now all those hairs she is shedding will end up on the chair cover and not on my chair. If you have a pet, little ones in the house, or a messy hubby like mine, the chair cover might just be the thing you need to protect your furniture.

1-Jelly Roll of Civil War Reunion

1/4 yard coordinating fabric for trim
3/4 yard coordinating fabric for chair center
2 1/2 yards coordinating fabric for backing

Batting Scraps

Here’s a picture of what it will look like before you put your cover on your chair. I thought seeing this picture before you read the instructions might help you understand the construction a little better.

Cut the 1/4 yard of coordinating fabric into 3-2.5″ strips. Set aside.

Open your jelly roll.

To make the front flap piece, pick 9 strips from your jelly roll. Trim to 13″ long. Sew them together lengthwise. Press the seams open. Trim so the piece is only 12″ long.

Take one of the 2.5″ strips of coordinating fabric. Trim to the appropriate length. Stitch on place. Press.

From your batting scraps and your backing fabric, cut pieces that are the same size as the front flap you just made. Layer batting, then backing right side up and pieced section right side down. Pin around the three sides as shown, leaving the top portion without the trim piece unpinned.

Sew around the three pinned sides. Trim the corners and turn the piece right side out. Carefully poke the corners out. Iron the entire piece. Machine quilt as desired. I recommend using a walking foot if your machine has one.

I stitched along each seam as shown.

Trim the edge.

Set the front piece aside.

Making the side pieces that go over the arm of the chair is a very similar process. Chose nine jelly roll strips. Sew them together along the length. Press seams open. Trim off the selvage edge. Add the trim pieces to each end. Cut in half and you will have two pieces as shown.

Finish preparing the arm pieces as you did with the front piece. Set aside.

To make the back piece, select 10 jelly roll strips. Sew them together. Press and square up the edges as you did with the previous piece. Add a trim strip to one edge.

Finish preparing the arm pieces as you did with the previous pieces. Set aside.

Using the coordinating fabric, cut two squares that are 21″ x 21″. (This was a good measurement for my chair. You may want to adjust the measurement if the cushion on your chair is larger or smaller.) Cut a piece of batting that is 22″ x 22″.

Lay the batting down. Place one piece of fabric right side up on the batting. Then begin laying the quilted pieces onto the fabric with the right side of each piece facing down and the unfinished edge along the edge of the fabric square. The arm pieces need to go across from each other. The front and back pieces need to be across from each other. Pin in place. You will have to fold arm pieces back as shown in the photo. Continue until all pieces are pinned in place.

Sew all pieces in place using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, being careful not to get one of the pieces caught in the seam. I recommend using a walking foot if your machine has one.

Trim the batting so it is even with the fabric edge. Fold the edges of the back piece up as shown.

Place the other 21″ x 21″ piece on top of the project putting the right side down. Pin in place as shown.

Sew along the edges using a generous 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving a section about 8″ long along the back unsewn.

Trim corners. Turn right side out.

Carefully poke the corner out. Get the base of the project to lay flat.

Pin the opening shut. Hand stitch it closed.

Machine quilt the center if you desire.

You now have a completed chair cover.

Put it on your chair and enjoy some security, knowing your good furniture won’t be ruined…or if you’re like our family, put it on your chair and know that your company won’t see all the spills and stains you can’t get out.

This was a fun project that went together very quickly. It’s an easy weekend project that’s fun to make and will surely get used. Don’t forget to hop on over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, and check out what I’m working on. I’m always busy with something….and Gracie…she’s usually snuggled up in the chair.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}

Big Sis, Little Sis Owl Messenger Bags


I’m Jo from Jo’s Country Junction. I am so excited to bring to you my latest Moda Bake Shop project, “Big Sis, Little Sis Owl Bags.” You can make one bag or both bags. If you read on, you will even find out how to get instructions for a matching tiny baby owl bag that can be used as a coin purse. Grab some “Just Wing It” fat quarters and a little bit of yardage and let’s start sewing.

Large Bag (10″ x 11″)
1 fat quarter for outsie
1 fat quarter for inside
1/4 yard for binding
1/3 yard strap and inner pocket
2-1/8 yard cuts for eyes and beak

Small Bag (6″ x 7″)
1 fat quarter for outsie
1 fat quarter for inside
1/4 yard for binding
1/8 yard strap and inner pocket
2-1/8 yard cuts for eyes and beak

Buttons for eyes
Scrap of DecoBond
Scrap of Heat and Bond
2 Scraps of leftover quilt batting the size of your fat quarter


Draw out a pattern using the following measurements. This will be the front and back of the bag.

Base 7″ (12″)
Height 6″ (9″)
Top 4.25″ (9″)

Cut a 12″ x 20″ (18″ x 21″) piece of fabric from your fabric that will be the outside. Cut a piece of batting that is slightly bigger. Machine quilt the to pieces together using a scalloped type quilting pattern.

From the quilted piece cut::
2 of the drawn pattern
2-2.5″ x 6″ pieces (2-3″ x 9″)
1-2.5″ x 7″ piece (1-3″ x 12″)

Pin the 6″ pieces to the 7″ piece as shown. Sew between the pins leaving a 1/4″ not sewn at each edge. Do this for each end.

Pin the front piece to the side pieces as shown. Again, sew between the pins leaving a 1/4″ not sewn at each edge.

Pin the side pieces to the front as shown. This time leave a 1/4″ not sewn only at the base of the purse only. Sew to the edge of the top. Sew both sides the same way.

Sew the back piece in place by repeating the last two steps.

Turn right side out.

From the lining fabric cut::
2 of the drawn pattern
2-2.5″ x 6″ pieces
1-2.5″ x 7″ piece

From a contrast fabric cut 2-4.5″ x 5″ (6.5″ x 6′) pieces for an inside pocket. Put the pieces right sides together. Sew around the edge as shown leaving an opening. Clip the corners. Turn right side out. Hand stitch the opening shut.

Stitch to the back piece as shown.

Now assemble you lining using the same steps that you used to sew the outside of the bag together. Clip the corner seams.

Now tuck the lining into the bag putting the WRONG sides together. Pin the seams together as shown.

Cut 2-2.5″ strip of fabric for the binding. Using one strip, bind the top edge of the bag just as you would bind a quilt. I sewed the binding to the outside and flipped it over to the inside, hand sewing the binding in place.

To make the flap, cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ (11″ x 5.75″) piece of lining fabric and one the same size of the machine quilted pieces. Layer them wrong sides together. Bind three of the sides with the other 2.5″ binding strip.

Find the center of the back side of the bag. Find the center of the flap. Match them up as shown. Pin the flap in place about 1/4″ below the binding strip. Sew into place.

Trim the seam to only 1/8″. Turn the flap into position. Pin in place. Stitch 1/2″ from the fold covering the raw edge.

Using the beak pattern provided in the printable version, cut two beaks from fabric and one from decobond. Put the fabric pieces right sides together. Layer that on top of the decobond piece. Sew along the two curved sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim. Turn right sides out. Iron. Turn the straight open edge in, iron.

Sew the beak in place on the center of the flap as shown.

To make the eyes cut a 5″ x 2.5″ (7″ x 3.5″) piece of the outside bag fabric and one of a contrasting fabric. Cut a piece of heat and bond that is that size as well. Adhere the heat and bond to the back of one of the pieces of fabric. Then adhere the other piece of fabric to the heat and bond making a fabric and heat and bond sandwich. Using the fabric, cut two 2′ (3″) circles.

Cut a piece of contrasting fabric that is 1.5″ by 3.5″ (2.5″ x 5″). Cut a piece of heat and bond the same size. Adhere to fabric. Cut two 1″ circles. Adhere to the middle of the 2″ circles. Using a scissor, fringe the outside edge of the 2″ circle.

Now all that is left is the strap. To make them cut two 2″ x 28″ (2.5″ x 42) pieces of fabric and one of batting. Layer the batting between the fabric and machine quilt. Pin the strap to the purse testing the length. If you want it shorter, now is the time to trim it. Cut 2 (3) binding strips. Bind the strap as you would bind a quilt.

Position the strap as shown and stitch in place.

Your bag is finished…unless, of course, you are making one of each size….Remember the directions for the large bag are in parentheses.

If you look at the photo of the finished bags you will see a picture of a tiny matching purse. If you want to learn how to make that, head on over my blog, Jo’s Country Junction, and you’ll see a little tutorial on how to make it. If you make it without the handle, it’s a darling little coin purse. I am giving away my extra scraps so you might want to check that out too.

Large Bag (10″ x 11″)Small Bag (6″ x 7″)

Chain of Faith

I’m so happy to be showing you my latest Moda Bake Shop Project, Chain of Faith. If you are looking for a quilt pattern that looks complicated but is actually not, Chain of Faith might be just the quilt for you! If you haven’t seen or touched the fabric yet, you are going to want to. This fabric feels like it’s already been loved. It’s so soft and cuddly. If you want to see more behind the scenes information about the quilt make sure to stop over to my blog, Jo’s Country Junction.

2 Collections for a Cause-Faith Jelly Rolls

3.5 Yards of Red Collections for a Cause-Faith 4609016 for cornerstones, border and binding

6 yards of Collections for a Cause-Faith 4609123 backing fabric

There isn’t room for error when cutting the jelly rolls. You may want to purchase an extra 1/4 yard of fabric…just in case.

From the red cut: 41 – 2.5″ strips
Set 8 aside for borders
Set 8 aside for binding

Sub cut 32 – 11″ pieces
Sub cut 219 – 2.5″ pieces

From Jelly Rolls (I set the solid red, brown and cream pieces aside)
From 11 strips sub cut 32 11″ pieces
From 29 strips sub cut 144 8.5″ pieces
From 22 strips sub cut 128 6.5″ pieces
From 15 strips sub cut 128 4.5″ pieces

You will need to use leftover pieces from previous strips to complete the number of strips needed.

There is VERY little leftover fabric when making this project, so cut carefully.

Take the 11″ red strips and sew to the 11″ strips along the length of the pieces. Press to the red.
Sub cut into 4 2.5″ pieces.

Mix and match the pieces sewing them together to make scrappy four patch blocks.

Sew a 4.5″ piece to each 4 patch as shown.

Sew a 2.5″ red square to a 4.5″ piece.

Sew the piece onto the main block.

Sew a 6.5″ piece to the main block.

Sew a 2.5″ red square to a 6.5″ piece.

Sew the piece to the main block.

Repeat the process making a total of 64 blocks.

The next step is to take four of your smaller blocks, four 8.5″ sashing strips, and a red cornerstone and sew them into a block as shown. Be careful to sew them together so that the small red squares form an “X”. Also be careful to sew them together so that the vertical stripes of the block are across from each other.

Repeat making a total of 16 of these larger blocks. Set them aside.

Sew a red cornerstone between two sashing pieces as shown. Make 20 all together.

Now take four of your blocks and five sashing pieces. Sew the sashing pieces to them as shown.

It is really easy to turn the blocks in the wrong direction. Look at the photo closely and see how the blocks are still forming an “X” and the vertical strips in the block are still vertical. Make a total of four rows.

Now make sashing to strips to go between the rows. You will need to eight 8.5″ pieces and 9 red cornerstones for each row, starting and ending with a cornerstone.

Connect them as shown. Make a total of five sashing strips.

Now sew the rows and the sashing strip together to form your quilt top. A sashing row will be at the top and at the bottom as well as between the block rows.

Take your border strips and sew them together. Attach to your quilt and your quilt top is finished.

Piece your backing together and quilt as desired.

One 86″ x 86″ quilt
This fabric line is SO soft….now it’s perfect for a cup of cocoa and a snuggle.

Typically when I show a Moda Bake Shop project, my beagle Gracie is part of the photo shoot. She wasn’t feeling the best when we took the photos…Stop on over the blog and see how she’s doing at our blog Jo’s Country Junction.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}

Doggie Do Bag

Hello…I’m Jo from Jo’s Country Junction. My beagle, Gracie, and I are here to share with you a pattern we put together for a Doggie Do Bag. You may wonder what a doggie do bag is…Well, Gracie needed to go to dog obedience class and the instructor required all owners to have plastic bags (to pick up any messes) and treats with us at all times. So I made this little bag to carry my keys, wallet, and all the necessities Gracie needed.

Don’t have a dog? Don’t worry. This cute little bag can be use for anything: makeup, a crayon case…whatever you like.

1 honey bun of Charlevoix
2 fat quarters
fusible fleece
Deco Bond
black thread

Mini ricrac
Black scrap of felt

From the fat quarter, cut two 7.5″ x 8″ pieces for the lining.

Cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece 7.5″ x 8″.

Fuse the fleece to the lining pieces.

Select 9-10 fabric strips from your honey bun. Layer two of the pieces right side together diagonally on the fusible fleece. Sew them diagonally onto the fleece, using a quilt as you go method.

Press open.

Continue adding pieces until the whole piece is covered.

Do this for both pieces.

Trim both pieces to 6.5″ x 7.5″. Set aside.

For the front pocket, take the other fat quarter and cut a 7.5″ x 8.5″ piece. Cut a piece of Deco Bond 7.5″ x 4.25″. Iron the fabric in half. Open up. Place the deco bond on the fabric. Fold over.

Position a piece of mini ricrac 1/2″ from the fold. Using matching thread, sew in place.

Using the dog pattern included in the Printer Friendly Version, cut a dog from the scrap of black felt. Cut a 1/4″ x 6″ strip of fabric from one of the fat quarters. Tie in a knot around the dog’s neck. Position the dog 1.25″ from the side and .75″ from the top of the right hand side of the pocket piece.

Sew in place using black thread.

Cut 4- 1.5″ x 2″ pieces of fabric from one of the fat quarters. Take two of the pieces and put them right sides facing. Slide the zipper pull down. Sandwich the zipper in the middle of the two pieces. Sew over the top using a 1/2″ seam. Press the fabric open. Trim to 3/4″.

Cut the zipper so it is 7.5″ long including the fabric piece. Take two of the fabric pieces and put them wrong sides facing.

Sandwich the opposite end of the zipper in the middle of two of the pieces. Sew over the top using a 1/2″ seam. Press the fabric open.

Trim to 3/4″.

Trim the sides so they are the same width as the zipper.

For the handle, cut 2- 12″ x 1.5″ pieces of fabric from the fat quarter. Cut one piece of Deco Bond 12″ x 1.5″.

Put the pieces right sides together and lay on top of the Deco Bond piece. Sew 1/4″ from each of the sides to make a tube. Turn right side out.

ess. Top stitch along both edges.

Lay the zipper along the 7.5″ side of the bag piece with the right side together. Stitch in place.

Layer the other bag piece along the other zipper side with right side together and stitch in place.
Press the seam away from the zipper. Top stitch along the zipper on both sides.

Lay the pocket along the edge of the bag piece. Pin in place. Baste in place.

Pin the handle in place just above the pocket matching the seams. Tack in place.

Open the zipper 3/4 of the way. Fold in half with right sides together. Sew around the edge, pivoting at the corners. Trim near the zipper and at the corners.

Fold the corners in as shown. Pin. Measure in 3/4″. Draw a line. Sew along the line.

Cut away excess.
Do this for both corners.

Turn right side out. Poke the corners out and your clutch is finished.

Your bag will be about 5.5″ x 7″…not including the handle. You can easily leave off or shorten the handle, depending on the intended purpose of your bag. I made my handle long so it could hook over my wrist when I was walking Gracie.

You will have plenty honey bun strips left over to make a few more bags.

I’d love to hear what you will use your “Doggie Do” bag for….and don’t forget to stop over and visit Gracie and me over at Jo’s Country Junction.

Jo Kramer
{Jo’s Country Junction}