Domestic Gifts Throw Quilt

Hi again, it’s Molly Culley with another quick and easy throw quilt.  When I saw the Domestic Bliss line, it was love at first sight.  Pinks, aquas, plums…what’s not to like?  Another reason I was smitten with this line is how it looks so vintage, yet modern.  The quilt design is clean and simple, and really lets the fabrics shine, with a hint of texture and embellishment with the ruffled solids. 

One Layer Cake
One Jelly Roll
4 yards backing fabric

1.  Choose 36 layer cake squares for the front of your quilt, and set aside the remaining 6 for the pieced back.  Lay them out in a pleasing arrangement.

2.  Unroll your jelly roll and set aside 6 strips for your binding.  Next, we will need 5 strips for the ruffled/pleated solids, so go ahead and unroll those.  Take the first one, and fold it in half lengthwise so the selvedges are touching.  Cut the strip on the fold so you have 2- 2.5″x21″ pieces.  Now, cut each strip in half width-wise so you now have 4- 1.25″ by 21″ strips.  Do the same to the remaining 4 jelly roll strips. You will need 18 ruffle strips that measure 1.25″ by 21″.

3.  Using a coordinating thread color, stitch a 1/4″ seam on either side of each solid strip.  This will slow any fraying during daily use and laundry days.

4.  Your next step is to choose the squares you want your ruffles on.  I chose three alternating squares from each row, and also changed the direction of the ruffles for each row.

5.  Using the 18 solid strips, either ruffle or pleat them using your favorite method.  I chose to fold the strip as I sewed it onto the layer cake square to make pleats.  The photo above shows an example of my pleating method.  I just used my fingers to tuck the fabric under the presser foot, but you could also use a ruffler foot or a gathering stitch to make traditional ruffles.  I also didn’t put my ruffle exactly in the middle of the square each time…I didn’t want each block to be the same.

6.  Once the ruffles/pleats are sewn onto your layer cake squares, sew over the 1/4″ stitch lines on the edges of the solids so they lay nicer on your quilt once it’s washed.  I learned this the hard way…it’s much easier to do this with the individual squares, rather than wrestling the whole quilt into the machine again.

7.  Join your squares into rows, then sew the rows together into a 6×6 block layout.

8.  For your pieced back, sew together the 6 layer cake squares set aside earlier, and piece them into your backing fabric.

9.  Baste, quilt and bind.  I quilted mine in an all-over meander with a variegated thread.  Use the 6 solid jelly roll strips you set aside earlier to make your binding.  Enjoy your gorgeous new quilt!

A throw quilt that measures 57″ square.

I hope you enjoyed my project! If you’d like to see what I’m sewing up lately, stop by my Instagram feed (link below).

Molly Culley

Simply Charming Tablecloth

Simply Charming Tablecloth

Hello All! My name is Angela and I blog over at   I’m back with another tutorial for you, this time using the lovely Domestic Bliss line by Liz Scott.  I fell in love with these fabrics as soon as I saw them and wanted to make something quick and “easy” with all of the colors.

Sometimes you love every single fabric in a line and just want to USE them.  Right now!  Well this tablecloth pattern will let you do that and gives you a very functional item along with the joy of diving into a collection.  It uses just 2 charm packs.  So there is enough to have some fun but not so much that it gets overwhelming.

This tablecloth is perfect for special occasions like birthdays or holidays (with the right fabrics!) but is also simple enough for every day use.  There are special details like a mitered edge border and a single piece backing.

It’s “Simply Charming”.

(2) Charm Packs of Domestic Bliss by Liz Scott
  *update – not on PDF instructions* – you need 88 charms total…some lines will have enough in two charm packs.  If you don’t have enough, I would take some of the extra Bella solid and cut it into charm squares and use them as corner squares on the table cloth.
1 1/4 yard of Bella Solid Marine
2 yards of 108″ Grey Dottie Backing

Cut the Bella solid into a 40 1/2″ square piece of fabric.

Arrange your charms around the Solid center in rows.
You will need
     (2) 9 piece strips
     (4) 11 piece strips
     (2) 13 piece strips


Sew the charms into rows and attach the rows to the solid center as shown below.

First attach each 9 piece strip to opposite sides of the solid center.
Next attach an 11 piece strip to the two remaining opposite sides of the solid center to create a square piece again.


Then attach an 11 piece strip to opposite sides of the new square piece.


Finally, attach a 13 piece strip to the remaining two opposite sides to once again square up the piece.


Your piece should now be 58″ square.

Cut the Dottie Backing into a 67″ square piece.
We will be creating a deep mitered hem around the perimeter of the tablecloth.

On all four sides of the backing fabric, press the ends wrong sides together with a 1/2″ fold.


Follow this by pressing all four sides in with a 2″ fold.


At each corner, unfold the fabric back to reveal the wrong side of the fabric.  Fold each corner in at a 45 degree diagonal, wrong sides together.  You should be able to match up your pressed creases.


   Trim the folded triangle to a 1/2″.


Refold the fabric back along the original pressed edges to reveal a perfect mitered corner.

simply charming tablecloth - mitered edge

Lay the backing fabric out with the wrong side up.  Place the tablecloth pieced top on top of the backing, centering it.  Keep each fabric as smooth and flat as possible.

simply charming tablecloth

Fold the hem along the edge of the pieced top and pin in place around the entire tablecloth.  Top stitch around the entire edge of the hem, including the mitered edges.


And ta-da!  You are done!  Easy peasy!

One Simply Charming Tablecloth!

Simply Charming Tablecloth2
So pull out those charm packs…feel free to mix and match!  And whip up a fabulous tablecloth for that special occasion.  You could make some coordinating napkins too. 😉  Oh and how cute would a novelty tablecloth be for a child’s birthday party?!  Endless possibilities… 
If you do use the tutorial to make a tablecloth I would love to see it!  So please share it in my flickr group, Cut To Pieces and of course the Moda BakeShop Group as well.  Enjoy!
Angela Pingel

Cathedral Window Pincushion

An incredibly easy and beautiful pincushion. Makes a fast gift for the sewer in your life or for yourself since one can never have too many pincushions. If you thought cathedral windows were hard, I can promise that your mind will be changed after making this simple cushion.

one 10.5 inch square of Moda Bella solids white
nine 5 in squares of fabric or charms like Domestic Bliss
one button
craft/button thread
stuffable batting

I used the very bright and colorful Domestic Bliss for a spring pin cushion.

Cut your solid square (or a print) 10.5 inches

Cut your template, I used a folder I found in the filing drawer, to 9 inches

Cathedral windows are mostly folding and ironing. Fold the corner over the edge of the template and iron into place. Then repeat on the other three sides.

Next fold the edges down and press. Repeat on the other three sides.
When the sides are pressed it will look like this:
Take the template out at this point:

Fold your square in half and press:
This is what it looks like if you fold one side back:

Fold the opposite way and press again. When you open your square it will look like this:

Time for more folding. Fold the outer corners in and press:

It will look like this when all four have been pressed:
Now do it all again. Fold each of the corners in and press:

Done with the folding/ ironing part!!!!

Trim one of your 5 in squares to 4.25 inches and place in the center of the open square.

Close the flaps.

Stitch the center to secure the flaps closed. This will not show so it does not have to be pretty!

Take another of your 5 in squares and place in one of the triangles and trim.

Repeat with the rest of the charms.

Fold the edge of the flap over the triangle of fabric and pin into place.
Sew to secure the flap. I used the inside of my 1/4in foot as a guide.
Repeat until you have all the flaps sewn.
Put the top aside and grab your last four charms,
Right sides facing sew them together on one side.
Repeat so you have two sets.
 Press open.
Placing right sides together mark a 2in opening with two pins.
Using a 1/2 in seam  sew up to the pin and do a little back and forth to secure where the opening will be.
Press the seam open.
This is the opening.
Take the cushion top and place it right sides facing and centered on the opening of the cushion back.
Using  1/4 in seam, sew around all four sides.
Trim the excess fabric.
Turn the cushion right side out.
Stuff and stuff some more!
Stitch the back closed.
 The best part…choose a button, attach it and you are DONE!!!!! 

One really cute and adorable 3.5in square pincushion to keep or share!!!!

Kim Niedzwiecki

Valentine’s Bliss Bunting


This no-sew project is fun to make as a quick and festive decoration. Liz Scott’s Domestic Bliss collection was perfect for some happy hearts. And because the hearts are not permanently attached to the ribbon, you can adjust their spacing to make the bunting exactly the length you need!


1 charm pack
1 yard fusible web cut into 21, 5” squares (for bunting we like Steam-a-Steam 2)
4-7 yards ribbon, depending on how long you’d like your bunting to be (we used 3/8” grosgrain ribbon)
heart template, traced from the pattern PDF (included in the Printer Friendly Version) onto template plastic

1. Divide charm squares into 21 pairs. We kept similar colors together so the darker colors wouldn’t show through the lighter sides.


2. Fuse the pairs together: this fusible has paper on both sides, and will conveniently stick where we place it. Peel off the first layer…


Lay the fusible side down onto the wrong side of one square and press according to the instructions that come with your fusible for heat setting and length of time. Be sure the sticky part doesn’t peel away from the fabric.

fuse 1

TIP: Keep the fusible facing down so it doesn’t get on your iron. Use a pressing cloth or appliqué pressing sheet underneath everything to keep sticky stuff from getting on your ironing board.

Peel the other side of the paper off…


Align the first square, fusible side down, onto the wrong side of its mate, and fuse.

fuse again

TIP: We found it easiest to do this assembly line style, ironing the fusible to one square from each pair first, and then pressing them all on to the second squares. This way they have a chance to cool down before you have to handle them again. Just don’t get your pairs mixed up!

Edit: I thought I’d mention a bit about our experience with the fusible and it’s durability. We’ve made buntings with Steam a Seam and hung them outside for months in the wind and elements without anything coming apart. That stuff is awesome.

3. Trace the heart and slits onto each fused square.


For the slit, you can just cut into the template plastic and stick your tracing pencil through it to make the mark.


Cut out the heart…


…and cut the slits with a seam ripper, like you would a button hole. Poke the point through all layers, and gently cut to the end of the line. That’s right, the curve inside your seam ripper is a little blade! We only traced one slit, folded the heart in half, and cut the 2 slits at once. If you are using wider than 3/8″ ribbon, just cut your slits the exact width of your ribbon.


4. Weave the ribbon through the hearts.


Alternate the direction of the ribbon on each heart (first woven in from the back, then woven in from the front, and so forth) so it will look the same from either side of the bunting.


Slide the hearts along the ribbon to get them where you want them. Space the hearts close together…


…or farther apart for a different look and a longer bunting.


1 heart-warming bunting of adjustable size, for all sorts of spaces!


Try some variations, like cutting the hearts out with a wavy blade on your rotary cutter, or dividing the hearts into 2 separate buntings for both sides of the room. Post photos of your own version in our Flickr pool!

We hope you enjoy this little project, our very first Moda Bake Shop recipe! We’ve got a few Domestic Bliss Charm Packs available, and don’t forget to check out our blog for other fun stuff.

Jo, Kathy, and Jess

Sugar Garden Throw Quilt

Hi everyone, I’m Molly Culley from Stitch-n-Thyme Designs with my second Moda Bake Shop tutorial!  This is a really fun and quick quilt to piece.  The plot on our base’s community garden inspired me.  There is order but there are always some stragglers that get into the paths, represented here in the botanical raw-edge applique.  If you make one of these quilts, I’d love to see it!

Sugar Pop Layer Cake

Bella Snow Jelly Roll
2 yards backing
3/4 yard binding

1.  Separate your layer cake: You will need 25 squares for the top, 12 for the backing, and 3 or 4 for applique.  Choose applique squares that have a large floral or botanical accent.  Set aside backing and applique squares.

2.  Cut your 25 squares for the top into quarters; arrange them into pleasing groups of four.

3.  Stitch your squares together into four-patches; press.  Arrange four-patches into a 5×5 layout.

4.  Unwrap your jelly roll and cut 20 pieces that measure 9.5 x 2.5 inches.

5.  Sew one sashing piece onto one side of four of the four-patch units in each row.  Sew into rows; repeat for each row of your quilt.  Press.

It’s slightly hard to see, but the sashing is sewn between each block.  Next we’ll work on the long sashing.
6.  Take out four jelly roll strips and set aside.  Take out another jelly roll strip, and cut 4-10″ sections off.  Now join each small section to one jelly roll strip.  We want to align these long jelly roll strips between each row so the seam on the jelly roll lands between or really close to a four patch.  Alternate the seams on each row so you have a seam on the left, on the right, left, then right.  Sew long strips between your four-patch rows as sashing. Press your quilt top.
7.  Using your squares set aside for applique, cut out 8 pieces that are large enough to cover the jelly roll seams.  
8.  Four pieces will be used for covering seams; the other four are for balancing out the quilt top so there are two motifs per long strip.
 8.  Stitch around each shape about 1/4″ from the raw edge.  Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end so your stitches don’t come unraveled.
9.  Quilt Back:  Take the 12 reserved squares and piece them together into two rows of six.  Press and stitch together.  Cut your backing yardage in half, then piece to opposite sides of the layer cake squares.
10.  Layer your quilt top, batting, and backing.  Quilt, bind and enjoy! 

I am proud to say I had this quilt long-arm quilted by Melanie Simpson and company at Front Porch Quilt Shoppe in Ozark, Alabama, which happens to be my local quilt shop.  Her shop is wonderful, and full of Moda goodness!

A gorgeous throw quilt, just right for a picnic at the park or your local community garden!

Molly Culley

Quilter’s Ironing Pad


Hello, I hope that you enjoy this tutorial on how to make a quilter’s ironing pad.  My inspiration for this project came after getting annoyed with having to drag out my big ironing board every time I just needed to iron a few seams.  This project is great for ironing quilting projects, it stores easily, and it is very portable.  Hopefully this project will save you some time and ironing board frustration.  It would make a great gift too!

16 Charm Squares (I used Sugar Pop by Liz Scott)
1/8 Yard of Coordinating Fabric (for binding)
1/2 Yard of Thermal Fabric (ironing board fabric)
1/2 Yard of batting (or insulated batting–preferably heat resistant)

Step One:  Layout out your 16 charm squares in a 4 by 4 square.  Maintaining the order of your pattern, take the two charm squares of the first row and align them together with right sides facing each other.  Align the other two charm squares in the same fashion and repeat for the remaining three rows.  Sew each set of two charm squares on one side using a 1/4 seam allowance (all seams will be 1/4 inch throughout).  You should now have 8 sets of two charm squares sewn together.

Step Two:  Press open seams.

Step Three:  With right sides together, sew one set of two charm squares to another set of two charm squares to make a row of four charm squares.

Step Four:  Press open seams.  With right sides together sew one set of four charm squares to another set of four charm squares.
Step Five:  Press open seams and then with right sides together, sew one set of eight charm squares to the other set of eight charm squares to complete your back of the ironing pad.  Press open seams.
Step Six:  Cut a piece of thermal fabric to match the size of the back you just made.

Step Seven: Cut a piece of the batting to match the back as well.

Step Eight:  With the wrong side of the back facing up, place the batting on top of the back.  Be careful to line up the edges.  Then place the thermal fabric on top, right side facing up, and line up all edges then pin.
 Step Nine:  Sew the entire perimeter of the new stack with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Step Ten:  Add a binding using your favorite method or try my binding tutorial.
Presto!!! You are done!!!  Enjoy your new ironing pad and the relief from not having to drag out the old ironing board just to iron a seam or two.
One ironing pad to either use for your own quilting needs or to give to a fellow quilter.
Thanks for looking!  
Kathy Davis

Fat Quarter Pillowcase Dress

This is Aubrey of Maubys here again with a super simple and fast fat quarter tutorial.
Modeled after the infamous “pillowcase” dress style, this fast little dress takes only 2 fat quarters and the added bonus of not needing a hem!  

2 Fat Quarters (try to use ones with selvages if you can)
2, 1 Yard cuts of 5/8″ wide ribbon that matches the fat quarters
Matching Thread

Rick Rack

1. Lay the two fat quarters on top of each other with right sides up.

The shorter edge of each fat quarter (18″) with the selvage will be the bottom and the opposite shorter edge will be the top.

Measure 3″ in along the top/shorter side and 6″ down on the longer side. Cut on a diagonal. Repeat with the opposite side. These will be the arm holes.

2. Place cut fat quarters on top of each other, right sides together. Line up all edges. Using a straight stitch, serger, or an overcast stitch sew the two pieces together along the sides from the bottom of the arm holes to the bottom of the fat quarters with a 5/8″ seam allowance.

3. Finish the sleeves with a 1/4″ double fold hem and a 1/8″ seam allowance.
How to do a double fold hem: Starting at the top of one of the arm holes fold fabric over 1/4″ so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Press. Fold over again another 1/4″ in the same direction closing the raw edge inside the hem.

4. Fold over the top of each side 1/4″ so that the raw edge is on the wrong side of the fabric. Sew with 1/8″ seam allowance. This is the neckline.

5. Turn top over 1″ and hem again with 1/8″ seam allowance only along the bottom of the neckline hem.

6. String ribbon through each 1″ top hem.  

7. Match up the ends of the ribbon and scrunch the fabric into the center of the ribbon. Un-scrunch the fabric a little bit, just enough to give the neckline a scrunchy, gathered look.

To keep dress neckline from being a choking hazard, sew the ends of the neckline hem closed. Securing the ribbon in between the ends of the neckline, keeping it in place.

8. I left the selvages as the hem because they look so great! If you don’t have selvages on your fat quarters, or don’t like the look of them, hem the bottom of the skirt with a 1/4″ – 1/2″ double fold hem.

And there you have it!  A very simple dress for a toddler that can become a shirt later on.  
Wear it in the winter with stockings or leggings and a long sleeved shirt. Or,
Wear it by itself in the summer as a sun dress!  Easy, cute and versatile! 
This dress was made with Fat Quarters from the Make Life Collection by Sweetwater

1 Pillowcase dress

Aubrey Schwartz