Boxed In Quilt

Hi all you Moda Bake Shop fans!!! This is KarrieLyne from Freckled Whimsy back with another goodie for you!!

Do you need a quick quilt for a gift? Getting chilly at this time of year and need a fast lap warmer? Need an idea for a charity quilt or want to make a quilt for Quilts for Kids or the like? This pattern is definitely one that can be put together in a weekend, or even less, if you are ambitious!

I love all the fun bright colors in Sandy Gervais’ new line, Lollipop which is why I chose it for this quilt! If you love it as much as I do…head on over to Burgundy Buttons where Leah has a kit at a discounted price waiting just for you!! Hurry though, she only has a limited supply!!

1 Lollipop Layer Cake
1/2 yard for first border (7521-444)
1 yard for second border (17555-13)
1/2 yard for binding (17557-24)
4 yards for backing (17551-13)

— 1/4″ seams used throughout
— LC is an abbreviation for Layer Cake

1.  Pull out all 7 of the solid LC pieces.

2.  Cut them into 5 x 5 squares

**NOTE** If you don’t have enough solids or don’t want to use the solids, you can use the 5” piece you cut out in a future step and mix and match them in your LC pieces too. 🙂

3.  Choose 25 LC pieces that the solids will contrast with.

4.  Pair up a 5” solid square with a LC piece –I put mine in a pile as I matched them up until I had what I liked.

5. Now we cut the layer cakes apart.

6.  Start by cutting 1 1/4” from the left side of the LC.

7.  From the edge you just cut, cut over another 5”.

8.  Turn the center piece sideways and trim at 2”

9.  From the edge you just cut, cut over another 5”. Now rotate the pieces back in their respective spots.

10. Replace the center 5” piece with your solid.

**NOTE**  To make sewing go faster, I cut up each layer cake and placed them with their solid and stacked them up on a 12.5” square ruler for easy transport. Keeping each piece in its respective position. This way you can chain piece each block when it’s time to sew. 🙂

11.  Sew your center row together. Press.

12. Then sew on the sides. Press.

13. Repeat for all 25 layer cake pieces.

14. Trim off the overhanging edges and square up to 9” if necessary.

15. Lay out your blocks, 5 across and 5 down, in a pleasing order, making sure to rotate your blocks for a wonky effect.

16. Then sew the blocks into rows, and then sew the rows together. Press.

17. For the first border, cut (5) 2” strips from your first border fabric. The top and bottom border will be just one strip each. When you do the sides, you will have to piece the strips.

18. Cut (6 ) 4 1/2” strips from your second border fabric. You will have to piece each side for this border.

19. Press once more, then sandwich with the batting and the backing, quilt, bind, then throw it in the wash and dry. 🙂

This quilt will measure about 50″ x 50″ after washing.  Isn’t it cute? 😀

If you want to make the quilt larger, just add more layer cake pieces and follow the same steps!

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial! If you make this quilt, please oh please share it with me? You can email a photo of it to me HERE or you can add it to my Flickr Group HERE.  I would love to feature them on my blog! 🙂

Much Love and Happy Quilting!!


Lollipop Quilt

Hi, I am Jane from Want it, Need it, Quilt it! {} and today I am bringing you a sweet treat that has no calories.

Lollipop is a deliciously colourful collection from Sandy Gervias for MODA that I made into a child’s snugly quilt or play mat. It would even make a cute wall hanging to brighten up a child’s room.

This quilt is a simple project that can be pieced, quilted, and ready for snuggling in no time. Enjoy!

  • 2 x Lollipop charm packs by Sandy Gervais for MODA
  • 1/2 yard Brown Lollipop fabric for binding (#7521 444)
  • 1 1/4 yards of Lollipop fabric for backing (# 17553 13)
  • 40″ x 40″ piece of wadding
  • 3.5″ circle template
  • Fusible webbing
  • Embroidery Floss

1/4 ” seam allowance used for all piecing

Step 1 – Separate the solids from each charm pack.

Step 2 – Separate the remaining charm squares into groups of the same colours.

Step 3 – Choose one (1) charm square from each colour group with a small print. These will become the seven lollipops.

Step 4 – Place the circle template on the right side of your lollipop square and centre. Trace around it. Draw a freehand swirl on the right side of the square.

Step 5 – Using two (2) strands of embroidery floss, embroider the swirl design on each lollipop.

Step 6 – Iron fusible webbing to back of charm and cut out circle. Make seven (7).

Step 7 – Let’s make the sticks for the Lollipops.

  • Select some contrasting fabrics from the charm square pack
  • Cut 1″ strips from selected charm squares. The strip should measure 1″ x 5″
  • Fold 1/4 seam at one end of the strip
  • Press the strip in half lengthways and open
  • Press each long edge to the middle to form a stem 1/2″ wide.
  • Cut a 3/8″ x length of stem of Fusible webbing. Iron on back of stem

Step 8 – Sew the same solid colour pairs together.

Step 9 – Place the lollipop and stick on the solid block, tucking the stick under the Lollipop. I measured 3/4″ from the top and 3/4″ from the bottom of the block. Iron the stick and Lollipop onto the block. Use you favourite technique to applique the Lollipop to the block. I machine appliqued the Lollipop with a neutral thread.

There are many ways to applique – needle turn, fusible web –  raw edge, machine applique or hand appliqued. It is really up to how you want the finished quilt to look – formal or naive.

Step 10 – Select random pairs from the remaining charm squares to make twenty five (25) blocks.

I like to use a short stitch (2.5) and open my seams. If tension is correct,  there should be no pulling apart of seams. Applying moderately dense quilting also helps to take the pressure off the seams.

Step 11 – Lay out the blocks like diagram below. Sew the blocks together to form rows and then join the rows

Step 12 – Layer the backing, batting, and quilt top. Quilt as desired. I used Perle 8 cottons and stitched around the Lollipops.

Step 13 – Cut four (4) x 2 1/4″ strips from the width of fabric (WOF) to make binding. Attach binding to quilt.

Voila – You have completed the quilt! Now add a label, photograph it and give it to someone you love.

One hugly, snugly, delicious quilt.

Finished size of quilt 35″ x 35″
Finished Block Size 4 1/2″ x 9″

Jane Davidson

Watch Me Grow Chart

Hello everybody! I’m Vanessa Wilson, a.k.a- Crafty Gemini.  I am sooooo excited to share my first Moda Bake Shop recipe with you! Enjoy!

1 Jelly Roll in MODA Lollipop by Sandy Gervais
1/2 yard cream fabric (7521 441 from Lollipop)
1 1/4 yard fabric for backing & binding (17555 13 from Lollipop)
Batting measuring ~15″ x 85″
5″ strip of ribbon
Spray basting spray (recommended)

I came up with this idea earlier this year after watching the season finale of Desperate Housewives where Mike used a crowbar to remove the panel off the front door jamb that was used as a growth chart for Julie because they had to move out of the house.  A light bulb went off in my head! I can make a quilted growth chart that is portable yet permanent.  Since nowadays almost no one lives in the same house for their entire childhood, I thought to make a quilted one that can be rolled up and transported but keeps the sentimental value and history intact. Here is my step-by-step tutorial! I hope you and your family enjoy this project for years to come!

Note:  You can make this growth chart any length you want.  I made this one 80″ long because it’s for my son and we anticipate him having his family’s height genes. All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise specified. 

1.  Take 4 jelly roll strips and lay them next to each other lengthwise in a combination of your choice.  Sew together lengthwise. Press seams toward darker fabric.  Repeat with 4 more different strips to get 2 strip sets.

2.  Trim selvages and cut 4″ wide units from both of your strip sets.  You can get 10 cuts out of each strip set for a total of twenty 4″ units.

TIP: When you are cutting these 4″ units line up the lines on your ruler with the seam lines that run perpendicular for a more accurate cut.

3.  Rearrange 10 of your 4″ units to get two long strips in a combination you like.  For my son’s growth chart, I made four strip sets (instead of just two) to get more variety with the fabrics. Jelly Rolls have so many fabrics that you can play around with these strip sets as much as you like.

4.  Sew together the 10 rearranged 4″ unit pieces to make one continuous strip.  Repeat with the remaining 10 units.  You will end up with two continuous patchwork strips that will measure 80″ when finished.  (You can trim now if you don’t want yours as long.)

5.  From your cream fabric (I used #7521 441 from the Lollipop line), cut two strips measuring 5″ x WOF (width of fabric). Trim selvages and sew strips together along their short sides.  Press seam open.

6. Line up all three of your pieced strips with the cream strip in the center and sew together. I recommend sewing with the patchwork strips on top so you can help those seams lay in the right direction as you sew. Press seams toward the outside (patchwork strips).

7.  Backing: Cut two strips measuring 14″ x WOF (width of fabric). Trim selvages and sew strips together along their short sides (just like you did for the cream strip). Press seam open.

TIP: My two-ruler shortcut: The backing strips are wider than my rulers so, I line up a ruler that is long enough to cover the width I need by placing the ruler’s 14″ mark on the right-side edge of my fabric and then line up another ruler perpendicular to the horizontally placed ruler. Now remove the horizontally placed ruler and cut fabric.

8.  Lay your backing piece on a long table or floor with the pretty side of the fabric facing down.  Then layer your batting piece on top and finally your front.  I used two aerosol cans as weights to hold the backing flat, then use a basting spray to help the layering process along.  Smooth out all the air pockets until your quilt sandwich is completely flat.  Pin all over to secure the layers together. 

9.  Quilting: Using your walking foot, stitch around the entire perimeter of the quilt about 1/8″ away from the edge.  I make the stitch line nice and narrow to make sure my binding will cover up those stitches. Stitch-in-the-ditch on the right and left sides of the cream center strip.  Trim away excess batting and backing.

10. Binding:  I like to make my own binding from 2 1/4″ x WOF (width of fabric) strips.  You will need 5 strips if you are making a growth chart as long as mine.

11. Make and attach your binding (using your preferred method) to the front of the quilt only. Cut a 5″ long piece of ribbon, fold the ends together and pin to center back of the underside of the binding. You may want to fold the quilt in half lengthwise to get that center mark. Stitch back and forth a few times to secure those ribbon edges to your binding. Then stitch your binding down however you like and your loop should be facing down.   

TIP: In case you are wondering about the zig-zag stitches… I zig-zag my edges to help make it easier for me to hand stitch the backing on the back.  It flattens out the three layers beautifully.

Note: If your batting is thick or really heavy you may want to make two end loops of ribbon instead of one center one to hold it up better. 

Ta-dah! Your Watch Me Grow Chart, quilted growth chart is complete!  Just stand your kids up next to it and mark with a permanent pen that is safe for fabrics.  I plan to make one of these for each of my kids so they can keep it for years and years. 
Here is my son, JRW, looking at his 13 mo. old mark on his new growth chart!
 1 easy-to-make Watch Me Grow Chart that is sure to be in your family for decades!

Vanessa Wilson
{Crafty Gemini}