This is my FIRST project for Moda Bake Shop and I’m really excited to share it with you.

One of my favorite things to do besides QUILTING and CRAFTING is READING! So, for Mother’s Day this year my DH bought me an Amazon Kindle. I was sooo excited to get it early and I’ve already read three books and I’m in the middle of two more books. I just love this new technological wonder. It’s amazing. It holds over 1,500 books in one place and weighs less than a pound. Wow! So, I made this handy little pouch to protect it. If your purse is anything like mine, it needs protecting!

The BOOKKEEPER can also hold any paperback book that measures less than 9 ” x 6″ and isn’t too thick. If the book is thicker it needs to measure approximately 5″ x 7″ inches. If you need a bigger size you can customize the pattern to fit whatever size book you have. Just measure the circumferences of the book and add at least an inch to the width and length to allow for the seam allowances and flap.

The BOOKKEEPER could also be used as a handy little purse or sewing pouch. You could even throw in your make-up for an overnight quilt retreat.

I hope you enjoy this project.
Here goes. . .

  • 1 Moda Honey Bun (I used Mary Englebreits Baskets of Flowers for tutorial. I also used fabrics from a few of American Jane Collections for the additional Bookkeeper Sample)
  • 10″ x 18″ piece of Warm and Natural Cotton Batting
  • 10″ x 18″ piece of fabric for lining.
  • 2 1/2″ x 42″ strip of fabric for binding.
  • 1 1/2″ x 18″ Scrap of Red for Petals
  • 4″ x 7″ Scrap of Green for Stem and Leaf
  • 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ Scrap of any Color you choose for Center of Flower

Applique Pattern Templates: Click Here then print the pattern templates.
Note: You can download the PDF file by hitting the download button located on the tabs above the pattern. The SCRIBD print button is hidden under the MORE button in the top left corner of the pattern box. I’m hoping this makes sense when you click on the CLICK HERE link above.

Optional: Perfect Circles by Karen Buckley

You may garnish the center of your flower with a button, if desired.

1. Begin by opening you Honey Bun and picking out 9 different strips. To vary the colors and patterns you may want to lay the strips out and preview your choices before you sew them together. Now cut your 9 strips in half on the fold line. Set aside the other half of the 9 strips you just cut. You can use them later to make a second Bookkeeper for a friend.

2. There is no right or wrong way to combine your strips just use the fabrics and colors that appeal to you. You will definitely have enough fabric to make more than one Bookkeeper, so have fun playing with the different combinations of fabric. Line them up from Left to Right.

3. Take the first strip on your left and line it up along the left edge of the batting. Make sure to allow a bit of fabric coverage on both ends of the strip. You will trim excess when you’re done. Now lay your second strip on top of the first strip with right sides together (RST). Sew using a 1/4″ seam. Press seam open toward the opposite long edge (right side).

4. Continue sewing on the strips and pressing open until you’ve used all nine strips.

5. Turn project over and trim excess fabric on both short ends.

6. This is a great opportunity to use your sewing machines decorative stitches. Of course, it may be hard to pick just 8 of your favorite stitches but have fun picking. You may want to test your choices on a piece of scrap fabric with batting underneath it, especially if you’ve never used your decorative stitches before. Make sure to use your walking foot when sewing, it will help keep it flat. You will also want to keep your presser foot in the middle of each seam.

Note: If your machine doesn’t have decorative stitches you may stitch in the ditch.

Here’s a close-up of the decorative stitches I used.

7. Once you’re done sewing your stitches you’ll need to square up the rectangle to 9 1/2″ x 17 1/2″.
8. Lay your sewn and trimmed BOOKKEEPER on top of your lining fabric with wrong sides together. Cut lining fabric to fit. Measure 6″ up from the bottom and draw a faint pencil line from side to side across the width (9 1/2″) of the lining fabric then sew along the pencil line.

9. Next, take the 2 1/2″ strip and fold it in half, press the fold. This is your binding.

10. You will use 9 1/2″ of the binding you just prepared. Sew the binding to the bottom edge of the BOOKKEEPER then fold the bottom up toward the center of BOOKKEEPER and sew an 1/8″ seam to secure both sides (Refer to picture below).

11. Now attach the binding to the back of the bookkeeper using a 3/8″ seam. Start at one side making sure to leave an inch of fabric at the beginning and at the end. Press binding outward and fold over and around to the front of bookkeeper. Hand sew the binding making sure to fold the binding into itself at the beginning and ending points.

12. You are now ready to begin the applique process. There are many methods you can use to apply one piece of fabric to another but in this particular case I will use the following method. It works really well for this project.

NOTE: Remember, you may use any method of applique that work’s best for you.

13. For the flower petals: I like to use lightweight cardboard (cereal boxes work great, it’s cheap and easily accessible) or you can use heat resistant template material. Trace the pattern on your cardboard or template plastic and then cut it out.

14. Now take one of your Honey Bun strips and trace around the petal pattern using a pencil (as seen in the picture above).

15. Cut out the petals a little more than a 1/4″ outside of the pencil line (as seen in picture below).

16. For the flower center: Using the 1 1/2″ Perfect Circle Template trace the circle on the 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ piece of fabric. Then cut a little more than a 1/4″ outside of the pencil line.

17. Now you’ll want to sew a running stitch around the circle and the petals as seen in the pictures above and below. Make sure to knot one end of the thread.

My Tip for You: When using starch I like to use a scrap of Warm and Natural batting to soak up any excess starch when I spritz small pieces of applique. When the batting has been used to the point of needing to be tossed I just throw it away and pull out another one. This helps to keep my ironing surface starch-free. You can also spray your starch into a small container and then apply it with a paintbrush. That work’s really well too!

18. Spritz your pieces with a bit of starch and then place your plastic washer in the center of your circle and pull the string to gather the edges into the center. Press. When the starch is dry and stiff you’ll then pop out the circle template and press again. Let cool.

19. You will repeat the same process for your 6 petals.

20. Repeat the same process for your leaf.

21. For the stem you will spritz the fabric with a bit of starch and pull the outside curve over the cardboard pattern. Then pull the opposite side over and press. Trim any excess fabric. You will tuck in the point of the stem as you applique it on to your fabric. The other side of the stem will be hidden under the petals.

22. You are now ready to arrange your applique pieces on your bookkeeper. With the flap closed you will arrange the flower petals and stem as seen in the picture above. Secure pieces in place with a few applique pins. Sew pieces down being careful not to go through to the lining. It was pretty easy keeping the stitches from going through to the lining because of the batting. I did the applique after the Bookkeeper was made so there was no worries about it being in the right position or not.

For every 9 strips of fabric you can make the outside of two BOOKKEEPERS. So that means, if your Honey Bun had 45 strips you could make 10 Bookkeepers. Wow! You could make one for you and at least nine other friends.

Happy Mother’s Day to ALL the Mom’s in Blogland, too!
Until next time . . . Happy Quilting!

Sugar Cube Pincushion

Moda charm pack – choose 6 charm squares, Moda jelly roll strips/scraps, or Moda scrapbag strips
2 inch square english paper pieces by paper
upholstery thread
silk thread
Doll makers needle

6 buttons that coordinate with fabric

Choose 6 fabrics and cut a 2.5 inch square. Your 2 inch paper piece will fit perfectly.
Baste the paper pieces to the wrong side of the fabric. The type or color of thread doesn’t matter as you will be removing them at the end of the piecing. I do not ‘knot’ the thread at the end…just overlap the basting stitch. This allows me to pull the thread more easily once the squares are sewn together.
After you have them all basted lay them out in a pleasing arrangement.
Taking 2 squares right sides together begin to whip stitch the edges. Here I do knot the thread and I use silk thread to help hide my stitches.
This is the how the piece should look….
Then you stitch the sides together…it is necessary to remove the center square paper to allow you to fold the piece to align the squares right sides together for stitching. As you stitch the sides and a ‘square’ is sewn completely you can remove that paper to give even more flexibility.

Leave one opening for turning and stuffing. This is before all the paper pieces are removed.

Here they are removed and the pincushion is turned for stuffing. Once you stuff it, whip stitch opening closed…again with silk thread if you have it. I use a doll makers needle for sewing the buttons since they are longer and studier but still go through the button holes.

I made 3 sugar cubes…they’re addicting!…the top one is Aviary fabric from a Moda Scrapbag! Bottom left is Fig and Plum from a Moda charm pack and the right cushion is Mary Englebreit’s Friends and Flowers jelly roll!!

Up to 6 pincushions from 1 charm pack!
Bunches from a jelly roll or scrap bag.

Lucy Goosey in 3D

This is a fun 3 D project (your geese are dimensional). Quick to make and what kid doesn’t love playing with tags and flappy things? This one is made for a little girl.
It would be a great shower gift to display cards in, or……

baby shower gifts.

2 Charm Packs (72 charms, 36 matching pairs)
3/4 yard of coordinating fabric for borders
1 1/4 yard for backing
1/3 yard binding

New needle (you’ll be stitching through several layers at a time)

Unit A: take 2 matching charms and sew together. Make 18 pairs.

Press seams open.Fold wrong sides together. This is unit A.

Sandwich unit A between 2 matching charms. Place the first charm right side up. Place unit A putting the fold towards the top. Sides and bottom will match, the fold will be 1/4″ from the top edge. Place the second charm right side down.
Sew along one side.
pull the center portion so your block looks like this.
I pinned the bottom corners and the center and finger pressed the seam open – repeat to make 18 flying geese units. Sew into 3 rows of 6.
Press seams open to prevent bulk. Cut 4 strips at 2 1/2″ for sashing and side borders.

Cut 2 strips at 6 1/2″ for the top and bottom borders.

Bind: we cut 4 strips at 2″ for the binding. You may prefer your binding a little wider.
Here are some other finishing ideas. A tablerunner,
use Christmas fabrics and use it to hold your holiday cards,
this is using Miss Jump fabrics for a boy quilt
One super fun project (35″ x 39″) that can be a baby quilt, table runner, or a wall hanging to hold cards.

Basket of Turnovers

by Daniela Stout of Cozy Quilts Designs

When I first saw this panel I knew just what I was going to do with it. …. Then when it came in, I went to work designing! Now I am so thrilled that a little piecework and a peaceful little girl panel came together to make such a wonderful wall-hanging! To get a FREE PDF copy of this complete pattern, just click here: Download Basket of Turnovers -Pattern

80 TurnoverTM Triangles of Baskets of Flowers
1 Baskets of Flowers Panel (any color as the girl is the same)
1 ½ yards of Background and Outer Border (cream)
⅛ yard of Inner Border Color 1 (red)
⅛ yard of Inner Border Color 2 (pink)
3 yards for Backing½ yards of binding (cut into 6—2 ½” strips)

The Strip Tube RulerTM by Cozy Quilt Designs
Shape CutTM by June Tailor
The new Olfa Quick-Change Rotary Cutter
(45mm) Light Steam a Seam fusible

Place two turnovers right sides together and sew a ¼” seam along the long side. (Tip: I put all of the light turnovers together and arranged them in the bottom right of the patchwork so they would create a subtle transition.)
Square up to 5 ½” before opening. Here’s a great way to do that. Bring your sets of turnovers to your cutting mat.
With the turnovers still right sides together, place the 5 ½” line of The Strip Tube RulerTM on your stitching line. Place the left side of the ruler along the left edge of the triangles.

Trim the right side. (Note if you are left-handed, place the right side of the ruler along the right side of the fabric and trim the left side.)

If you’d like to trim away both sides, place the 5 ½” line on your stitching line and center the ruler on your triangles. Trim the right and left side, keeping the ruler in place.
Open to reveal your perfect 5 ½” half square triangle!

Trim your dog ears.

Repeat to make 36—5 ½” half square triangles from turnovers.
From your Background Fabric, cut 1—5 ½” strip. From that, cut 4—5 ½” squares.

Again from your Background Fabric, cut 1—6” strip and from that cut 4—6” squares. Cut those in half diagonally. Partner these background triangles with the remaining turnovers triangles and make 36 —half square triangles measuring 5 ½” square.

Now put the blocks together as arranged in the picture at the top or bottom of this post.

Add Borders as follows:
Border 1
Top (2 ½” of background)
Left (2 ½” of background)
Bottom (4 ½” of background)
Right (4 ½” of background)
Border 2
Top (1 ½” of Color 1)
Left (1 ½” of Color 1)
Bottom (1 ½” of Color 2)
Right (1 ½” of Color 2)

Border 3
Top (2 ½” of background)
Left (2 ½” of background)
Bottom (4 ½” of background)
Right (4 ½” of background)
Fussy cut the girl from the panel and appliqué onto the quilt!

This is how I did the appliqué:
I used two long pieces of Lite Steam a Seam. First I removed the loose paper backing, Then I put the nubby fusible side on the back of the girl in the panel, butting the sheets up against each other. Leaving the top paper in place, I ironed the fusible down. If I had one really wide piece, I would have used that, but this worked just fine.

With the paper still on the fusible, I carefully fussy cut the girl out of the panel. (This was my favorite part because I left like a little girl playing with paper dolls.)

I didn’t want her to completely blend into the piecework, so I left a ¼” margin of background fabric on the left side of the girl.

I removed the paper backing and positioned the girl on the quilt top. Pinned her into place. Took her to the ironing board, removed the pins and pressed her down.

I love her! I hope you do to… now go make one! For a kit of our Turnover girl, click here.

To read more from Daniella, visit her new blog, Cozy Quilt Chatter.

Simple Little Runner

*1 Moda Charm Pack of your choice (40 5″x5″ squares)
*1/2 yd fabric (binding/strip)
*2/3 yd fabric (backing)
*Cotton batting 26″x 43″

*1.5 yds ric rac

1. Lay 40 charm squares out in 8 rows of 5 as shown below:
2. Pin and sew two charm squares together as shown below, right sides together, with a 1/4″ seam.

3. Continue sewing squares together to make up a single row of 5. Repeat with each of the 8 rows.

4. Press each row, alternating seam direction. (Press seams on row one to the right, row two to the left, etc)

5. From 1/2 yd, cut five 2-1/2″ x 42″ strips. Trim ends. Set aside two strips.

6. Measure top row of squares and bottom row of squares. Cut the two strips from last step the same length as the rows. Pin and sew one strip to the bottom row, right sides together.

7. Press, then continue to sew the rows in order, pinning and pressing between each row until your quilt top is finished.

7. Cut one piece of backing 25″ x 42″. Press well. Using masking tape, tape it to a hard surface like a floor or table, smoothing out any wrinkles..

8. Make a “quilt sandwich” by placing batting on top of backing, and then the quilt top on top of the batting. Smooth out fabric and pin the corner of each square, making sure each safety pin goes through all three layers of the quilt. (My little helpers always “help” with this part.)

9. Stipple quilt, or sew straight lines along the seams. For more detailed stippling instructions, visit my stippling tutorial here.

10. Once you are finished quilting your runner, trim the edges. Make sure your corners are square. Cut two 24″ pieces of ric rac. Sew a straight stitch along seam as shown below.

11. Sew the remaining 2-1/2″ strips (cut in step 5) together, end to end lengthwise. Bind quilt. For more detailed binding instructions, visit my binding tutorial here.

One simple little 23″ x 40″ runner. Not to mention, a very proud you. 😉 Hooray!

That’s it! Now go ahead, make one for everyone you know!