Kapalaa Kolors Table Runner

Here we go. It’s exciting to bring a second contribution to the Moda Bake Shop using Moda’s new line of Kapalaa Batiks.  If you ever have a chance to visit Kapalua (Northwest side of Maui)… GO!!!  It’s beautiful (total understatement) just like this new fabric. This project is easy.  Make just two pineapple blocks using a Charm Pack and fat quarters. Create one strip block for the center to separate the pineapples.  Pineapple leaves are fused and appliquéd.  Hope you enjoy making this one.  
1 Pk. 5” x 5” squares – Kapalaa Batiks
1/2 Yd. Leaf Green for background 4320 11
1 Fat Qtr. Jungle Green for leaves 4320 13
1 Fat Qtr. Jungle Green for leaves 4320 14
1/2 Yd. Midnight 4320 24 for quilt border
1 Yd. Hibiscus 4320 36 for backing and binding
1/2 Yd. Paper-backed, fusible webbing for leaves
Low-loft batting approx. 18” x 54”


Step 1 – Cut 2,  8-1/2” x 12-1/2” rectangles from background fabric.

Step 2 – Audition charm squares for the body of the pineapples on a design wall or the floor (follow the layout diagram or picture below). There is extra background fabric in case you want to try different colors in the half-square triangles. Trim 5” squares for pineapple body to 4-1/2” square.

Step 3 – Make half-square triangles.  Place 2,  5” squares on top of one another, right sides together.  Draw a diagonal line down center of lighter batik squares.
Step 4 – Sew 1/4” away from each side of the drawn line.

Step 5 – Cut the squares apart on the drawn line and press seam towards darker fabric.
Step 6 – Trim to 4-1/2” square.  A 4-1/2” ruler is helpful for this.

Step 7 – Sew the squares and half-square triangles together in vertical rows – then sew the rows together forming the body of the pineapple.

Step 8 – Sew the background rectangle to top of pineapple body.

Step 9 – Make the pineapple leaves.  Trace and number 2 of each leaf using reversed templates and paper-backed fusible.  Overlapping edges of leaves get fused together to make one large appliqué piece.  Trace extra (dotted lines) on leaves that slide under others.
Step 10 – Cut out the paper shapes leaving at least ¼” around outside edge of drawn line.

Step 11 – Optional – Cut out the centers of each shape leaving 1/4” on inside of the line.

Step 12 – Fuse shapes to varying shades of leaf fabrics following manufacturers directions.

Step 13 – Let cool and cut out each shape on the drawn line. Remove paper backing.

Step 14 – Lay Placement Guide under an appliqué, pressing sheet.

Step 15 – Place leaves on top of the pressing sheet following the template underneath.

Step 16 – Lightly fuse just the overlapping edges as you build the appliqué.

Step 17 – Carefully peel layered leaves from pressing sheet.

Step 18 – Place leaves at the top of each pineapple and fuse to background following manufacturers directions.

Step 19 – Machine appliqué  leaves to quilt top.  I used the blanket stitch that comes with my machine and black thread to help define the individual leaves.

Step 20 – Make the center block.  Cut 2” wide strips from the remaining dark fabrics.  Sew strips end to end. Use varied lengths to get a random pattern. Make 3 strips and sew together to form a rectangle.  Press and trim rectangle to 8-1/2” x 12-1/2”.  Photo below shows my mistake using a couple of light strips (lighter fabrics confused the separation between the pineapple blocks).

Step 21 – Sew center strip block to the bottom of each pineapple. Press.
Step 22 – Cut 4,  2” wide strips for side borders and 1 for runner end borders.
Step 23. Measure down center length of runner. This is the length of the side borders you will need. Piece strips to get length.
Step 24 – Mark center of each side of quilt.  Sew borders to each side from the centers out to the ends.  Press seams out.
Step 25 – Measure across center width of quilt and repeat steps above for end borders.
Step 26 – Cut the one yard piece of backing in half lengthwise.
Step 27 – Sew together at narrow ends to make one long backing piece. Press seam to one side.
Step 28 – Make quilt sandwich, layering batting on top of backing and quilt top on batting. 
Step 29 – Quilting suggestions.  You could stitch in the ditch for all.  Or… Stitch in the ditch around the pineapple leaves and around strips in center block. Quilt diagonal rays out from
pineapple leaves to edge of quilt.  Try a twist motif in the squares of the pineapple body.  Sally Terry makes a great one.
Step 30 – Bind quilt.

One festive island table runner approx. 15” x 55”.

Robin Nelson

Today’s Tip: Binding

We are going to share a series of sewing tips and tricks here on the Moda Bake Shop. Would you like to share your favorite sewing tip? Send us an email.

Today’s tip comes from Jennifer Overstreet of {www.ghquilting.com}.

Jennifer suggests trimming away the excess fabric at your corners when binding your quilt. This cuts down on the bulk and leaves you with a nice smooth corner. It’s especially helpful when you are working with true bias binding and curved edges.

See how Jennifer’s binding turned out on her Tea Time Quilt.

Happy sewing!

Placemats To Go

I am very excited to be sharing another tutorial with all of you. I know it has been a while since my last tutorial here on the Moda Bake Shop. You can check out all my MBS Tutorials here.  When we go to resturants, sit down and fast food, my kids are always on the hunt for the coloring sheets and crayons. Some places have them and others don’t. So, I decided to come up with a quick and easy roll up and go style placemat that can easily be cleaned from any kind of kid art whether it is from chalk or food. I hope you enjoy and be sure to check out my blog for a Giveaway

1 Jelly Roll – featured Half Moon Modern
1 yard Chalkboard Vinyl Cloth
2 1/2 yards of Fusible Interfacing
28″ of Grosgrain Ribbon for each placemat (5 1/2 yards for all 7 placemats)
6 sticks of Chalk for each placemat (42 sticks total)

1. Separate your Jelly Roll strips into 7 groups (6 strips per group). You can mix and match how ever you want.

2. Sew each group of 6 strips together and press seams in one direction.

3. Topstitch your seams.

4. Cut your new strip pieced fabric into the following…
1 – 18 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
1 – 6″ x 12 1/2″
5 – 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
Do this for all 7 groupings for each placemat.

Cut 7 pieces of Fusible Interfacing each one measuring 18 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
Iron each piece of interfacing to the wrong side of the strip pieced fabric measuring 18 1/2″ x 12 1/2″

5. Fold the piece that measures 6″ x 12 1/2″ in half lengthwise and press.

6. Topstitch the folded edge 1/8″ and 1/4″ from fold.

7. Stitch together 3 of the pieces that measure 2 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ end to end to make one long piece.

8. Cut the long strip into two pieces measuring 14 1/2″ each

9. From the Chalkboard Cloth, cut 7 pieces out measuring 8 1/2″ x 14 1/2″. Stitch the two 14 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ strips to the top and bottom of the chalkboard cloth with right sides together.

10. Topstitch with the seams going towards the strip fabric piece.

11. Stitch the 2 strips measuring 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ to the right and left of the chalk cloth and topstitch.

12. Lay the folded strip with the raw edges matching on one side of the placemat. This will be the pocket for the chalk pieces. Stitch 1/8″ around the raw edges only to hold into place.

13. Stitch along the seams of the pocket to create the individual pockets for the chalk. Be sure to backstitch at either end so your stitching does not come undone during use of the placemat.

14. Match the front and back pieces of the placemat right sides together. Pin in place.

15. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 14″ long for each placemat. Place 2 pieces centered on the opposite side of the pocket. The ends of the ribbons should be on the inside of front and back pieces. Pin in place.

Stitch 1/4″ along all four sides of the placemat, securing the ends of the ribbon in place. Leave open a 4″ opening to flip the placemat right sides out. Flip right sides out.

16. Press only the fabric pieces. DO NOT IRON THE CHALK CLOTH. It will melt. Topstitch 1/8″ along all four sides to finish and close up the opening.

17. Draw on your placemat and wipe clean with a damp cloth. You could even cut up a small soft sponge to put into one of the little pockets instead of the chalk so you always have an eraser with you.

Roll up, tie and take with you wherever you go.

1 Jelly Roll will make a set of 7 Placemats.

Don’t forget to check my blog for a fantastic Giveaway!

Angela Yosten

Baby and Kids’ Projects

Are you enjoying our Summer Kids’ Camp series? We sure love to see all of the creative projects for and by kids that our Chefs are cooking up. If you are looking for more inspiration, don’t forget that we have a whole series of “Baby and Kids” projects here on the Bake Shop. Browse through some other recipes while our latest project is baking in the oven.

{projects shown: Convertible Crib Quilt, Banner Day Skirt, Sleepy Fish Toy, On the Go Baby Boy Quilt, So Soft Washcloths, Cathedral Window Baby Playmat}

Happy sewing!

Charm Saturday

This quilt, entitled Charm Saturday, is the perfect weekend project.

This style of pattern is called a tessellation, which is a repeat of the same shape in an interlocking design. Hexagons, clam shells, and popular “plus” sign quilts are all examples of tessellation quilts. When you play with the value of the fabrics you use, it really brings out the pattern, as you can see in the pattern above. Tessellation patterns look complicated but are often simpler than they appear.

Grab your favorite charm packs (and layer cakes) and try your hand at this one. You can find the pattern here.

Happy quilting!

Make It Modern

Are you looking for a new summer project? This stunning Morris & Company pattern would be perfect for summer since it looks like rays of sunshine. And you can make it modern using our range of Bella Solids.
Ready to start sewing? You can find the pattern here.
Happy quilting!