Honeysweet Pinwheel Quilt

Thank you for stopping by the Moda Bake Shop to see what is baking today.  I’m happy you stopped by for a visit.  Let me introduce myself…I’m Pauline Francis and you can also find me blogging at Quiltnqueen.  I am back to share my 3rd recipe with you.  Today I am baking a sweet recipe…using one of Moda’s ‘beautiful’ fabrics Honeysweet designed by Joanna Figueroa from Fig Tree and Co.  I hope you find it ‘yummy’.

  • 3 Charm Packs Honeysweet ~hst’s
  • 2 yds Honeysweet Solid Ivory 20199-31 ~hst’s
  • 1 yd Honeysweet Amber Drops Raspberry 20217-12 ~borders and binding
  • 3.25 yds Honeysweet Poppy Blooms Ivory 20215-11 ~backing

  • use 1/4” seam allowance throughout
  • use your favorite method for pressing the pinwheels…to eliminate the bulk I press my all the pinwheel seams open, using a shortened stitch length
  • press border seams towards the narrow border pieces
  • wof = width of fabric
  • hst’s = half square triangles


  • From the Ivory 
    • cut 12 – 5″ strips wof
      • subcut into 96 – 5″ squares
  • From the Amber Drops Raspberry 
    • cut 6 strips 1-1/2″ strips wof  for borders
    • cut 6 strips 2-1/2″ strips wof for binding
  • Choose one charm square that contrasts with the inner border
    • cut 4 squares 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ for the corner stones in the inner border 


  • choose 96 Honeysweet charms and draw a diagonal line on each
  • pair each of the 96 Honeysweet 5″ charms with a 5″ ivory square, right sides together and stitch a scant 1/4″ on both sides of diagonal line.  

  • cut on the diagonal line

  • set the seams, press seams open  

  • trim hst blocks to 4-1/2″ (using a rotating cutting mat works great for this step) 

  • you now have 2 piles, one with the trimmings and one with perfectly trimmed 4-1/2″ squares…this important step makes all your hst’s go together perfectly

  • to make the 6 large center blocks, you will need 96 hst’s.  You can choose to make your center blocks scrappy or choose a color way for each of the 6 blocks.  I made the 6 center blocks each a different colorway.  Choose 16 hst’s of each color way for the 6 center blocks…set aside the other 96 hst’s for the outer border.
  • lay out your hst’s as shown below.  It will look like a 16 patch block.

  • sew together in rows of 4

  • now sew your 4 rows together and you have one center block that measures 16 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ 

  • make 5 more 16 patch center blocks
  • sew 2 of the center blocks together side by side
  • repeat 2 more times

  • sew the top, center and bottom rows together…set aside this large center section of the quilt…you will need it again when you add the inner border.  It should measure approximately 32-1/2″ x 48-1/2″.

  • 4 hst’s make one pinwheel block
  • take the remaining 96 hst’s and mix the different color ways to make 24 pinwheel blocks…balance your colors to make them scrappy.  The pinwheel blocks should measure 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ 

  • take 4 of the pinwheel blocks and sew them together. This will be part of the top outer border.  Repeat for the bottom outer border
  • take 6 of the pinwheel blocks and sew them together for the side outer border.  Repeat for the other side outer border.
You are now ready to add the borders…

  • measure the sides of the center piece…they should be the same length
  • measure the top and bottom of the large center piece…they should be the same width
  • you will use these measurements to cut your inner border pieces 

    • take 3 of the 1-1/2″ x wof strips, join them using a 45 degree angle (like you would piece your binding strips).  Cut 2 pieces that measure the length of the sides of your center piece
    • with the remaining 1-1/2″ strips cut 2 pieces that measure the width of the top and bottom of your center piece
    • cut 8 pieces measuring 1-1/2″ by 8-1/2″ 

Lay out your quilt pieces into 5 rows as shown below
TIP:  when attaching the 1-1/2″ inner border to the pinwheel blocks place the border piece next to your sewing machine and have the pinwheel blocks on top.  That way you see the pinwheel seams and are less likely to have the seams flip the wrong way.  Nest your seams…pin at each seam..I like to use extra fine pins.

  • sew your blocks together to make the 5 rows, press seams towards the narrow border 
  • press the corner stone seams in row 2 and 4 towards the narrow border
  • sew rows 1 and 2 together
  • sew rows 4 and 5 together

  • sew the 3 rows together to complete your quilt top
  • press your seams towards the narrow border pieces
  • quilt and bind

I hope you enjoy this Honeysweet Pinwheel quilt.

A lap size quilt approximately 52″ x 68″

Thank you for stopping by the Moda Bakeshop today to see what  I was baking.  I hope you liked my recipe.  It has been a lot of fun baking with Moda.  

I would love it if you came to visit my blog.  I have another version of this quilt to share.  It measures 52″ x 52″ using American Jane’s Fairy Tale Friends charm packs.  Stop by and enter my giveaway.  

Have a wonderful day!!

Happy stitching

Pauline Francis

Cobblestone Path Quilt

Hi everyone, my name is Pauline Francis and I blog over at Quilt n Queen.   I’m happy to be back to share with you my second recipe for the Moda Bake Shop.  This recipe is super fast and easy and makes a lap size quilt.  This is my new ‘go to‘ pattern to make a donation quilt or as I like to call them…comfort quilts With careful cutting I was able to cut enough blocks from one Dessert roll to make two lap size quilts.  Do you know what a Moda Dessert Roll is?  It’s 20 strips of fabric that are 5 inches wide and 44″ in length, tied in a roll with a Moda twill ribbon.  Have you every used a Dessert Roll?   Let’s get started…you will need…

1 Marble Ombre Dessert Roll 9883DR
2 yards of Bella White 9900 98 for sashing and borders
3 yards Marble Ombre Dot Lime 9883 17 for backing and binding.  I was going to use the pink but I had enough fabric left from squaring up my quilt after it was quilted to make the binding…I will use the pink in another Marble Ombre Dots project.  It’s a Moda basic you are going to love.

  • 1/4” seam allowance throughout
  • remove salvages before cutting strips and rectangles


1. From the Moda Bella White cut:

  • 14 strips lengthwise 2.5″ x 72″, set 10 strips aside for sashing and borders
  • 50 rectangles 2.5″ x 5″ from the remaining 4 strips
2. From the Dessert Roll select 10 different strips and cut:
  • 24 rectangles 9.5″ x 5″ 
  • 25 rectangles 5.5″ x 5″

1. With right sides together chain piece the 5″ edge of a Bella white rectangle to both 5″ ends of the 5.5″ x 5″ rectangle.  

2. Set the seams and press the seams towards the dark.  I will call this block “A”.

3. Once you have your pieced blocks pressed you will make 7 rows with 7 blocks in each row.  Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 will start with an “A” block.  Rows 2, 4, and 6 will start with the 9.5″ x 5″ rectangle followed by an “A” block.  Arrange the blocks to your liking.

4.  Measure the length of your pieced strips… from the 10 strips you set aside for sashing and borders cut 8 of them the length of your pieced strips.  They should all measure approximately  63.5 inches.  The 2 remaining strips are for the top and bottom border.

TIP:  I pin both ends first, then the middle of the strip and then I pin the rest, always dividing the space in half.   I would say I am a ‘pinner’…it is faster to pin than to unstitch.  When I attach my sashing to the pieced block strips, I pin RST…with the sashing strip on the bottom and sew with the sashing strip next to the sewing machine.  The pieced strip is on the top…that way you can see the seams and do not have any of the seams changing direction under your presser foot.

The picture below is another version of the quilt using Bella Black for the sashing and borders.  The completed quilt is pictured at the end of the tutorial.

5.  Stitch the side borders and the sashings to the pieced strips.  Press the seams towards the sashing/border…it just lays better.

6.  Now it is time to stitch the vertical strips together.   Align the seams so they will nest.  Your smaller block will be centered with the rectangle when the vertical strips are stitched together…again stitch with the pieced block strip on the top and the sashing next to the sewing machine.
7.  Stitch the vertical strips together…press seams towards the sashing. I like to stitch strips 1 & 2 together…then 3 & 4 together…5 & 6 and lastly 7 & outer border.    Set the seams and press towards the sashing.  Then I join 1 & 2 with 3 & 4…and 5 & 6 with 7.  Then 1 2 3 & 4 with 5 6 & 7.  Voila, you are almost finished…the only step left to do is add the top and bottom borders.  Measure your quilt top a few inches from the top, in the middle and a few inches from the bottom.  The measurements should be approximately 48.5 inches.  Attach top and bottom borders.

8. Quilt and bind as desired.  

…and a view of the back…

I love the ombre look…I was able to line up the binding to match the shading of the backing.  

It is hard to pick a favorite…I love all three on the Cobblestone quilts hanging on the line.  

The middle one is made with Kate Spain’s Honey Honey and Bella white.   I used the left over Dessert roll pieces to make a pieced backing and a scrappy binding.  

The one on the left is made with the other half of the Marble Ombre Dots Dessert Roll with Bella Black for the sashing and backing.  

The binding is Bella Black and I added piping using Marble Ombre Dots Lime, the quilting was done with a variegated thread.

A lap size quilt approximately 48″ x 68″.  The dark one is perfect for a picnic.

Thanks for stopping by the Moda Bakeshop today to check out my recipe.  It has been a lot of fun baking with Moda.  I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog.  

Have a wonderful wonderful day!!

Happy stitching,  
Pauline Francis

120-Minute Gift: Charmed Message Board

Hello! I am excited to share my first Moda Bake Shop recipe with you as part of the ‘Just in Time Gifts’ series.  My name is Pauline Francis and I have been quilting for about 10 years. I blog at Quiltnqueen and I’d love for you to come for a  visit. I hope you love the message board as much as I do.

  • 1 mama said SEW charm pack (SKU 5490PP)
  • 1/4 yard mama said SEW (SKU 5495-11) for binding
  • 1/2 yard Moda Bella Off White(SKU9900-200) for header background and backing
  • 1 FQ chalk cloth (SKU OC48)
  • Piece of batting, measuring 15″ x 18″

  • DMC floss, colors #498 and #420
  • Mini clothes pins (optional)

All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

From the Moda Bella Off White, cut:

  • 1 rectangle, 10″ wide x 8″ length for the header
  • 1 rectangle, 15″ x 18″ for backing
  • 1 rectangle, 3″ x 3 1/4″ for the back of the mini quilt

From the chalk cloth, cut:

  • 1 rectangle, 12 1/2″ wide x 9 1/2″ long

From the binding fabric, cut:

  • 2 strips, 2 1/4″ x WOF

From the charm squares:

Choose 11 different charm squares.

  • Cut 8 of the charm squares into 2 – 2 1/2″ squares and 1 – 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangle.
    • Choose 6 different 2 1/2″ squares for the header, 3 for the right side and 3 for the left side of the embroidered block.
    • Choose 2 of the 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles and 2 of the 5″ charms for the bottom pocket.


I have included 2 options for the header. See the Printer Friendly file at the bottom of the post for the template.

  • Option A is all redwork embroidery. Trace the entire PDF file. Stitch with DMC #498.
  • Option B is redwork embroidery with a mini quilt attached to the laundry line with mini clothes pins.  Trace the words and laundry line only, do not trace the quilt.  Stitch the words with DMC #498 and the laundry line with DMC #420.  When stitching the laundry line use the back stitch 1 inch at each end of the laundry line.  Leave 3 inches of the line unstitched to attach the mini quilt to the line.
  • Whether you choose Option A or B, trim the embroidered piece to 8 1/2″ wide x 6 1/2″ long, centering the embroidery.

    Option B: Mini Quilt

    To make the mini quilt, take the last 5″ charm squares and a piece of batting 3 1/4″ wide x 3 1/2 ” length. Wrap charm square around the batting, mitering the corners. Hand stitch close to the edge and hand quilt the body of the quilt. Press edges under 1/4″ around the rectangle you cut for the mini quilt backing and hand stitch to the back of the mini quilt, wrong sides together.

    I used my walking foot to assemble the entire message board. 
    Sew 2 sets with 3 of the 2 1/2″ squares. Press seams open. The length should measure 6 1/2″.

    Sew the 2 sets of squares to the embroidery block, press seams towards the squares.

    To make the pocket, trim 1/2″ off the side of the middle charm square. Sew the pocket pieces together, press seams open.   Trim to 12 1/2 ” cutting from the charm on the left…the pocket piece should measure 12 1/2″ x 5″. Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise, press, it should now measure 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″. Sew the sides of the pocket and the bottom of the pocket to the chalk cloth, raw edges even, using 1/8″ seam allowance.

    Sew the bottom of the header to the top of the chalk cloth (option A).

    Sandwich the top, batting and backing, stitch 1/8″ around the outer edge.Make one small pocket and one large pocket by stitching in the ditch…first seam on the left.  The larger pocket will hold your chalk pencil.Stitch in the ditch down the inside seams of the embroidered block or quilt squares as desired.

    Trim and bind using your favorite method.
    {TIP:  Use a binder clip to pleat the message board when sewing your binding ends together.  With every quilt I make, big or small, I always make a big pleat with the quilt, it makes sewing the binding ends together a lot easier….the quilt and the binding are not fighting each other.}

    Attach a hanging sleeve using your favorite method.

    The message board finishes at approximately 12.5″ x 15.5″.  If your local quilt shop does not carry the chalk cloth, ask them to order it from United Notions.

    I would love for you to visit my blog,where you will find more message board ideas. I hope you have fun making a message board for a gift and don’t forget to make one for yourself. It has been a lot of fun baking with Moda.

    Happy stitching,

    Pauline Francis