Film Strip

Hi there! I’m Cara from CaraQuilts and I’ve got a great pattern for you all today! Film Strip will work with any fabric line, and any solid or contrasting color can be used in place of the black. I think this would be very striking in any of the new Batiks Moda is coming out with soon. And of course, I love it in Prayer Flag!

Leah at Burgundy Buttons is offering a kit!

I’ve done a scrappy look, using all of the colors in the line, but this could also be done in just 3 color groups, the teal, lemon, and coral would give you a warm feel, the grass, aqua, and white would result in a cooler, beachy feel.

1 Jelly Roll and 1 Layer Cake in Prayer Flag
1 Bella Solid Jelly Roll in black, or 2 yards.
1/2 yard Bella Solid Black for binding.


Pick 14 layer cake squares for the film “frames”. Trim each to an 8½” square.
Separate 21 Jelly Roll strips and trim (2) 19” x 2½” from each strip. Or, use all 40 and have (1) 19” x 2½”strip from all but 2 strips which you will cut (2)19” x 2½”strips.
Regardless, a total of (42) 19” x 2½” strips are needed.
Separate 3 Bella Solids black jelly roll strips and trim them to make (12) 8½”x2½” strips.

Take 22 Bella Solid strips and join them into (11) long strips using the flip and stitch method. Place strips right sides together at a 90 degree angle and stitch from one corner to the other.  Open and press well. Trim to a ¼” seam allowance.

These will be referred to as the long black strips. Set aside for now.

Starting with the “frames”(8 ½” squares), sash 8 of them on two opposing sides with the 8½”x2½” strips, and the remaining 6 on just one side. Join these into 3 sets: 2 with 5 frames and 1 with 4.



   Using the jelly roll strips, make 2 strip sets with 21 strips each. If you can, alternate direction when sewing strips together to avoid stretching. Press all in one direction. Trim the sides so the sets are 18 3/4″ wide.


Take the 4 frames section and measure its length. Attach one Bella Solids black strip along each side.

Now it’s time to start putting everything together.  Layout the two strip sets with the 4 frames section.

Press towards the center.

Take 6 of the long black strips and stitch together lengthwise into pairs. These are the wide long black strips and should be 4 1/2″ wide.
Take the 5 frames sections and attach one wide long strip to the top and one to the bottom of the each of the 5 frame sections and press.
Stitch one 5 frame section to the bottom and one to the top of the center section. Press.
Measure the length of the quilt. Cut the remaining wide long black strips to this length. Stitch one to each side of the top. Press towards the strips.

And now for the most loved and hated words in every quilt pattern…Baste, Quilt and Bind!

One 56 1/2″ x 74″ quilt ready for cuddling under while watching your favorite movie!


PS Be sure to check out my blog for a giveaway, and for ideas for the left over fabrics!

Charmed Living Runner

Hi all! I’m Rebecca Silbaugh from Ruby Blue Quilting Studio. I’m pleased to introduce you to my Charmed Living Runner design. This is my first project for the Moda Bake Shop (Thanks Moda!) and I could be more excited to share it with you. It’s a great project to make for you or as a gift. With the variety of charm packs available, you can make this out of any fabric and it will look spectacular. Also included are optional applique instructions. Feel free to change the applique to suit your fabrics or leave it out entirely.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and have as much fun making one as I have. For more information on who I am and what other patterns I have designed, please check out my blog at Also, for wholesale inquiries or more information on where my patterns are sold, please e-mail me at

* 1 Moda charm pack
* Backing – 3/4 Yard
* Binding – 1/4 Yard

If you decide to add an applique embellishment to your table runner you will need:
* 16″ square scrap for the flower petals
* 4″ square scrap for the large flower center
* 2″ x 4″ scrap for the small flower center
* 6″ square scrap for the leaves
* 1 Yard Green 1/2″ ricrac for flower stems
* Threads to match

Begin by separating each of the charm squares into piles. There will be a pile for each piece that will need to be cut. This is a good planning step to make sure you distribute the colors.

You will need one pile with 3 squares, one with 18 squares, one with 11 squares, and one with 8 squares. Keep in mind it might be helpful to use smaller prints in the pile with 11 squares since they will be cut the smallest.

Cut each of the 3 squares from the first pile into 4 equal 2-1/2″ squares.

Trim the next 18 squares to 5″ x 4-1/2″ pieces. Re-trim each of these into 2 pieces measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Cut the next 11 squares into 9 pieces, 1-1/2″ square each.

Cut last 8 squares into 2 pieces each: 1-1/2″ x 5″ and 3-1/2″ x 5″. All of these pieces will be used in the borders. Set them aside for now.

Pair together two 1-1/2″ squares at random, designating one as a “light” and one as a “dark”. Make 48 pairs pressing the seam to the “dark”.

Match two of the pairs shown above. Offset the “darks” to create a scrappy four patch. Do this for all pairs, creating a total or 24 four patches.

Sew a 2-1/2″ square to the side of a four patch. Make 12.

Sew a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip along the bottom of each of the 12 units from above.

Stitch another 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip along the side of each block being made.

Sew each of the remaining four patches onto the end of a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece. Make 12.

Sew the strip segment made above along the bottom of the block. Repeat this step for all 12 blocks. Each block should measure 6-1/2″ square.

Stitch all of the blocks together in a 3 x 4 setting, rotating blocks as you lay them out.

Pair each of the border pieces (set aside earlier). Alternate fabrics, designating one as the “dark” like we did making the four patches earlier. Four small pieces need to be “darks” and four of the bigger pieces need to be “darks”. Press seams toward the “darks”.

Alternate the small and large “dark” pieces by sewing 4 units together side to side. Make 2 borders. Each border should measure 4-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.

Stitch the borders along both ends of the runner. At this point you can choose to embellish the runner with applique or leave as is.

This is the same runner once the applique has been added.

Here’s a close up of the applique along the bordered edge of the runner. Now all that’s left is to quilt and bind! Quilt as elaborate or simple as you like (I usually “over-quilt” my table runners in case I want to set “stuff” on it. It seems to help the “stuff” from being wobbly. Less wiggle room!)

One table runner measuring 18″ x 32″, perfect for anyone! It’s so quick and easy I can promise you that once you’ve made one, you’ll want to make more! For color options of this pattern, please visit my blog at

If you create one of these incredible table runners, please e-mail me at and I will post your picture on my blog! Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Casserole Carrier

Know anyone having a baby? Got a potluck dinner to go to? Just like carrying casserole dishes around on a regular basis? If so, this project is for you!

1 Prayer Flag charm pack
1 1/4 yd White Bleached Bella Solid
2 packages of crib sized batting
2 packages of 1/2″ double fold bias tape OR 1/2 yd fabric for binding
2 round 6″ purse handles
14 #20 snap caps
7 #20 snap studs
7 #20 snap sockets
Snap setter / snap press

1. Cut 10 charm squares in half to create (20) 2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles. We’ll call these “R.”
2. Select 20 more charm squares. We’ll call these “S.”
3. Create 4 strips by sewing the following pattern: S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R, S, R.

4. Cut (6) 2 1/2″ x 33″ strips of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew white strips to pieced charm square strips like photo below to create two main panels.

5. Cut (4) 8″ x 24″ rectangles of White Bleached Bella Solid. Sew two 8″ x 24″ rectangles to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

6. Sew two charm squares to each main panel, making sure to center them. (Refer to photo for placement).

7. Cut 2 layers of batting the same size as your panels.

8. Layer, baste, quilt, and bind entire perimeter.

9. Slide a purse handle over each short end of the panel toward the right (outer) side. Fold edge down. Pin and stitch in place.

10. Apply two snap studs to the right side of one panel flap as shown.

11. Apply two snap studs to the wrong side of the other panel flap.

12. Fold over your panel flap like the photo below to determine where to apply two snap sockets. Repeat with the other panel.

13. When the studs and sockets are applied, the panels will snap together to hold your casserole dish snugly in place.

14. Apply three snaps on the top edge under each purse handle (sockets on one side, studs on the other) to improve the structural integrity of the casserole carrier.

… a fun way to carry a casserole dish to a pot luck dinner!

Be sure to stop by my blog for lots of other fun ideas!

Thanks for looking,
Jenny Garland