Quilted Chore Chart

It’s that time of year again ~ time to get back to a routine and find order in our houses again!  This quilted chore chart is just the way to do it!

1 Punctuation Charm Pack
1 yellow fat quarter for “CHORES” background
1/2 yd. of red stipe fabric for border, pockets, binding and sleeve (for hanging)
1 1/8 yd. of 3/4″ black rick rack
1 solid cream fat quarter for chore lables and pocket linings
8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of freezer paper
1/3 yd. of 17″ wide double sided fusible web (such as Heat ‘n Bond)

5/8 yd. for backing


Fray Check

1″H x 22″W flat piece of wood to go inside sleeve

3 yards ribbon for hanging

3 iron star “buttons” for hanging (I got mine at Rod Works in Lehi, Utah)

Note: assume 1/4″ seam allowances, unless otherwise specified.

1.  From the yellow fat quarter, cut one 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle.  Sew a 13″ piece of rick rack onto both of the long edges, using an 1/8″ seam allowance (see photo below for rick rack placement guide.)  Trim off ends.  

Next, sew two 7″ pieces of rick rack onto the shorter sides of the rectangle.  Trim off all excess (including the rick rack that hangs over the edges of the rectangle around the perimeter.)  Set rectangle aside.

 2.  Trace the reversed letters “C-H-O-R-E-S” (which are included in the “printer friendly version” at the bottom of this tutorial) onto the paper side of double sided fusible web.  Roughly cut out the letters and iron onto the wrong side of two 5″ charm squares.

Cut the letters out on the drawn lines.
Peel off the paper from the fusible web, lay out the letters on the yellow rectangle and iron in place.
Machine applique around the letters using a small zig zag stitch and matching thread.
3.  For the red border, sew a 1 3/4″ x 12 1/2″ red striped rectangle onto both of the long edges of the yellow rectangle.  Press seams towards the border. Next, sew a 1 3/4″ x 9″ rectangle onto both of the shorter sides of the rectangle. Press.
4.  Choose 28 charm squares to use for the main body of the chore chart.  Cut 23 of them in half so they measure 2 1/2″ x 5″. 

Following the diagram below, piece together section 1 using four of the
2 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles.  Trim where needed.  Attach to the right side of the red border.  Continue piecing sections 2 – 5 in the same manner, using the diagram below as your guide.
5.  Quilt as desired.  Trim off excess batting and backing. 
6.  Make pocket lables by ironing a piece of cream fabric (right side out) to the shiny side of freezer paper.  Trim both pieces so they measure 8 1/2″ x 11″.  Place the fabric/freezer paper in your printers’ paper tray so that the lables will be printed out on the fabric side (the labels are also in the “printer friendly version” of this tutorial).

Peel off the freezer paper.  Trim down the labels a little (so that you have about an inch on each side) and iron the label sheet (right side out) to the sticky side of double sided fusible web.

Trim down each label so that there is a one-quarter inch around the dotted lines.  Then set the labels aside while you make the pockets.

7.  Make pockets by ironing double sided fusible web in between one 5″ charm square and one 5″ square of solid cream fabric (right sides out).  Make a total of 4.   Trim down each square to 4 1/2″W x 4″H.

8.  Center a label onto the colored side of the pocket squares.  Peel off the fusible web paper and iron in place.

Using a small zig zag stitch, machine applique around all four sides of the label. 

9.  On the top edge of each pocket, trace the edge of a small bowl to make an arc (leaving 1/4″ on either side of the bowl).   Cut on the drawn lines. 

10.  For the pocket backs, cut out four 4 1/2″W x 5″H red striped squares.  

11.  For each of the four pockets, layer together a red background rectangle and a prepared pocket.  Stagger their placements at the bottom of the chore chart and pin in place. 

Using the same small zig zag stitch as you used before, stitch around each of the edges of the pockets and red backgrounds (except for the arc).  Double stitch over the 1/4″ edges (next to the arcs) for added stability.

12.  After you have all four of the pockets sewn on, bind the chore chart using four 2 1/4″ strips of red striped fabric.  If you wish to hang the chart with a rod or buttons, then make a sleeve and sew that into the top edge of the chart, on the back side [before binding].

To make a sleeve:

Cut one 4 1/2″ x 23″ strip of red striped fabric.  Turn in each of the short ends 1″ and stitch in place.

Iron the rectangle in half, lengthwise.  Center it on the back of the chart along the top edge (with raw edges matched up with the raw edges of the chart). 

Sew on binding. 
Hand sew bottom edge of sleeve down with a hidden stitch (being careful not to go through to the front side.)

13.  If desired, put a little bit of fray check onto the raw edges of the pockets.

14.  To hang the chart from iron “buttons” like I did, cut your 3 yards of ribbon into three equal lengths, depending on how long you want your bow “tails”.  I used a large-eyed needle to thread each of the three pieces of ribbon through the center and each end of the sleeve, but you can attach your ribbon to the back however you like.  Insert a 1″ x 22″ piece of wood into the sleeve and tie chart to each of the buttons.  Or, slide rod through sleeve and attach to wall.

15.  Make tags for each member of your family and enjoy your new chore chart!

Finished size = 18″ x 22″
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
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Thanks for stopping by!

Amber Johnson
Gigi’s Thimble

That’s the Ticket Pillow!

Hi my name’s Kelly and I’m SO excited to bring you my very first Moda Bake Shop
tutorial. I hope you enjoy it! If you’re looking for a way to perk up your home decor, this pillow’s just the ticket! 🙂

One Punctuation Jelly Roll
One yard of coordinating fabric from the Punctuation line

4 colors of Perle Cotton for hand-stitching- black, red, green and blue
Pillow form (the pillow finishes at about 19″ but I used an 18″ pillow form)

Choose your strips to make up your 4 blocks. For each block, I used the alphabet fabric, the stripe, the plaid floral, yellow stripe (1/2 a strip per block), dot fabric, and ticket fabric.
You’ll use the cream alphabet strip for the sashing through the center of your pillow.

Now, let’s cut each set of fabrics into the following sizes:
Alphabet- 2″ square (set aside left overs for binding)
Stripe- 2.5 x 2 and 2.5 x 4
Plaid Floral- 2 x 4 and 2 x 5.5
Yellow Stripe- 1.5 x 5.5 and 1.5 x 6.5
Polka Dots- 2 x 6.5 and 2 x 8
Tickets- 2.5 x 8 and 2.5 x 10

Cream Alphabet- 1.25 x 9.75 (2 pieces) and 1.25 x 19.75
Let’s make your squares. We’ll make one of each of the four colors.
Start with your center square and add the 2.5 x 2 stripe piece to the side.
Add the 2.5 x 4 stripe piece to the top of this unit.
Keep adding pieces to the block. First the side piece and then the top piece.
Each block will have a yellow stripe piece in the center of it.
When you’ve added all the strips, your block will look like this:
Make one block in each color: red, blue, black and green. Your blocks should measure about 9.75″ square. Attach the cream alphabet sashing between two of the blocks. Repeat for the other two blocks.
Attach the longer cream alphabet sashing piece to one of the sets of blocks. Carefully, pin the two units together matching the seams up and stitch together.
Now your pillow top is complete and ready to be quilted. Put together a quilt sandwich (top, batting and backing) and quilt as desired. (I quilted my pillow with clear thread and stitched in the ditch between the blocks with a bit of diagonal quilting for added dimension)
Now, let’s do a little bit of hand-stitching through the yellow stripe fabric in the center of your blocks to add a little dash of something to the mix. Use one ply of perle cotton and stitch through the center of your yellow strips matching your perle cotton to the color of your block.

For your backing, cut your yardage into two pieces- 19.75 x 13

Turn under the raw edge of the backing piece (along the 13″ edge) and hem the edge.

For the piece of backing that will be the outer overlap, I added a coordinating piece to dress it up a bit. Just use one of your left over jelly roll strips and treat the edge of the backing like the edge of a quilt and “bind it”. Overlap the two backing pieces and pin the together with a measurement of 19.75 square. Layer backing (wrong side up) and pillow top (right side up) and stitch around the piece to form your pillow. Make your binding. I used the leftover alphabet fabric strips from the first blocks of my squares and did a scrappy binding for my pillow but you have enough yardage from your backing material to use that if you’d prefer something a little more streamlined. Attach your binding and finish as you would a regular quilt. Insert your pillow form. Sit back and relax and enjoy your new pillow!

One deliciously colorful pillow perfect for nap time or ANYtime!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! With a little bit of planning and a bit more yardage for backing, you can make two pillows from one Jelly Roll so why not cut out two and sew them up at the same time? I’d love to hear from you if you make this project. I’m working on sewing every day in September. Stop by and say hi!

Kelly Lautenbach

jump. hop. count. {a number playmat}

Hello! I’m LeAnne from Everyday Celebrations. This is my first recipe here at the Moda Bake Shop. I am thrilled to be a part of the wonderful contributors and hope you enjoy this fun project!  Please drop by my blog and say hi. You can also find more fun items and patterns in my Etsy shop.


I made the Number Playmat with the young preschooler in mind. Little preschoolers are filled with excitement as they begin to learn the basics. This mat can be used as a fun and interactive aid in teaching numbers and numerical representation. This colorful Number Playmat has many uses:

  • Toss the bean bag to the square with the matching number.
  • Toss a bean bag on ‘jump’ or ‘hop’ and jump or hop that many times. 
  • Toss two bean bags on two squares. Add or subtract the two numbers.
  • Pick a number. Find a representation of that number in the room and place it on the square. Repeat for all the numbers. Example: Find two blocks and place on the 2 square. 
  • Write number words on index cards and place on the appropriate square. Also place a representation on the square. 


    1 Punctuation Layer Cake by American Jane
    1 yard for backing
    1 yard for binding and optional drawstring bag – find the drawstring bag tutorial here
    (if not making bag, 1/2 yard is enough for the binding) 
    numbers and words templates – (included in printer friendly version at bottom of post)
    **Note there is not a 9 in the file because you can flip the 6 and have a 9.**
    1 yard iron-on adhesive, such as Heat n’ Bond
    beans to fill bean bags

    1/2 yard of flannel for bean bags, optional see step 19
    1 1/2 yards ribbon or cording, for the optional bag

    ***All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted. ***

    ‘Slice’ into that yummy layer cake and decide which squares you will use for what.

    • playmat  – 12 squares
    • numbers/words –  4 – 7 squares (I used less ‘busy’ prints to help the numbers standout.)
    • bean bags – 5 squares
    • rock pockets, optional – 1 square (I added ‘rock pockets’ in case I use my playmat outside.)

    Two quilt blocks make up this playmat:
    Block A – you will make 4 of these, corner pieces
    Block B – you will make 6 of these, middle pieces
    Center Squares – two layer cake squares that will remain whole

    1. For block A: Select four squares.

    2. For block B: Select three sets of two squares. (They are stacked on top of one another.)

    3. Center Blocks: Select two squares. These will remain whole.

    Cutting Block A
    4. Stack the four squares for block A together. Cut 3″ from one side. 

    5.  From the 3″ x 10″ piece just cut, cut 1/2″ from one of the short ends.

    6. From the main piece that remains, cut 3″ from the 7″ side.  You will have three sizes for block A:

    • 3″ x 9 1/2″
    • 3″ x 7″
    • 7″ square

    Cutting Block B
    7. Stack the six squares for block B together.  Cut  3″ from one side.

    Piecing Block A
     8. To make each block, pick one 3″ x 7″ piece, one 3″ x 9 1/2″ piece, and one 7″ square. With right sides together, sew the  3″ x 7″ piece to the left side of the 7″ square.  Press seams open. Repeat for the other A blocks.

    9. For this step, keep the block in the position shown above. For two of the blocks, sew one 3″ x 9 1/2″ piece to the top of the block. For the other two blocks, sew the one 3″ x 9 1/2″ piece to the bottom. Again, sew with right sides together and press seams open.

    Piecing Block B
    10. To make each block, pick one 3″ x 10″ piece and one 7″ x 10″ piece. (I just swapped pieces between the two squares I initially matched up.) Place pieces right sides together, matching up the 10″ sides. Sew and press seams open. 

    11. Decide on the placement of the squares. Refer to the picture below for placement of the blocks. 

    12. Sew the blocks right sides together so you have three rows. Then sew the rows together to form the playmat top.

    13. Trace the numbers and letters on to iron-on adhesive and adhere to desired fabric squares. **Note there is not a 9 in the file because you can flip the six and have a nine.** Follow the directions for cutting and adhering as indicated on the package for your brand of iron-on adhesive. Then adhere the numbers and letters to the playmat. I put my numbers on in a clockwise fashion with the words in the middle. You can also trace and cut out the numbers for the bean bags at this time.

    14. Blanket-stitch or zig-zag around the numbers and words to reinforce the adhesive. (I used a machine blanket stitch.) Make a ‘quilt sandwich’ and quilt or tie as desired. I have to admit, this was the first ‘quilt’ I ever machine quilted using my own sewing machine. I loved the result although it isn’t perfect. However, it was the perfect sized project for a beginner machine quilter. I just quilted around my numbers and words, it wasn’t a problem.

    15. Optional: After quilting but before binding, add the rock pockets. Take one square and cut into four 5″ squares. Fold each 5″ square diagonally and press.

    16. Pin one pocket in each corner with the folded edge facing out. Baste the pockets in place about 1/8″ from the edge.

    17. Bind the playmat as desired.

    {bean bags}
    18. Select 5 squares from the Layer Cake. Stack the squares together and cut into 5″ squares. You will have (20) 5″ squares in all. On 10 of the squares adhere the number in the center of the square.

    19. Optional: I found adding a layer of flannel to the bean bags made them a bit sturdier.  Cut (20)
    4 1/2″ squares from flannel.  (I cut my 4 1/2″ squares from some leftover flannel from a previous project.) To make this quick cut two or three 4 1/2″ strips from flannel, stack, and then cut into 4 1/2″ squares. 

    20. Blanket stitch or zig-zag around each number to reinforce the adhesive. I HIGHLY recommend doing this since the bean bags will be handled and tossed. Zig-zag stitching around each number doesn’t take very long. (To tell the difference between the 6 and 9 I stitched a line of red zig-zag stitching below the six at this point.)

    21. Place two 5″ squares for one bean bag right side down. (One square should have a number, one shouldn’t.)  Center one  4 1/2″ flannel square on each 5″ square.

    22. Flip one square over so wrong sides are now together. Line up all the layers of fabric. Pin each corner.

    23. Sew the bean bags together using 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave an opening at the top. Fill the bean bag about 1/2 way with beans.

    24. Machine stitch opening close and secure by back stitching. Pink the raw edges with pinking shears.

    Get ready to learn with your little one in a fun and interactive way!

    27.5″ x 37″ Number Playmat 

    10 or more bean bags
    drawstring storage bag, tutorial found here

    LeAnne Ballard

    Around The Corner Quilt

    Hello! My name is Aneela from Comfortstitching and I am very honoured to bring you my first post at the Moda Bake Shop. I have long been a fan of the amazing work here and am very excited to be a chef myself!
    I hope you have as much fun stitching up my ‘Around the Corner’ quilt as I did!

    1 Layer Cake – I am using ‘Punctuation’ by American Jane.
    1 yard white cotton fabric
    4 Yards fabric for backing – I used print 2140411
    1/2 yard fabric for binding – I used print 2140511
    Template plastic or card stock

    1. Using a compass, draw 2 quarter circles onto your card stock/template plastic
    • 1 with a 4″ radius
    • 1 with a 3 1/2″ radius
    Cut out the templates.

    2. Using your 3 1/2″ template, cut a quarter circle from the top right and bottom left corners of each of the squares from the layer cake.
    3. Cut your white fabric into 4″ wide strips across the width of the fabric. Cut each of the strips up into 4″ squares. Each strip will yield 11 squares. You will need a total of 84 of these squares.
    4. Use your 4″ wide template to cut a quarter circle from each of the squares.
    5. Take one of the cut squares from the layer cake and bring the two square corners together to fold it on the diagonal, right sides together. Finger press the crease.
    Take two of the 4″ white quarter circles, fold on the diagonal and finger press.
    6. Open the layer cake fabric and place right side up. Open one of the quarter circles and place it, right side down at one of the cut out corners, using the crease lines made to line up both pieces. Pin in place at the center.
    7. Take left hand straight edge of the quarter circle and line it up with the left hand straight edge of the layer cake fabric, making sure the corners meet. Pin in place.
    8. Take the right hand straight edge of the quarter circle and line up with the right hand straight edge of the layer cake fabric, meeting the corners and pin in place.
    9. Add a couple more pins to line up the curved edges at the corner.
    10. Repeat at the opposite corner.
    11. Sew the two fabrics together at one of the corners using a 1/4″ seam allowance and removing pins as you go. The bias in the fabric will allow you to smooth out the corners as you sew.
    Repeat for opposite corner
    12. Repeat these steps to make blocks with the remaining 41 squares from the layer cake.
    13. Press all seams to pattern fabric side. Trim blocks to 9 7/8″ square.
    14. Lay out the blocks to decide how you wish your finished layout to look. Place 6 blocks across for each row to give a total of 7 rows down. Make sure each of the blocks is placed with the white corners at the top left and bottom right.
    15. Stitch together each of the rows. Press seams to the sides and then stitch each of the rows together to make your quilt top.
    16. To piece the backing – Cut backing fabric into 2 x 2 yard lengths. Trim the selvages and then stitch together along the long (72″) side. Trim the width to 64″.
    17. Quilt, baste and bind to finish.
    one 55″ x 64″ quilt to cuddle up in whilst finishing your homework (optional).

    If you make this quilt you would be very welcome to add it to my flickr group ‘stitching with comfortstitching’, I would love to see all of your interpretations!!!
    Happy Stitching!!!!