Wishes String Quilt

Hello again! This is Karin from Cascade Quilts, and I am happy to bring you another quick quilt project!  I have wanted to do a string quilt for years, but I just don’t care for foundation piecing – and all the tutorials I have seen to use strip quilting have not had the solid strip that goes down the *center* of the block.  They always seem to have a seam down the center instead, which gives an entirely different look to the overall quilt.  It came to me one night how to make the blocks with a strip pieced method with the solid down the center of the block (when trying to get to sleep, but can only think of current/future quilting projects!).  I am *thrilled* how this quilt top came together!  I have already started to make another one with this pattern I love it so much!   My mom even started one after she saw my completed top.  I hope you love this pattern as much as I do – and if you make a quilt from the pattern, I’d love for you to share it (or any of my other project patterns) on my flickr group 🙂

2 print jelly rolls (I used ‘Wishes’ by Sweetwater)
1 solid jelly roll (or 2 3/4 yards – I used Moda Bella ‘Porcelain’)
3/4 yard matching solid cut into 2.5” strips (‘Porcelain’- not shown)
3 yards wide backing (Bella solids in red)

All your seams will be 1/4” or scant 1/4”.  Whichever you use, just be as consistent as possible.

Unroll you jelly rolls and remove 1 strip from each of the print jelly rolls (you will use 39 strips from each roll for a total of 78 print strips).  Unroll your solid jelly roll – you will be using 26 strips at this point from the solid.  Pair up the 26 solid strips with 26 of your print strips.  Pair up the remaining 52 print strips into another 26 pairs.  Sew each pair together along one long side.  26 print/solid pairs and 26 print/print pairs.

Now, pair up each print/solid pair with a print/print pair keeping the prints together and the solid along the edge.  Press these groupings with the seams all going in the same direction (direction doesn’t matter, just as long as it’s consistent through all of them).  You will have 26 strip sets now, with a solid on the outside and 3 prints.

At this point, I suggest squaring up one end of each strip set.  Again, doesn’t matter which end, just be consistent for all of them.  *I hope I don’t confuse everyone too much with pics of different print strip sets – I seem to have missed/misplaced pics of some steps the first time around, so I started with a second quilt to capture those missed steps.  The fabrics in this second quilt is a collection from about a year ago called ”Seascapes” by Deb Strain*

Then pair each 4-strip-set with another strip set – making sure that you don’t sew the two solid strips together.  Since the seams are all pressed in the same direction, your seams will ‘nest’ and help you align the strip sets.  Sew along one long edge and press that seam in the same direction as the others.

You will now have 13 strip sets that are 8 strips wide.  All seams should be going in the *same* direction.  Solid, 3 prints, solid, 3 prints.

You are going to sew these into a tube.   Sew the final seam to form the tube, then carefully press the final seam in the same direction as the other seams.

Once you have the 8-strip tube made, you will be pressing the tube so you are pressing the solids in half.  Hopefully this picture explains what I mean.  You will be able to ‘nest’ the seams of the prints as you press so that you can be sure that you are pressing the solids directly in half.

I’m guessing you just had an A-HA moment like I did?! 🙂

Now, you will begin cutting your blocks!  You will get 5 blocks from each strip set ‘tube’, with a bit of leftovers.

Starting at the left side of the strip set with a 9.5” square-up ruler align the diagonal center of the ruler along one edge (the solid that is folded in half).  Don’t do like I did in this pic – use the diagonal line on the ruler to your advantage (I did use the diagonal line in the next 12 sets, LOL).

Cut the side on the RIGHT side of the ruler *first*.  Go ahead and cut all the way across the strip set.  Move the rest of the strip set aside far enough so you can cut the second side of the triangle without cutting the remaining strip set.

Make the second cut along the left side of the triangle.

Open up that triangle, and you have your first block with the solid going down the center of the block!  Yay!

Align the ruler along the edge that faces away from you, and cut your second block.  It will only take a cut along one side for the second block.

Now, for the third block, you will have to move again to the folded edge closest to you – but you will need to move it to the right a little, so you get the full triangle.  Again, cut as you did with the first block.

This will give you approx 1 3/4”-2” x 9 1/2” strip ”scraps”.  But, don’t throw away those scraps, those will be used in our pieced border!

Keep cutting all of your 13 strip set tubes until you have a total of 64 blocks (you can get 65 blocks, but you will only need 64 for this pattern).

At this point, I highly recommend starching and re-checking square of each of your blocks.  These are all on-bias, so will have quite a bit of ‘give’ to them.

Arrange your 64 blocks into an 8 x 8 arrangement and sew them together for the center of the quilt.  If you arrange them right, you will be able to ‘nest’ all the seams so the seams line up easily!

Now, for the first row of the border, take 7 of your solid strips and sew them together into one long strip.  Cut this strip into two pieces 72.5” long and two pieces 77” long (recheck the measurements of YOUR quilt center to make sure these are correct for yours).  Sew the 72.5” pieces along the left and right sides, then the 77” pieces along the top and bottom sides.  Press.

Now for the scrap pieced border!  (again, had to use pics from the second set of blocks for the second quilt I’m making for this one)
You will need 36 pairs of these tiny blocks to make 36 ‘chevron’ blocks (9 for each side of the quilt).
You can keep them as they are already paired up, or mix/match them as you please.  From the cut-offs that you already have, there will be 26 pairs (2 pairs from each strip set).  So, from the tail end of each strip set, you will need to cut one more pair.
So, first measure your little ‘scrap’ pieces.  Mine were 2”x9.5”

You will be cutting one more set from each end of the strip set tube.  Go ahead and cut it as wide as your scrap pieces are.  I cut mine 2” wide.

These ones will have to be opened up to cut them to length, so go ahead and cut them along the fold line.

Then, center the 9.5” ruler and cut off the ends – you are trying to make these the same as the first scraps, so make sure you center these so that the seams will line up when you pair them up with the other scrap strips.

I recommend starching these little cuties now too.  Pair these up and sew them together into 36 cute little chevron blocks!

If you pair them up properly, the seams will again ‘nest’ and you will be able to match up the seams easily!
When you press these blocks, press half in one direction and half in the other direction so that when you sew them into a long strip, those middle seams will also nest.

Sew your 36 little chevron blocks into 4 long strips with 9 blocks in each strip.  These will measure approx. 3.5”x81.5”.  Depending on your final measurements, you might need to add one more partial chevron block to all 4 strips if you intend to do a miter corner like I did, or just to two of the strips if you don’t do a mitered corner.  You should have plenty of scraps left to cut more if necessary.

This is what the seam will look like between the blocks:

Sew these long strips along the first solid border.  I chose to miter my corners, but you could chose the easier route and sew left and right, trimming them to fit the length, then sew top and bottom, trimming them to fit.

Finally, sew 8 of your solid strips into pairs of 2 – and sew on for your final border.

You have completed your beautiful approx 85” square quilt top!

Now, baste, quilt as desired, and add binding (from your remaining 9 solid strips).

A beautiful 85”x85” quilt!

Ooooh, and how cool does it look with the sun shining through it from the back?!!!

 Like stained glass! 🙂

Karin Vail
Cascade Quilts

Wish Upon a Star Quilt

Hi there! I’m Lindsey and I am really excited to be here on the Moda Bake Shop today! I blog over at Inspiring Creations where I share tutorials, patterns, recipes, and everything in between.  Today I am going to share with you how to bake up this fun quilt using Sweetwater’s newest line-Wishes. I had a completely different design in mind before I got the fabric, but when I got this fabric and saw it in person I was so excited that I had to change up my design.  There are a few prints in this line with flags on it–which soon became one of my favorite prints in the collection.  I took that idea and made a quilt with some fun flags! 
You can make this your own by changing the saying in the flags, or if the flag design isn’t your cup of tea, you can make the entire quilt using just the stars. 
So let’s get started!
2 Charm Packs- Wishes by Sweetwater
 2.5 yards background color (5538 16)
3/4 yard binding fabric 5535 -24
3 yards backing fabric Essential Dots Aqua 8654 22
3 yards of batting
Out of your background fabric cut the following:
4 strips of 3 1/2″ x 45″ 
3 strips 23 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ (for flag rows)
1- 11 1/2″ x 11 /12″ square (for flag row)
10- 5″ x 5″ squares (for stars)
24- 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ squares (for stars)
Out of the binding fabric you will cut:
3 strips 11/2″ x 23 1/2″ (for flag rows)
1 strip 1 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ (for flag row)
7 strips – 2 1/2″ x Width of fabric – (for the binding)
Separate your charm packs into different colors:
For each star you will choose two coordinating colors.  For this one I chose a yellow and green combination.  You will also  need two 5″ x 5″ squares our of your background fabric.  
You will need to make three sets of two that comprise of the following squares.
1. one background square and one green square
2. one yellow square and one green square
3. one background square and one yellow square
Place one set right sides together:
Sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around the squares.
You will do this to each set.
Now you will take a ruler and place it diagonally from corner to corner on the block and cut:
You will then place the ruler in the opposite corners diagonally and cut again:
You will now have four half square triangles (HST):
You will cut each of your sets the same way so you will have the following:
4-yellow/cream HST’s
4-green/cream HST’s
4-yellow/green HST’s
Now press them all open.  I like to press mine to the dark side.  You can also trim them up and make sure they are all 3 1/4″ square.  (since these are all cut on the bias they will have a bit of a stretch to them)
Now you will need four 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ squares:
Layout your HST’s and squares like this:
You will sew the blocks in rows of four first by placing the first two right sides together and sewing a 1/4″ seam:
Now you will take the second two and do the same:
I like to chain piece mine at two at a time and then join the sets of two together.  This helps the process go much quicker.
Sew the two sets together to form one row of four squares.  Will will do this to each row:
To get your points to match up nicely, nest your seams! This will really help!
Now you will sew your rows together. Start with the first two and place right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam across:
Now do this to the next two:
You will now join the two sets and then give it a good pressing.
You need to make 5 stars using the same method shown above. Trim your blocks 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ 
We are now going to work on the flags for the quilt.First you need to print off your favorite block font with the following letters:
You will need a strip of background fabric that has heat and bond ironed on to it.  You will iron the wrong side of the fabric to the rough side of the heat and bond:
Now place one of your letters onto the heat and bond and trace.  **You will want to place your letters facing down so that when you cut them out they are facing the right way.
Cut out your letter:
Do the same process to each of the letters that you need:
Now to create your flags you will need 13 charm squares in different colors
Find the half way point of the charm which is 2.5″ inches and place your ruler on that point and then place it diagonally to the top left corner and cut:
Now do the same to the opposite side:
You now have your little flag:
Iron your letters onto the flags:
You will now add heat and bond onto the back of your flags.  Making sure you iron the wrong side of the flags to the rough side of the heat and bond.  You will do this to each flag.
Now to create the banners.  
3 – 23 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ rectangles
1 – 11 1/2″ x 11 1/2″ square
You will cut on a diagonal all the way across.  Try not to do it from point to point, rather offset the diagonal so that you have room for your flags later. You will cut the diagonal different for each row–so be sure to look a the quilt diagram to know which way to cut your diagonal. 
You will need a strip of red fabric that measures 1 1/2″  x 23 1/2″ you will place it right sides together and sew it to one side of the rectangle and then press, and sew the other half of the rectangle on so that you have a piece that looks like this:
 You will trim your rectangle to be 23 1/2″ x 11 1/2″.  Make sure you trim it up.  When you add in the strip, it makes it a tad bit bigger so you will need to trim it down a little. 
You will do this to all of your background pieces, but changing the diagonal.  Here is a diagram to help you see which ways you need to make your diagonals for the different words:
 You will now iron your words onto your strips–making sure you iron the right word on the right strip.  Just look at the diagram above to help you with that.   You can now sew around your letters and  flags if you’d like to make sure they are secured to your fabric.  Or you can do this later when you are ready to quilt the entire quilt.
Now it’s time to piece everything together.  You are going to piece it in rows and then sew the rows together.  
You will need four strips of 3 1/2″ x 45″ as well as all of your stars and banners.
You are going to start with piecing your banners and stars together:
Place the star and banner right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam and then place your other star on the opposite side of the banner right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam.  Press your row.  You will do this with all three rows:
Now you are going to add the rows of background fabric between the rows and on the top and bottom.  Start by placing the first row and the first strip right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. You will continue to add your rows in the same way so that it looks like this:
Your top is almost done!! You now have to add your charm borders.  You will sew the following sets
 2 sets of ten charms
2 sets of twelve charms
 You will sew your side borders on first.  Place the border right sides together with your quilt top and sew a 1/4″ seam and press.  **To make them line up evenly, pin your borders to your quilt top to ensure they lay flat and also line up nicely. Do this to the left and right side.
Now you will add your top and bottom borders.  Place border right sides together with quilt and sew a 1/4″ seam across. 
You are done with your quilt top! Now you can baste, quilt, and bind your quilt using your preferred methods.  
One Wish Upon a Star Quilt Measuring 53″ x 53″
For other fun quilts and tutorials you can visit my blog Inspiring Creations

Lindsay Weight

Candy Wishes Quilt

Hello and Happy New Year to all you Moda Bake Shop fans from all of us over at Jo’s Country Junction! The gals from Moda are always challenging us Chefs to come up with projects relating to a theme. We were challenged to work with Moda Candy packs. I am not a gal that does many small projects so I extended the challenge to come up with a quilt. This projects, Candy Wishes, is the result. The quilt is VERY quick and great for beginners or those who are teaching someone to quilt. We have a giveaway going on over at our blog, Jo’s Country Junction, for two Moda Candy packs to get you started on your own quilt.

2 Moda Candy packs
4 yards background fabric
1 yard inner border and binding fabric
5 yards backing fabric

From the background/outer border fabric:
Cut two 54 1/2″ long pieces from the length of the fabric. Subcut 9 pieces measuring 6½” x 54½”
Cut 9 strips measuring 2½”  x WOF. Subcut into 56 pieces measuring 2½” x 6½”
Cut 7 strips measuring 3½” x WOF for the outer border

From the inner border fabric: 
Cut 7 strips measuring 1½” x WOF

From the binding fabric:
Cut 7 strips measuring 2½” x WOF

Select 48 of the bright squares from the candy packs. I opted to not use the ones with a light background. Combine 6 candy squares with 7 pieces of 2½” x 6½” background fabric shown. Make 8 of these strips.

Sew the 8 candy strip sets to 9 strips of 6½” x 54½” background fabric as shown.

Sew the inner border strips together end-to-end. Measure the sides of your quilt top and cut 2 strips. Pin carefully and sew to left and right sides of the quilt top. Press. Measure the top/bottom of the quilt top and cut 2 strips. Pin carefully and sew a strip each to the top and bottom.

Repeat the above process with the 7 strips measuring 3½” x WOF for the outer border.

Piece the backing together. Sandwich the top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired.

If you want to see what I did for a quilting motif, come of over to my blog and check it out. Bind with the 2½” red binding strips.

63″ x 77″ Quilt

Remember to stop over to our blog, Jo’s Country Junction, for you chance to win 2 Candy Packs to get you started on making your own quilt.

Jo Kramer

Little Lady Ragged Bags

Today we are making a ragged tote bag that is the perfect size for little girls. It’s easy to make and fun to use.  I often give them for gifts filled with little toys or coloring books.

*2 packs of Moda Candy
*1/2 yard of white fabric (or coordinating fabric of your choice) for the lining
*1/2 yard of natural colored felt 

#1.  From your white fabric cut 66 squares that are 2 and 1/2 inches.
#2.  From your felt cut 66 squares that are 2 and 1/2 inches.
#3.  Open your Moda Candy packs!
#4.  Layer your squares for your bag.  Put 1 white square on the bottom, a piece of felt in the middle, and your printed fabric on the top.  (With the right sides facing out on both the white and the printed fabric.)
#5.  Choose two squares that you would like to place next to each other.  Place them (still stacked with the felt and white fabric) with the white fabric together in the middle.  Now your stack is 6 pieces deep!  (But don’t worry…your machine can handle it! 🙂
#6.  Once you are all stacked up sew down one side of your stack.  Then open it up!  (Your seams will be on the OUTSIDE and it will look crazy but that is ok…that is how you want it to look for this project!)
*Note:  For this project use a generous quarter inch seam.

#7.  Repeat the process for the 2 squares that you would like to attach underneath the pair you just made.  Once you are done place your two pairs of squares together with the white in the middle (your prints facing outward) and sew them together.

#8. Unfold and see the cute little 4 patch you just created!  Now repeat this process 13 more times.  (So that you have a total of 14 little 4 patches!)

#9.  Now select the 4 four patch squares that you would like to use for the front of your bag.

#10.  Sew the 4 squares together in the same manner you’ve been sewing thus far.  (With the white fabric in the middle and the printed sides out).  Once you are finished repeat this process for the back side of your bag.

#11.  Now we just need to sew up the two side pieces and the bottom piece for the bag.  Both the sides and the bottom are made up of 2 four patch squares sewn together.  The only difference between the sides and the bottom is just making sure any directional prints are going the right way on the pieces you choose for the sides.  So put together 2 side panels and one bottom panel. 

#12.  We have all of our pieces ready so now it’s time to construct our bag.  Put your front panel and your side panel WHITE sides together and sew it up!

 #13.  Next put that same side panel and your back panel WHITE sides together and sew it up as well!
 #14.  Now, I know what your thinking…it’s time add the other side panel.  But it’s not.  I mean I guess you could but I wouldn’t and don’t.  I add the bottom panel next.  So you will be sewing the bottom WHITE sides together in one long line across the front, pivot, down the side, pivot, and along the back side. 
#15.   Now add you last side panel…white sides together…sew down the front, pivot, across the bottom, pivot, and up the back.  Now your bag is completely formed.

#16.  We need to make the strap/handle now.  Sew together 10 fabric and felt sandwiches (exactly how we did in steps 4 and 5 only now we are sewing 10 together in a long strip instead of just 2).

#17.  Now sew a 1/4 inch seam down each side of your strap like shown in the photo below.
#18.  We are ready to attach the strap now!  Position it on the side panels right between the 2 small squares making up the top of the 4 patch squares as shown in the picture below.  I place the strap right behind the side panel and down inside the bag about 1 inch.  Then I sew the first strap on and continue stitching around the entire circumference keeping the 1/4 inch seam until I get to the next strap, which I sew on, and continue around the bag until I come back to the place where I began.

#19.  The only thing we have left to do is clip our seams.  Snip along all seam lines about every 1/4 inch like shown in the photo below.  Clip to the stitching but NOT through the stitching!!

#20.  When I finish my bags I always throw them in the washing machine on the rinse cycle and then into the dryer.  This will fluff up all those clipped and snipped seams and make them soft and cute.  This last step isn’t necessary but I always do it.

There are other ways that these bags can be assembled.  However, I’ve made over 500 of these little guys and this is the way that I’ve found to have them best hold their shape and be the easiest to sew.

*1 little girls tote bag
(And 1 big disagreement if you happen to have more than 1 little girl!)

 Simple Simon & Co.