Dessert Sampler Blocks 10, 11, and 14

By Christine Lux
on June 11, 2018
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Happy Monday! 

Today we are working on three blocks in the Sampler. Like with Blocks 8 & 9, two are the same method of piecing with different fabric placement. Then the third has a very similar construction. Let's get started ... 

Blocks 11 & 14: 

And this one ... 

Get all your squares cut and then make HSTs as instructed in the pattern booklet. I like to use my Bloc Loc to trim HSTs accurately. :)

Once you have made your HSTs and trimmed them, lay out the blocks according to the pattern directions and sew them together.  I chose to web mine like I shared a few blocks back. You can also sew them together in rows and then join the rows. 

Here is Block 11: 

And here is Block 14: 

Block 10 looks very similar with a scrappy style in terms of fabrics, but uses a few flying geese blocks instead of all 16 units being HSTs. If you've never made a glying geese block here's a quick visual to go along with the directions in the beginning of your pattern booklet. 

You'll start by drawing a diagonal line on the back of the square. Then align the square RST with one end of the rectangle. Sew along the line. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4" and press. Then, repeat with the second square on the opposite end of the rectangle. Be sure your sewing lines are going in the right direction! ;-) 

Note this photo shows the steps in progression from the bottom to the top. 

After making the geese and the HSTs as directed, piece the block together. 

I really love the scrappiness of this one! 

Here are all three of them together ... 

After getting these blocks together, I couldn't resist laying out all my blocks to see how my quilt was shaping up. SInce we started with the big blocks, look at how much area of the quilt top we have done! It's going to be fun to add in all the pieces to this pretty puzzle, don't ya think?!

See ya on Wednesday! 


Dessert Sampler Block 5

By Christine Lux
on June 01, 2018
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It's Friday! And Block 5 is refreshingly easy to whip up! 

Just some easy squares and a couple of HSTs to make...

Once you have made your HSTs, lay out the block and sew it together in rows, joining the rows. This is a great block to "web" together. You can see that I've chain pieced my rows together and it's all connected before I join the rows. To learn more about this technique, visit my post here on the Moda Bake Shop

Viola! This block is done! :

I'm thinking about making more of these for a quilt of just this block - I love that shows off prints and is easy to whip up!

Have a great weekend! 

Dessert Sampler Block 4

By Christine Lux
on May 30, 2018
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Happy Hump Day! 

Today's block is another stunner! I really love the prints in this Sea Glass Dessert Roll - aqua is one of my favorites! Here's the end goal for Block 4: 

Follow the directions to get all your pieces cut. Again, we'll be making a LOT of HST blocks, so we will use the Cupcake Recipe 2 papers again to make all the smaller HSTs, just like with block 3. Don't forget to trim the to the right size (2" unfinished). 

With so many HSTs again, I decided that for this block I would try out pressing all the seams OPEN.  I normally don't do this as I like to nest my seams, but wanted to see if this would help the block come together a bit easier. Overall, I think that it did and will lay a little flatter at some of the seams. Although, this was more time consuming and I did more pinning to make sure points, etc would match up.

Here is a photo of the back of a completed block so you can see how I pressed everything. 

Once you get all your HSTs made, you'll need to assemble the 16 smaller blocks. I encourage you to lay out each one and take a quick look before sewing them together to make sure everything is going in the right direction. I got all mine sewn and realized I had 8 of them that needed a date with the seam ripper! (Yikes!)

I followed the diagram in the pattern booklet for the fabric placement of my blocks. If you'd like to do the same, here is a quick reference: 

You'll make 2 each of the six block versions in the first two rows. And then 4 blocks with the large floral HST and 4 small heart HST blocks. 

Once I had all my blocks together, I sewed them into rows of 4 and then joined the rows. 

I really love this one - totally worth the work! :) When you finish, pat yourself on the back because you're done with the 4 largest blocks in the quilt! Woo hoo!!!!

Friday's block is MUCH easier - I'll see ya then!

Happy sewing!


Dessert Sampler Block 2

By Christine Lux
on May 25, 2018
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Happy Friday! 

I've seen some pretty awesome looking Block 1's on Instagram and I'm so glad so many of you are sewing along or planning to jump in shortly!  If you are on the fence, it's not too late! 

I've got Block 2 for you today and it is another big block. But if you are tempted to panic over all those HSTs, try not to! We're going to use Cupcake papers to make a bunch of them at once and if you think of this block as being a big ole 4-patch, it make take the edge off! Let's get started ... 


Follow the directions to cut your fabrics out. You may be able to see the prints a little easier in my photo here than in your pattern booklet. 


The Cupcake papers are easy to use. Place your squares right sides together (in this case, one pink/coral print and one solid White) and then place the paper sheet on top and pin in place. Follow the lines and arrows. (TIP: Be sure to shorten your stitch length as per the Cupcake paper instructions.) 

Each Cupcake recipe paper is a little different, so before you start slicing and dicing, be on the lookout for a specific line that should be cut first. in this case, it is the large diagonal line. 


Then cut the other lines and carefully remove the papers and press your blocks open. Viola! 

You'll also need to make two small HST blocks from each of the 8 prints - see directions in your pattern booklet. (I made them the same way I made HSTs for Block 1.) 

All you have left is to assemble the block!  First, you will make 16 of these cuties. 


Sew the smaller blocks together and then join them to the larger HST block. 

Once you have those made, you will join them to make four larger blocks and then sew those together to get this ... 

This big ole block sure is pretty and worth the time to piece it. :-) 

I've seen a few comments about being concerned about keeping up and so I thought I'd share a little more about my strategy for sneaking in some sewing during the work week. Over the weekend, I like to cut the fabrics for several blocks, label them and set them as aside. This makes it a bit easier to sit down and get to sewing in the evening even if I only have a small chunk of time. I made today's block over a few days ... one night I cut the fabrics; one night I pieced the HSTs and pulled out the papers; and then the next night I chain pieced the blocks and assembled them all together into the larger block. You can do it!

Hope you have a great weekend and I'll see ya on Monday with Block # 3!

Happy Sewing!


Dessert Sampler Block 1

By Christine Lux
on May 23, 2018
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We're diving right in today with the largest block (Block 1) in the Dessert Sampler quilt today! In case you missed the first post on Monday, you can find the printable schedule and a few other details here.

Grab your Color Cut Dessert Rolls and some background strips and follow the pattern instructions to cut all the pieces you'll need for this block. 

For Block 1, we'll be making quite a few half square triangle (or HST) blocks. There are many ways to make an HST block and if you've been quilitng for awhile you probably need no help on this! But if you are new (or just need a refresher), here's a quick photo tutorial ... 

You'll place two squares right sides together. 

Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one of the fabrics. (I usually choose the lighter of the two so it makes it easier to see the line.) Then sew 1/4" seam away from the line. Sew on both sides of the line.

Then cut on the line, press the seam open (usually toward the darker fabric), and trim to size. I prefer a Bloc-Loc to trim, but any ruler with a 45 degree angle line on it will work just fine! 

Ok ... so go make all those HSTs and trim them down to size. 

Then arrange the HSTs to create the block pattern as shown in the pattern diagrams.

Since this block uses so many smaller blocks, I sewed the HSTs into nine 4-patches (4 aqua, 4 pink, and 1 green) and then sewed those together.

The finished block will look like this and measure 24.5" (24" finished). 

See ya on Friday when we will be making Block 2!

Happy Sewing!

It's Time for Dessert!

By Christine Lux
on May 21, 2018
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The Moda Dessert Sampler kits are here and shipping! And we're ready to start enjoying sewing with so many yummy prints and colors. Are you? Let's get this QAL started! 

A little more about our schedule ... 

We'll be posting here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday beginning this week and ending the week of August 13th.  We'll be making about 3 blocks a week and generally following the order of blocks as presented in the pattern book. In a few cases, we will jump around just a bit when there are multiple blocks with the same construction. If you like planning ahead and/or check lists, you can download our schedule here

For each block, I will share a few process pictures and any special tips for construction, if the block is a little complicated. If you are using the Moda kit, these photos should also help you identify the specific prints used in the original, but you can of course choose whatever combo you want from the kit (or your own stash). 

I will also post on Instagram (@sewlux) and I hope you'll play along and share your own blocks there too - be sure to use #modadessertsamplerqal so we can say hello! 

For today, I wanted to talk Background and getting organized. We'll share Block 1 on Wednesday.

Preparing Background, Storage & Using Cupcake Papers

I decided to go ahead and cut all of my background strips at the beginning as suggested in the pattern booklet. This will save me some time later on as I am preparing fabrics for my blocks. 

Follow the instructions in your pattern booklet for the strips. I used a fabric pen (you could use a Sharpie or other marking tool) to note the size strip in the selvage. I'll be cutting from the opposite end so the size notation will remain on the strip until I've used the strip up. Since some of the sizes are pretty close in width, this will help me easily identify the strip I should cut from as I prepare blocks. 

I am using a flat plastic box (like this one) to organize my strips. 

Those of you using Moda's kit have Cupcake Mix papers included with your kits. If you haven't used this genius product, I highly recommend watching this quick video from Moda to see how to use them. They are quick and easy and we'll use them in Block 2 on Friday. :)

That's all for now!  I'll see you on Wednesday when we'll crack these pretty rolls open!

Happy Sewing! 

Love All Around Mini

By Christine Lux
on January 20, 2017
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Hello again!

Our friend Lee over at May Chappell asked if we wanted to help share about her new project for 2017 using her "Love All Around" block pattern and, of course, we said "yes!" :)

Lee shares that she designed this block to celebrate love and kindness. Certainly, in today's world, there is always room for more of both of those things!  Lee plans to make a block whenever she sees these things displayed this year and is looking forward to having a sea of heart blocks at the end of 2017. What a great sentiment, right?

Check out her free tutorial for the block here.

I decided to make a mini to add to my mini wall at work ... I figured it would be a good reminder to stay positive and be kind, even when others might not be or when things seem to be going totally bonkers.

This little 8" block was easy to piece and I put together this 10" mini quilt in about an hour, including the machine binding! 

I had a layer cake of Regent Street Lawns and I thought these pretty florals would be perfect. The lawns are a dream to sew with - so soft and silky! The background and binding is Crossweave Graphite and it adds just a hint of sheen. 

I did some simple straight line quilting, but free motion would look great also!

Hope you'll pop over and say hello to Lee and maybe even stitch up some love and positivity this weekend!

Happy sewing!

Tutorial : Merit Badge Award Mini Quilt

By Christine Lux
on January 12, 2017
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Hey, hey! 

We all have a quilty friend who deserves an award for being awesome. Whether she (or he!) is the queen of scraps, or is always "sew happy" with their positive attitude, or even the crazy ones who maybe, you know ... run with scissors! LOL!

Today, I have a fun little mini quilt project to celebrate awesomeness! Speaking of awesome, when Moda introduced their merit badge collection last spring I knew I had to have them! And a fun award ribbon was my first project ... fast forward to now and our Moda Ribbon Challenge we are hosting along with Jen over at Heritage Threads and I finally got around to transforming this from sketch to a real live, hang-it-on-the-wall mini! 

For details about the Moda Ribbon Challenge, head over to Jen's blog post!

Here's what you will need: 

  • 1 Moda Merit Badge (they come in packs of 3)
  • 1 Fat Eighth + a coordinating charm square for award ribbon (I used Early Bird by Kate Spain - available this Spring)
  • 1 Fat Eighth background (I used Moda Cross Weave Black)
  • 1 Fat Eighth backing (I used Moda Essential Dots White Black)
  • 1 Jelly Roll strip (or 2.25" x WOF) for binding (I used Handmade Stripe in Black)
  • 1 yard Moda Ribbon (you know you have some hoarded! ;-)
  • 10" x 14" cotton batting
  • Paper, small square of cardstock, pencil, & compass (or circle template set)
  • Basic sewing supplies

Step 1: Make the Ruffle

Cut one 3" x 21" strip from your award ribbon fabric. Fold in half lengthwise WRONG sides together and stitch down the raw edges using a long basting stitch. Pull the ends of the thread to create a ruffle.  (Alternatively, you can also pleat your fabric, which is sometimes a little easier.) 

Next, draw a 3-3/4" circle on a piece of paper and cut on the line. You will use this as your guide to great the base of your award. 

Arrange your ruffled strip in a circle on top of the paper circle and stitch it down. I turned the ends under and overlapped them a bit where they met. (You can also hand stitch these ends closed if you like.)

Step 2: Make the Center Circle

Draw a second circle, this time 2.5" in diameter. I drew this on a piece of lightweight card stock. (The inserts in your Moda precuts are great for this! ;-) Cut out the circle. 

Next, place the circle in the center of your charm square. Using a needle, run a basting stitch around the circle.  Pull the ends of the thread to draw the fabric around the cardstock piece.  

Press well and trim away some of the excess fabric, if needed. (I used some Elmer's Washable School Glue to hold secure the edges down on the back.)

Step 3: Finish the Award Center

Place your merit badge in the center of the circle you made in step 2. Using a coordinating thread, sew it onto your fabric circle. (I used a navy thread and sewing just inside the aqua edging.) 

Cut eight pieces of Moda bundle ribbon about 1.5" long. Fold in half and arrange on top of your pleated piece. (Be sure raw edges will be covered by your badge circle.) Baste raw edges in place on the pleated circle. Set both the circle/badge and the pleated pieces aside for now. 

Step 4: Make the Tails 

From your fat eighth, cut two 2.5" x 7.5" strips. Staring with one piece, fold in half length wise with right sides together. Draw a line at a 45" angle at one end. This will create your angle. Sew down the long sides and along the angle, backstitching at both ends. Turn right sides out, carefully push out corners, and press. Repeat to make two tails. 

Next, cut two pieces of Moda bundle ribbon the same length as your tails. Center a ribbon strip on top of each tail and baste in place at the top. Trim the Moda ribbon to desired length. 

Finally, arrange tails under the pleated circle and baste in place. 

Step 5: Make the Mini Background

Note: make sure you are happy the size of your background compared to your award ribbon & tails before cutting!

Cut a background and backing rectangle approximately 10" x 14". Baste with batting in between and quilt as desired.  I used a grid of straight lines. 

Trim to desired finished size (mine is 8" x 12"). 

Step 6: Finish It!

Place your pleated circle with tails on top of your prepared mini. Pin in place. Then place your circle with the badge on top of the pleated section. Pin in place. 

Carefully stitch about 1/8" from the edge of the circle to secure all of the layers together - the circle/badge to the pleated unit and also to the mini/background. 

Using a 2.25" x WOF strip folded in half lengthwise to make your binding. Attach to the front by machine and finish as desired. 

Admire your work ... You did great!  Now go pat yourself on the back and give yourself an amazing acceptance speech!  :)

Hope you enjoyed this fun little project - I would love to see your award winning creations - link them up in the comments or tag me on IG (@sewlux) and use #modaribbonchallenge and #modameritbadges

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