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Thursday, February 11, 2016

My Moda Bake Shop ABC Birthday Quilt Along Quilt

Hi Everyone,

Boy, that title is sure a mouthful, isn't it?  As I may have mentioned in an earlier post, I had heard about this QAL several weeks ago.  I toyed with the idea of making a quilt with patriotic words at first, but I just couldn't get excited about it, so I moved the project to the back of my mind.  Then about 2 weeks ago, I read a quote on Facebook and got excited.

Do you ever get so excited about a project that you immediately grab paper and begin sketching out the idea?  And as it takes hold, you forget about any other projects, responsibilies, or even other fun events?  That was happening with me.  As soon as I sketched it out, I got right to cutting and sewing.

I used a fat quarter bundle of Moda's Red, White, and Free by Sandy Gervais that I had on my shelf.  I also had yardage of the background fabric and some of the other pieces.  I was two thirds finished when I realized I would need more background.  I did a Google search and wasn't having much luck.  Finally, after a page or two of results, there was a link to a shop that I've been ordering from for years, The Stitching Post, located in Southern Indiana.  They had some!  There was 2 1/4 yard left so I ordered it.  The next day I was out for a while and when I got home there was a message on my machine.  My heart sunk when I saw it was The Stitching Post calling--I figured that they no longer had the fabric.  I was wrong, though!  They actually had more and were calling to see if I needed more!  Talk about fabulous customer service.  We chatted for a bit and finally the owner asked if I or my husband had been in the service as she had several addresses from me in the system!  I laughed and said, "Yes, but now we are retired here in Indiana, too."  I would love to one day visit the actual shop.  With every order I have placed, it arrives with a personal note, handwritten on the form.  I love that.

Anyway, once I had more fabric, I was able to resume.  Besides all of the words, I needed some filler blocks.  I wanted to make them with the neutral fabrics so that they would be less visible and not take away attention from the quote.

It was fun to play with these fabrics and still get fun blocks, even though the contrast is low among the pieces.

Once I had all of the words completed, I was looking it over and realized I had made some of the "A's" different.  About half were this way:

(with long legs)

And half were this way:

(wish short legs)

Grr!  I decided in the end that it wasn't bothering me enough to change things.  Just a note here:  the patterns for the letters, Spell it with Moda, call for using 2.5" strips.  To get my quote to fit on a smaller size, I had to make them half the size, using 1.5" strips.

Finally on Monday, I got the entire quilt top finished.  I am really happy with it!

This quote means so much to me.  I'm so glad that I was able to fit it into a quilt.  Just a note here:  the patterns for the letters, Spell it with Moda, call for using 2.5" strips.  To get my quote to fit on the size quilt I wanted, I had to make them half the size, using 1.5" strips.  The finsihed quilt size is 63" square.  I was surprised about that--I had realized it would be 63" wide early on, but I had no idea how long it would become with all of the spacer strrips included.

All of the fabric is Moda, aside from the star field in the flag.  I have no idea who designed it.

And all of the Moda was from the Red, White, and Free line except what I used for the word, soldier.  I decided that should be different, and camoflage.  Luckily Moda had another line, "Because of the Brave" which had the perfect fabric.

I had one design challenge:  As you can see, I used the light blue background to highlight some of the words:  Flag, Breath, Soldier, Protecting.  I wanted to highlight another word, and Fly, Wind, and Moves were the choices.  After thinking about it, I decided on Moves, as it referenced "moving" to me, which describes the quote--I find it moving.

Now that this project is finished, I will admit that I'm feeling a bit like the day after Christmas--let down and depressed--in other words, the excitement is over.  For now.  There will be other projects!  (I'm just not sure what to focus on next.  I expect my husband would appreciate it if I did some grocery shopping!)

Have a wonderful day!


  1. I LOVE it!!! What an awesome tribute to our brave warriors!

  2. I agree, an awesome tribute quilt! Well done with the challenge.

  3. I have to agree wholeheartedly...this is AWESOME!!! A fantastic tribute and you executed the design perfectly! Bravo!!

  4. What a really nice saying and that you put it into a quilt....BRAVO!
    Your most recent few projects are really quite cute....

  5. What a wonderful quote to use for your quilt.

  6. As a Blue Star mom with a daughter gearing up for her second deployment, this just brings tears to my eyes. It is beautiful!

  7. This is a beautiful quilt-made more beautiful by your heartfelt sentiment.

  8. What an awesome quilt!! I love it!! I too was thinking something patriotic but haven't decided on what I'm going to do yet. It will be a summer project.

  9. This is so beautiful! What is the fabric that you used for the swag under the word soldier? It's perfect!

  10. How awesome! What a wonderful quilt to enhance the quote. The quote brought tears to my eyes and your quilt brought a smile to my face. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  11. Brought tears to my eyes, as a mother who watched her son pull out of the driveway 4 weeks ago and head to Fort Sam Houston to start his career as an Army officer and nurse it has special meaning.

  12. I love your quilt! Just the quote is awesome, but the additional touches of the flag, banner and filler blocks really puts it over the top. Well done!

  13. What a wonderful quilt--so creative and meaningful!

  14. This is really awesome JoAnne!! You did a great job!

  15. What an awesome project - I love the quote! Very nice work!

  16. I really likes your blog! You have shared the whole concept really well and very beautifully soulful read!
    Thanks for sharing