Hello! Back with another Moda Bake Shop project, and I hope you love it! Just in case you are getting a little scared by all of those triangles, don’t be…I’ve come up with the best fabric trick ever to make this quick and fun.
The words ‘Sunday Best’ brings back so many memories of growing up in my mother’s home. Sunday Best referred to how we dressed for church, how we behaved, the meal we ate, how we spoke, and how we treated one another. Extra care was given, a little more time was taken to prepare. Sundays were special, and this was reflected in all that we did. Sunday Best is the perfect name for this little quilt in my mind…beautiful, delicate fabric, lots of little triangles, and a little extra effort make this quilt something to treasure.
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3 Charm Packs of Fresh Cottons*
1/4 yard Moda Bella Solid Brown – BINDING
Cut (6) 2 1/4″ x width of fabric strips, join
1 yard Fresh Cottons Chantilly Cream Pinafore Skirt 20133-14 BORDER
Cut (5) 5″ x width of fabric strips, join
3 yards Fresh Cottons Chantilly Cream Medallion Fleur 20132-14 QUILT BACK
Divide the fabric evenly, join lengthwise, and press
58″ x 58″ batting
*For a larger quilt use Layer Cakes, cut into 5″ squares
Create 8 HST (half square triangles) from 2 Charm Squares: 1 Solid, and 1 Print
Use 1/4″ seam allowance throughout
The numbered instructions are listed from left to right:
1. Evenly layer 1 solid charm square, and 1 printed square (right side down)
2. Fold in half, press firmly on the fold for a solid crease
3. Open the folded square, refold in the opposite direction, press firmly on the left side fold, but do not press out the original crease.
4. Press again on the right side fold. The creases will become your sewing guide, so you don’t want to press it out.
5. Open the pressed unit, and pin the center to keep the fabric from shifting.
6. Sew on the diagonal, around the entire charm square unit on all four sides. Marking the lines isn’t necessary – but you can if you would feel more comfortable.
7. Once you have sewn around all four sides, lay unit on a cutting mat (a rotating mat is helpful if you have one), using your ruler, cut the unit into 4 even squares (2 1/2″ each)
8. Using a ruler and marking tool (thin pencil works well), draw a line 1/4″ from either side of the seam line, on all four units.
9. Sew a 1/4″ from the drawn line on all four units
10. Cut units apart on the drawn line
11. Open units, press…all these blocks from 2 5″ squares! 4 2 1/2″ HST, and 4 1 3/4″ HST
12. Set aside the 1 3/4″ HST (these are a bonus, not part of this quilt)
13. Make 100…this will yield 400 HST 2 1/2″ units
14. Sew a row of four HST
15. Sew together four rows for a block
16. Arrange the blocks in a 5 x 5 grid
17. Sew by rows, join rows, press
18. Adding the border strips: Cut two strips to 41″ each, and two strips to 50″ each (in case of seam allowance variables, it is recommended that you measure the quilt top, before cutting the strips)
19. Add the 41″ border strips to the top, and bottom of the quilt top, press to the borders
20. Add the 50″ left & right side border strip to the l/r sides, press to the borders
21. Layer quilt top, batting, and backing. Quilting with a walking foot is a good solution with all of those seams
Bind and label
2 Charm Squares (one solid/one print) yield 4 2″ HST finished units, and 4 1 1/4″ HST finished units.
1 Charm pack yields 168 2″ HST finished units
1 Layer Cake yields 672 2″ HST finished units
This quilt is made with 400 2″ HST finished units
What to do with all of the 1 1/4″ HST units? Pinwheels…lots of pinwheels!
Take four tiny HST, sew together to form a pinwheel, make two
Place two pinwheels together, right sides facing
Sew around the entire unit, leaving a small opening
Carefully turn inside out, poke out the corners
Fill with your favorite filling
Add a small button to the center, stitching through the entire pincushion.
I hope you enjoy this quilt, and this new HST trick! I haven’t tried it on a 10″ Layer Cake, but I’m certain the same method would apply to those as well.