Sunny Trails Quilt



Hello!  I am so very excited to be sharing my first Moda Bake Shop tutorial!  I have been sewing and making quilts since I was 20 or so but have more recently stumbled upon the online quilting community.

I started my blog Little Miss Shabby and I have been having a blast.  I've been so inspired by all the wonderful bloggers/designers/great quilty people-- I wanted to share a bit of my "fun" with you! Who loves some yummy Moda fabric... me, me, me!! =)  Sweetwater's fantastic line of fabric, Sunkissed, is such a perfect and fun collection to play with that I just couldn't resist.  So without further ado..."Sunny Trails."



**All seams are to be sewn with a 1/4" seam allowance

1 Sunkissed Layer Cake
3/4 Yard Sunkissed Yellow Solid (5448-12)
3/4 Yard Sunkissed Gray Solid (5448-15)
1 1/2 Yard Bella Solid PFD White (9900-97)
1/2 yd. binding Sunkissed Yellow Gingham (5447-12)
3 1/4 yd. backing Sunkissed Multi Polka (5442-16)


Presencia Finca Perle Cotton Size 12 (5 gram ball of each) #1651, 7720, 1137, 4799.  If you want to try a little bit of hand quilting long stitch style (I have totally been digging this lately), this is a perfect project to give it a whirl.  Very beginner friendly-- My mom and I (aka mostly my mom) finished the quilting in less than a day.


I began by sorting the fabrics in my layer cake--I chose not to use the solids or the duplicate fabrics--this left me with 37 layer cake squares.

Cut each layer cake into (5) 2"x10" strips--you will be using 4 strips from each layer cake square.

From both the gray and yellow solid, cut 7 strips 3.5" wide by the width of fabric. Subcut each strip into (12) 3.5" squares.

From the white solid, cut 14 strips 3.5" wide by the width of fabric. Subcut each strips into (6) 3.5" x6.5" rectangles.


Choose two contrasting layer cake strips--with right sides together sew them together on the long side.  Continue until you have sewn all your strips together (remember we are using 4 strips from each layer cake square).  Press your strips sets open.  Now, I am a press to the side kinda gal so I pressed my seams to the dark fabrics--however, in hindsight (because I was picky about the directional word fabrics going in the right direction), it would have been easier to press my seams open.  If you want your words to all run the same direction and you opt to press to one side, be prepared for a bit of finagling.  Your strip sets will now measure 3.5" x 10".


Next, you will cut each of the strip sets into (5) 2" x 3.5" two patches.  You will end up with quite a few--you will be using (320) 2 patches to complete this quilt.


Sew together (2) two patches right sides together--continue in this manner for all of the two patches.  Pay attention to the word fabrics as you choose your pairs if you want the text all going in one direction.  If not, just slap 'em together. =)


This is gonna take awhile--you might need to grab a coke:


But, in the end you will end up with a whole bunch of wonderful four patches of which you will be using 160 for the quilt top.  If you end up with more than you need (like I did), they work wonderfully for piecing into the backing of your quilt or for making some cute little throw pillows.  Give these little guys a press--open or to the side (whichever you prefer).  


Choose 80 of these 4 patches to turn into (20) 16  patches.


Sew together, lining up your seams as you go; press open.


Next, on the back of each of the yellow squares and the gray squares, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner.

Place a yellow square right sides together onto a white rectangle and sew from corner to corner on the line that you have drawn.  You will need to make 40 units with the diagonal starting in the upper left corner of the yellow square and 40 units with the diagonal starting in the upper right corner of the yellow square as pictured.


Sew together--remember we are sewing directly on the drawn line.


Trim away the excess fabric to the left of the seam, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.  Press your seams open or toward the yellow fabric depending on your preference.


Next you will repeat these steps to add the gray squares.  The seams will be running parallel.


Sew from corner to corner, trim off excess fabric again leaving a 1/4" seam allowance & press open.  You will have 40 of each block below--40 blocks with the white diagonal going left to right and 40 blocks with the white diagonal going right to left.  These blocks will measure 3.5"x 6.5".


The blocks are now ready for assembly.  You will need (4) 4 patches, one 16 patch and 2 of each rectangle block to complete one 12.5" block.  Pay special attention to the placement of the rectangle blocks.


Make 20 of these blocks.


You can now assemble the quilt top.  Here is the layout of the blocks.


Once you have your blocks sewn together ( 20 blocks total--4 blocks x 5 blocks) you are ready to sandwich your quilt, baste, quilt, and bind.  You'll remember I mentioned earlier about hand quilting using perle cotton.


It adds such a fun touch and is easy to do... even for a novice like me.  Mind you, I am a quilter by no means, but this method is enjoyable for me.  And look how cute!

Enjoy!

One fabulous bright and sunny quilt sure to scare away the winter blahs. =)  Your finished quilt will measure approximately 48"x60".

I hope that you have enjoyed my first tutorial. =)  I have enjoyed sharing with you!

Corey Yoder
{Little Miss Shabby}


78 comments:

Gwen said...

What a sweet quilt!

Quiltjane said...

I have waiting to see the Sunkissed range made into a quilt on the bakeshop. It looks great. Thank you for the tutorial.

summerfete said...

Wow your hand quilting is awesome and so neat!

Kell said...

Love it! It's perfect to brighten up any room after all the snow this winter! And also one more reason to buy the Sunkissed line.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Corey, that is a stunner, I love the sunkissed colours against the grey and the white and the quilt is so pretty and fresh.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Sorry Corey, had to come back for a second comment (i) to say how much I love the hand quilting; (ii) to say how well you write - the tutorial is so friendly and personable; and (ii) how fab your photos are - I need to get a lovely soft grey background rather than using my cutting mat which is an ugly dark green!

Coisas da Laura said...
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Coisas da Laura said...

I just loved your tutorial! So neat and easy to follow! Please write more tutes, ok?
Hugs from Brasil.

Jenny said...

what a beautiful quilt. this pattern will be perfect with so many fabrics!

Sandy said...

I love it! I can't wait to start--first, off to the quilt shop for fabric. LOL

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I love the design Corey!!! And your tutorial is fabulous!!

Elisa said...

Love it! Makes me wanna run out and get these fabrics!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

It's beautiful! Thanks for the pattern.

Lettyb said...

Beautiful. The stitching in the sashing and border are such a perfect embelishment!

twin fibers said...

It's gorgeous, Corey!!! Congratulations on a beautiful quilt!

Sandy said...

What a wonderful quilt! Thanks for sharing!=)

Karin said...

Gosh - I´m in love!!! Thats all I can say! Thank you!

ritad said...

Such a darling quilt. Love this fabric don't we? Your stitching really sets it off. Can't wait to try it.

Greta said...

This was so worth the wait! Corey I love it and you have redeemed Sunkiss for me, I was holding out for the perfect project. Now I have it! And the hand quilting, really. Look at all that talent in one person. So glad you did this!

Dena said...

Corey, what a great quilt. This is wonderful and congrats to you. This is on my list of wonderful things to do.

Татьяна said...

Очень интересный урок,жаль я не понимаю по английски,но по фотографиям все очень доступно и понятно!

The Tulip Patch said...

beautiful quilt!

Wendy said...

This is beautiful!

Kelly Rachel said...

I love this! And I love your perle cotton quilting! I want to try it now.

Debbie said...

Fantastic quilt! And I just love your quilting - adds lovely detail!

Jodi said...

Thanks so much - it's gorgeous!

Shelley said...

I love this quilt!! I have printed it off and hope i can get to make it soon. Great job!!

Jeanne said...

Wow! So bright and cheery!! Love it!

Barb said...

Corey, thanks for such a concise, clear and well-photographed tutorial. Your hand-quilting is stunning.

I am Just One Mom said...

Your quilt is lovely. Your tutorial is excellent! Hooray for us and Blessings to you for sharing your obvious talents. Thank you.

Heartsdesire said...

Sunkissed is such a beautiful fabric line, so pretty and soft looking. And your quilt is stunning in this collection. Thanks for the tutorial, it makes the pattern look quite easy. And your quilting is awesome.

Amber said...

What a beautiful and cheery quilt! I love it.

Dawn said...

I love it, I love it!!!!! Quite possibly my favorite patterned/non-scrappy quilt ever!! :)

Shannon said...

Wow! It is full of sunshine!!

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Wonderful. Have been waiting for that special project for my bundle of Sunkissed and this is it. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Elizabeth D. said...

Gorgeous!! Great job, Corey!!

Jenn said...

I love your quilting on it. From the first picture I wondered how you quilted it, it looks so cuddly.

Crystal Hendrix said...

What a pretty quilt! I would have never of thought to add those 2 background colors! But they really made everything pop! Very pretty!

Chelsy said...

Love the quilt! It's so fresh and fun! When picking your white fabric though you chose PFD, which I would NOT recommend because it's actually meant for dying your own fabric. Because of this it will absorb any extra color floating around while washing. Just wanna make sure no one has an bleeding catastrophes!

Sinta Renee said...

I love your creation! It's adorable! And your tutorial is wonderful!

Katie B. said...

Gorgeous quilt, Corey!

traceyjay said...

this design is SO gorgeous Corey! ♥ ♥ ♥

Anita said...

What a great quilt.

Chef Mama Lori said...

So pretty!

Melissa said...

Those rectangle blocks are so incredibly awesome!! They create such a great look around the block of little squares. Beautiful!

momto2wasd said...

It's beautiful!

Katy said...

Super cute! I was just thinking about what to do with my sunkissed jelly roll yesterday. Now I may have to expand and get some more precuts. Thank you!

Meghan said...

Oh this a beautiful quilt top!!! I am ready for spring after seeing this one :)

Carol T said...

Wow, I just love your quilt.

webmailaddress2 said...

This is a great quilt. I had no idea this was your MBS debut! Congrats!

Anonymous said...

cute quilt. now I want to make one. tutorial is also very good. seems easy to follow. Nice Job.

Angela said...

oh it's even more beautiful seeing it step by step! And I love the hand quilting. What a lovely addition to the design.

Sarah@SewMe said...

I love this fabric line and your quilt really makes the most of them. Can't wait for sunkissed to become a bit easier to find in UK!

Sherry said...

What a wonderful quilt. It looks so good in the Sunkissed fabric. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

foodmathquilts said...

I love love love this pattern (and I'm a fan of the fabric line, which doesn't hurt!)

My favourite types of patterns are the ones that use a single block but makes more patterns when the blocks come together.

Bravo!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I think I have at least three quilts planned with this fabric line. Well, now I have four! And thanks for beautiful hand quilting too. Love your designs, Corey!

Patti said...

What a great combo... Corey and Sunkissed! Well done.

Sarah said...

Looks so complicated in the picture but so easy in your directions! The multicolored handquilting is beautiful :)

VickiT said...

What a beautiful quilt. Great job.

Andra said...

This quilt is beautiful!! Very nice job. Make me want to go and buy fabric for it right now. Thanks for sharing.

harleywife57 said...

congrats & it's BEAUTIFUL ! thanks for giving us a breath of spring and warm weather !

missavene said...

Thank you for shareing your beautiful quilt with us! And the hand quilting is so nice.... I might just try it sometime.

Stanton Blog said...

I love this quilt! I just bought a couple of fat quarters of that line and now I think I need the Layer Cake to make this. Thanks for the great tutorial.

Manda said...

Gorgeous quilt! Lovely clear instructions. Hope this won't be your last tutorial :)

beth said...

love the addition of the hand quilting. I can''t wait to make this one!

Colleen said...

This is a beautiful quilt! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern.

Béa said...

Thank you for the tutorial, your quilt with Sunkissed is wonderful !
Hugs from France.

Erika L said...

I love this quilt. Just gorgeous. Your tutorial is very user friendly too.
Thank you so much for sharing.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's beautiful Corey! Thanks for the great tutorial!

teresa said...

It is beautiful and your tutorial also. Felicidades. Congratulation. Sweet colors

Lauren H said...

I love this sweet quilt, and Corey, I read your blog regularly! Thanks for sharing this "recipe" with us!

Susanne said...

Love this pretty little quilt- especially how the block's diagonal line makes a starry trail only after it's put together. Nice job!

Anne said...

Corey, Congratulations on your first Moda Bake Shop tute! We need the sunny freshness of Sunkissed after such a harsh winter. Your instructions seem simple to follow! Keep your creative juices flowing!

Lilacstitcher said...

Gorgeous!

Alicia said...

What a happy springtime quilt! It reminded me I will see sunlight soon. Think I'll make this my first quilting project :)

Peggy said...

Exquisite :) Love the colors in the range and the Pearl Cotton big stitch quilting-GENIOUS.
Thanks so much for sharing and giving us a breath of early spring.

PEGGY said...

I am a big fan of that fabric and your pattern really highlights it perfectly. I NEED to make one :)
Peggy in NJ

Maria said...

Beautiful pattern and quilt, thank you for sharing!