Sugar Garden Throw Quilt

Hi everyone, I’m Molly Culley from Stitch-n-Thyme Designs with my second Moda Bake Shop tutorial!  This is a really fun and quick quilt to piece.  The plot on our base’s community garden inspired me.  There is order but there are always some stragglers that get into the paths, represented here in the botanical raw-edge applique.  If you make one of these quilts, I’d love to see it!

Sugar Pop Layer Cake


Bella Snow Jelly Roll
2 yards backing
3/4 yard binding

1.  Separate your layer cake: You will need 25 squares for the top, 12 for the backing, and 3 or 4 for applique.  Choose applique squares that have a large floral or botanical accent.  Set aside backing and applique squares.

2.  Cut your 25 squares for the top into quarters; arrange them into pleasing groups of four.

3.  Stitch your squares together into four-patches; press.  Arrange four-patches into a 5×5 layout.

4.  Unwrap your jelly roll and cut 20 pieces that measure 9.5 x 2.5 inches.

5.  Sew one sashing piece onto one side of four of the four-patch units in each row.  Sew into rows; repeat for each row of your quilt.  Press.

It’s slightly hard to see, but the sashing is sewn between each block.  Next we’ll work on the long sashing.
6.  Take out four jelly roll strips and set aside.  Take out another jelly roll strip, and cut 4-10″ sections off.  Now join each small section to one jelly roll strip.  We want to align these long jelly roll strips between each row so the seam on the jelly roll lands between or really close to a four patch.  Alternate the seams on each row so you have a seam on the left, on the right, left, then right.  Sew long strips between your four-patch rows as sashing. Press your quilt top.
7.  Using your squares set aside for applique, cut out 8 pieces that are large enough to cover the jelly roll seams.
8.  Four pieces will be used for covering seams; the other four are for balancing out the quilt top so there are two motifs per long strip.
 8.  Stitch around each shape about 1/4″ from the raw edge.  Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end so your stitches don’t come unraveled.
9.  Quilt Back:  Take the 12 reserved squares and piece them together into two rows of six.  Press and stitch together.  Cut your backing yardage in half, then piece to opposite sides of the layer cake squares.
10.  Layer your quilt top, batting, and backing.  Quilt, bind and enjoy!

I am proud to say I had this quilt long-arm quilted by Melanie Simpson and company at Front Porch Quilt Shoppe in Ozark, Alabama, which happens to be my local quilt shop.  Her shop is wonderful, and full of Moda goodness!

A gorgeous throw quilt, just right for a picnic at the park or your local community garden!

Molly Culley