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 5x5 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
{Stitch-N-Thyme}


19 comments:

hbaish said...

I love the flowers on the sashing.

Linda C Brown said...

I love this it is so simple but so elegant looking good job.

Lingering Liveaboard said...

Very cute! Love the colors.

Fran said...

That is so very pretty... really tempted to have a go! Thank you.

Quiltjane said...

Thank you for sharing such a great tutorial. I love the raw edge appliquéd flowers.

Dena said...

Yeah Molly. Good for you! Super cute quilt.

Kate said...

Love the applique, it really makes the quilt "pop". Also love the story about where you got your inspiration...a true artist sees the beauty in everyday things.

radio controlled tank said...

What a wonderful idea you shared. I have collected many different pieces of fabrics and hopes of starting a quilt one day soon. My mom was a big quilter and made some gorgeous quilts, all by hand. They are such works of art and a true labor of quilt. Each piece of my mom's fabric held a story. Your post today has inspired me to get started!

Ashley said...

Love the applique idea. It makes it stand out and covers the seams beautifully!

Terri Ann said...

Hmm what's the finished size on this quilt? My only complaint about the posts on MBS is that the posts are inconsistent about where the finished size of quilts is, sometimes it's at the top and other times at the end.

This quilt is lovely! The appliqué are so neat, especially the leafy one!

Diana said...

Yes I agree, putting the finished size on the pattern (at the top is my preference)is important. Great pattern by the way, thanks for sharing.

Leila said...

I love the idea of putting the applique flowers on the sashing.

harleywife57 said...

this is so nice and CUTE ! thanks for the easy to follow tute !!

VickiT said...

Great instruction and those flowers being added that way is an awesome addition. Thank you.

Sue L said...

Now that looks like something even a beginner like me could handle! I will give it a go when I have my Moda Jelly Roll strippy quilt done!

Natty said...

what a beautiful quilt!

G-Lo said...

Can you help me? I am interested in making this quilt, but I am using some old fabric from my mother in law. Can you give me the measurements I need because I won't be using a jelly roll? I thought a jelly roll was strips of 42 x 2.5 inch fabric, and then got confused when I looked at your pictures, because they looked like 5 inch squares to me. Sorry, I just have never made a quilt before so I am not very good at interrupting all the quilting lingo. Thanks!

Unknown said...

these must be 5 inch squares -- when you look at the adding of the jelly roll fabric, you can see that it is laid onto the squares - taking up half of one square! That is confusing when it says they are from a cake and yet that picture definitely shows a charm. Hmmm. Hard to do if the instructions contrast from the pictures.

Shelby said...

The pattern IS made with a jelly roll and a layer cake. The jelly roll is the sashing in between the blocks, and the layer cake was cut into quarters, like she stated at the beginning of the pattern.