Modern Halves Quilt


Hello again, everyone!  My name is Elizabeth Dackson from Don't Call Me Betsy and I am so excited to share another Moda Bake Shop recipe with you all today!  When I first saw photos of Half Moon Modern, I positively fell in love.  I adore the bright, fun color palette of this collection and the fabulous prints, so I was super excited to get a chance to work with it.  If you make a quilt using this Modern Halves quilt tutorial, I'd love to see it in my Flickr group!


1 fat quarter bundle of 32 fat quarters or more
1 1/3 yd border fabric
2/3 yd binding fabric
4 1/4 yds backing fabric
74" x 84' batting


1. Begin by unwrapping your fat quarter bundle and sorting your fat quarters by main color.  Half Moon Modern has six different main colors, so I had a total of six piles.


2. Each fat quarter will create enough pieces for one entire block.  As we'll be making a total of 32 blocks for this quilt, you will need to select a total of 32 fat quarters from your bundle to work with.  We'll be mixing and matching the pieces we cut from each fat quarter to create a scrappy look for each block.

3. From each fat quarter, you will cut the following pieces:

                                                                                                              Qty          Size        


1
4” square
2
1” x 4’
2
1” x 5”
2
1.5” x 5”
2
1.5” x 7”
2
2.5” x 7”
2
2.5” x 11”
2
1.5” x 11”
2
1.5” x 13”


Note: You can stack your fat quarters to maximize your cutting and save time!


4. Now that you've finished your cutting, we'll get started by picking one 4" square to start with, and then choosing your coordinating rings around your square.  First, select two 1" x 4" pieces and two 1" x 5" pieces for the first ring.  Next, select two 1.5" x 5" pieces and two 1.5" x 7" pieces for your second ring, followed by two 2.5" x 7" pieces and two 2.5" x 11" pieces for the third ring, and finally two 1.5" x 11" and two 1.5" x 13" pieces for the fourth and final ring.  Once you're happy with your fabric choices, we'll get started on sewing.


5. Let's stitch your first block!  Using a scant quarter-inch seam, first stitch your two 1" x 4" rings to either side of your 4" center square.



Press your seams open and then seam your 1" x 5" rings to finish your first ring.  Press seams open, then flip your block over and press again to ensure the seams lie nice and flat.


6. Next, do the same with the next rings, starting first with your 1.5" x 5" rings and then your 1.5" x 7" rings. Press all seams open, then flip your block over and press again to ensure the seams lie nice and flat.


7. Repeat with your final two rings, starting first with your 2.5" wide pieces, then your 1.5" pieces to finish your first block.

Use your 2.5" wide pieces to create the third ring

Use your 1.5" wide pieces to create the fourth ring

8. You now have completed your first block!  Repeat for all blocks.  I found once I finished the first block and got the hang of building these blocks, it worked best for me to chain-piece several blocks at once, first picking out my fabrics for multiple blocks.


9. After you have finished sewing all 32 blocks, let's trim them uniformly.  If your scant quarter-inch seams and pressing skills are 100% perfect, your blocks will be 13", but my blocks never are, so I trimmed each block down to 12.75" for uniformity.  Once your blocks are trimmed, select one block to set aside out of the group.  We will use this block to create corner setting triangles for the quilt and cut it up first.  You'll make two long cuts across the corners of this block as shown below, which will create a total of four triangles.  Set them aside for now.


10. With the remaining 31 blocks, you will cut along the diagonal of the block, from one corner to another, creating two perfectly symmetrical half square triangles.  Make sure to hold your ruler firmly and cut slowly to ensure an accurate cut.  Repeat for all blocks.


11. You will create a total of 62 half square triangles as a result of your cutting, and now comes the fun part - mixing and matching!


Pick one half square triangle to start with, and then pair it up with another half square triangle of another color.  For my first pairing, I chose one of my blue half square triangles and paired it with a red one for a fun contrast.


12. Once you have chosen a pair of half square triangles to pair together, stitch them together using a scant quarter-inch seam.  Go slowly to be sure to keep your seam allowances open.


Press your seams open, then flip the block over to press the seam fully open.  This will help the block lie flat in spite of the somewhat bulky seams.  Repeat for a total of 25 complete blocks.  Trim as necessary to 12.25".


13. You will now have another 12 half square triangles remaining.  We will use these half square triangles for setting triangles along the sides of the finished quilt.

14. Time to lay out your quilt top, at last!  Gather all of your finished blocks as well as your 4 quarter square triangles and 12 half square triangles.  Below you'll find a diagram to illustrate the layout for this quilt top.  The red letters in the corners indicate the placement of the quarter square triangles, with the numbers illustrating the placement of the 12 half square triangles.


Feel free to move blocks and triangles around until you're happy with the layout.


15. Once you're happy with your layout, it's time to put these rows together.  Going back to the diagram above, it also illustrates the way to assemble the quilt top, in diagonal rows.  First stitch the blocks in each row together, pressing seams open as you go.  Once you've completed your rows, stitch the rows together in pairs, Row 1 to Row 2, Row 3 to Row 4, and Row 5 to Row 6.  Then, stitch Rows 1/2 to Rows 3/4 and Rows 5/6 to Row 7.  Finally, stitch these two large sets of rows together to complete the primary patchwork part of your quilt top.

16. Next, you can add borders to create a more rectangular quilt and to set off these fun blocks.  This border is entirely optional.  To create your borders, cut four 8" x WOF strips and four 2.5" x WOF strips.  Seam the 8" strips together in pairs, creating two 8" strips, and repeat for the 2.5" strips as well.  Stitch the 2.5" strips to the two long sides of the quilt, press seams open, then add the 8" strips at the top and bottom of the quilt and press seams open again.


17. Ta da!  A finished quilt top!  Baste, quilt and bind as desired, and enjoy!!


One gorgeous 74" x 84" quilt





Happy sewing!

Elizabeth Dackson
Don't Call Me Betsy

71 comments:

wilma said...

¡¡¡Feliz y Prospero Año Nuevo 2012, Miles de Bendiciones y Gracias, desde Venezuela !!!
wilperez38@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Beautiful quilt Elizabeth!

Suzanne said...

Wonderful design and use of color, Elizabeth.

Becky M said...

Congrats Elizabeth, it's gorgeous!

sue said...

Fabulous!

Toni said...

Awesome quilt! I've got a FQ bundle just waiting to be used. I think I found the answer! Thanks!

Sarah@Pings&Needles said...

Just delicious! Can't wait to give this a try ... I have the best little bundle waiting in the wings ...

Marisa said...

What a great idea! Just love it!

Little Island Quilting said...

Best thing I have seen on Moda Bakeshop in a long while.

sweet diesel designs said...

Beautiful!! And I was just looking at that fabric...Love it!

Katie B. said...

Ooh, what a fun quilt! Great way to use this fabulous fabric, Elizabeth!

kjm said...

Love this idea, but why do you press seams open? I was always told that weakened the integrity of a quilt.

Karen H said...

Lovely and so clever! I was going to try to use up fabrics in my stash this year, but it appears I will need to go out and buy more fabric to make this quilt. :)

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Hi Kjm, I press my seams open to allow my blocks to lie as flat as possible and reduce bulk. It won't hurt the integrity of the seam as long as you use a dry iron. I think it's mostly a matter of personal preference, so go with what works for you!

Sherry said...

Love it! Thanks so much for sharing.

ladmquilter said...

This pattern is fantastic I love it.

ladmquilter said...

Fantastic pattern I love it

Habibti at Home said...

What a great quilt! Love how bright it is and looks very doable.

Amy said...

This is going to be added to my 2012 to-do list!!!

~Laurie~ said...

WOW! Another bookmarked project! Thank you Elizabeth :)

Debbie said...

This is really lovely, Elizabeth, and I love it in this line of fabric! Very nice!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Wow this is a wonderful quilt Elizabeth and what a great way to kick of the new year for MBS.

Ebeth said...

Wow! This is beautiful, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

love the look of this quilt!!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Stunning!!!

Modern Male Homemaker said...

I love the color placement! What a fabulous quilt!

JustPam said...

I love this fabric and love your pattern. Great job!

QuiltyGirl said...

What a great quilt!

tracy_a said...

Gorgeous! Great idea! And love these fabrics for it!

wipgirl said...

This is a beautiful quilt, and really fun with those great Half Moon Modern prints. I probably won't make it - too many UFOs lined up to work on this year, I swear this will be the year of finishing instead of starting... - but do I ever COVET it :D

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

This is gorgeous Elizabeth, love the explosion of colour!

Teje said...

Elisabeth, you did it again! That is adorable quilt and I shall make my next quilt like that!
Thank you for inspiration!
x Teje

Diane said...

I have been hoarding a FQ bundle of 1974... I may have to break it out for this.

corinne said...

Wow BEAUTIFUL. Making this one this year. Thank you for sharing

Little Miss Shabby said...

Fabulous!

Lori said...

Love the quilt and love the fabric! I might have to give this a try.

Quiltjane said...

Love the fabric and design.

Katy Cameron said...

What a fab happy new year quilt :o)

angela said...

Very cute, Elizabeth! What a fun way to do scrappy!

Jenny said...

Nice tutorial! That looks like it took some time ;o)

Very fun quilt, great way to use those scraps!

Pat V. said...

Oh, Elizabeth, this is gorgeous! Wish I had FQ's of this line. I'll have to make it from something else.

Claire Jain said...

So cute! I love the red and light blue together. Also, this would be totally cute as a square throw without the extra fabric to make it rectangular

Lee said...

Great pattern! I love it, Elizabeth, congrats!

@pril said...

I am totally going to have to try this. It's so beautiful!

@pril
KoolBeenz-blog.blogspot.com
For-the-Love-of-Pie.blogspot.com

traceyjay said...

yea... this is awesome.

Brigitte Heitland said...

Wonderful Quilt! Have a happy new year, Elisabeth!

VickiT said...

Wow. What a beautiful quilt and fabulous tutorial as well. Great job! Thank you.

Tiffany said...

I have to say I have been rather uninspired by the bakeshop lately but your quilt has turned that around for me! LOVE this design and can't wait to give it a try hopefully first quarter this year!!

Pat said...

Looking forward to doing this quilt. Always looking for something new to do.

**nicke... said...

LOVE!

kjm said...

Thanks for your response. I love this quilt!

Amanda said...

Gorgeous quilt! Can't wait to try it!

Lindsay Conner said...

Lovely!

PurpleMum said...

How lovely.Congratulations. your work is stunning.

Olga Cabello said...

So cute!. I love it.

Kisses from Barcelona.

Olga

OliveStreetStudio said...

Like everyone before me - GORGEOUS!!

Barb said...

I really like this! A Stitch in Color or Echo would be great fabric lines for this pattern, too!

TheLazyQuilter said...

Made me look! :) Would love to try this. beautiful.

felicity said...

Gorgeous indeed!

Miss Lee said...

I gushed on flickr but have to do it here as well....this is my first new pattern this year and I look forward to taking it on soon.

bethanndodd said...

Beautiful and so colorful! I just order a bunch of fat quarters of this line, not knowing what I would do with it. I may just have to order the rest and make one of these. Thanks for sharing! Smiles~Beth

Tacha said...

This is just fabulous! Totally love it!

Judith said...

Your design and color sense are much to be admired. Wish I could make one so well.

amy smart said...

Love it, Elizabeth!! I still need to get my hands on some of this collection. Fabulous way to use it.

adaliza said...

This is a beautiful quilt Elizabeth thank you so much for the clear instructions and pictures. I'm going to give-it-a-go - off to the studio!

LuckyLou said...

that is an awesome quilt indeed! I think i need to get out a fat quarter bundle, coffee and work on this amazing quilt design~thanks so much for sharing and inspiring~xo~

LCortez said...

This quilt is absolutely beautiful! Wish i could sew! lol

bird.is.the.word said...

Surely one of the most beautiful modern quilts I've ever seen!

sariqd said...

I can't even tell you how happy these colors make me! Beautiful!

leslie said...

Great job on composition. I thought of this line as good stash additions. i was waiting to see if anyone could come up with something that was not boring and you sure did! i just love it!

Amanda Jane said...

Hi Elizabeth- I'm making your quilt right now and I love it. But I just wanted to point out that you need more than 1 yd of border fabric to cut 4 8" WOF strips AND 4 2.5" WOF strips. Adding these all together means you would need 42" of the border fabric instead of the 36" that the recipe calls for. Since I already bought my fabric awhile ago I just adjusted and made the top borders 6" and kept the sides at 2.5".

I didn't know if you would like to correct this for future quilters or not but just wanted to give you a heads up. Thanks for the great quilt design!