Organic Elements Quilt

Hello all!--I'm excited to be back with another fun tutorial here on Moda Bake Shop!  If any of you follow by blog, Little Miss Shabby, you know that I have been having a bit of a love affair with these solids--I adore them.  And I hope you love this tutorial/quilt as much as I do! =)

1 Warm Pastels Bella Solids Jelly Roll
3.25 yd. Fig Tree Cream Solid 9900 67
1 yd. Fig Tree Apricot Solid 9900 70
1 yd. Fig Tree Wheat Solid 9900 68
1 yd. Ochre Solid 9900 79
1 yd. Buttercup Solid 9900 51
1 yd. Green apple Solid 9900 74
1 yd. Clover Solid 9900 73
1 yd. 20" wide light weight fusible web (I used Heat n Bond Lite)
Queen Size Quilt Batting

Note: The last 6 solids will be used for the backing & binding as well as for some of the appliqued petals.

Cutting Instructions:
WOF=Width of Fabric
~Measurements given are based on 44" of usable fabric--be careful when trimming your selvages to not overtrim them.~

Cream Fabric:

Cut {5} 12.5" x WOF strips, subcut each strip into {4} 7.5" strips and {4} 3.5" strips
Cut {8} 2.5" x WOF strips, subcut each strip into {2} 16.5" strips, set aside the remaining 10" left over from each strip we will use these later
Cut {9} 2.5" x WOF strips, trim selvages and sew end to end, randomly add in 4 of the 10" strips from above.  Trim down into {6} 2.5" x 70.5" strips
Cut {4} 2.5" x WOF strips, trim selvages and sew end to end, add in 2 of the 10" strips from above.  Trim down into {2} 2.5" x 92.5" strips.

Jelly Roll:

Remove the cream strips from the jelly roll.  Divide the remaining 36 jelly roll strips into two equal piles.  Each pile should have 2 strips of each of the 9 remaining colors--18 strips total in each pile.

From Pile #1 cut the following from each strip:

{1} 2.5" x 16.5" strip, {1} 2.5" x 14.5" strip, {1} 2.5" x 12.5" strip

From Pile #2 cut the following from each strip:

{1} 2.5" x 14.5" strip, {1} 2.5" x 12.5" strip (Set aside the left over strips-you will use a portion of them in the next step), Select 10 of the left over strips(the other 8 remaining left over strips will be used to make petals), cut 10 additional pieces as follows:

{2} 2.5" x 16.5" strips
{4} 2.5" x 14.5" strips
{4} 2.5" x 12.5" strips

Backing/Binding Fabrics:

-From each of the 6 one yard pieces cut {1} 2.25" x WOF strip.  Cut an additional 2.25" x WOF strip from two of the fabrics for a total of 8 binding strips.  Tag the two pieces of fabric that you cut the extra strip from(for easy reference when piecing the back).

-From each of the 6 one yard pieces cut {1} 2.75 x length(approx. 31-33") of fabric.  This strip measurement includes the selvage--there is no need to trim it prior to cutting.  These strips will be used to make petals. 

Making the Petals:

Using the template provided in the Printer Friendly Version, trace 56 petal shapes onto the fusible web.  Cut out all petals approx. 1/8" from the traced line.

Iron 4 petals onto each of the 14 strips designated for the petals.  By slanting the petals, you will be able to fit 4 petals on the smaller strips.

Cut apart the petals on the line, peel off the backing, and set aside.

Block Construction

Sew a 2.5" x 12.5" colored strip to each 7.5" x 12.5" white piece.  Press seams away from the white.  Make 20.
Sew a 2.5" x 12.5" colored strip to each 3.5" x 12.5" white strip.  Press seams away from the white.  Make 20.
Sew together the 2 units made above.  Press seam away from the white.  Make 20.

Sew a 2.5" x 14.5" colored strip to the bottom of the unit made above.  Press seam toward the colored strip.

Sew a 2.5" x 14.5" colored strip to the right of the unit made above.  Press seam toward the colored strip.
Sew a 2.5" x 16.5" colored strip to the top of the unit made above.  Press seams toward the colored strip.  Make a total of 20 blocks.

Layout your blocks in a pleasing manner varying their rotation.  You want to layout the blocks prior to appliqueing them as the rotation will effect applique placement.

Once you have finished the layout, choose 7 of the blocks to applique.  You can see above, the blocks I appliqued.

Completing the Applique

Using a water erasable fabric marker, draw a line down the center of the white rectangle in which you will be appliquéing (the center will be at approx. 3.5").

Line up the petals and iron into place.  Using a blanket stitch, complete the applique.  I used 12 weight thread for the applique on my petals.  Complete the applique for all 7 blocks.

Adding the sashing

Sew a 2.5" x 16.5" white sashing strip between the blocks.  Press seams towards the blocks.  Complete all 5 rows.

Sew a 2.5" x 70.5" white sashing strip in between each row.  Press seams away from the sashing.  Make sure to add a sashing strip to the top and the bottom of the quilt top.

Finish the quilt top by adding a 2.5" x 92.5" sashing strip to the left and right of the quilt.  Press seams away from the sashing strips.

Making the Backing

Straighten the backing fabrics if needed.  Of the two slightly smaller backing pieces you tagged above, put one piece on the left and one on the right.  Of the four remaining backing pieces, two will go on the right side of the back and two on the left with a seam in the middle of the backing.  The uncut selvage edges will go around the perimeter of the backing.  Sew together.

Sandwich, Baste, and quilt as desired.  I opted to send this quilt out to be professionally quilted by the fabulous Angela

To finish the quilt, use the binding strips to create a scrappy binding.  And your quilt is ready to be enjoyed!  Thanks so much for reading over my tutorial!  I'd love to see pictures of your Organic Elements Quilt. =)

74" x 92" Quilt

Corey Yoder
{Little Miss Shabby}


Quiltjane said...
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Quiltjane said...

This is just too gorgeous Corey. I love Angela's quilting too. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful quilt and tutorial

Shawn said...

Your quilt is wonderful, I love everything about it!!

Suzan said...

Oh my goodness! I LOVE this quilt!!

Maimie said...

This quilt is really beautiful - I am ordering yardage today! Thank you for the great instructions.

Katie B. said...

Incredible! This is so lovely.

Sherry said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Angela's quilting looks great too. Thanks for sharing this recipe - LOVE it!

Cindy said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I love the colors and the simplicity. Thanks!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

Corey, this is beautiful!!! I have been so excited to see this reveal. It is stunning!!!

Mary Anne said...

I am saving this pattern for sure! I love the clean fresh design - it is lovely!

Kathy - Pink Chalk Studio said...

Absolutely beautiful, took my breath away.

Esch House Quilts said...

Fantastic! Love the colors and the applique.

Karin said...

LOVE this Corey! So fresh and clean looking! Just lovely!!!

jorice47 said...

The quilting on the back view shows a stem down through the leaves, but I do not see this in the appliques instructions. Am I missing something?

traceyjay said...

it's so pretty Corey... your home decor is certainly shaping up these days! ;)

terrieannie said...

I know I've got a charm pack of these colors... hope I bought the jelly roll, too. Love the fresh appeal of this quilt and the instructions look superb! Thanks for sharing!!

Jan said...

This is just wonderful!

Kim said...


Happy sewing

Kerrie said...

Beautiful quilt Cory! I love the warms colors and the simple lines! and Angela's quilting is amazing!

Reene@Nellie's Niceties said...

Truly beautiful! Angela's quilting makes it sing!

VickiT said...

Corey ~ I absolutely LOVE this quilt. It's great to see an all solids quilt be so beautiful. Wonderful job. Thank you for taking the time too show all of us how to make this also.

bethanndodd said...

This is fabulous! Can't wait to make one, thanks for the great tutorial! Smiles~Beth

Susana Barisón said...

This quilt is beautiful! Thank you for the great instructions

Lisa Rohrbaugh said...

Did you sew by hand or use the sewing machine for the blanket stitch around the leaves?

Darci said...

Wow. This typically isn't my style in color or design but I just love your quilt. Beautifully, beautifully done!

Darci said...

Wow. This typically isn't my style in color or design but I just love your quilt. Beautifully, beautifully done!

Little Miss Shabby said...

Thanks so much everyone! To answer a couple questions: "jorice47"--the stem that you see on the back of the quilt is from the quilting. There are no stem appliques. "Lisa Rohrbaugh"--I machine stitched around all of the appliqued leaves.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Absolutely a stunning pattern!

Handbags by Helen said...

Really beautiful!

KaHolly said...

I am in love with this pattern!! Just beautiful and oh, so clever. Thanks for sharing!! ~karen

Lynne said...


betsyann said...

Been cutting-almost ready to sew! Thanks for the pattern.

Gretchen said...

This is absolutely beautiful. If I did applique, I would make this in a heartbeat. Love it. Maybe someday I'll give it a go.