120-Minute Gift: Charmed Message Board



Hello! I am excited to share my first Moda Bake Shop recipe with you as part of the 'Just in Time Gifts' series.  My name is Pauline Francis and I have been quilting for about 10 years. I blog at Quiltnqueen and I'd love for you to come for a  visit. I hope you love the message board as much as I do.



  • 1 mama said SEW charm pack (SKU 5490PP)
  • 1/4 yard mama said SEW (SKU 5495-11) for binding
  • 1/2 yard Moda Bella Off White(SKU9900-200) for header background and backing
  • 1 FQ chalk cloth (SKU OC48)
  • Piece of batting, measuring 15" x 18"

  • DMC floss, colors #498 and #420
  • Mini clothes pins (optional)

All seams are 1/4" unless otherwise noted.

Cutting
From the Moda Bella Off White, cut:
  • 1 rectangle, 10" wide x 8" length for the header
  • 1 rectangle, 15" x 18" for backing
  • 1 rectangle, 3" x 3 1/4" for the back of the mini quilt
From the chalk cloth, cut:
  • 1 rectangle, 12 1/2" wide x 9 1/2" long
From the binding fabric, cut:
  • 2 strips, 2 1/4" x WOF
From the charm squares:

Choose 11 different charm squares.
  • Cut 8 of the charm squares into 2 - 2 1/2" squares and 1 - 2 1/2" x 5" rectangle.
    • Choose 6 different 2 1/2" squares for the header, 3 for the right side and 3 for the left side of the embroidered block.
    • Choose 2 of the 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles and 2 of the 5" charms for the bottom pocket.

Embroidery

I have included 2 options for the header. See the Printer Friendly file at the bottom of the post for the template.

  • Option A is all redwork embroidery. Trace the entire PDF file. Stitch with DMC #498.
  • Option B is redwork embroidery with a mini quilt attached to the laundry line with mini clothes pins.  Trace the words and laundry line only, do not trace the quilt.  Stitch the words with DMC #498 and the laundry line with DMC #420.  When stitching the laundry line use the back stitch 1 inch at each end of the laundry line.  Leave 3 inches of the line unstitched to attach the mini quilt to the line.



  • Whether you choose Option A or B, trim the embroidered piece to 8 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" long, centering the embroidery.


    Option B: Mini Quilt

    To make the mini quilt, take the last 5" charm squares and a piece of batting 3 1/4" wide x 3 1/2 " length. Wrap charm square around the batting, mitering the corners. Hand stitch close to the edge and hand quilt the body of the quilt. Press edges under 1/4" around the rectangle you cut for the mini quilt backing and hand stitch to the back of the mini quilt, wrong sides together.



    Assembly
    I used my walking foot to assemble the entire message board. 
    Sew 2 sets with 3 of the 2 1/2" squares. Press seams open. The length should measure 6 1/2".


    Sew the 2 sets of squares to the embroidery block, press seams towards the squares.

    To make the pocket, trim 1/2" off the side of the middle charm square. Sew the pocket pieces together, press seams open.   Trim to 12 1/2 " cutting from the charm on the left...the pocket piece should measure 12 1/2" x 5". Fold the pocket piece in half lengthwise, press, it should now measure 12 1/2" x 2 1/2". Sew the sides of the pocket and the bottom of the pocket to the chalk cloth, raw edges even, using 1/8" seam allowance.


    Sew the bottom of the header to the top of the chalk cloth (option A).
     

    Sandwich the top, batting and backing, stitch 1/8" around the outer edge.Make one small pocket and one large pocket by stitching in the ditch...first seam on the left.  The larger pocket will hold your chalk pencil.Stitch in the ditch down the inside seams of the embroidered block or quilt squares as desired.

    Trim and bind using your favorite method.
      
    {TIP:  Use a binder clip to pleat the message board when sewing your binding ends together.  With every quilt I make, big or small, I always make a big pleat with the quilt, it makes sewing the binding ends together a lot easier....the quilt and the binding are not fighting each other.}

    Attach a hanging sleeve using your favorite method.



    The message board finishes at approximately 12.5" x 15.5".  If your local quilt shop does not carry the chalk cloth, ask them to order it from United Notions.


    I would love for you to visit my blog,where you will find more message board ideas. I hope you have fun making a message board for a gift and don't forget to make one for yourself. It has been a lot of fun baking with Moda.

    Happy stitching,

    Pauline Francis
    {quiltnqueen.blogspot.com}

    60 comments:

    Quiltjane said...

    Thank you for sharing your handy project with us. I could see one of those hanging in my kitchen.

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    Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

    I never knew there was product called "chalk fabric" learn something new

    Elsa said...

    It's so cute ~ I've not heard of chalk fabric either. This is a project I'd make AND use!

    Connie Beach said...

    This is such a wonderful project. Perfect for my laundry room.

    Cecilia said...

    Very cute! I need one for my sewing room.

    Happy Cottage Quilter said...

    i love this project! very creative idea.

    Lesley said...

    Simply adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe and giving us a chance to win one!

    Sallie said...

    These are great! Thanks for sharing!

    Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

    Way too cute!! Great job....

    Just Carol said...

    Pauline, it is so fun to see you here. Great tutorial!

    Gill said...

    What a great recipe!
    Thanks Pauline!

    Terry@ a quilting blog said...

    What a fun project...thanks for sharing!!!

    Mama Spark said...

    Great job Pauline. Glad to have you as a fellow chef!

    JCnNC said...

    You did a wonderful pattern and thank you for the giftie idea and opportunity to win. judyc

    Christine M said...

    I haven't actually seen chalk fabric although I have heard of it. Your message boards are such a clever idea. Thanks for sharing Pauline.

    Bonnie58 said...

    Gorgeous message borad. Thanks for the tut. I would love to win one.

    patchouli moon studio said...

    Great project and handy too.

    Joyce said...

    This is just too too cute!

    Judy B said...

    What a neat idea! Thank you for sharing your "recipe"
    jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

    hueisei said...

    Thanks for sharing! :D

    Judith said...

    This would be sweet in my office. Love the receipe. Judith, Texas

    Phyllis said...

    I love that! Thanks for the tutorial!

    ritainalaska said...

    neat idea; nice toknow about chalk fabric! thanx for the chance to win one of yours.

    Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

    I just love it! This is on my to try list!

    Wendy said...

    I love it, I need to make one of these.

    CJ Tinkle said...

    How cute, thank you for sharing such a great project!

    Judy1522 said...

    Your message board is so cute. I definitely love this idea.

    Lisa said...

    This is such a creative projects! I love it!

    Sandy D said...

    Love the fabric that is used for the message board.Great idea.

    Heide said...

    Love this project! Definitely on my to-do list.

    Creando con graciela said...

    PRECIOSO ESTE PROYECTO, MUY MODERNO.
    DESDE SALTA, ARGENTINA UN ABRAZO GRACIELA

    LJ said...

    Wonderful! What a fun concept.

    terrieannie said...

    I love this project! A great way to use up stash charm packs

    Patty said...

    I love this, but have no time before Christmas to do it. I am bookmarking it. Thanks.

    Kathy H said...

    Cute idea and that chalk fabric looks like it works out really well.

    Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

    Thank you for the great tutorial Pauline!

    Anita said...

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing :)

    Janarama said...

    Thank you for the great tutorial! I'm going to have to see if my LQS has the chalk board fabric.

    Karen O said...

    I really love this! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    Madame Samm said...

    well you know our mama said sew a lot ...and the message here should be we love your idea and you as much x

    Chiska said...

    My kids would love this--anything to draw on.

    Jeanie said...

    So cute.... I've copied it for a future project! Thanks so much!

    Sheila said...

    This has SUCH potential...you've inspired thousands of people, for years to come!

    Martina said...

    Such a great idea! I have made something similar but without the chalkboradfabric. So I might have to make one or two new ones!

    Highland Monkey's said...

    Gosh you learn something everyday. Chalk fabric who'd have thought! Brilliant.

    sandra said...

    Great project and one I will do, I have already bought the chalk fabric last fall.

    Linda said...

    I LOVE THIS RECIPE!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!
    MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

    Lou said...

    Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ariane said...

    I love it!! Great tutorial!!!

    Maeve said...

    I just love it - I now have the perfect spot for one in my kitchen and one in my sewing room!

    Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

    This is such a great tutorial!

    Sandi said...

    What a great project and tutorial, thanks sew much for a chance to win!

    Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

    MoeWest said...

    Thanks for the tutorial. I'll have to look for that chalkboard cloth.

    The Slow Quilter said...

    This was a great tutorial and I enjoyed it, looking forward to making one myself.

    Crazyquiltgirl said...

    I just love your message board. It is so cute! I need one for my kitchen. Great job Pauline!

    StitchinByTheLake said...

    This is so adorable Pauline - and what a great tutorial. This is going to be on my January get-it-done list! blessings, marlene

    Terri Mosier said...

    I would sew much love to have one of these, I would put it to use every single day! I think the 'Mama Said Sew' one is my fav...
    terri@mosierindustrial.com

    BonnieGay said...

    I finally got around to checking this out, great job Pauline.

    Madame Samm said...

    well you know I JUST LOVE THIS>...you just awe me...