What a month of creative and inspiring projects from all our contestants! This has been such a joy to see what creations these four people were able to come up with from a random selection of mystery items.  On our last week we had two competitors left and they had to come up with a project using a zipper, grommets/eyelets and fabric from a layer cake. Here is what our judges had to say...



Moda Sliced Finals - "Owl Tag Along" Toddler Backpack by Twee ✁cut to pieces


Love this backpack for Toddlers! It is adorable, functional and unique.  I especially love that she incorporated all the required basket items in one creative project.  I also like how she mixed fabrics from various Moda collections instead of using from all one. Great use of items and beautiful construction.

It's precious, well made, unique, and so much fun! The details are great and I will definitely be making one of these.

Using Insul-Bright for the batting is a unique idea and lets the backpack double as a lunch bag. Laminate on the inside with limited pockets great for clean up. Making the side pockets out of mesh was a good way to limit the weight - important in a bag designed for small toddlers. The overall style of the bag was traditional and similar to what you'd find in-store for a school backpack. This is probably good for a toddler, as little-ones are always on the lookout for something "just like the big kids." The addition of the big owl face was a nice way to add some innovation. We were particularly impressed by the side pocket construction. The mesh was very nicely bound on top with the cotton band and fit perfectly against the side piping. The pleating at the bottom was very neat. And, the shoelace grommets with the small cording and cord stop were all nice details and executed with precision.The use of Layer Cake squares was limited to the happy owl face. It would have been interesting to see some additional use of the pre-cuts within the overall design. The wide curved opening with the contrasting zipper and the adjustable straps - although expected on a child's backpack, were certainly features that gave the project a professional finish.




Mum's Day Tripper Bag, Compact Changing Bag, and Toy by lovefrombeth

This is wonderful! I love how this set goes together. It's practical, pretty, and well made.
All three projects are super adorable.  The bonus projects are especially cute and functional and are an essential to a mommy's day trip with a little fella.  The grommet was used on the inside of the bag as a holder for keys or the little toy fish. Which is functional, but would have loved to see them used on the outside of the bag.

A very innovative use of Layer Cake squares to create an interesting patchwork design on both the interior and exterior of the bag as well as on the coordinating changing pad. Super clever use of the remaining scraps as well as ribbon (and interesting "crunchy bits" on the insides) in the Sleepy Fish. The design doesn't "scream" diaper bag - it has more of a tote-like shape, giving it life after baby as a stylish bag for Mom. The changing pad's pleated side pockets are both clever and functional, and the entire pad folds up very nicely - without a lot of bulk.  The sewing detail is beautiful, from the perfect points of her patchwork to the top stitching detail on the changing pad... from the professional feet on the bottom (protecting the bag and keeping it stable) to the lovely dimensional handle. We were very impressed with the craftsmanship. Beth's choice of pattern and color was excellent. This bag combo would work equally well for either a boy or a girl. We liked that the design selections were whimsical and fresh, but not too-babyish. As mentioned above, this extends the longevity of use. We could see this bag flying off the shelf at Anthropologie.
Angela Pingel from Cut to Pieces... CONGRATULATIONS!
Check back for more about our two contestants that competed in the final round and their projects to be posted on the Moda Bake Shop. 

SLICED - Week 3

Oh my... what a daunting and difficult task we had to judge this round of projects! All three aprons were fabulous in their own way and really made us critique down to every little element. 

First, we would like to send out a big THANK YOU to Pat Sloan for participating as our Guest Judge for Week 2.

What the Judges said....


Addison Hostess Apron by Twee ✁cut to pieces


Lovely design! I love the detail on the bodice. This is a beautiful apron but just not as functional as the other two designs.

I absolutely love the details that went into construction. I have not seen an apron like this and would love to wear one at the next party I host. I just love the combination of techniques and the thought Angela put into using the required materials.

I really like the styling of this apron, it's a fresh take on cozy item. the stripe is used very effectively, and I love the pleating detail on the bib which incorporates the required embroidery.
The tape measure is hidden a bit but used in a clever way that does not take away from the overall look. 

I love the use of required materials used in this apron.  Very sleek, simple and classy. Love that she thought of an everyday apron instead of a "crafty" apron.


Two way Apron sideways by lovefrombeth


Absolutely love this unique design and that it can be used as a desk apron as well as a wearable apron. What a great idea she had of incorporating the measuring tape in a very useful way. Fun and sassy design with great functionality!

I love the strategic placement of the measuring tape. I could definitely use that at my sewing machine station - and cute pockets!

What a clever design for a '2fer' apron! Great job making it usable as both a sweet half apron and a desk apron, which are both super clever. The measuring tape is placed in a usable spot and I like the pocked construction. The embroidery is very subtle and adds interest. Great fabric combination as well.

Love everything about this apron.. from the cute simple bow on the front, to the attention to detail with the measuring tape on the back. Love the choice of fabrics and overall simplicity of this design.  BRAVO!


Quilt Story's Apron by By QuiltStory

You had me at "secret iPhone pocket"! I don't go anywhere without my phone so this apron would be perfect for me. Also love the creative use of the measuring tape to make a lovely flower. The add-on tool belt is great as well as sometimes you don't need to tote around your tools. Funky, Functional & Flexible! (I may make it a little less busy- a few less details ie scallops, trims, variety of different tiered fabrics.)

This apron is jam-packed full of surprises! The deer on the quilt embroidery is so precious and my favorite detail. I also love the sewing tape rosette and scalloped edge. This is a very bright and cheery design.

This apron project is great for showing off your fabric collection! I like the addition of the tool belt since I use those myself. The embroidery adds a sweet touch to this classic apron design.

Lots going on with this apron. A bit too scrappy looking for my taste, however very cute and functional. I would prefer to see this apron done a little shorter so it is not so busy. I do like the hidden pocket for phone or iPod access.

Week 3: March 18 – 23, 2012
Guest Judge: Liz Johnson
Liz Johnson owns and operates the website Sew4Home is a daily website dedicated to stylish home d├ęcor sewing. S4H offers beginner-friendly sewing projects by making instructions clear and simple. At the same time, their creations are designed to appeal to all levels of capability for their to-die-for results. The winner of this challenge will be featured on the Sew4Home website during the month of April.  Please help us welcome Liz to the Judges panel for Week 3 - The Championship round!
Two contestants will compete against one another to create a one-of-a-kind project.
Crafters may submit only one project that stays within the Sliced rules.
  • Projects must use all items contained in the sewing basket listed below.
  • Additional items may be used to complete your project.
  • Completed projects must be submitted on the Moda Bake Shop Sliced Flickr Group {} and a link to your submission must be emailed to
  • Anonymous submissions are not allowed. A contact email/website must be provided with each submission.
  • All submissions must be your own original design.
  • All pictures must be clean and clear.
  • No animals are allowed in pictures unless the project is specifically designed for animal use.
  • Contestants must submit their completed project by March 23, 2012 at Midnight {central time}.

The Challenge? Competitors Choice
Sewing Basket of Mystery Items:
·        Fabric used from a Moda Layer Cake - can be any moda collection or mix of collections
·        Grommets/Eyelets - Any size and any number of grommets/eyelets are allowed.
·        Zipper - can be any size or color.

 Please email with any questions you may have.

Who will be SLICED???

We really hate to have to slice a contestant since all three crafters have really shown true talent and creativity in their projects. Unfortunately, someone has to go.  This week the judging was super tough and the projects were scrutinized in every detail. After consuming lots of chocolate, we finally came to a conclusion.

You have shown unbelievable designs throughout the weeks and we are very honored to have had you be a part of the competition. We loved your apron design and the multifaceted uses it had. You will be sent an awesome prize package from our wonderful sponsors and your projects from the audition round and week 1+2 will be published on the Moda Bake Shop.

Find out more about Quilt Story...

Heather and Megan are two sisters with the love of all things crafty that make up the dynamic team, Quilt Story. They quilt, mod podge, refinish furniture, decorate, sew clothes, decor and so much more! Heather has 5 young children and Megan has 2 babies. Quilt Story was created from all the gorgeous quilts in blog land and their amazing stories behind each one. They thought it would be fun to compile them all in one place, so that day after day they can present new quilts with their stories. There are lot of fun plans and ideas in store for their site, so be sure to bookmark them and see what they have to share.

Be sure to check for their wonderful tutorials to be published in the following week.