New Moda quilting pre-cuts now in stock

We took delivery of some awesome Moda Jelly Rolls and Charm Packs this week.



We’ve always liked ZenChic’s style. Her new signature collection ‘For You‘ has splashes of bright colours popping from calm lighter backgrounds.

Hello Darling‘ is Bonnie and Camille’s cheeriest collection yet, with plenty of beautiful florals, dots, bias stripes and vintage ribbon.

With the ‘Neco‘ collection, Momo is stlll designing fantasy worlds inhabited by cute cats and hedgehogs.

Bunny Hill Design’s ‘Kindred Spirit’ collection was designed as a celebration of life and a testament to women who have fought Breast Cancer. This gorgeous collection has plenty of pinks, as it should.

Typical design by Me and My Sister, ‘Hi De Ho‘ features bright and cheerful colours that have a real retro feel featuring flowers, dragonflies and stripes.

Designed by April Rosenthal, ‘Meadowbloom‘ was designed to be happy, and springy, and all the beautiful vibrant colours that remind us of a huge field of wildflowers.


Colourful, bold and contemporary, these pre-cuts would bless any quilting or crafting project.

They are not really for Christmas makes, but I think I’m going to buy myself a couple as Christmas presents.



Pinterest inspiration for Moda Winterberry

Maybe you are thinking that now might be the time to start thinking about some seasonal crafting ideas. Moda Winterberry fabric is a brilliant choice.

We created a Pinterest board to give you a starting point and you can find it here. Or just pop to the website Winterberry fabric page or have a look at our nice Winterberry charm packs.


Quick & easy Bunting tutorial

I have a big birthday celebration coming up and I want to decorate the church hall for my party so I am making lots and lots of bunting. I have done a bunting tutorial before but somebody told me about this quick and easy way of using charm packs for making it so I thought I would give it a go and pass it on.

bunting 018I used the Moda Comma Charm pack

moda-comma-by-zenchic-charm-pack-1064-p[ekm]285x288[ekm]bunting 003All you have to do is fold the pieces corner to corner right sides together and sew along one edge;

bunting 005Then trim the bottom corner, turn right side out and iron flat in a kite shape;

bunting 007Fold the top into the body of the fabric;

bunting 008Then attach folded over bias binding to the top;

bunting 009Make lots of bunting flags and attach them to the bias binding in one go so that you have a long string of bunting, I used half the charm pack for this 4.5m string.

bunting 017bunting 019It was so quick to make, I am going to do the other half of the charm pack tomorrow.


Monday makes – Lap Quilt

Here is my first Monday make for 2013, although I actually made it before Christmas and gave it to my Mum! Anyway I haven’t had chance to blog about it until now so here it is, a very simple lap quilt made using a “Sew Mama Sew” charm pack from Moda, available from Trixie Lixie

to blog 259First of all I stitched together 5 squares to form a strip, there are 40 squares in a pack so I made 8 strips, they are pre-prepared at the edges so you don’t have to worry about finishing the sides just press the seams flat.

to blog 249Next I joined the strips together to make one large piece, matching the squares up, and then ironing the seams flat again.

sew mama sew quilt next step is to make a sandwich using a piece of wadding cut to size and a piece of fabric for the back of the quilt, have the quilt right side up, wadding in the middle and then the backing fabric right side facing out, I used a piece of black linen for the back of my quilt so it didn’t have a right side or a wrong side.

to blog 263I used safety pins to hold it all together so that I could do the quilting, I am still learning how to quilt so I just did straight lines along all the seams so that all the squares went nice and puffy. Also I started in the middle as last time I did this I started at the edges and met in the middle and it did not work well at all! This is how it looked from the back (a little bit wobbly!) It looks a bit grey but that was just the flash on my camera.

to blog 273Here I am trying to follow the seams in a straight line!

to blog 269When all the quilting was done I used some red bias binding around the edge to neaten it all off.

to blog 274I am really pleased with the way it turned out, think I might be getting addicted to quilting, these charm packs are so easy to use, and my last attempt at quilting with a jelly roll was quite successful too so I might try one of the new Moda candy packs for my next  Monday make. They were featured in my last post and if you spend over £30 on the website you can get a free copy of the project book that I am going to use.

moda-candy-mini-charms-bookThanks for reading, happy sewing!

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Moda Candy

We have just had these gorgeous quilting packs in from Moda, they are called candy packs and they are ‘Oh Sew Sweet’ buy them here Trixie Lixie

42 delicious 2.5″ squares in every pack

Moda-Candy-Display-Box-clippedWe have 10 different packs for you to choose from £4.50 each

tapestry1 Old Glory Ods & ends Morris apprentice Metropolitan fair marmalade harvest moon Everlasting double choc Chateau rougeWe also have a fantastic recipe book with 18 different projects, just in case you don’t know what to do with them! Its £5.00 or we are giving them away free if you spend over £30 on the website during January.

moda-candy-mini-charms-bookThis is one of the projects included in the booklet using the Marmalade candy pack.

marmalade project


Jelly Rolls & Charm packs

We have just had some rather lovely jelly rolls and charm packs delivered from Moda fabrics. These are great for quick quilting projects and patchworking as they are cut to size. We also have some lovely fat quarter bundles which are also great for quilting and small sewing projects like purses and pencil cases. take a look here trixie lixie

You can find out more about what to do with a jelly roll or fat quarter at The Moda Bake Shop