Moda Building Blocks Complete!!






In a sweet twist of irony, this king sized quilt has ended up on my daughter's tiny toddler bed!  I wanted it large enough to hang almost to the floor on a queen size bed, so I added that row of zigzags on the left hand side.  And then one morning I came into my girlie's room and found her cuddled up underneath this behemoth!  She proclaims she loves it, and since it's not needed elsewhere, it can stay there for now! 

I used the Moda Modern Building Blocks pattern for this quilt.  Honestly, I enjoyed every minute of putting these blocks together! 

I cobbled together four pieces of voile that I had on hand for the back.  I knew I was going to free motion quilt this one, and I've found that using voile on the back of quilts finished in this method accomplishes two things:  it makes it extra drapey soft, and also makes it glide through your machine like butter.  I was dreading quilting this thing, but I don't think I even broke a sweat, because voile is just that much lighter and smoother than cotton.

If you're apprehensive of voile, I dare you to try it!  Hawthorne Threads has a huge selection of voiles, just go to their website and type 'voile' into the search box.  Note:  Lawn is basically identical to voile, but it seems that the lawns are all 45" wide and the voiles are 56".  I like the extra width for those slightly bigger quilts.

So what else can I say about this quilt?  That block in the second photo is my favorite.  The block in the last photo has the tiniest pieces - the block is only 6 inches.

The whole thing finished feels a bit too sweet and girly for me.  There's just a lot of peachy pinks in there.  It's not going anywhere though, partly because I put so much time into it that nobody would ever want to pay the price I'd have to charge!


32 comments:

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  2. What a wonderful quilt; block details, fabric and quilting.... The zigzags are an awesome addition.... Glad you are keeping it....
    Thx for the info. on voile.....

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  3. Stunning! Love the added strip and I bet it's so snuggly!

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  4. It is beautiful with the added value of being loved by your daughter!

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  5. Wow, it's a stunner. So pretty! I'm not a girly girl, but quilts are the one place where I'm happy to go super feminine and flowery pink for some reason.

    I'm dying to try voile backing. Does it need to be spray basted, or is pinning ok?

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    1. I always use pins. Maybe a few more than with cotton.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this. Have been wanting to do a scrapy one of these. You have inspired me.

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  7. Pretty quilt, like the scrapyness.

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  8. I don't think I've ever said anything other than "amazing", "gorgeous", and "beautiful" to you about your quilts and this is not going to be different! It IS very pink, but the fabric choices are great!

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  9. oh, what a beauty!!! No wonder your little girl loves it, it's gorgeous. Makes me want to drop everything I'm working on and start my own Moda Modern Block quilt.

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  10. It's beautiful! The softer colours help the busy design to not be too loud. Good to read of your experience with using voile on the back, some people seem to have trouble with it being too slippery and causing puckers.

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    1. If you look at my second last photo, you will see a little pucker on the back. Ha! Yes, it can be a little slippery. I always try to pull the backing extra tight as I baste. I find it to be worth the extra bit of fiddliness though!

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  11. I like the big and small blocks, the pretty colors, and thanks for the voile suggestion!

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  12. Gorgeous! Your quilt has turned out fantastic. Now I am determined to try voile for a backing. I love your soft coloured fabric selections. Perfectly summery.

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  13. It really is a beauty. I agree about voile. I used it on the back of a linen quilt because it lightened the load. It is super cuddly too.

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  14. Hi! This is most beautiful quilt! I love the colours and the design! Looks Super cosy and I can understand why your daughter want it. Mustard colour is unexpected with the pink and turquoise but it's perfect - gives the spicy look not to be too sweet. x Teje

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  15. Your daughter has impeccable taste! I've never thought to use voile as a backing before, thanks for the tip :)

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  16. Congratulations, the finished product is beautiful! I think I've mentioned before, I have loved seeing this pattern done in prints. (And it's on my wishlist/to-do list, so it's good to hear it was enjoyable to make.)

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  17. Everything you do is so very gorgeous. Lucky daughter indeed

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  18. Wow Jolene - this is amazing. I had only seen this with solids (reflecting the pattern) but I love how you've personalized it with patterned fabric and the asymmetrical band on the left. It's fantastic. I am not surprised that your daughter wanted to snuggle under it. It looks perfect for that.
    Congratulations.

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  19. It's so beautiful, gorgeous, fantastic...

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  20. Your quilt is amazing. I love it!

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  21. Congratulations! It looks amazing! What a treasure you have created!

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  22. I love your style of quilts. Love love them. Have you done any toddler boy ones??

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  23. Your quilt looks great, very inspiring. I'm working on the Modern Building Blocks quilt from the kit right now. It does get tedious doing those little blocks. I keep counting to see how many I have left to do!

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  24. What a good idea to use voile to back a big quilt for practical reasons! I will need to try that. In fact.. I have a queen to quilt now.

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  25. Best version of Moda blocks I've seen! it's beautiful!

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  26. This is so lovely, and I'll bet it's super soft with that voile on the back. I'm working on this pattern right now and just made a plan to enlarge it to king size. But after seeing your version I'm considering scrapping my plan and adding a zigzag border or something along those lines. Just gorgeous!!

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