Ascend Quilt – Moda Bake Shop Bella Solids Alternative

Moda Bakeshop Ascend - Must Love Quilts

I’m super excited to announce I have my first ever Moda Bake Shop tutorial this week! You can hop over to to check it out. Moda is releasing several new Christmas lines over the next couple months, giving you plenty of time to make some Christmas quilts before the holiday season gets here. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Moda Bake Shop is also doing a “Summer of Solids” series where their chefs whip up projects using Bella Solids. I knew the quilt I designed would look super fun in solids, so I decided to hit up my local quilt shops for some Bella and got to work piecing an alternative version of my Ascend quilt.

First, here is a picture of the Christmas version, using Deb Strain’s Ho Ho Ho fabric. It was quilted by my favorite long-arm quilter with a fabulously retro pattern.

Ascend Moda Bake Shop Modern Quilt


Moda Bakeshop Ascend - Must Love Quilts

For the solids version I flip flopped the use of color and white. I think it resembles sun rays over a beach, so I did a quick and dirty Photoshop of my final photos onto some beach, somewhere. If only the photos had actually been taken there!

Must Love Quilts | Ascend


For this version of the quilt you will need the following materials (Bella solids name followed by color number):

(a) Bella Solid Cheddar (9900 152) – 1/2 yard

(b) Bella Solid Yellow (9900 24) – 1/2 yard

(c) Bella Solid Sunshine (9900 130) – 1/2 yard

(d) Bella Solid Bluebell (9900 141) – 1/2 yard

(e) Bella Solid Tranquil Aqua (9900 186) – 1/2 yard

(f) Bella Solid Light Lime (9900 100) – 1/2 yard

(g) Bella Solid Green (9900 65) – 1/2 yard

(h) Bella Solid Carribean (9900 86) – 1/2 yard

Bella Solid White – 1.25 yards or half of 1 Jelly Roll

Cutting Instructions (You can click on the diagram below to bring it up much larger in a new window):

Bella Solids Colors: Cut (4) 2.5″ x Width of Fabric (WOF) strips from your colors. Subcut per the diagram below. Note the colors correspond with the lower case letter in the Materials section.

Bella Solids White: Cut (16) 2.5″ x WOF strips from your white. Cut them down per the diagram below.

Ascend Bella Solids


This quilt would also be fun as a gradient quilt with your favorite colors. Thanks for checking out Ascend!

Piece Out,


Attention Deficit Quilter

Quilty Confession. I am TERRIBLE at focusing on one project. It has become a common for me to start a project, and mid-way through get completely distracted by another idea that has popped into my head. I’m still making headway on the baby quilts I’d like to eventually sell, but I had an idea for a quilt pattern and I completely abandoned my WIP baby quilts. Before inspiration struck I did manage to finish a few quilts.

First up is a quilt I designed in order to use my nifty 30 degree creative grid triangle again. It could just as easily be made with half-rectangles. I initially whipped up a nautical version, seen below with the binding only half-sewn, but then saw a palette of solids sitting on my shelf that I thought would be perfect for this design. Both quilts are approximately 40″x60.” I used glue basting and my machine to sew the binding on the pastel version, it didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked so at some point I’m going to cut it off and try again.

Must Love Quilts - Nautical Version


Must Love Quilts - Pastel Version

I also managed to get this Carolina Lily Comfort Quilt quilted and bound. The machine binding went MUCH better for this one and I actually like the way it turned out. Again, the size is approximately 40″x60.”

Must Love Quilts - Giant Carolina Lily

Ok, now for my most recent quilty distraction. My Floor Tile Inspired quilt. I follow an Instagram account called Ihavethisthingwithfloors and it is a neverending source of inspiration. They posted a multi-color tile pattern several weeks ago, I think it had 4 or 5 colors and I thought it would translate beautifully into a two color quilt. I jumped into Illustrator and figured out the math and directions to quickly piece the quilt via strip piecing.

I wanted to test my math before making a bed size quilt, so I decided to make a quick baby quilt in teal and white, seen below.

Must Love Quilts - Baby Floor Tile Quilt

This pattern works up SO FAST. Once I knew my math was correct I ran to my local quilt shop, bought solid yellow yardage, and got to work piecing the queen size yellow and white version. I had the top complete in a matter of days. Here is the quilt before quilting:

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I knew I wanted this quilt in my new guest room, so I sent it to my favorite longarmmer and asked for a nice loopy figure-eight pattern, or what I refer to as “Denyse Schmidt Loops.”  I’m hoping to get the binding on before the Austin Modern Quilt Guild meeting on Thursday. Next up I want to make some simple pillow shams for the bed.

Must Love Quilts

That’s all for now! Stay tuned later this week for my very first Moda Bakeshop Tutorial! I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to share.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday 🙂

Til next time, Piece Out!