Saturday, December 19, 2020


 Are you sewing along with Moda Bake Shop's Countdown to Christmas ~ Winter Frost? 

If you are interested all the details, yardage, and blocks may be found here.

My layout is Snowy Peeks.  You may find the layout here

My first block for the quilt along is Festival of Friends.  The link to the pattern is here

My second block for the quilt along is Mitten.  The link to the pattern is here

A few quilters have wanted to reverse the mitten so that they may have a pair. So, I updated my pattern for the block to make it a "Right handed" mitten.  The file may be downloaded by clicking this LINK

Until next time...Happy Sewing & Happy Holidays!
Lisa Jo
Instagram: @neverlandstitches

Monday, August 24, 2020

Pillow Parade for the Best of Moda Bake Shop Book

 Are you ready for another pillow as part of the pillow parade for  TheBest Of Moda Bake Shop Book!?!?!? 

Each contributor created a pillow using a block from their quilt in the book and I am very excited to share mine with you, today.  My pillow features a block from the quilt, washi tape stars

I chose to quilt my pillow outlining the various elements of the block

This makes  one 16 inch pillow:

  • Make one washi tape stars 16 inch block as directed in the book. The unfinished block should measure 16.5 inches
  • Layer the Unfinished quilt block, batting, and some plain fabric, quilt as desired. 

  • Trim the quilted quilt block and square it up
  • For the backing of the pillows I preferred the sham type method. Cut two 16.5 x 11” pieces of the fabric  to be used as backing for the pillow. 
  • Fold under one 16.5 inch side of each piece 1/4 inch, press, and the fold and press down again at 1/2 inch. Top stitch to hold the edges down neatly. 
  • With right side of the quilt block facing up, place the backing pieces over the quilt block, right sides together (you should have an over lap of backing fabric. Clip or pin in place. Stitch 1/4inch seam around.  I also zigzag around the edges to prevent fraying. 
  • Flip you pillow right sides out,  press edges flat, top stitch 1/8 inch from edge of pillow if desired. Insert pillow form & TaDa!! 

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Clear Night Sky Tips and My Finished Quilt

I may start to sound like a broken record, however as long as Michigan is under a mandatory Stay Home, Stay Safe order my newest pattern will be available for free (see previous post for pattern).   I have been vocal regarding my reasons as I will not attempt to make financial gains during this difficult time.  I along with so many others have had my hours and pay reduced so  I am on a strict fabric diet.  I made my version completely with scraps of both prints and background fabrics.

In these dark times, I wanted to share some joy...

The blocks for the quilt should be trimmed to 24.5 inches.

Here's a peak at how I prepped by pieces while sewing together by blocks:

Half square triangles were trimmed to 2 1/2 inches and the flying geese were trimmed to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.

Here's a peak at my completed quilt top....

I will update the post with a picture of the quilted top once my grass dries out from all the rain and subsequent flooding.   In the meantime, a little peak at the quilting....

Until next time, stay safe...
Lisa Jo 

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Clear Night Sky Sew Along - Free Pattern

As the world attempts to deal with a new normal of telecommuting, remote learning for the littles, social distancing, closed restaurants, bars and movie theaters  to prevent the spread of COVID-19 I thought I would put this new pattern out there for free for anyone who would like to participate in a little sew along.  I don't know about your but I stress sew. Do you?

Here's a digital rendering of the new pattern, Clear Night Stars. #clearnightskyqal

This sew along would make for a great scrap buster.

Finished quilt size: 72 inches square
(9) 24 inch blocks

Fabric Requirements: 
3.75 yards of a background fabric
2.5 yards total of various fabrics (or 11 fat quarters)
0.5 yard of fabric for binding

Cutting requirements for 1 block
[Note: the cutting directions are for making the flying geese the 4 at a time no waste method]:

Background Fabric:
(24) 2.5 inch squares
(16) 3 inch squares [for HST and Flying geese]
(8) 4.5 inch squares
(4) 2.5 x 4.5 inch rectangles
(2) 5.25 squares [for flying geese]

Various Prints:
(1) 4.5 inch square for center
(28) 2.5 inch squares
(20) 3 inch squares [for HST and Flying geese]
(1) 5.25 inch square [for flying geese]

Follow the chart above to make your blocks.

My directions how to make 4 at a time no waste flying geese can be found in my blog post here.

All half square triangles are trimmed to 2.5 inches.
All flying geese are trimmed to 2.5 x 4.5 inches.

If you wish to make your quilt larger make 12 blocks to make a 72 x 96 inches.

Suggested sew along schedule (sew ahead if you wish):
Tuesday and Wednesday (3/17 & 3/18/2020) -  gather up your scraps of fabric
Thursday (3/19/2020) - cut fabric for your first block
Friday (3/20/2020) - sew together your first block
Monday (3/23/2020) - cut fabric for your second and third blocks
Wednesday (3/25/2020) - sew together your second and third blocks
Monday (3/30/2020) - cut fabric for your forth and fifth blocks
Wednesday (4/1/2020) - sew together your forth and fifth blocks
Monday (4/6/2020) - cut fabric for your sixth and seventh blocks
Wednesday (4/8/2020) - sew together your sixth and seventh blocks
Monday (4/13/2020) - cut fabric for your eighth and ninth blocks
Wednesday (4/15/2020) - sew together your eighth and ninth blocks
Monday (4/20/2020) - assemble your quilt top

Post your finished quilt blocks on instagram or in my Facebook group.  Besure your tag your blocks with #clearnightskyqal and #neverlandstitches

Here's my first block made with various low volumes and various Moda Fabric scraps:

Looking forward to seeing your blocks and quilts.

Until next time, happy sewing!
Lisa Jo

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Summer's End - At the Seashore Quilt-along with Moda Bake Shop

Summer is almost over as the children and teachers in Michigan head back to class after Labor Day.  Most of the college student have already headed back this past weekend.

The all of the setting and blocks for Moda Bakeshop's Summer Quilt A Long - At The Seashore have been released.  It's been so much fun seeing everyone's progress and wonderful fabric choices.

I was lucky enough to work with April Rosenthal's collection Orchard.

For this summer's Quilt A Long, I  designed one of the blocks this summer called Beach Houses.

Here's a few pictures of my finished quilt: 

I used the layout I created, Summer Nights On The Island, which can be found here on my blog.

I also, was a tad more creative when it came to quilting this quilts as I quilted various different pantos for the different rows in the quilt.  I rotated between sailboats, butterflies and another panto called Moondance. 

Moda Bakeshop selected some wonderful quilters to design the blocks and layouts this summer.  If you have an opportunity, be sure to check out their blogs and social media accounts.

Audrey Mann
{instagram: @theclothparcel}
{shop: The Cloth Parcel}
{facebook: The Cloth Parcel}

Susan Vaughan
{instagram: @thefeltedpear}

Jessica Dayon
{instagram: @jessicadayon}

Anne Wiens
{instagram: @sweetgrasscreativedesigns}

Heather Long
{instagram: @coffee_and_quilts}

Emily Bailey
{blog: emsscrapbag}  Facebook:  Aunt Em’s Quilts
{instagram: @emsscrapbag}  Shop:  Aunt Em’s Quilts

Denniele Bohannon
{instagram: @dennielebohannon}
{facebook: Louanna Mary Quilt Design}

Christine Weld
{instagram: @christine.weld}

Lauren Terry
{shop: Brights on White}

Carole Carter
{blog: From My Carolina Home}
{facebook: From My Carolina Home}
{instagram: @frommycarolinahome}

Barbara Esposito
{instagram: @thequiltedb}

Kristin Esser
{blog: Simple. Handmade. Everyday.}
{instagram: @kristin_esser}
{podcast: Simple. Handmade. Everyday. Podcast}

Nicola Dodd
{blog: Cake Stand Quilts}
{instagram: @nicolajdodd}

Jane Davidson
{shop: Want It. Need It. Quilt!}
{instagram: @quiltjane}

Mona Phelps
{blog: Kentucky Whittaker Creations}
{instagram: @mona.phelps}

Sharla Krenzel
{blog: Thistle Thicket Studio}
{instagram: @thistlethicketstudio}

Mary Andra Holmes
{blog: Sisters Quilting Trunk}
{instagram: @mahquilter}

Until next time ... Happy Sewing!

Lisa Jo Girodat

Friday, August 9, 2019

My Etsy Shop Is Now Open

I am excited to announce that my Etsy Shop is now opened for business.

As of today there are three patterns available for sale.

The first one is Irish Stars. 

Irish stars stared out as a quilt that I designed for a co-worker.  I used various Moda Bella Solids and Lella Boutiques' Lollipop Garden to make my version of this quilt.   

This quilt pattern can be used to make a 64 inch throw and 18 inch pillows. 

Use two different background fabrics to create an interesting secondary block design.

This link will take you right to the listing on the Etsy website. 

The second quilt available is the Pineapple Hospitality Quilt.

This pattern creates a fun giant pineapple quilt.  Pineapples represent hospitality so this quilt would make a great wedding or house warming gift.  

It comes together quickly and if you want you can use up various yellow and green scraps from your stash. 

My version finished at 59 x 68 inches.  The pattern includes options to make the quilt larger and a bonus mini quilt pattern.

This link will take you right to the listing on the Etsy website. 

The third pattern currently available in my Etsy shop is Strawberry Fields.

This pattern creates a fun giant strawberry throw quilt. Make it fun and colorful using various red, pinks and greens from your stash.

My version finished at 63 x 67 inches. The pattern includes a bonus mini quilt pattern.

This link will take you right to the listing on the Etsy website. 

I hope that one of these patterns will inspire you to grab the pattern and start quilting.  If you make one of my patterns, please share it on Instagram and tag me so that I may see your version.  My user name on Instagram is Neverlandstitches

You may also like my Facebook page or request to join my Facebook group.

Until next time ... Happy Sewing!
Lisa Jo

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Yardage Requirements for Summer Nights On the Island Layout

If you are sewing along with Moda BakeShop's At the Seashore quilt along and have chosen to use my layout, Summer Nights On The Island here are the fabric requirements. 

My requirements are shown using Orchard by April Rosenthal for Moda Fabrics as that is what I will be sewing with this summer.

2 1/2 yards of background fabric

The 2 boarders are each cut at 2 1/2 inch width of fabric. 

Here's what the quilt looks like without the scrappy boarder: 

I suggest using 2 1/2 inch x 12 1/2 inch strips between the blocks for the 12 inch block rows as Susan Vaughan shows in her Sailing Flag Sampler layout.
Without the scrappy boarder the quilt measures 62 x 77 inches. 

If you had wondered how to make 4 at a time flying geese (no waste method) the directions as I provided on Moda BakeShop in my quilt Ribbon Stars are shown below:

Four at a time flying geese:
Draw a line from one corner to the opposite corner on the reverse side of the four 3 7/8 inch squares.
Place two 3 7/8 inch squares on the 7 1/4 square of low volume fabric, RST and small squares in opposite corners.  The lines on the reverse sides of the 3 7/8 inch squares should flow together
Sew ¼ inch on each side of the line.
Cut the piece in half on the drawn lines
Press open.
Place a 3 7/8 inch square in the corner of each unit, right sides together, and marked lines positioned as shown in the photo.
Sew a ¼ inch on each side of the line and then repeat for the second unit.
Cut the piece in half on the drawn lines and then press open.
Trim the four flying geese to 3 1/2 x 6 ½ inches.

Until next time ... Happy Sewing!
Lisa Jo