Kate & Birdie Moda Quilt – Finished! {Giveaway!}

Kate & Birdie Moda Quilt -@ willcookforshoes.caI love this quilt so much!

It’s a very simple design using a Kate & Birdie charm pack called Blueberry Park from Moda, a little more white Moda, and two yards of the yellow with flowers for the backing and binding – also from the Kate & Birdie Blueberry Park line.

(An interesting note: I just found out Gloria Wall, the designer that started Kate & Birdie, lives in Winnipeg – which is where I’m from/live. So cool!!)

This is the first time I didn’t really follow a pattern – which is VERY unlike me. I cut two-inch by five inch strips of white to piece on either side of the charm pack pieces. And then long two inch strips of white to fit between the rows. I really wanted to showcase each of the fabric line’s patterns.

And I used my favourite thread, Aurifil, to piece, quilt and hand sew on the binding. I love this thread so much. No more tangling!! I just wish it was easier to find in Canada. I really need to stock up. And I’m dying to try their invisible thread for a major appliqué project I’m starting soon!

Kate & Birdie Moda Quilt -@ willcookforshoes.caThe quilting on this is very simple diagonal lines. (I’m a clean- and simple-lines kinda girl!) But I love how the squares of the charm pack fit with the diagonal cross-hatching of the quilting.

Kate & Birdie Moda Quilt -@ willcookforshoes.caI hand sew all my bindings. I know there are machine methods but I love the process of finishing off the quilt by hand. If I’m making this for someone, I like to think about them as I’m finishing their quilt.

Do you prefer hand-sewing or machine sewing your bindings?


Speaking of my favourite thread, I have a little five-pack of Aurifil to giveaway to one lucky reader. Just follow the Rafflecopter prompt listed below.



This giveaway has ended! Congratulations to Katie H. who won the Auriful thread pack!

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PS – I’m still having a problem with comments on this wordpress platform. If you get an error message in posting, it will still post your comment (I see them, promise!) and you will still be entered in the giveaway. Good luck!!

141 thoughts on “Kate & Birdie Moda Quilt – Finished! {Giveaway!}

  1. Sarah Norman

    I haven’t handsewn a binding yet. I’ve made four little baby quilts, each from one charm pack and I used the self binding method of turning over the backing onto the front and machine stitching. I’ve handsewn a cushion binding before though and it took me forever! I love Bluebird Park, one of the quilts I made was from a charm pack of that and I love the way it turned out 🙂

  2. Kathy E.

    Hi Trina! It all depends on what the project and then I decide whether to hand or machine sew. It also depends on how confident I feel at the time! If there are no corners or curves, I will go with a machine finish. Love your quilt!

  3. Michele Timms

    Not sure if my first comment was posted but I don’t think so! Anyhooooo, I do use a sewing machine to attach the binding to the front of the quilt but I hand stitch it all around on the back. I also hand quilt all my quilts… It takes time but I love the process and how it looks!

  4. Ellen M.

    I’m new to quilting and have only quilted a table runner so far, but I hand-sewed the binding and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Many thanks for sharing the thread – I’d love to try Aurifil!

  5. Kerri Robinson

    I haven’t hand sewn a binding as of yet….but I have a quilt that I am working on now that I plan on sewing on the 2nd half of the binding by hand

  6. Sherry Whalen

    I have been quilting for 30 years and I have only machine sewn one binding on, I didn’t like how it turned out and actually I really like the process of hand sewing the binding. At the beginning of my quilting life I also hand quilted everything. I have even hand pieced 4 or 5 queen sized quilts over the years.

  7. Monique

    I hand quilt and hand sewn the binding on. I have never used this kind of thread before. I would certainly appreciate winning this giveaway.

  8. Julie Javorsky

    I machine sew my bindings on nowadays. Its much quicker and neater for me and comes out straighter.. I love these colors!!!

  9. Terri

    I tried the machine sewing, but I really prefer hand stitiching the binding. It is the last step and very relaxing and enjoyable. I also have a couple of Bluebird Charm packs, on my To Do List.

  10. Leah

    I hand sew my bindings. I think it looks so much nicer. However…machine stitching them would look nice with these threads. 🙂

  11. Ruth

    Just like Connie, machine on one side hand finish on the other, I find it very therapeutic to complete my project this way, it feels like a bit of extra love passed on. Nonsense I know

  12. Jacklynn Grimm

    I’m like you, I prefer the clean look of a hand sewn binding. And I just bought this charm pack! Thanks for the give away!

  13. Diane H

    After many years of quilting I have just recently started experimenting with machine sewing bindings. My favourite method now is sewing binding on the front as you would for hand sewing. Turn binding to the back and press well. Stitch in the ditch on the front and catch edge of binding on the back. Works great! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. Diane H

    After many of quilting I have been experimenting lately with machine sewing bindings on. Use the method of stitching in the ditch on the front and catching the edge of the binding on the back. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

  15. Claire

    I would love to try Aurafil threads. I keep hearing how great it is, but, as you say, it is impossible to find in Canada (I’m in New Brunswick).

  16. Rhonda Beam

    I do both, but machine binding is so much faster. I press the binding in half, then in half again so that when I turn it to the front it lays perfectly flat and goes smoothly. Thanks.

  17. CarolAnn H

    Lovely quilt. I also hand sew all my bindings. It gives me great pleasure to hand sew the binding on my quilts. I feel it is a final touch of love which completes my quilts.

  18. Melissa Miller

    First — your quilt is quite lovely. Simple and clean. Regarding binding, I machine attach it to the front then hand stitch it to the back. I like to finish a quilt like that. Quiet and slow sitting enjoying it while hand finishing it.

  19. Teresa Stanulis

    Your quilt is adorable! I love that fabric line and have been collecting it. I especially love the prints that have hedgehogs on them! I just finished a 72″ x 72″ quilt and sewed the binding by hand. It took quite awhile to hand stitch, but I loved completing the quilt that way. I always hand-stitch my bindings.

  20. Faye

    I’m a new quilter & i’ve made several small (baby to lapsize) quilts and only ever put binding on by machine using Aurifil thread. I love all of Kate & Birdie’s fabric lines, especially Bluebird Park! So cute!

  21. Linda Douglas

    HELLO, I do both.Love the peacefulness of hand quilting in my leisure and also the quick finish of machine work. For me it depends on the project-type and my deadline. Thank You for the Aurifil giveaway!

  22. Kathy Stewart

    I love to hand sew my bindings for the same reason you do! I also find it very relaxing to sit and watch TV while I sew it.

  23. Carol Carman

    I have never used Aurifil thread, though I’ve read many wonderful comments about it. I am really wanting to try it. I’m glad I found your blog!

  24. Chris

    I do both. If it is a charity quilt or a child’s quilt I machine stitch. If it’s a good friend or a show quilt I hand sew.

  25. Amy Caldwell

    I am fairly new to quilting. I have machine sewn 3 bindings onto small quilts, but I definitely need to learn how to hand sew them. Love your quilt <3

  26. Sarah

    It depends on the quilt. If I have hand quilted it, I hand sew the binding. If I machine quilt it, I machine sew the binding. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Jeanne

    I hand sew my binding on usually but have sewed one on a child’s quilt when I was in a hurry to finish it and was pleased how it turned out. Still like to hand sew binding the best for the relaxing feeling it gives me.

  28. Pam S

    I hand sew bindings. It’s a good opportunity to caress the quilt for a long time before I give it away. Your quilt is lovely! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Piroska

    I do both, depending on my project and mood! I really prefer hand-sewing, but if I’m in a time crunch, I will machine sew it.

  30. Karen A

    I do both types. It depends on the quilt I am making. Usually hand binding is neater, but I found a method to machine bind that looks really cool. It uses 2 colors and looks like you used piping but it is flat and the machine stitches are hidden in the seam.

  31. Helen

    Super gorgeously simple quilt – love it! Because I do many charity quilts for a kids’ chemo unit, I stitch my binding by machine – more durable for many washings and lots of loving.

  32. brenda223

    I really like your Kate and Birdie quilt. The diagonal straight line quilting is perfect to set off the simple grid of charms. I too like the ritual of sewing my binding down by hand — it’s the perfect way to slow down and meditate on the making of the quilt, who it’s for, and all kinds of things.

  33. carolyn montgomery

    i do both, hand and machine, depending on the use the quilt will get. love diagonal quilting, seems to give some movement to the quilt

  34. Lori Morton

    Love your Quilt!!!

    I’m still pretty new to quilting…have sewn by machine mostly…but did handsew a Wallhanging. (don’t have many quilts on my finished list yet tho,,,lol)

  35. Pamela Reim

    I always machine stitch to the front side then hand stitch to back; I find binding relaxing. but I am a longarmer for quilting.

  36. Carol Wiens

    I sew on the binding to the quilt side, then hand sew the other half onto the backing side,when I get a chance to sit and appreciate all the colors that blended so well, the pattern itself, and the details that made this quilt what it is.

  37. Angelia L.

    Beautiful quilt! I like to machine stitch the binding to the front and hand stitch it to the back. I love to do handwork.

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