Welcome to my new guests. I am supposed to tell you a little bit about myself but I can’t do that without first telling you about the company I work for, Moda fabrics. Moda fabrics is a family owned company that sells only to independent retailers, or what is called “mom and pops.” You will never find our products in places like Walmart, Joann’s etc. The owner’s passion of supporting the independents carries through to what we do on a day to day basis. When I first went to him with the Moda bake shop concept, he said, “Sure, let’s give it a try.” now 2 years later we are celebrating Fresh Fabric Treats. (pretty creative- that I did not have to talk about myself!)
Jan 2009 the first post was by Angela Yosten featuring a travel mug. Now 2 years later we are traveling (digitally) to some of the Moda bake shop chefs homes. Today’s post I share with
Rachel Griffith. She was one of the first chefs to share her talent and enthuasium so I am honored to share the day with her.
In true bake shop form my recipe is for something non edible,
Most likely if you were coming to my home, we would all gather around the sewing machine and create some yummy projects while the men whipped up something on the grill. My parents taught all us kids to be comfortable in the kitchen or with a set of power tools, so there are no stereotypical roles in my household either. My son is cooking wings as I type this post.
Toweling, charm squares, soft and stable fuse, buttons, and trims.
Moda’s toweling is available on a roll, hemmed along the sides. For each towel, cut toweling 28″. Apron- 1 1/4 yd. (26 for apron, 19″ for ties and pocket)
Trace the template pieces on the fusible interfacing. Iron them to the wrong side of the fabrics. Cut the shapes out. Please them on tea towel and iron in place. Click here for cupcake templates.
Hem top and bottom of toweling 1″. Press edge .5″, fold up again, press and stitch to create the 1″ hem.
(many of you know I am a middle child. I don’t know if I can’t make up my mind or I like to make
everyone happy. Here are additional options to create your own cupcake.)
Use a red button for the cherry on top.
Make covered buttons using the I-top button making tool.
(my favorite crafty tool as of late. If you did not get one for Christmas, ask for one for valentines. It is so much fun.)
If you do not have a button that is the color you are looking for, combine a fabric yo yo and a button to make a covered button that can be sewn through the button holes. (thank you Susan Fuquay for this idea)
There are so many fun trims available in quilt and
specially stores that I had to add a few of them to
my tea towels. Ric rac, pom poms, crocheted trim,
and ribbons add that hand made touch. On my tea
towels I used the French general ribbons as a loop
to hang the towels. (see below) Determine how big of loop you want and add it as you hem to top section of your towel.
To add an edging to the bottom you your towel, sew it right sides facing to the top of the towel. turn the edging down as you hem the bottom of the towel. This works on the crochet trim and ric rac. Some of the trims can be sewn directly to the top of the towel.
The toweling can also be used to make a cute half apron. Determine how wide you want the apron to be. Add apron ties as listed below. Trims can also be added to the hem on the aprons. I added ric rac as I sewed the pocket onto the apron.
Determine how wide you want your apron to be (approx 26″ is a nice size) Ties were cut approx 4 1/2″ wide by 19″ long)
You will need to buy double this amount. The additional yardage will be used to make apron ties. Cut the stripe from the toweling for apron ties. Hem and add to the sides of the toweling. Using the additional fabric, cut pocket square. Add a cupcke to the pcoket placing it along the top of the pocket. Add a ribbon loop when sewing the pocket in place. Sew a button on the apron and use the ribbon loop as a button closure.
Now that I have a cute apron to wear I had to put it to use in the kitchen.
CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES
1 box yellow cake mix, 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup sour cream, 3 eggs
1 cup oil, 1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup mini choc chips
Preheat oven 350 degrees.
Combine all above ingredients. Mix together approx 2 minutes. Fill cupcake holders 3/4 full. Bake approx 10 minutes. Cool and frost. I made mini cupcakes because these are sinfully rich and delicious.
If making as a cake, grease 9 x 13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
1 8 oz. Cream cheese, 1/2 cup margarine
1 tsp. Vanilla, 4 cups powered sugar
Soften cream cheese and margarine. Blend until creamy. Add vanilla and powered sugar. Use food coloring paste (not liquid) to add color to frosting. Decorate as desired.
Tomorrow visit Julie Herman and Sweet Water, then ….
The last stop on the progressive dinner is Jenny Garland and Angela Yosten. These are the two talented ladies that keep the Moda bake shop’s pantry full of projects for you to enjoy.
I am sure you have read about the giveaway on each of the other chefs posts. By now you should know that by memory. My favorite precuts IS ALL of them (another middle child trait) but I will choose jelly rolls. I like combining a print jelly roll and a Bella solid jelly roll for a bigger project and a different combination.
So you know the drill, leave a comment on my blog to win precuts of my choice and a Fresh Fabric Treats book. In the past moda bake shop has featured stores, projects and even recipes. If there is anything you want more of on the bake shop, please leave it as a comment. Follow me on twitter or stay tuned to my blog for insider Moda information as well as random ramblings from a middle child.
Leave a comment on all posts to be entered in the grand prize drawing.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make sure you have an e-mail address, so we can contact you if you are the lucky winner.
Great project, love the cupcakes as well. I can't wait to see that book when it comes out.
What a cute apron. Can't wait to see the book.
I know my hubby will love these cupcakes! They sound yummy! Thanks.
You all have done a wonderful job on dinner. Thank you. Take care and God bless, Cory
Thanks for the recipes. Looking forward to the book.
The book looks great! Thanks for a chance to win! shelly sal4qt at gmail dotcom
Those cupcakes look yummy! Maybe there could be a few kid-friendly recipes? I'm teaching my 8 year-old to sew/quilt…
Thank you for MBS. It is a daily bite of something sweet and wonderful.
I love layer cakes!
I love the apron- very cute! And those cupcakes look delicious- YUM!
more charm pack tutorials! thanks!
Thanks for the info about Moda not selling to chains – I've wondered when I've seen look-alikes but they don't say Moda on them. I've pretty quit buying at chains now. Love the Bake Shop, it was a great idea!
Love, love, love the apron! Can't wait for the book.
Love the ruler tutorials – for leaves and the twister – I had not seen those before.
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Absolutely adorable tutorial. Thank you so much!! This dinner has been a blast. 🙂 As for what to see more of…I just love the tutorials for quick and easy projects that would make great gifts. Those are my faves.
Jelly Rolls and other pre-cuts are the best – looking forward to the book.
Jelly rolls are definitely my favorite, but I have been working a lot with layer cakes and fat quarters too. They are all wonderful treats. I do confess, I'm not a fan of turnovers. Oh well! Thanks for the chance to win.
Thanks for the apron and cupcake recipes… and of course the chance to win! 😉
I love Charm Packs. When first introduced I thought–silly little bits of fabric–now I love them because I can make such nifty little quilts and have a whole collection of fabric in them. Cute apron and yummy cupcakes too.
Thanks for hosting such an amazing giveaway! Cute apron, too — thanks for the great ideas, as always. I can't wait to check out all the great projects in the book.
I love your tea towels and apron – SO cute!
Cute cupcake project! And I love layer cakes, for the great variety and the big size.
I love the apron, congrats on the book.
thank you for all you do to keep Moda Bake shop sew delicious. I have recommended the site to many. the book looks yummy! thank you for a chance to win a sweet treat. I havent ventured to much into precuts mostly use the charms. so far just drooling over the jelly rolls and layered cakes! janita
Wow do you have a lot of comments. My favorite is the FQ Bundle because you get MORE fabric..and whoever said "less is more"? I am sure that MORE is MORE! and I want MORE fabric. ha ha.
Congrats on the book!
Thanks for a great recipe, OMG just look at those gorgeous pink frosted sweeties! Can't wait until the book is released!
Love the towel and apron idea! I'm still pretty new to the bake shop and haven't gotten to see all the tutorials, but what I've seen has been great!! Thanks!
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I love the cupcake template and fun pattern! Thanks for sharing and taking the time to put this stuff out there!
Yummy cupcakes and apron! I'm excited to look around your blog! I'm an newbie!
What a sweet apron… and I can't wait to see the book !!
I love your apron, what a great idea! Congratulations on being published in what looks to be a fantastic book!
Great apron. My favorite is Jelly Rolls from Moda. Congrats on the book.
I love your blog name — it's great! And the cupcake apron is so fun. I think I'm about to become a devote Moda Lissa follower!
Thanks for all the hard work you do for Moda and its happy customers! As the price of cotton increases, I think it would be awesome to see more recipes that use only one pre-cut of some variety.
Love aprons! Thanks for the cupcake recipe!
Love love love the apron!
Love love love the apron!
Lovely apron, and thanks for the history of how moda started. cupcakes are definielty the theme of the day!
I love that Apron!
Cute apron, cant's wait for the book.
Your blog is so cute! New follower here! Can't wait to see the new book 🙂 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks. Books looks awesome.
So excited about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
This progressive dinner is fun! I am discovering blogs I didn't know of before!
Your cupcakes are adorable, both sets. I have to agree with the comment about the favorite precut being "all of them". New fabric is fantastic.
Oh dear I need to step away from the computer. Not only am I piling up new projects but now I have to stand firm against chocoltate chip cupcakes. Nah! I'm sure my waistline will forgive me 🙂
Thanks for the TWO recipes! I can't wait to dive into the book *when* I win it! 🙂
I would love to see more home decor and quilt projects! I'm almost done with my second quilt from MBS, love it!
thanks for sharing i like the recipe.