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.
i love that cupcake apron!!! thanks for sharing!! congrats on the book! i am loving this progressive dinner!
I enjoy reading about and seeing pictures of quilt shops. Sooo much creativity and fun. Thank you for sharing your creativity, also. I enjoy your blog and your ideas.
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Very cute apron! Thanks for the chance to win.
I remember that first bakeshop recipe. I can't believe it's been 2 years. Wow. I'm excited to see the book you've cooked up. : )
The book looks fabulous! Thanks for the apron tutorial. This is the right gift for my daughter, she loves to bake cupcakes.
Congrats on being published and the great apron tutorial!
I didn't know that Moda only sold to mom and pop retailers. In this world of globalisation and everything getting bigger (but not better) it's so nice to hear that little retailers are being supported in this way.
May it be the start of a revolution.
Congrats on the book – I can't wait to get my hands on one 🙂
How blessed you are to have such a great job and great family!! Looking forward to seeing more of you!! Congrats on the book!!
I love the trim on the apron, it is my favorite color and texture!
This progressive dinner has been fun for me. I am pretty new to the blogosphere, so most of the chefs are new to me, including your site. Thank you for sharing your talents will all of us and the idea for MBS. Wish me luck.
Congratulations!!! SO happy for you!! I love them all!!!!
who doesn't love cupcakes? THanks for sharing!
Do you make a new apron for every meal you cook LOL I love it!!!
Very cute apron! Thanks for sharing.
Love Moda, love visiting your blog! Congratulations.
Congratulations on the book! Love your blog, just discovered it!
The apron and towels are so cute! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the cupcake tutorial AND recipe! Congrats on the book!
Hi Lissa! Congrats on the fabulous book- can't wait to get a copy! My fave precut right now is charm packs and layer cakes…although I tend to love whatever I can get my hands on of my favorite MODA lines!LOL! Thanks so much for the great dinner hop- it has been fun!
LOVE your apron!! and those choclate chip cupcakes are tempting!! alas, I am on a diet!! arrghh!!
I love Layer Cakes so I guess I can have all the cake I want that way, right?? 🙂
Great giveaway! Thank you for the apron pattern and the dessert – love it!
thanks for the cute tute!
I'm so excited for this book. I love MODA and I'm so glad to have the fun bake shop!!
Congratulations! Your cupcakes look yummy.
Thanks for a chance to win some Moda fun.
SO excited for this book! And I love the apron. Very cute. Thanks Lissa!
Cute apron! And lucky me–I bought some of the toweling a month or so ago, so I already have some in my stash! Thanks for the directions.
I love jelly rolls. I admit though that I wish there was a little bonus treat hidden inside. Maybe I just had too many cereal box prizes or Cracker Jacks as a kid!
I have had so much fun looking at all the moda chef's for Moda Bake Shop. Anytime I want inspiration or new ideas I go to Moda Bake Shop! Thanks so much!
Thanks for all the inspiring ideas! I am looking forward to delving into this new world of quilting and creating with fabric!!!
So nice to finally find out how this wonderful blog came to be. I love it! My only suggestion is this; I want to be a Moda Chef! I have been sewing since I was in the third grade! I love it and I think I could offer some fun projects! So even if I don't win, here is to dreams and my sewing machine!
We are a cupcake obsessed family! I will give yours a try now too. Thanks for the great project.
I love them all too! So many beautiful fabrics. Thanks so much and I cannot wait to find out if I win 🙂
I love it all too! Thanks 🙂
Did we miss the winners announcement?