I have always been such a huge admirer of Moda Jelly Rolls. When I saw the fabric that was part of Moda and Kate Spain's Cuzco collection, I knew I had to make a quilt with this beautiful fabric. I had some ideas of what how I'd love to with this Moda Cuzco Jelly Roll but then I saw the pattern of Lost City quilt. My mind was instinctively changed. I loved the Kate Spain Lost City quilt and was excited to make this beautiful quilt.
This quilt was actually designed by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. Kate Spain's Lost City quilt requires one "Cuzco" Jelly Roll and 3 yards of solid white. The 3 yards of white are broken down into 2 1/2 yards for the sashing and border of the quilt. The last 1/2 yard of solid white is used for the binding. The quilt asked for another 3 1/2 yards of white for the backing but I decided to hold off on purchasing this fabric until I had finished the quilt top. I wasn't positive that I wanted my backing to be a solid white fabric just yet.
I purchased my fabric at my local Orangeville, Ontario, Canada fabric and quilt shop named Bound To Quilt. Bound to Quilt now has a online fabric store which carries The Lost City Quilt Kit which includes the Moda Cuzco Jelly Roll, 3 yards of solid white and the Kate Spain pattern of the Lost City. Bound to Quilt carries many Moda Jelly Roll and charm packs, so I was hopeful that they may have all of my Moda needs.
I was so excited to get home and open my newest fabric purchase. The pattern looked quite surprisingly straight forward and easy to understand. It requires quite a few cuts of the Moda Cuzco Jelly Roll and then it gets sewn together in nine large blocks when adding the cut white fabric. The instructions allow for a 1/2" seam allowance, which is quite common for a quilt. I was very excited to open up my Moda Kate Spain Cuzco jelly roll. The fabric was even more beautiful then I expected and I expected a lot. I was very pleased.
I began cutting the Moda Cuzco Jelly Roll and noticed that a couple of the 2 1/2" are directional and it is very important to cut the fabric in the correct direction. The fabrics which are directional are the fabric strips with the peacock on it. It was very important to have the peacock in an upwards position for the quilt to look correct. Unfortunately for me, the directions in the Lost City pattern did not mention this. I did not notice the directional peacock until I began to sew all the fabric together. I did eventually decide the sandwich the quilt together using the white fabric for the backing of the quilt. I am glad that I did since the Auriful thread which I used, looks fantastic with the solid white color of the quilt.