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Be part of the Mod Squad with Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics

I’m super excited to be working with Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics this month and I have created a fresh new modern quilt design for you!

Batiks are sometimes dismissed by the modern quilters as too traditional so I was happy to see this new line from Banyan Batiks to show that batiks can be anything you want them to be.


Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics in saffron red colorway


For this design, I switched up the usual white or light background fabric that is traditionally used. I picked a solid black that will let these batiks really pop! You may choose the background you prefer but I encourage you to give this a try. As many of you already know, black background in a quilt block is not all that modern…think of the incredible graphic quality of Amish quilts! They have been using black as a background long before modern quilters decided to do the same.


The four Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabrics that I chose for this quilt.


The block I designed for this quilt is called the Mid Mod Shoofly. The traditional shoofly block is one of my favorites and I thought it would be fun to adapt it a bit and make something that felt a bit more modern. I played around a bit with the dimensions while still staying inside a regular quilt block design.

This quilt is created with 8 of my mid-mod shoofly blocks and 8 squares of Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics. The finished measurement is 48″ x 52″. You can easily size up the quilt with the addition of more blocks and rows if you choose.


My modern twist on the shoofly quilt block made in Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics.


Mid Mod Shoofly 48″ x 52″ quilt



1½ yds black background fabric

½ yd each of 4 different Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabrics

½ yd of coordinating Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabric for binding

3 yds of coordinating Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabric for backing

52″ x 56″ piece of batting


thread for piecing (I chose a dark gray)

thread for quilting (I chose a heavier weight yellow gold)


A close up of the Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabrics… they are spectacular!


Tomorrow we’ll go over fabric cutting and preparation needed before starting your Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics mid mod shoofly blocks.


This is part 1 of 5 in this series.

Go to part 2: Ready, set, cut your pieces for the Mid Mod Shoofly Quilt Block

Tania has been a quilty creator for over 20 years. She loves to make quirky quilts ranging from a bowl of ramen to a Christmas turkey or a fruitcake. She has not yet found a subject that she wouldn't like to see rendered as a quilt. Her current focus is on food quilts and her work has been featured in magazines such as Cottage Life, Make Modern, Gastro Obscura and SBS (a food network in Australia). Her creative interests also include illustration, painting, and crocheting. There is nothing she likes better than to try something new. Tania believes curiosity in all things is key to a creative life.


  1. JanetK

    I love these fabrics!

  2. Kimberly O

    I love the patterns and colors!!

  3. Ruthie S

    These Batiks are beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win.

  4. Susan Spiers

    What fun fabrics! Love, love the colors & graphics! Thank you, Susan

    • Thanks Susan! Yes they are super groovy fabrics and a lot of fun to work with.

  5. KJ

    Love those fabrics. This looks like a fun quilt along.

    • Thanks 🙂 It is a simple block that lends itself to whatever fabric you choose!

  6. Inez Power


  7. Cynthia Bailey

    Just found this website, and am loving it! Have just started to unbury all my quilting supplies, and seeing all these beautiful Banyan Batiks Mod Graphics fabrics are getting me excited.

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