I love the idea of Layer Cakes and Charm Packs, don’t you? A little piece of each and every option the Fabric Artist included in the collection. They are also a great way for a new quilter to create a “scrappy” look without having to catch up on her Fabric Stash that hasn’t started being collected yet. They are a great way to be able to enjoy each and every piece, but then what? Yes, there are a plenty of books out there to help me create something beautiful, but for some reason I always hesitate at cutting….
Don’t you just love the idea of Layer Cakes and Charm packs? I certainly do.
Luckily for this Layer Cake, it spoke to me immediately! I do have to admit that I have been on a Quarter Square Triangle kick as it is and this quilt just fell into place.
I separated the squares into “Light”, “Medium” and “Dark”. Taking the “Darks” I cut them into 3” squares. Folding the 10 inch square into quarters and then laying that onto the Die with the pinked edge close to the Steel Rule on one side of the square, making sure to leave the rest hanging off to the side so that I could later get a 1 ½” square cut out of the excess.
Having leftover fabric is such a waste. So what I like to do is cut out different size squares with the excess. But as it turns out that cutting a 1 1/2" square is just what you need to sew a 4-Patch into your pattern. What a great way to use leftover fabric! With the leftover fabric, place the pinked edge towards the inside edge of one square, creating a “T” shape onto the Die and cut.
Then fold to the opposite side of the 10” square remains back over the Die and fold twice so that there are four layers of fabric. And cut 4 more 1 ½” squares!
And this is all that is left out of the 10” Layer Cake square.
Then take the light and medium prints and fold the 10” square into quarters again. Place the pinked edges just over the steel rule to one side. Keep in mind that there will not be too much fabric left over from these cuts.
Then using my design wall, I laid out the Quarter Square Triangle blocks to create a secondary pattern around the 3 ½” squares.
Then I carefully took each Quarter Square Triangle block off the wall and sewed it together using a chain piecing method.
Keeping the pieces still attached, iron the seams in the opposite direction, and set the seams.
Then sewing the final seam of the Quarter Square Triangle together pinning the center seam.
Iron the fresh seam and then place back into the layout.
Once all the Quarter Square triangles are sewn together, that’s it! You’ve just finished your first piece. Now it’s time to sew the rows together.
This quilt went together so quickly and it was so much fun that maybe next time I will even purchase two Layer cakes. Wink, wink…