I wanted to come up with a way to use a layer cake fast, besides just sewing squares together. I like them, but I hate that thing where you always need to buy more fabric to make a fast quilt. This is a portion of an Island Batik layer cake, Bright Paisley Dots. The fabric and thread were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.
Here is my solution.
Decide on a size by looking at what you want to get from the layer cake:
|Desired Size||Dimensions||# of Squares|
|Baby||30" x 40"||12|
|Small Lap||40" x 60"||24|
|Large Lap||50" x 70" or 50" x 80"||35. or 40|
|Twin||60" x 80"||48|
|Queen||80" x 90"||72|
Here we go!!!
- Select the squares you would like to use
- Make your rows.
- Pair blocks together in a visually pleasing manner.
- Press the seams open if you do not like having seams sit on top of each other. I did press the rows alternating so they nested and only once it didn’t nest when assembling the rows.
- Continue adding squares until your rows are made – I used 4 in a row. I made 6 rows.
- Pair the rows.
- Sew on both sides!
- Do this until all your rows are sewed. If there is an odd row, leave it alone.
- Cut in the middle of the rows – 5″ – and press seams up/down or flat – your choice (there are no seams to match). Cut the odd one, too, if you have one.
- Lay out your quilt. Take a picture with your phone camera so you can see where they go (in case you reverse something).
- Sew your rows together
- VIOLA! a quilt.
- You can add borders or not, again depending on how big you want to go.
I don’t think this took me more than 2 hours.
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