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Simple Layer Cake Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes for Simple Layer Cake:

Take a series of squares all the same size – a Layer cake is 10” but this pattern would work well with any size from about 9” upwards.

Lay 4 on top of each other (don’t cut more than this at one time as you need variation )

Think of a number – say 2” – and cut a strip this width through the layer from top to bottom and then cut the same width strip across your square.

Put aside carefully in the same orientation.

Think of another number – say 3” – and do the same – cut from top to bottom and then across

This will leave you with a square

(when you cut the next set make the number different – it is amazing just how different even ¼” can be; you are trying to avoid tram lines across your quilt).

Shuffle the pack:

A simple way of doing this is to take one square from the top of the pile of squares and then put it onto the bottom

Now move to the first two strips and take 2 from the top and put them on the bottom of their pile ;

You can make its mate the same

OR you can redesign this by taking 3 off and putting them to the bottom

This leaves the final two strips.

Looking at the pile now each layer needs to be sewn together with a ¼” (or your consistant) seam allowance.

Remember that we have not made allowances for the seams so when you sew the block together some of the strips will seem longer and there will be bits to trim later – this is the idea!

When you have made several blocks you can check what you can trim them back to – square your ruler up to the square corner BUT double check that any trimming on the outside edge won’t leave your last strip looking too skinny (remember you will loose seam allowance); if it does then you would be better trimming and loosing some of the small square itself.

When they are all trimmed and square, lay them out in a pleasing manner and just sew together with the same seam allowance you have been using all the time.

Flat piping has been added (see how in the separate technique section) cut at 1 ¼” and the border was cut at 6” – (the width of my ruler!)

Happy sewing.

 

Great for Beginners

If you enjoy simple sewing and want to make a quick and easy quilt, AND use up some of your stash, this is a great idea that can be made in no-time flat.

Take a series of squares all the same size – a Layer cake is 10” but this pattern would work well with any size from about 9” upwards.

If you like the idea of flat piping then this is in the tips section of the site.

Here is a picture of another that Valerie had fun making with more modern looking fabrics:

 

4_layer-cake-2 - Valerie Nesbitt - valerie

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