I have very little time to sew, as so many of us do. So I tried to think of something really quick to make for my 13 year old son in the way of a quilt for him for Christmas. I came up with a very simple pinwheel quilt using a layer cake from the Holly Taylor Classics collection from Moda. (I’ve got some in my shop, but not the entire line.) It’s got a nice, masculine outdoorsy fisherman-hunter theme to it, but is still colorful. This is the finished top.
I’m going to use a flannel from the collection for the back and do the binding with the Cardinal Red fabric. This isn’t really quite a tutorial of how to do it, but just shows you basically how I worked it out. There are so many ideas for using a Layer cake!
For this quilt I used all but 2 squares from a Moda Layer Cake plus about 1 1/4 yard of the Cardinal Red fabric from the Holly Taylor Classics collection for binding and for 6 extra 10″ squares–I needed to have 2 sets of 2 squares of the same color for each finished pinwheel square, but there weren’t quite enough so I used the red. I could have done a smaller quilt using only the layer cake, but my son is 5′ 10″ and I wanted his feet to stay covered. Then fabric for the backing of a quilt that turns out to be 54″x 72″. I like the look without a border, so I’m going to just do the red binding.
To make the half square triangles, I put two 10″ squares right sides together and drew a cutting line diagonally. I then sewed 1/4″ from the cutting line on both sides of the line, so that each set had two seams. It’s kind of hard to see in the picture. Also, I chain sew things whenever possible.
Then, I cut on the cutting line between the two seams, and I ended up with two 9 1/2″ squares that are each two triangles sewn together. I placed the new squares so they’d make pinwheels by sewing 4 squares together. Then sewed the 18 1/2″ squares together to get my finished quilt top!
Of course, there was some ironing and squaring up the 9 1/2″ squares, and that type of thing, too. But it really came together quickly, and I think it looks nice. I know it’s nothing fancy or intricate, but that is just not possible with the time I have available–so my only option is something quick! I hope my son likes it! Of course, I’ve still got to actually finish it before Christmas–I don’t think he will want just a quilt top!
So, what would you make with a layer cake? I know there are so many great patterns out there and tons of ideas that are not patterns! I like the idea of a snowball quilt someday…maybe that’s my idea for my next quilt. A snowball quilt that uses a layer cake and a charm pack–easy peasy!
Let me know what you’d make with a layer cake in a comment below, and you will be entered in a drawing for a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Layer Cake–or you may choose 2 charm packs instead if you’d like. You can see this beautiful collection designed by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda here. Please just comment once for one entry per person in the giveaway. I will do a drawing on Tuesday, December 7th, so it’s a pretty quick giveaway.
You may enter if you are outside the US, but in order to ship the layer cake, I may have to take it out of it’s package. They are too big to fit in a Flat Rate Envelope for shipping, but kind of heavy. In fact, I may take it out of the packaging even for the US if it means that I can ship it Priority Mail to get it to the winner quickly. Hopefully, whoever wins it might even be able to use it for a quick holiday gift! Good luck & thank you for all your comments and ideas for layer cakes!
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