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Fast Easy Layer Cake Quilt

One of the quilt patterns on my to do list was the Layer Cake Lemonade; this quilt pattern is also from the Fat Quarter Shop short cut quilt series.

A friend asked if I could make something quick for her grandmother to use at the nursing home while she sat in the activities room. Her only requirements were:

  1. fabric had to be bright, cheery, and floral
  2. toddler size – something to throw over her lap
  3. perfection – optional ūüôā

We had our conversation on Tuesday and she wanted the quilt before her Saturday visit.

Digging through my totes I found my Fresh Air Moda layer cake. Fresh Air is a 30’s reproduction print in very bright and pastel florals.

On my pattern to do list I had noted that the layer cake lemonade didn’t require any background fabric – which made the pattern selection a no brainer.

I had the quilt top finished Tuesday evening. Deciding which prints to use took more time than the actual cutting and stitching.

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layer cake lemonade feb 2017

I used muslin for the backing with a bamboo cotton blend batting. Simple quilting with my walking foot.  Quilt measures 48 x 62 inches. Third finish for 2017!

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layer cake lemonade back feb 2017

 

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Hashtag Merry Christmas

Hello Friends — Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

I’m not a big social media participant, I do enjoy following certain “hashtags” on Instagram to see quilt projects.

I signed up for Camille Roskelley’s Craftsy Class: Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple,¬†where she teaches you how make a hashtag quilt using a jelly roll and yardage. Pattern seems to be quite simple and the visual instructions are super terrific.

I needed/wanted a Christmas quilt but didn’t have a Christmas jelly roll on hand, instead I had a couple of Kate Spain’s Joy and Solstice charm packs and decided to make a super sized hash tag — although at my age I call it a number sign ūüôā

After sketching it out on graph paper this is what I came up with. Quilt measures 56 x 56 inches.

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Hashtag Super Size

 

Fleece is a fabric that has a pile and can be found mostly in sports wear and jackets. ¬†I’ve sewn with fleece in the past making sweat pants, scarves and blankets. ¬†I find it a joy to sew with because it doesn’t fray and stitching mistakes don’t show ! Because of my blanket experience I thought I would try fleece as a quilt backing. We are moving to Florida in a few months so I decided to not use batting with the fleece.

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fleece backing

Here’s a quick tutorial if you would like to make a Super Sized Hashtag ¬†Quilt for yourself.

For a 56 x 56 inch quilt – 5 x 5 setting

Fabric:

  1. 2 charm packs (5 x 5 inch squares) you will use 64
  2. 2 yards of background fabric (will have plenty left over)
  3. 1/2 yard for binding
  4. 2 yards fleece (60 inches wide) for quilt back

Cutting

  • Background fabric – WOF = width of fabric
    • 3- 9 1/2 x WOF strips – sub-cut into nine (9)- 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 squares
    • 6 – 5 1/2 x WOF strips for borders
  • Binding fabric
    • 7 – 2 1/2 ¬†x WOF strips

Assembly – all seams are 1/4 inch

  1. arrange and sew the 64 five inch squares into sixteen (16)- 4 patches; completed 4 patch block should measure 9 1/2 inch square.
  2. Arrange by row as follows: B = Background 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 square   4 = 4 patch square
    1. Row 1 РB  4  B  4  B
    2. Row 2 Р4  4  4  4  4
    3. Row 3 Р B  4  B  4  B
    4. Row 4 Р4  4  4  4  4
    5. Row 5 РB  4  B  4  B
  3. Sew together blocks in each row. Press seams open.
  4. Join rows together. Press seams open.
  5. BREATHE – quilt center is finished ūüôā
  6. Borders
    1. cut 2 of your 5 1/2 inch x WOF strips in half.
    2. Sew one of the half pieces to the ends of each of the four (4) remaining border strips.
    3. Attach the left and right side borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    4. Attach top and bottom borders to your quilt center; trim extra fabric on ends
    5. Starch and press quilt top
  7. Layer, Mark & Baste
    1. Lay fleece backing right side down
    2. Lay Quilt Top right side up on backing
    3. I used masking tape to create diagonal lines that formed an “X” through each block. If you are unfamiliar with using masking tape as a quilting marking tool I recommend watching this video by Leah Day.
    4. Pin base with safety pins ( or your preferred method)
  8. Quilt
    1. I used my walking foot to stitch along side the masking tape.
    2. In the borders I did straight line quilting in random widths
  9. Binding
    1. Join your seven (7) strips of 2 1/2 x WOF
    2. bind using your preferred method — I prefer machine binding and this is the tutorial I use.

I use my hashtag quilt as throw for our couch — of course I had to have matching pillows!

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2016 Hashtag Charm Quilt

 

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X Plus Quilted 20 inch pillow

Using Amada Rolfe’s you tube tutorial for the X Plus Quilt Block as my inspiration, I made two 20 inch pillows. Now I’m set for binge TV watching — gotta get caught up on my shows!

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Maple Leaf Obsession

Ohhh… I sew love¬†the maple leaf quilt block ūüôā

There are several versions of the maple leaf block. I like this one because it’s quick and easy!

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maple leaf batik pillow

This maple leaf quilt block can be made with any color; it can be the actual color of leaves- green for spring and summer or golden brown for fall. You could also make it scrappy with all the leaf pieces being a different color.

My latest maple goodies are:

Hello Fall maple leaf table topper

Maple Leaf Table Topper  Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 24 x 24 inches
  • Fabric – Hello Fall charm pack; Sandy Gervais for Moda
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 – Autumn Days – a ¬†variegated thread
  • Binding – machine stitched front and back

I love the rich fall colors and whimsical prints in this fabric line. I used a cream fabric for the body of the leaf. The print charm squares were used as the background fabric in the maple leaf quilt block, as well as the border; giving the illusion of a single in leaf in a bed of color.

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging

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maple star embroidery

Maple Leaf Star Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf
  • Size – 28 x 28 inches
  • Fabric – Basically Patrick – Sunflower and Lily’s Garden Spice; Patrick Lose for RJR ; Ivory Basics for Windham Fabrics
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock Ellisimo
  • Thread – Aurifil 50 wt – #2026
  • Embroidery – Eat Drink and be Thankful from Embroidery Library¬†
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched in back

I’m a precut junkie – especially charm packs. ¬†They’re cute and cheap. I’m always thinking of ways to use them in projects and teaching myself new techniques. In this wall hanging I used the prints with fall colors¬†from the two Patrick Lose charm packs and the background pieces from the Ivory Basic charm pack.

I created 4 scrappy maple leaf quilt blocks omitting the stem, rotating each block so that the empty “stem” block went to the center. This created the area for the embroidery. With the remaining charms I created the border.

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging

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Maple Fall Nine Patch

Maple Leaf Nine Patch Wall Hanging Stats:

  • Quilt Block – Maple Leaf and Nine Patch
  • Size – 42 x 42 square
  • Fabric – Kona Solids, Keepsake Calicos and V&Co Simply Colorful
  • Quilting – Machine Straight Line using my Babylock ellisimo
  • Thread – Superior #906 Autumn Days
  • Binding – machine stitched to front hand stitched to back

In our foyer I have a great spot to showcase many of¬†wallhangings. I’m using this wall hanging for this month November.

Linking up with Busy Hand Quilts Finished or Not Friday! and Fort Worth Fabrics Friday Frenzy

I love autumn themed quilts and home decor. If you need a little more maple leaf inspiration with pictures and instructions please check out:

Autumn Jubilee from My Carolina Home. I just found this site last week so I was too late to participate in the quilt along.  I have plenty of scraps to make this project later.

Aiming for Accuracy Maple Mini Quilt — free download — excellent written instructions.

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