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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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One Monthly Goal – Layers of Charm

Nothing like waiting to the last day to reach a goal!

Finished is finished and I’m happy to have my second finish of 2017.

Layers of Charm is one of my favorite quilt patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop. This pattern is part of their short cut quilt series and believe me this was super easy to make. The pattern requires one layer cake and one charm pack. Not only do you get the free pattern you can also watch this video where Kimberly demonstrates how to make one yourself.  The pattern includes instructions for many sizes including a table runner!

I used the Robert Kaufman Artisan Batiks – Noel Metallic layer cake and yardage from the Robert Kaufman Fusions line as my “charms”.

I added a little embroidery to the center of one block. The prints of the layer cake have a winter theme including snowflakes so I chose a design that would complement the fabric. I purchased the design from Embroitique.

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Layers of charm embroidery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I keep a journal with walking foot designs and decided to try the double parallel straight lines with this quilt.  I used my favorite masking tape technique for marking.

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

Layers of Charm Basting/Marking

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After washing my quilt measures 57 x 57 inches.

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

Jan 17 One Monthly Goal Finished

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m linking up with Patty of Elm Street Quilts for the OMG Challenge Finish. ¬†Be sure to stop by to see the lovely projects other quilters are working on for inspiration.

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Work In Progress – Wednesday

I’ve been spending time going through my fabric containers making a list of projects I can realistically start/finish before we move in June.

I came across these six petal blocks I’d made sometime last year.

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Gardenvale Petal Blocks

I decided these would make a great table runner.  The fabric is  Gardenvale by Jen Kingwell for Moda. The prints are funky, modern and retro and the colors are beautiful. I used ten inch squares cut into four Р5 inch squares with 2.5 inch squares to create the diagonal corners which gives each block the the petal look.

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Gardenvale Table Runner

Needless to say I thought I was done! I was going through one of my large drawers that I keep supplies for my Etsy shop and found 3 more petal blocks — do you ever misplace quilt blocks?

I figured nine block would make a great wall hanging, and I really need bright spot in my sewing room. Adding the three additional blocks created a new problem – I didn’t have anymore of the fabric I’d used for the cornerstones. I found a scrap Cotton & Steel jelly roll strip in black that matched.

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Gardenvale Wall Hanging

 

Now — I guess I will remove and remake the bottom row of sashing using the Cotton and Steel fabric and my sense of balance will be restored:)

I truly hate ripping out stitches!

If you would like to make a similar table topper or wall hanging  Allison Harris with Cluck Cluck Sew has a great tutorial name Floret Table Topper.

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First Finish of 2017

It feels great to have something checked off my to do list!

I still consider myself a quilting newbie so I don’t have lots of UFO’s – instead I have lots of fabric with magazine clippings or handwritten patterns attached. I am participating in the 2017 All People Quilt UFO challenge¬†, ¬†using the chart provided ¬†to list my project goals for 2017.

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Purple Starburst

My youngest son lived in NYC for a few years and became friends with the sweetest young woman named Kim. She quickly became my friend too ūüôā

Kim graduated from Northwestern University whose school colors are purple and white. When I saw the Jenny Doan Starburst tutorial I knew it was the perfect pattern for my V&Co Simply Colorful – Purple layer cake.

I love fabric with text prints. I used Inspirational Words by Whistler Studios for ¬†Windham fabrics for the quilt backing. Seeing the words ” Believe in Yourself”, “Smile, laugh, love”, ” Today is a new day” are so encouraging!

The quilt measures 59 x 59 inches. I’m still not confident enough¬†with my FMQ ¬†abilities so I did straight line quilting with my walking foot.

Finished and mailed!! YAY!!

I’m linking up with Lindsey of Fort Worth Fabrics and her¬†Fabric Frenzy Friday.

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Leaves – The flowers of Fall

This past October son #1 married his lovely fiancee. It was a beautiful celebration for both families.

 

2016 George Heather

 

2016 George Heather

2016 George Heather

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 George David

2016 George David

They had a Las Vegas destination wedding.  The ceremony was held in the Garden Chapel at the Flamingo Hotel. The chapel was most definitely a tropical setting with waterfalls, palm trees, flowers, trailing ivy and of course lovely flamingos!

George and Heather shared their special moment with 45 friends and family — My son’s good friend from Taiwan was able to attend. It was such a pleasure meeting and spending time with him.

I hadn’t been to Las Vegas in several years and it was my husband’s first visit; so we planned a vacation around the wedding. We visited the¬†really awesome Madame Tussauds wax museum, toured both Hoover Dam and the West Rim of¬†the Grand Canyon.

Pete with his favorites — Tiger Woods and Arnold Palmer (wax museum)

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2016-lv-pete-wax tiger arnold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour at Hoover Dam and Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge

 

West Rim Grand Canyon

 

 

 

The kids bought a new home in April. The basement is my son’s “man cave” and is decorated in earth tones. I made a quilt for them to snuggle under while in the basement.

I used the Double Slice Quilt Pattern one of the many inspiring tutorials from Jenny Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company. This was a great pattern for me being quilting newbie. Double Slice is super easy and pretty quick. I used one layer cake – Robert Kaufman’s Grove Artisan Batiks for my 50×60 quilt. I fell in love with all of the fabric — the colors of the leaves match each season! My hope for George and Heather – may their love continue to grow as each season changes.

I definitely plan to use this pattern again — adding borders to make it a little larger.¬†I love using precuts because they give your quilt the organized scrappy look.

If you like to make your own click here for the tutorial.

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