Friday, July 29, 2011

Using up a "Layer Cake"

I received this Moda layer cake of 10" squares as a lottery gift from Margaret's Hope Chest.  Now I see that another of their friends, Amanda is leading an internet workshop on 36-Patch blocks.  They look really fun set right next to each other.

But I don't want to use that many pieces on my next project.. . . so I'm making 16-patch blocks from the layer cake.

It's pretty quick to make four at a time, so in 10 batches I will have used up all the fabric and have 40 blocks. That's enough to make a 48" x 48" center [6 blocks x 6 blocks] and have 4 left for cornerstones in the borders.

And not too much THINKING will be necessary.  A good thing in this high heat and humidity.



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Airconditioned public library


badlandsquilts said...

Great idea!

Julie Fukuda said...

I love the idea. I can't believe how quickly you work.

Finn said...

Great minds Sara, that's you and me! I wanted to follow along with crazy quilt mom's 36 patch also...but! I wanted to use up a jelly roll gift(42` 2.5" strips). I can't get the 36 cuts from one strips, and to use more I wouldn't have enough blocks...darn! Then I realized I could very easily do a 16 patch, get two blocks from each combo of two strips, with almost nothing left over! So that's what I've been working on the past week or so. I paired them all up, sewed the pairs and as I get time, I pressed and cut, using Amanda's method which works great!! Love what you are doing with your layer cake! Happy stitching, hugs, Finn