Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quilts Using Layer Cakes

My current work in progress uses a pattern called Jubilee from The Pattern Basket.  It calls for a layer cake, those 10" square pre-cuts of fabric.  I'm coming to think this is a very versatile pre-cut and may be the answer when I fall for a new fabric line but don't know exactly what I want to make. 

Here are a few quilts I've made using patterns designed for layer cakes:

 
Hello Sunshine, based on a pattern called Changes

 
Magic Eight Ball (my tutorial here)


Christmas Ribbons, based on a patter called Ruby's Ribbon Box
 
 
 
I did actually use a layer cake for Magic Eight Ball.  For the others, a mix of fat quarters and odds 'n ends from my stash. 
 
I found seven yet-to-be-used patterns in my collection, all designed for layer cakes.  I think Margot of The Pattern Box is a layer cake enthusiast; four of my patterns are her work and Jubilee is also her design.  

 
I like the pattern Sweet Pea so much, I actually broke down and bought a layer cake of Honeysweet, the newest fabric collection from Fig Tree Designs.  I know, I know, I'm supposed to be using my Fig Tree stash, not adding to it!
 

Fig Tree has some layer cake friendly patterns as well.  I have Butterscotch Tart and Boardwalk in my collection, waiting for the right fabric inspiration to come along.


And high on my quilt to-do list is Odile Stars from Planted Seed Designs.  I LOVE the look of these star blocks.  But an important note, I've just realized this pattern uses 25 fat quarters, not a layer cake.  That's OK, I have plenty of fat quarters in my stash.

Have any layer cake patterns caught your eye lately?


3 comments:

Deb said...

I'm going to check out those patterns! I have a lot of layer cakes. Had to have them and then didn't know what to do with them. I see a lot of possibilities now!

greg @ grey dogwood studio said...

I've been wanting to do that Butterscotch Tart pattern for years! And I also have some other Fig Tree patterns which all need some combination of layer cakes plus charm packs or yardage - Figgy Pudding, Chintz and Vanilla & Blooms, Sparkle, and there's the new Painted Ladies butterfly pattern. Yikes, why am I buying all of these?! But I prefer the flexibility of fat quarters instead of buying layer cakes. Thanks for the inspirational photos!

jlgwyn said...

Thanks for the post! I had been trying to think of a pattern that would be good for a layer cake, would showcase the fabrics well and had a flower design to it. I didn't think about Boardwalk (which I already own). I'm eager to use my new High Street fabric on a new quilt project, so this may be the winner!