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February 22, 2016

Layer Cake Puzzle Game

The fabrics in layer cakes are so pretty but can often be challenging puzzles to use in a quilt.  I have been playing with Spring Symphony a layer cake of 10″ squares by RJR Fabrics.  There are so many different ways to use this fun fabric collection.  It was our free Fabric Giveaway last month and there were interesting comments on how the fabric could be used.

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Spring Symphony                                                                                                                         I found a new pattern by Lazy Girl Designs called Sweetpea Pods and anyone of the Spring Symphony squares would look great as a pod.  My friend Loretta is going to make one with the butterflies on black with an orange zipper.  I can’t wait to see it!  One 10″ square will make one pod with lining.
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Sweetpea Pods

Most people commented about small projects but some suggested a quilt.  I wondered how to use this in a quilt.  Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company has a You Tube video for using a layer cake (10″ squares) to make a quilt.  See the  Double Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial.

She starts by cutting 3″ from the side of each 10″ square.

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Step 1 cutting 3″ from side of 10″ square

She flips these 3″ cut pieces so they are wrong side up so she can sew them to the 7″ side of a different color from the 7″ pieces.  This new block is 9 1/2″ x 10″.  The next step is to cut the block into two 5″ x 9 1/2″ rectangles.

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Cutting the New Block in Half.

After cutting the unit in half, she once again flips half of the blocks wrong side up so she can use two different color fabrics to be sewn into the finished 9 1/2″ block.

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The Finished Block

These finished blocks are placed randomly on a design wall alternating directions of the block.

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Finished 10″ square Quilt

The tutorial doesn’t say but it looks like she cut up unused blocks and added them to the border.  A busy quilt but bright and pretty–and one that should go together quickly.

So I thought it would be fun to make this quilt with one of my Spring Symphony layer cakes and see what I could learn.  I learned a lot!  First of all, Spring Symphony is directional prints.  When I began to place the blocks on the design wall, I quickly saw upside down and sideways birds and birdhouses.  Hmmm.  It was not going to work to alternate the direction of the blocks.

Next I began placing all the directional prints so they faced correctly.  There was no place for your eye to rest and the blocks with black really jumped out.  It was just too busy for my taste.  I showed the picture below to my friendship group The Designing Women.  They suggested that the blocks could be sashed with a medium blue.  Sashing would give your eye a place to rest.

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Random placement on Design Wall

I was having fun playing with these block puzzles and decided that the blocks with black would have to go.  But if I took them out the quilt would be very small.  What to do?  Let’s make the black blocks work as a border.

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Quilt Top with Black as Border

While still busy the black along the sides helps stop the movement and the yellow, pinks, and purple lead your eye up and down the quilt.   Sashing may still be the better option but it was fun playing with this puzzle.  I will add another soft border on the outside of the black to finish the top.

Let’s do this Giveaway again and see what others can create.  Enter this drawing by commenting on this post.  I will draw for another layer cake of Spring Symphony at 5 p.m. Central time on Friday, March 4, 2016.  The winner will have one week to contact me via email at  And Edith if you see this post, please contact me.  Edith won last time and I have not heard from her.  If I don’t hear from her before the next drawing she will forfeit her win and I will draw for Two lucky winners!  If you entered last month and comment again this month, you will be entered twice.  Hope you win!

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    1. I would like to make pouches for my sister and mug rugs for my bird loving brother in law.

    1. Love the fabrics…Spring for sure! 🙂 Love the Butterflies and Birds…soooo pretty! Thanks for chance to win some! 🙂 I would use to make a cool Throw!

    1. I made a bunch of coasters for Xmas presents. They each use 6 ea 5″ squares which would be easy to do with the 10″ squares, have 4 matching charms for the top and different ones for the lining and back. The coasters are great for stemmed glasses, so you can keep up with your personal glass of wine. Phyllis, I’d be glad to share the pattern with you. Mickey

    1. I love butterflies and when I saw this material I wondered too what can I make? Hope I win to find out what I might create.