Monthly Archives: April 2014

Layer Cake Sampler QAL – Part One

Posted on 15 April, 2014

Over the last 8 weeks I’ve been sewing blocks as part of the Layer Cake Sampler Quilt-Along (QAL) hosted by Amanda of Material Girl Quilts.  This is the first time that I’ve taken part in a QAL and I’m loving this one so far!  Amanda releases the layout for 2 blocks on a Friday.  There will be 20 blocks in this quilt and so far I’ve made 16 of them.

IMG_0265 blogFor this QAL, I’m using a Sweetwater Pure Layer Cake that I’ve had for about 18 months now.  It’s been patiently waiting for the perfect quilting project to come along and this is most definitely it!  I’m also using Moda Bella Solids fabric in the Moda U Brown colour.  This QAL requires 2 layer cakes (one patterned and one self-coloured), but I bought a couple of metres of the Bella Solids fabric and cut it into 10 inch squares myself.

Each block is made using 2 self-coloured and 2 patterned 10 inch squares.  I’ve changed this slightly and have used my patterned, dark brown squares as self-coloured squares as I didn’t want three chocolate coloured squares in a block.  Each block is started off in exactly the same way by making 16 half square triangles (HST).  Amanda has a very good tutorial on how to do this on her blog.  After making your 16 HST, they are arranged and pieced together to make a 16.5 inch block.  How you arrange these HST determines how your final block will look.  Here’s the blocks that I have made so far:

Block 01 Block 02 Block 03 Block 04 Block 05 Block 06 Block 07 Block 08 Block 09 Block 10 Block 11 Block 12 Block 13 Block 14 Block 15 Block 16

It’s amazing just how different all the blocks look.  There are only 4 more blocks to be made and then comes the fun part . . . piecing them all together with sashing, cornerstones and borders to make a quilt top.  I’ve been putting my blocks together week by week using Photoshop so I can see how my quilt top is coming along.  Here is how it looks so far:

QAL04I’m going to be using some of the teal coloured Sweetwater Pure fabric for my cornerstones and binding, but I still haven’t decided what colour to use for my sashing and borders.  I have both cream and brown coloured Sweetwater Pure fabric, but I’m not sure where to use these colours.  This is how the final quilt would look alternating where I use my cream and brown fabrics:

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I think I like the brown sashing best, but I also like the brown border!!  Or – I could make the sashings and borders all the same colour and my final quilt top would look like this:

FinalQAL4I have another couple of weeks to think about it before I have to decide.  What do you think looks best? xx