19 December 2013

Layer Cake Quilt Pattern

A Friday finish!

I thought it would be fun to design some easy quilt patterns using the KYSS (Keep Your Sewing Simple) policy.  And what could be easier than sewing blocks together when they don't require points to match?

Meadow Friends Layer Cake from Christa Quilts

A while back I got this Meadow Friends layer cake from Christa Quilts.  Now everything in her shop has been discounted as she is looking to clear out her inventory to concentrate on quilting and design in the New Year.

Close Up Quilting Detail

I set to work designing an easy quilt pattern that would allow for the use of the entire layer cake along with some yardage in a solid.  However, this pattern is also suitable for use with fat quarters or scraps from your stash.

There were 42 - 10" squares in this Layer Cake.  Of those, 36 were used in the quilt top and the remaining 6 were used to make the pieced backing.

Pieced Quilt Backing

Anchor quilting was done in medium gray Gutermann thread by ditch quilting along each side of every horizontal sashing strip.  I then free motion quilted a geometric boxy design across each row of bricks using dark and medium gray threads.

Quilt Backing Close Up

This quick quilt, a twin size measuring 60" x 75", would be perfect for someone moving from the crib to a "big bed".  The Meadow Friends, by Deb Strain, are fun fabrics which provide lots to see - prints with frogs, turtles, lizards, and all kinds of bugs!  Those things are traditionally said to appeal to little boys.

 If flowers and butterflies are more to your liking, a layer cake or a stack of 10" squares in a more feminine line would also look just fine!

I used my new EQ7 program to show how this quilt would look!

Summer Breeze by Riley Blake Designs

And before you go........
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You are also invited on December 27th!!!!!!
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Mark your calendars and link up to share your last fabulous finishes of 2013!

Merry Christmas!
Keep On Quilting On!


  1. Awesome quilt! Love it in both color combos. I really want to try that quilting motif too, looks perfect:)

  2. I like your quilting too. Plus I like the back side :-)

  3. Love the wall design, Lorna, so I've downloaded the pattern. Thanks for sharing that with us. :o)

  4. What a nice easy quilt and so quick it could be finished for Christmas this year. Great Job Lorna!

  5. Perfect, simple and quick! This is a great pattern to have on hand. Love the FMQ too!

  6. Perfect, simple and quick! This is a great pattern to have on hand. Love the FMQ too!

  7. Thank you for the pattern.. Just sew happens I have a beautiful layer cake from Bonnie and Camille to use. And here I go adding to my list of projects for 2014! Thanks for keeping me out of the fabric stores, LOL

    PS love the FMQ geometric design. Might have to try it.

  8. This will be a great stash buster since I don't have any layer cakes and am not buying any but have lots of fabric to use! Thanks! My list for 2014 just got a little longer!

  9. Lorna - your quilting looks great!!! I love this quilt. Great job!

  10. What a fabulous pattern! I love all the "mortar" between the bricks :-)

  11. Awesome quilt! I really love the back too and the quilting you did looks so nice!

    Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting

  12. This is a fantastic simple quilt! I like the narrow sashing, and the large sashing! Adds a nice visual divider.

  13. What a great quilt, thank you for the free download. I love the fabrics you used.

  14. Love it love it love it! Am putting it on my 2014 goals list! Have a super Christmas!

  15. I love that you used some of the blocks in the back. It makes it pretty too!
    Thanks for the free download. I've got a jelly roll in mind for this!

  16. Well have done it again! This quilt is really wonderful! Fabric, quilting, piecing, back...all perfect! Congrats on this pattern.

  17. Sew fun…sew fresh! :) I like the back almost as much as the front. Great quilting too, Lorna!

  18. Love your quilt. So cheerful. Just did you get the back pieced panel to line up perfectly with the front? I seem to get mine skewed. Cheers.

  19. I love this quilt and the simple format. But I think I'm too late for the free pattern? I went to your shop and it isn't listed for free today? Is something wrong or did I miss it? Thank you for sharing :)

  20. I love the new pattern! So cute, congrats!

  21. I misses the free one too. Must have been a really short time. Cute Quilt.

  22. Cool quilt. Sometimes I really do like the back as much as the fronts.


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