I wanted to see if I could make a 'plus quilt' by simply cutting each square of a layer cake into 3 pieces. I was very pleased with the result and the lack of wastage was a bonus. The quilt is approximately 60" square.
In summary the requirements are:
- 1 layer cake!!
- 50cm of fabric for binding
- backing and wadding to cover 60" square quilt, add margins as needed.
Other tools you will need
Cutting mat. Rotary cutter. Long ruler for use with a rotary cutter. Neutral coloured thread for sewing with - I like the Aurifil ne50 (this is a lovely fine 100% cotton thread, and I usually use a grey). General sewing supplies (thread snips, unpicker, pins, iron).
Before starting please note all seams are joined with a ¼” seam (unless otherwise indicated)
Also it is a good idea to read through all the instructions before starting.
Cut each square of the layer cake in half, then cut one section in half again. You will end up with 2 squares and one rectangle.
Cut all of the squares like this.
I then arranged them in colour groupings on the table.
Lay out the first 3 rows.
Following the diagrams, layout 3 rows. Note that the pieces on the side edges of the row may need to be trimmed.
Sew row 1 and row 2.
Now join row 1 to row 2, match the midpoint of a square and rectangle of the same fabric. You do not need to match any seams. Trim the edge (if needed) after you have sewn the rows together.
The red marks show the midpoints that you line up.
Continue to build the quilt
After I made the first three rows I just laid out one additional row at a time, sewing the row together and adding it. Having the colours spread out enabled me to spread them through the quilt. If you wanted to you could lay out the whole quilt, and then just piece it together row by row.
Not much fabric is wasted, this is all I had left.
I think this quilt design would work well with many styles of fabric, I used a Basic Grey layer cake called Saturday.
Quilt and Bind using your favourite methods.
This quilt is approx 60" square, I cut 7 strips of binding at 2.5".