Occasionally, the Fat Quarter Shop puts out free exclusive quilt patterns. To celebrate the release of their newest pattern and video for Layer Cake Pop, I agreed to make a quilt using the quilt pattern. This is my first time participating in a Fat Quarter Shop blog hop, and I have to admit that my curiosity on participation won out over my busy “to do before QuiltCon” schedule! I teased out the creation of this quilt through my Instagram account last week, and I am excited to share the finished quilt with you today.
The Layer Cake Pop pattern uses a small Layer Cake or (20) 10-inch squares and a Jelly Roll or (40) 2 1/2-inch by width of fabric strips for the background. I could definitely see using a colorful jelly roll for the background and a consistent neutral color to make a fun inverse version of the quilt.
I chose to work with the beautiful Desert Bloom line by Amanda Herring for Riley Blake fabrics as my featured fabrics for the quilt top, backing, and binding, and I used Riley Blake Confetti Cottons in White for the background.
We have been getting snow fairly regularly since just before Christmas here in my mountain pass town at the very southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. I finished this quilt just in time to dash out between snow fall and even managed to catch the sun peaking out from the clouds for the first time in a week in this photograph! I am very grateful for the moisture we have received in my area; we are still in a historic drought, but every last bit of rain and snow is very beneficial. Thankfully we have not had too much rain leading to mudslides and the snow has all melted quickly.
I chose to go with a simple straight line quilting motif using 50wt Aurifil 2024 (white). The lines are organically spaced about ever half to three-quarters of an inch apart.
Even with all the white used for the background of the quilt, the Layer Cake Pop quilt really does pop out against the white snow and cloudy backdrop of my local park. I was only the second person to walk to the park the morning of these photographs, and it was a big challenge getting the quilt to lay down smoothly without mucking up the nearby snow for photographs too much!
After getting the quilt covered in snow, I gave it a first wash and it finished at 45-inches wide by 56-inches long.
I worked on the piecing of the quilt top over 3 days, which for this lap sized quilt is a fairly long time for me. The quilt design itself lends to chain piecing, which should go quickly, but because of the directional nature of the prints I was working with, I took my time and kept everything pointing “right side up” thus extending out my effort and time. I’ll be back with a tutorial on the method I came up with for keeping directional prints headed the way I wanted using a stitch and flip sewing technique. 😉
Be sure to visit the Fat Quarter Shop post to find the other bloggers who made their own versions of the Layer Cake Pop quilt!
Linking up with Finish it Friday.
Disclosure: The Fat Quarter Shop provided compensation to cover the material costs to make this quilt.