With spring market last weekend in Pittsburgh I was feeling a little "market envy." In fact, with all of the wonderful market posts I wanted to be there even more. I needed some therapy; I thought about retail therapy, but that didn't seem to make sense (I need to save my quilt money for all the new and wonderful fabrics that will be out shortly)! I finally decided on cake therapy...layer cake therapy, that is!
I've had this Fig & Plum layer cake for a little while now. I even bought some yardage of some of the fabrics...and the cream from Patisserie matches perfectly and was my fabric of choice for the background. I had a design in mind that I've seen in a few places and so decided to make the quilt without a pattern.
I cut my layer cake into 5-inch squares, and I cut my background fabric into 2 1/2" strips. I needed to cut the strips into squares, so I got out my Mini Square Quilter's Rule; I learned about this ruler from some of the ladies I quilt with...and I love it! I think my squares come out "more square" using this ruler.
I'm "snowballing" two opposing corners on the 5 inch squares...and I'm sewing again 1/2" away so that when I cut my corners off the scrap pieces are already sewn into a 1/2 square triangle block. I sewed a lot (I needed a lot of "not being at market" therapy). The only breaks I took were to watch my daughter run in the Division finals for track (she added some more medals to her pile, including a gold in the 1600 relay, her favorite event, and is going to State next week to run in three races...yay)!
Here are the results...248 1/2 square trianges and 124 blocks for my quilt! I might need to make just a few more blocks--I'm going to figure out how big I want the quilt and borders and finish it up today! Oh, and I have another Moda layer cake ready to go in case I need more therapy!
Have a wonderful day!