Easy as Cake


Hi! My name is Konda Luckau from Moose on the Porch Quilts. I love making quilts that are quick and easy, and I love how precuts speed up the quilting process. Kate Spain's new line Verna is perfect for chasing away winter. I almost changed the name of the quilt to "Tut Tut Looks Like Spring," but I got a blank stare in response, I left the original name. In case you also have a blank stare, it is a play on Winnie the Pooh and what I was thinking as I was photographing this wonderfully spring looking quilt in the snow.

This pattern would look great with absolutely any layer cake. What about A Breath of Avignon or Oz with white sashing, Butterfly Garden or Looking Back with tan sashing, Blush with light pink sashing, or Attitude Girls with black sashing? I think I might need to make another one.

1 Layer Cake
3 1/2 yards for Sashing and Borders
6 yards for Backing
3/4 yard for Binding




1) Take your layer cake and separate it into three groups: 30 squares to use as the blocks, 5 squares to use as the sashing posts, and 7 squares that aren't used. (The 7 squares not to use was the hardest pile for me to make.)



2) Take the 5 blocks for the sashing and first cut 2" off one side. Cut the remaining 8" x 10" rectangle in half horizontally and vertically as shown below.

Now there are 20 -- 4" x 5" sashing posts and 5 -- 2" x 10" strips set aside for the 2nd border.



3) Take the 30 squares for the blocks and cut 2" off one side.

Now there are 30 -- 8" x 10" blocks and 30 -- 2" x 10" strips set aside for the 2nd border.



4) Take the yardage for the sashing and borders. Cut the following:
  • Seven 4" strips for sashing
  • Five 5" strips for sashing
  • Eight 3 1/4" strips set aside for the 1st border
  • Eight 5" strips set aside for the 3rd border

5) Take the 5" sashing strips. Subcut into 24 -- 5" x 8" horizontal sashing rectangles.

Take the 4" sashing strips. Subcut into 25 -- 4" x 10" vertical sashing rectangles.



6) Lay out the quilt 6 blocks across and 5 blocks down as shown below.


7) Assemble the quilt center.

8) For the 1st border, take the eight 3 1/4" strips. Sew them into 4 double strips. Sew one onto the left side of the quilt and another onto the right side of the quilt. Then sew one onto the top of the quilt and the last one onto the bottom of the quilt.

9) For the 2nd border, take the 35 -- 2" x 10" strips. Sew them randomly into 4 sets of 8 strips so there are 4 long skinny strips for the 2nd border. (You will not use 3 of the 2" x 10" strips.) First sew on the left and right borders, then sew on the top and bottom borders.

10) For the 3rd border, take the eight 5" strips. Sew them into 4 double strips. First sew on the left and right borders, then sew on the top and bottom borders.

11) Quilt as desired and bind as shown below. You will need nine 2 1/2" strips for the binding.





One 82" x 85" Queen size quilt perfect to put on a bed, take on a picnic, or give as a wedding present for someone special.

34 comments:

Bradie Sparrow said...

Very nice!

audrey said...

i love it!! verna is such a wonderful line of fabric too.

jen duncan said...

You're right! It does look quick and easy. More importantly, I really do like the way it looks. Thanks! :)

Busty LaRue said...

I LOVE IT! This just went to the top of my "must sew" list.

P.S. - I totally got your play on Winnie the Pooh before you said where it was from. ;)

Sara said...

Wonderful! great idea!

Chris said...

I always get a burst of excitement to see a BIG quilt on Moda Bake Shop! I LOVE this one because I can't get enough of Verna. Mine should be arriving in today's mail. I only now wish I'd order the layer cake instead of charms. Oh well, back to the store...

jaybird said...

super cute.. and looks like it comes together super fast!

madrekarin said...

My kind of quilt- bright, beautiful and a snap to make! Thanks so much for your recipe. :)

PunkiePie said...

OH I love this one!

Jenny Garland said...

Beautiful!! We love Winnie the Pooh here too and got it :)

Brenda said...

Konda - I love it! Can't wait to make it. Gotta go shopping!

The Wheeler 5 said...

AWESOME! now i just need to figure out what fabric to use!

girlsmama said...

Beautiful Konda! Way to go. -Jessica R., UVQG

Amy B said...

Using BLUSH for mine. Can't wait to get started! Thank you!!

Leslie said...

I love it Konda!

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Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Super cute Konda. Love it. Good job.

zees5 said...

Your photo is beautiful! ~Page

debbiekl said...

Very pretty! Nice job.

Nettie said...

Konda you are so amazing! I had heard that you would be doing a spot on Moda Bake Shop and I could not wait to see it. I love the quilt, it is so full of color and pretty patterns and reminds me of Spring.
See you soon,
Annette

Ruthie said...

Very Cute! I didn't see where you cut the cornerstone blocks??

Valerie C. said...

Beautiful photo of a beautiful quilt in the snow!

Scattered Threads said...

Very cute and looks very easy.
Thanks for sharing.

Cindy said...

Oh, this is one I'll DEFINITELY make. I love this pattern SO much.

Thank you.

eamylove said...

Just wanted to lend my support for the Winnie the Pooh title, too! No matter what you call it, though, I love the quilt!

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Thanks for all the quilt love! This is my current favorite quilt.

Ruthie -- I cut the cornerstones in step two. I called them sashing posts. Sorry for the confusion. It is a big quilt so the cornerstones are large, 4" x 5."

Gini said...

LOVE IT!

Kaye Prince said...

So pretty! I'm loving Verna right now, and actually just received a charm pack from Kate Spain herself!

I was just thinking that you could use the left over squares to make a pieced back and then everything would be used up!

TJ and Whitnee said...

This is really cute! I'm working a on quilt with a Verna layer cake right now too! I'd love to share a link to this tutorial on sewwhattoday.blogspot.com, on February 10!

mallorymurray said...

So pretty! May have to try this as it looks like maybe even my novice self could do it. :)

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

I have just updated this pattern. I have become aware that there was a typo in Step 4. It said to cut four 4" strips. That should have been seven 4" strips to make a total of 25 -- 4" x 10" sashing rectangles. Sorry about that. I know how frustrating mistakes in patterns can be. Thanks!

Krista said...

Make sure you update the PDF with the correction, too! Glad I came back to check the comments...thought I was missing something!

Corrie said...

thank you! I love this pattern! I just got some layer cakes on special and also needed to make something pretty for my bed! perfect!

thanks
Corrie;)

Mary Grace McNamara said...

I just finished a quilt using this design! Thanks so much for sharing it. It was fun to do and I love how it turned out!

http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2012/03/butterfly-garden-quilt-complete.html

MGM