Snuggly Layer Cake Throw

Hi,
My name is Melissa Mortenson of the Polkadot Chair blog and fourteen may patterns.  For Christmas this year I wanted to make my daughter a warm and cozy lap quilt, I wanted it to be cute but I needed to make it fast! (since I always over commit myself at Christmas time!!).

All this throw takes is one layer cake and it's backed in plus fabric, (I recommend Moda Snuggles)  to make it super soft! Great for all of those cold winter days! It also makes a great project for a beginning quilter.



1 Layer cake, I used Hunky Dory by Chez Moi
1/2 yard fabric for binding
Cotton Batting (I use quilters dream cotton)
2 yds Snuggles for backing
thread to match backing fabric


Applique letters or machine embroidery



Sort your layer cake into piles based on the predominant color. It is very important to pick out all of your layer cake pieces before you start cutting, otherwise you won't have enough of each color to complete the pattern.

The colors I chose were pinks, creams, yellows, blues, greens.

Save out one layer cake piece that you really like (one with a large or unique print) for your center block.

Set aside 6 each of 3 different colors for your strip blocks.
Set aside 8 blocks of one of your other colors (blue in my case)
Set aside 8 blocks of your last color (green in my example)

Take your 3 strip colors of and begin cutting the layer cake pieces into strips. Cut them to 3 1/3" wide (leave them 10" tall for now).

When you are done you should have
18 pink strips
18 creams strips
18 yellow strips.

With the cream in the center, begin sewing the 3 colored strips together, taking care to vary the patterns so that you do not have 2 blocks that are exactly the same.

Press your seams to one side.
Trim your entire block to 9" x 9"
Repeat until you have 18 sewn blocks.

Take 8 blue blocks and trim them to 9x9. Do the same for your 8 green blocks, and your center feature block.
If desired applique or machine embroidered a name to the center of your center feature piece.

Begin sewing the blocks into rows using the diagram below.

Press seams to one side, alternating each row (example press the seams of all of the odd rows to the right and the seams of all the even rows to the left).

When your quilt top is assembled, cut a piece of cotton batting and your snuggles about 3" wider on each side than your quilt top.
Using basting spray, assemble your quilt "sandwich".

With a fabric pen/pencil (something that will wash off) draw diagonal lines on the quilt top according to the diagram above (the dashed lines are your stitching lines).

I chose to use a thread that would match the snuggles but contrast the top of the quilt. Using a walking foot,  first quilt a stitch in the ditch down the long side on each side of the center column, then once down the short side on both sides of the center row. This will stabilize your quilt to help prevent stretching as you finish quilting it.    Stitch in the ditch the remaining rows/columns of the quilt. (you are quilting around each square).

Then quilt along the diagonal lines you drew.

Bind as desired.

Finished quilt measures: 42"x57" (after washing)


1 quilt per layer cake

41 comments:

Kelli said...

Wow, I can't wait to make this! Thanks!
xxx

ladybug quilting said...

Awesome!
I have a Hunky Dory layer cake sitting there,now I have the perfect project!

Sara said...

wonderful!!

lissa said...

Love it!Melissa that is wonderful!
Thank you!

Sherry said...

What a great quick quilt pattern. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

michelleml said...

very beautiful i wish i could do this. i just finished a rag quilt for my son im very proud of. but i don't know if i can do this. But i will try thanks for the tut.

rachel griffith said...

this is adorable.
:)

Katie B. said...

Great project! I'll definitely try this one.

The Roberts Family said...

I'm just beginning to learn how to quilt. I think that this will be the perfect project for me to tackle! Thanks so much!!!

Sew Fun! said...

simply beautiful project & awesome tutorial.
thanks so much for posting this one!
xo

FL Nixons said...

Is there a printer-friendly version? Maybe I just missed it...

quiltcetera said...

so yummy looking! Love the snuggly minkee on the back.

mascanlon said...

Love the pattern but think I'll go with flannel on the back...just not so slippery as minkee and almsot as snuggly.

Jennifer said...

I just love this fabric! The is a great tutorial and really quick! Great job!

Meet Virginia said...

This is so great! I am totally making this, thanks for all the great stuff!

~Morgan

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http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeetVirginiaShop

Andrea said...

What a great pattern - I love something that makes up nice and quick and showcases the beautiful prints!

teresamnj said...

This is awesome. Love it, love it, love it! Can't wait to make it.

stefanie@stationerywithstyle.com said...

very cute! going to try this with 12 days of christmas.

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com said...

You make quilting look so EASY! Love it! Come link at my party: Thursday's Treasures!!
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2010/03/thursdays-treasures-week-14.html

quiltiferous said...

I love both the fabric and the pattern! Thanks!!

Rags to Stitches said...

I love this! I think I'm going to do something similar but make it a duvet cover for my daughter.

http://ragstostitchesboutique.blogspot.com

Teresa Eliason said...

I made this as my first quilt! I used a Gypsy Rose layer cake and I love how it came out. Too bad I gave it away for my soon-to-be-born niece. I blogged about it at http://tleadventures.blogspot.com/2010/05/finished-project.html

Jenn said...

I just finished this quilt last week, my first quilt too, but have a question. I was advised to leave an area no larger than a fist un-quilted. As there are full squares not quilted, have you found this to be a problem in washing it?
http://gallery.me.com/jennjoyful/100275/P6033820/web.jpg?ver=12756046030001

Holly @ Domestic Dork said...

I just ordered a layer cake so I can make this for my mother for Christmas. Thanks for the tute! ^_^

Colleen Greene said...

Love it! I might just have to go buy a layer cake so I can give this a try. I love your suggestion on doing this when in need of a quick gift.

Cindy said...

Hey Ladies,

I was wondering how you cut your layer cake into 3 1/3? My ruler only is in 8ths and mathematically it does not work out to be 3 even pieces. Is there a rular out there that is not in 8ths?

JessicaS said...

Great easy clear directions ! Thank you!

Ester Jean said...

My gosh - I have had a gorgeous layer cake for several months and have never made a quilt before, so I was trying to figure out how tit! This will do the trick :) Thanks so much for sharing!

Jacquie said...

Thank you so much for this pattern!! I loove it! Using my city weekend layer cake to make this and plans for many more. Perfect project to move up to the next level in my sewing xoxo

Nicole said...

Very simple and beautiful!!! Just ordered my layer cake & I can't wait to make it!!!

Jenna said...

Since you are using a layer cake do you prewash? Or do you just wash after the whole quilt is finished! Beautiful! Can't wait to start it. Thanks!

Dianne said...

Thank you for sharing this pattern

Kristine said...

Gorgeous!! Can't wait to make it!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

Amy's Blog said...

I really want to make this, but I'm a bit left-out with the end line of "bind as desired". Can you provide some direction here please? You say this project is "great for a beginner quilter" yet don't provide complete instruction. :(

Melissa {polkadot chair} said...

Amy,
there are many great binding tutorials on the web. I didn't list a specific one because everyone has their own way of binding a quilt.

Try one of these:

http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/11/fast-machine-quilt-binding.html

http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/continuous_quiltbinding/

I hope this helps!
Melissa

laurenmiller09 said...

http://www.missouriquiltco.com/ is a great place to go for video step by step tutorials on so many things. this is my first quilt im making and i love it. i just have to do the actual quilting part and then bind it together yet. however, i don't think i have a walking foot and i'm wondering what to do or how to find a walking foot for my machine?

Anonymous said...

ingeHow did you cut 1/3s?

jlt777 said...

I love this quilt, looks to very easy. Plus can use up a lot of scrap pieces of fabric...Thanks for sharing.

LHD Designs said...

Can you tell me how many layer cakes you would
need to make a queen size bed 90x 90?

Indiana in B'more said...

adore this quilt & want to make one for each of my 3 kids, but twin sized. Could you do the measurements (how many rows, how many blocks in each row, etc.) for a TWIN-sized quilt? forever grateful!

The Knitting Divas said...

Great tutorial! I will be making one with 8" precut squares. That's the largest size my girlfriends accuquilt cuts. Can't wait, thanks for the inspiration. Dee