Blissful Confection

I'm feeling a little scrappy, how about you? I love using layer cakes to achieve a quick lap size quilt without the fuss of collecting a bunch of different fabrics. One layer cake, a couple borders, and voila! All the look I love of a scrappy quilt, with just a portion of the work. This will look great with any fabric line, but will especially shine with lines that have larger prints, like Bliss. Remember to be scrappy, have fun with it, and enjoy!

1 Bliss layer cake
1/2 yard: 1st border
1-1/4 yards: 2nd border
4 yards: backing
2/3 yard: binding          

Begin by separating the squares into 4 piles, one for each of the cutting instructions that follow. Make sure you have a nice mix of each color in each of the piles.

Cut 8 cakes into 8" squares.

Trim 14 cakes into 9 pieces each (3" squares).

Trim 10 cakes into a 5-1/2" strip and a 3" strip. Cut each of these strips into a 5-1/2" segment and a 3" segment.

Cut the last 10 cakes into a 3" strip and a 5-1/2" strip. Cut the 3" strip into 3 squares 3" x 3". Cut the 5-1/2" strip into a 5-1/2" square and a 3" segment.

Cut the first border fabric into 6 strips 2-1/2" wide.

Cut the large border fabric into 7 strips 5-1/2" wide.

Separate all of the cut pieces into piles for each size. Feel free to mix the colors within each pile (or you can do my favorite thing - shake up each pile in a paper bag - one for each size)

* You do not need to do anything with the 8" squares. Set these aside for now until you layout the quilt top.

For block 2, randomly select three 3" squares. Sew these together in a chain. Make 42 chained units.

Sew 3 chained units together, creating a block. Make 14.

For block 3, sew a 3" x 5-1/2" segment onto a 5-1/2" square. Remember it's random! Make 10 of these block halves.

Stitch a 3" square on the end of a 3" x 5-1/2" segment. Make 10.

Pair the two block halves together matching seams. You should now have 10 of these blocks.

Block 4 will begin by sewing a 3" x 5-1/2" segment onto a 5-1/2" square. Make 10 of these groupings.

Once again, randomly pick three 3" squares and piece them together in a chain. Make 10 chains.

Sew the two units together to create the last 10 blocks.

Layout the top, twisting and turning the blocks as you go.

Add the borders. Then quilt, bind, and enjoy!

One nice lap sized quilt finishing 59" x 67". I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For more ideas like this one, stop on over at my blog {}. I'd love to see what you're working on and to show you what else I have been up to. Also, I'm having a little giveaway at the moment so stop by and enter to win!

Rebecca Silbaugh
Ruby Blue Quilting Studio


Lililooks said...

Hello mi name is Lily, i love you blog, beautiful your work.
on line kisses

Jodie said...

not sure why put when I click on printer friendly link it says it is broken.

Crystal Hendrix said...

I love the line and like the design of the quilt!! Very pretty!! I think I would make it into a larger quilt, but I love the different blocks!

Vickie E said...

looks like you have done a great tutorial thanks!

Muddling Through said...

I LIKE this pattern! Thank you for sharing.

adnohr said...

This is really nice. I think I'd add some solids and go bigger, but this is great inspiration for me to use up a layer cake I've been sitting on.

traceyjay said...

it's a beautiful quilt!

corinne said...

Very sweet, like the line

Little Lady Patchwork said...


Thanks for sharing with us,

KarrieLyne said...

Amazing quilt! Love it!!

Sherry said...

I love this pattern. What a great, quick way to use up some of my layer cakes. Thanks for sharing!

trisha said...

does the bliss layer cake have 42 pieces? most of my layer cakes only have 40...
darn, wanted to use up one of my layer cakes and not have to buy one.
great pattern tho!

Q said...

great pattern, I've already started cutting! & trish, I just bought the prayer flag layer cake and thought I would have to throw in some extra scraps because the package said there were only 40, but when I started sorting them I counted 42! Maybe (hopefully) all layer cakes have 42 in them even though the label says only 40 10" squares?

Ruby Blue Quilting Studio said...

Bliss does have 42 squares in it, however if you have one that only has 40 squares, you can either do a 5 x 8 setting or nix a few blocks and do a 5 x 7 setting. Hope this helps, don't forget to send me pictures of your version of Blissful Confection to rubybluequilts dot gmail dot com!

Mom2three said...

I did this in pinks and browns with some left over material and added some new coordinating fabrics. I love it as a cozy smidgen bigger than a lap quilt. I'm so glad you shared this!

Mom2three said...

I did a quick Blissful Confection as a baby quilt for some dear friends and they loved it. Thanks again for sharing.