Ruby, Pearl, and Opal Quilt


Hey all!  I am so excited to be sharing another Bake Shop Quilt with you all!  It’s me, Corey, from Little Miss Shabby.  As soon as I saw Bonnie and Camille’s Ruby line of fabric, I knew that some of it had to make its way to my house.  Not only is the fabric beautiful– it also shares its name with my husband’s Great Aunt Ruby.  Incidentally, my husband’s Grandmother’s name was Opal, sister to his Great Aunt Ruby. Let’s not forget their other sister, Pearl.  No Joke, how cute is that?!? –So, of course we have the Ruby, Pearl, and Opal Quilt. =)

I have also included instructions for a pieced backing using your leftover fabric.  I do love a great pieced backing. You will have very little fabric leftover if you opt for the pieced backing. 

Without further ado… “Ruby, Pearl, and Opal”.




1 Ruby Layer Cake
3 yd. Cream Solid {9900-97}
2 1/4 yd. Backing Print {55030-13}
1/2 yd. Binding Print {55037-11}

Layer Cake Cutting Instructions:

Divide the layer cake into 2 piles of 20 pieces.  Make sure to distribute the colors evenly between the 2 piles.

From Pile #1 cut the following (shown above in the aqua fabrics):

~ {1} 2.5″ strip, subcut into 3″ and 5″ (pieces F and G)
~ {1} 5.5″ strip, subcut into 3.5″ and 4.5″ (pieces E and D)
*save the leftover piece from cutting this strip–it will be used for piece C*
~ Save the 2″ x 10″ leftover piece for the pieced backing

From Pile #2 cut the following (shown above in the green fabrics):

~ {1} 3.5″ strip, subcut into 3.5″ and 4.5″ (pieces A and B)
*save the leftover piece from cutting this strip–it will be used for piece C*
~ {1} 3.5″ x 8.5″ strip (piece H)
~ Save the 3″ x 10″ leftover piece for the pieced backing

~Label the cut layer cake pieces as you go.~

White Fabric Cutting Instructions:

For the Blocks cut:
–{22}strips 1.5″ x WOF (width of fabric), set aside 2, from each of  the remaining 20 strips subcut as follows: {1} 12.5″, {2} 8.5″, {1} 5.5″, {2} 3.5″

From the 2 set aside strips subcut {20} 2.5″ strips

For the Sashing cut:
–{5} 1.5″ x WOF strips, subcut into {15} 12.5″ strips
–{5}1.5″ x WOF strips, sew end to end and cut {4} long strips 1.5″ x 51.5″

For the Borders cut:
–{6} 4.5″ x WOF Strips, sew end to end and cut {2} long strips 4.5″ x 59.5″ and {2} long strips 4.5″ x 64.5″

For the Pieced Backing cut:
– {4} 7.5″ x WOF strips, sew 2 pairs together to make {2} long strips 7.5″ x 88″, trim to 7.5″ x 81″

Backing Fabric Cutting Instructions:

Cut backing fabric into {2} pieces, one 12″ x 81″ and one 32″ x 81″

Binding Fabric Cutting Instructions:

Cut {7} strips 2.25″ x WOF

Piecing Instructions:
{All seams allowances = scant 1/4″}

Use the set aside pieces leftover from cutting the layer cake ( 2″ x 5.5″ and 2″ x 3.5″).  Make sure not to use the pieces set aside for the pieced backing. 

With right sides together, sew together {2} 2″ x 3.5″ pieces, press seams open.  Repeat until all pairs are sew together.  You will have 10 units.  Repeat for the 2″ x 5.5″ strips.

Trim all 20 of the strip sets to 3.5″ x 3.5″ blocks.  These units will be piece C.

This is the block layout.

Begin by sewing the A/B/C strip section section together with the 1.5″ x 3.5″ white strips.  Piece 1/2 of the C blocks with the seam running horizontally as pictured and 1/2 with the seam running vertically as pictured.  Press all seams away from the white strips.  The completed strip sets will measure 3.5″ x 12.5″ and will be referred to as A/B/C strip set.

Sew together pieces D and E along with the 1.5″ x 5.5″ white strip.  Press seams away from the white.  These strip sets will be 5.5″ x 8.5″ and will be referred to as D/E strip set. 

Sew together pieces F and G with the 1.5″ x 2.5″ white strip.  Press seams away from the white strip.  The strip unit will measure 2.5″ x 8.5″ and will be referred to as F/G strip set.

Sew together a D/E strip set, an F/G strip set, piece H, and the two 1.5″ x 8.5″ white strips.  Press all seams away from the white strips.  These strips sets will measure 8.5″ x 12.5″.

Now sew together the strip set you just completed, the A/B/C strip set, and the 1.5″ x 12.5″ white strip.  Press away from the white.  These will be your completed blocks and will measure 12.5″ square.

Arrange the quilt blocks 4 blocks by 5 blocks, orienting the blocks randomly as you go.

Sew together the top row using 4 blocks and 3 sashing strips 1.5″ x 12.5″.  Press seams away from the white fabric.  Continue with the remaining rows. 

Sew together the completed rows using the 1.5″ x 51.5″ long sashing.  Press away from the white fabric.  Add borders–Left and Right sides first, Top and Bottom second.  Your quilt top is now finished and we are ready to piece the backing.

Pieced Backing:
Sew together all the 2″ x 10″ and 3″ x 10″ extra layer cake strips into a long strip approx. 10″ x 81″.  Sew a white backing strip onto the left and right of the pieced section.  And finally, sew a backing print piece to the right and left of the white pieces.  Trim up the backing if needed.

You are now ready to sandwich your quilt top/batting/backing, baste, quilt and bind.  I opted to straight-line machine quilt my quilt.

You now have one fabulous 59″ x 72″ quilt with an equally snazzy pieced backing.

I hope that you have a great time making this quilt!  And I’d love to see you over at my blog. =)

Corey Yoder
{Little Miss Shabby}



Corey Yoder

Author and Blogger at Little Miss Shabby
I am a quilty mom of two girls and wife to one great husband.In my spare time I enjoying playing with fabric in the form of quilts and quilt design.I hope you like my blog and stop by again. My first book, Playful Petals, was published Spring 2014 by C&T Publishing. My work has also been featured in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, McCall's Quick Quilts, Fons& Porter's Love of Quilting, and QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks.

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