Greetings! I’m Julie Geiger, owner of Prairie Point Junction Quilt Shop in Cozad, Nebraska. I love all things Sweetwater so as soon as I saw this line, I knew I had to create something to show it off.
Reunion was such a fun name for this fabric collection. It got me doing a little reminiscing of my own.
Instead of family reunions though, the fabric made me think of high-school reunions. Once I had that on my mind, I had to go dig out my collection of high-school yearbooks and take a little trip down memory lane.
As I was looking at the rows and rows of class photos, I could see rows and rows of layer cake squares lined up just the same way. Then the perfect name for my quilt popped in my mind – Class Reunion! I picked the year ’42 since the quilt is made with 42 squares from a layer cake.
A special shout-out goes to Cozad’s Wilson Public Library for allowing me to photograph my quilt on their shelves and borrow some color-coordinated yearbooks for my props. Just one of the many blessings of small-town life.
Glad you could take a minute to humor me and listen to my little quilt-naming tangent. Now let’s dive in and sew!
1 Reunion Layer Cake (42 squares 10″ x 10″)
1 fat quarter OR 1/3 yard of your favorite print for extra blocks
2 yards American Blue Bella Solid for sashing and binding (9900-174)
5 yards print for backing
Quilt Finished Size: 57 1/2″ x 80″
Begin by cutting two 10″ squares from your favorite fat quarter (or 1/3 yard cut).
Add these two squares to your layer cake for a total of 44 squares.
Choose 30 of the 10″ layer cake squares to use for the large blocks in your quilt. Set aside for later.
Leave the pinked edge on the top and bottom sides of the 10″ square. If you trim if off, your rectangle will be too short.
You should now have four layers of fabric. Be sure to keep the edges aligned. If you don’t keep the edges carefully lined up, you’ll have a bow or dip in your strips.
Trim off the selvedge edges of the fabric. I cut part of the way down the fabric and then carefully scoot the fabric down to finish cutting the length of the strip.
Cut six 2 1/2″ wide segments lengthwise. Due to the way the fabric is folded, this will yield a total of twelve strips 2 1/2″ x the LENGTH of the fabric. The strips will be 2 1/2″ x 72″ long.
Eight of the strips will be used for sashing. The remaining four strips will be used for binding.
Trim the eight sashing strips to 2 1/2″ x 57 1/2″.
Leave the remaining four strips 2 1/2″ x 72″.
Maybe you were one of those girls in school who had your own sense of style . . .
Try out this versatile quilt in any of your favorite layer cakes for a change of pace.
Shown below is Curio by Basic Grey.
This quilt works great too in the La Petite Ecole line by French General. The Alphabet Panel was the perfect size for trimming to 10″ squares for use in some of the large blocks.
Like what you see? We have kits in the shop at www.prairiepointjunction.com so that you can recreate the look of any of colorways pictured above.
Thanks for taking time to sew with me.