Hi again, it's Molly Culley with another quick and easy throw quilt. When I saw the Domestic Bliss line, it was love at first sight. Pinks, aquas, plums...what's not to like? Another reason I was smitten with this line is how it looks so vintage, yet modern. The quilt design is clean and simple, and really lets the fabrics shine, with a hint of texture and embellishment with the ruffled solids.
One Layer Cake
One Jelly Roll
4 yards backing fabric
1. Choose 36 layer cake squares for the front of your quilt, and set aside the remaining 6 for the pieced back. Lay them out in a pleasing arrangement.
2. Unroll your jelly roll and set aside 6 strips for your binding. Next, we will need 5 strips for the ruffled/pleated solids, so go ahead and unroll those. Take the first one, and fold it in half lengthwise so the selvedges are touching. Cut the strip on the fold so you have 2- 2.5"x21" pieces. Now, cut each strip in half width-wise so you now have 4- 1.25" by 21" strips. Do the same to the remaining 4 jelly roll strips. You will need 18 ruffle strips that measure 1.25" by 21".
3. Using a coordinating thread color, stitch a 1/4" seam on either side of each solid strip. This will slow any fraying during daily use and laundry days.
4. Your next step is to choose the squares you want your ruffles on. I chose three alternating squares from each row, and also changed the direction of the ruffles for each row.
5. Using the 18 solid strips, either ruffle or pleat them using your favorite method. I chose to fold the strip as I sewed it onto the layer cake square to make pleats. The photo above shows an example of my pleating method. I just used my fingers to tuck the fabric under the presser foot, but you could also use a ruffler foot or a gathering stitch to make traditional ruffles. I also didn't put my ruffle exactly in the middle of the square each time...I didn't want each block to be the same.
6. Once the ruffles/pleats are sewn onto your layer cake squares, sew over the 1/4" stitch lines on the edges of the solids so they lay nicer on your quilt once it's washed. I learned this the hard way...it's much easier to do this with the individual squares, rather than wrestling the whole quilt into the machine again.
7. Join your squares into rows, then sew the rows together into a 6x6 block layout.
8. For your pieced back, sew together the 6 layer cake squares set aside earlier, and piece them into your backing fabric.
9. Baste, quilt and bind. I quilted mine in an all-over meander with a variegated thread. Use the 6 solid jelly roll strips you set aside earlier to make your binding. Enjoy your gorgeous new quilt!
A throw quilt that measures 57" square.
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