A Little High, A Little Low Quilt



1 Layer Cake {BEST. DAY. EVER! by April Rosenthal}

3 yards background + inner border fabric

2 yards outer border + binding fabric*

*I matched my binding to my outer border.  If you want to use a different print or a solid, you will need ½ yard of binding fabric.



From background fabric, cut:

(24) 10″ squares

(8)  2½” x width of  fabric (WOF) strips, sewn together end-to-end and subcut into (2) 54½” x 2½” strips and (2) 76½” x 2½” strips. This is your inner border.

From outer border fabric, cut:

(8) 5½” x WOF strips, sewn together end-to-end and subcut into (2) 58½” x 5½” strips and (2) 86½” x 5½” strips


Draw a diagonal line through each of your background squares. Place a background square on top of one of your layer cake squares, right sides together.


Sew a ¼” seam on both sides of the marked line.


Cut apart on the line.


Open up your squares and press toward print.  Square up to 9″.


Cut into four equal strips of 2¼”.


Repeat with remaining squares.  Make sure you cut them all the same way or you will end up with this problem.  Some of your spikes will be going the wrong way.  Whoops!


I like to place my spikes in piles according to size.  Then I mix and match the different size spikes in descending order.  Sew your block together.  Repeat with remaining 23 blocks.


Set these blocks into rows of six.  Make eight rows.


Sew rows together alternating the direction of the spikes.



Sew the two 54½” background strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. Sew the two 76½” background strips to the sides of your quilt. Press.


Sew the two 58½” border strips to the top and bottom of your quilt. Sew the two 86½” border strips to the sides of your quilt. Press.

Sandwich, quilt as desired, bind and enjoy!




One 69″x 87″ twin size quilt good for your favorite daughter’s bed.

Emily Bailey


11 comments on “A Little High, A Little Low Quilt

  1. What a great use of a layer cake! Thanks 🙂

  2. Suzanne says:

    I don’t know what made you cut that HST into strips but it’s an amazing way to get a new look. Thanks!

  3. Lynn says:

    Looks like a version of Bonnie Hunters “Scrappy Mountain Majesties”

  4. CruiseFan says:

    The first look at this made me say “WOW – what a great design for a kid’s bed”.
    Any colorful contrast fabric works for that. That’s so cool.
    I think I keep that in mind for a smaller version like a baby-size.
    Thanks for sharing.
    and: hey- the print button works!!!! Good job – Moda people!

  5. Sylvia says:

    What a great idea and how inspiring. Really like this.

  6. Scorpie says:

    Thank you so much for the great tutorial. I have a ton of dotted fabrics that I think would look terrific for this pattern.

  7. Dianne Brown says:

    Woh!!!! Can’t wait to do this one !!! Awesome

  8. Very fun! I love it when I find something new, it makes it a “Best Day Ever!” … Cut the HST into strips? Brilliant! Thanks!
    The saying “Best Day Ever!” is one I use all the time, but I had no idea what I wanted to do with the fabric, now I know!

  9. Jane Beatty says:

    I like this design and plan on making the quilt, but I’m confused about the size. I think the blocks finish to 7″ x 9″, so the sizes you give for the horizontal borders don’t work. What am I missing?

  10. Debbie says:

    Dumb question, but it says it uses a layer cake, but the background fabric only needs 24 squares. Do you only use 24 of the layer cake squares then?

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