Welcome to the Into the Woods Layer Cake Sampler Quilt challenge! I’m excited to get started with you on this project. We’ll be sharing a new block every other week for the next 20 weeks, and when the project is finished, you’ll have a gorgeous 72”x90” quilt to enjoy. To make the complete quilt, you’ll need 1 patterned layer cake and 1 solid white layer cake. We picked the Lil’ Red layer cake by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda fabrics for our patterned layer cake.
Today we’re going to work on a block that my 7-year-old has named the Chainsaw block, since she thinks it looks like a spinning saw. It’s actually a traditional quilt block pattern, as are all of the blocks in this project, just sized for easy use with a layer cake.
Supplies Needed for today’s block:
2 contrasting patterned layer cake squares and 2 background layer cake squares, made into half square triangles as described here.
- All seams are a scant ¼”.
- Align two half square triangles of the same pattern, so that the patterned triangles form a parallelogram as shown:
Make each of the remaining pairs of triangles for that pattern into parallelograms as well. You will have four parallelograms.
- Repeat step 1 with the half square triangles from the other pattern, so that you’ll have 8 finished parallelograms, four of each pattern.
- Align a parallelogram from each pattern, so that the shapes are parallel as shown.
Complete this step with each pair so that you have four identical blocks.
- Align two of the blocks from step 4, so that one square has the parallelograms running vertically, and one has the parallelograms running horizontally. Be sure that the colors match as shown.
Make a second identical block with the remaining two squares.
- Turn one of the finished blocks from step 5 upside down, then stitch the blocks together.
Your first block of the project is ready! Woo-hoo! The next block in our quilt along will be released in two weeks.