I wanted to make a comfy quilt with my 16-year-old niece as a fun project when she was in town. The last quilt we made was when she was 8 years old, and the rainbow princess style fabric just wasn’t her thing any more. When I passed this layer cake at my quilt shop, I knew I’d found Anna’s new quilt. This is a very easy quilt to make — it had to be since Anna hasn’t sewn a lot — and she is thrilled with the result. The finished quilt measures 54×63.
1 Layer cake OR 42 10″ squares of your choice (I used Mixologie by Studio M for Moda)
3 yards of fabric for the backing
1/2 yard of fabric for the binding
- Sort your layer cake squares into 21 pairs, keeping colors and patterns different in each pair.
- With a fabric marking pen (a regular pencil works, too!), mark a diagonal line from the top left corner to the bottom right corner on the lighter square from each of the pairs.
- Sew 1/4″ away from the line you drew, first on one side of the line and then the other. It’s easiest do this by lining up your line with the side of your presser foot. If it’s a little more than 1/4″ because your presser foot is a little bit wider, that’s okay; just be consistent throughout all the squares!
- Cut along the marked line, between the two lines of stitching. You will now have two squares, each made up of two triangles of different fabric.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the remaining 20 pairs of squares.
- It’s time to lay out your quilt. This quilt look was achieved by making pinwheels from the completed squares. You want each of the squares to have their points going toward the middle, as shown here:
To complete the layout of the quilt, you’ll want to make 7 rows of 6 squares each, which means that you’ll have 3 rows of 3 pinwheels each, with 6 squares leftover to make the bottom row.
- Once you’ve finished laying out the quilt, and are happy with which squares are touching each there, it’s time to sew together the squares to make each of the 7 rows.
- When each row has been completed, you can add it to the previous row to finish assembling the quilt top.
- Layer with backing and batting, then quilt and as desired. Check out Anna doing the quilting all on her own. She had fun “drawing” all sorts of things on her quilt with the machine.