A few weeks ago my mother-in-law handed me this book from the shop to review.
Big Blocks, Big Quilts by Suzanne McNeill has 11 patterns all using layer cakes. Disclaimer: I’m not a huge pre-cuts fan.
I mean you are
never going to like every single fabric in a pre cut layer cake and I want to
pick out my own fabric. I may be sold on
pre-cuts now and here’s why.
I made Wee Play Rainbow from a Tonga Treats layer cake. I loved it! It was super fast and easy, and I think using a layer cake pushed me to use fabrics I wouldn’t normally pick out on my own.
The book itself is a good resource. The instructions for making a mitered border were really good, and there was a whole section on just basics like using a rotary cutter and layering a quilt. I enjoyed reading through some of the basics, reminding myself not to iron but to press. It would also be great for someone just starting to quilt as a reference book with some good patterns as a bonus. The author also included a few tips for sorting your layer cake.
|I had to include this one to show off Linus is and my new couch!|
I ended up pairing lights and darks in the quilt I made and I’ll share my own tip on sorting the two. When I think I have my lights and darks figured out I lay them out on the floor at night* alternating between the two like a checkerboard. Then I turn off the light in my sewing room but leave a light on somewhere down the hall. In the dark you can only see value and not color helping you better decipher the lights from the darks.
There's a couple of more quilts in this book I really love, like Cranberry Wishes and Fresh Squeezed. Hmm...I might need to go shopping for some more layer cakes this weekend.