Friday, May 10, 2013

Layer Cake Quilt


Here is a peek at the latest quilt top I’m working on.  Last Saturday there was a quilting retreat at a local lodge, I went to this one last year but decided not to go this year.  A quilt shop called Fabriculous  from Swan River, MB set up shop at the retreat and I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to shop for fabric!  I picked up this great Layer Cake called Serenade by Kate Spain and found a pattern on Moda Bake Shop that I thought would work for this collection.  I had some Kona Snow for background in my stash so cut right into it!  :)


If you read the pattern at Moda Bake Shop there is quite a debate on pressing your seams open in the comment section, worth reading for entertainment value as the quilt police were in full force!  I pressed my seams to the dark fabric because I like the look of my printed fabrics raised up from the background fabric and don’t like to see dark fabric seam allowances showing behind the lighter background fabric. It has nothing to do with making a stronger seam because that in my opinion is false.  I will press my seams open if I’m sewing two fabric that are the same to make it look like one piece.  In my opinion, if you want a super strong seam then quilt on the high side of the ditch and that seam will never open because your quilting thought both fabrics….just like side seams on jeans!  :)

I have 5 blocks done and hope to get the remaining 7 finished this weekend. I like the secondary pattern that this created when you put these blocks together. 


I hope everyone has a nice Mother’s Day weekend.  I received some flowers from my guys already :)



  1. I am with you on the pressing of the seams.

  2. Pressing seams open is fine for garment construction sewing but for quilting, I still prefer the seams to one side.

  3. So pretty... this line looks great in that block!

  4. Wow - I would probalby never buy that selection of fabrics - but it looks GREAT in your blocks. It is going to look fantastic when you are finished. And then your fabulous quilting on top - can't wait to see it :-)

  5. This looks like a fun quilt top! Love it! Happy Mother's Day!

  6. I think I love every Kate Spain line. I have some of her Christmas fabric, and I can't part with them. I love where you going with this quilt.

  7. The rose is a beautiful color. Happy
    mothers day Kathy.