February 09, 2015

Layers of Charm

A while back the Fat Quarter Shop contacted me about participating in their newest pattern release.  Well, duh. I said yes! Layers of Charm uses one layer cake and one charm pack.  Hence the name :). After much debate a layer cake of Pedal Pushers by Lauren & Jessi Jung was my final decision, paired with a charm of Kona white. The line is just happy. Everything about it brings a smile to my face. If you would like to make your own head over to the You Tube video, here, to find out how.  


The past couple of weeks the weather has not been cooperative. The view form my window right now looks more like a snow globe. 48 inches of white fluffy snow plus epic wind gusts is not ideal photo conditions. Neither is inside, but it's the best option right now. Sadly, the photograph doesn't do all these pretty fabrics justice. 


The ease and simplicity of the pattern makes it a good afternoon project. All you have to do is sew from corner to corner across the charm square and the block is done. If you hate waste like me, then sew another line a half inch from the center for a bonus HST. Arrange the blocks and sew the rows together. The backing is pieced using white strips and leftover squares. I do enjoy pieced backing for a couple reasons. One, it adds a bit of pizzaz to the quilt. Two, it uses up extra fabric from the same line and reduces scraps. For the quilting an all over stipple pattern with aqua thread did the trick. 



With the additional HSTs birthed two decorative pillows. Some backing was made into binding for these two and hand-stitched the tops for additional decorative flair. If you absolutely hate scraps this was a great little extra. From each quilt you can get an additional 36 - 4 inch HST after trimming.  


What layer cake would you use to make this quilt? Have one already with no project in mind, I highly recommend this pattern :) 

-Patch & Chels

25 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I completely missed the extra HST trick. Your pillows are perfect.

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  2. The fabrics you chose are so lovely together and very much your style! I don't usually buy precuts, and if I do I lean toward fat quarters, but this looks like a fun make.

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  3. So cute! I love your pieced backing and coordinating pillows.

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  4. Beautiful, Chelsea! Love how your matching pillows turned out : )

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  5. Looks lovely - great choice in fabric! Love the cushions!

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  6. Great pattern. Shows off the fabric SO well. I love how you used the leftovers for cute little matching pillows too.

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  7. such bright, cheerful colors =) I really like what you did with the pieced backing! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love making pillows too...great use of your scraps from the quilt.

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  9. Beautiful job! and I love the coordinating pillows. Great use of those leftover HST. What a fantastic baby quilt this would make.

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  10. I love how cheerful your quilt is! I would use Tanya Whelen Roses of some kind or other!

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  11. Love the pillows and how you used up the extra hst's!

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  12. This is so cute and OH NO to SO MUCH snow! That is insane! Your pictures still are pretty fabulous and those pillows are UBER cute!!! I have all of mine saved and am thinking a mini or a pillow, but can't decide! I really love what you did with yours!

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  13. Such a beautiful finish, Chelsea! Sounds like an easy and fun pattern to use. Love your cushions made from the extra hst's! Cute, cute, cute!

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  14. Beautiful quilt and lovely bonus pillows to match...Perfect.

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  15. I love your pieced backing and cute pillows!!

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  16. I love that you made two cushions! My favourite is the one with the navy binding.

    Great idea to use the leftover squares on the back too! Why didn't I think of that?!

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  17. A wonderful quilt with matching pillows! I would have chosen the Airmail Layer Cake to make this pattern, together with a solid grey/charcoal charm pack.

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  18. Love your version of this quilt. I'd been hunting the internet for a layer cake pattern and I think this fits the bill. Very clever use of the scrap to make adorable pillows.

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  19. The binding on your pillows is absolutely charming! They make the pillows just pop! I have a pile of layer cakes I could use, but I' really like to make one with Ashton Road with various bright charm squares.

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  20. Very sweet, I love all of the soft prints! Great looking pillows too. I made my extra HST's from my quilt, but they are still sitting in a baggie.

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  21. Love yooy Quilt & Pillows! Awesome!!

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  22. I love how you did your backing, and those pillows are adorable. I had a difficult time photographing these fabrics even outdoors with no snow. I think your pics look great and I love this quilt!

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  23. I think I like the two bonus cushions as much as the quilt. Is that wrong?

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  24. Oh this is beautiful, and I love the extra cushions/pillows too

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  25. You picked a great layer cake. I love the colors in your quilt. I'll have to look through mine to see what I have... I know I've picked through mine and used some pieces for various scrap projects. Maybe I could use the Mixed Bag layer cake by Moda. :-)

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