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    Default LAYER CAKE Quilt Top

    Hello Ladies

    This seems like a super easy quilt top idea (wonder if anybody has done this before LOL) ... sew a bunch of layer cake pieces together, put a border and backing on it and call it good. Thought maybe of tying it instead of quilting ?

    Could it really be that easy ?? I hope so ... I just finished a king sized quilt and it's got more wrong with it than right and I would like something easy this time!

    My husband actually suggested this; his idea is of putting a white block in the center with a 'pot of flowers' of sorts ... applique is my vision ... surrounded by pastel (not a fan) or at least (light colored) blocks colored to match the colors in the flowers. I think it's a tremendous idea, I love it. He has a lot of good ideas.

    I just want to know how many layer cakes I need to make a good sized queen, enough to hang down the sides good. Math and me are like oil and water ... I HATE trying to figure this stuff out. Something always gets left out

    Thanks a bunch in advance .... sure appreciate any input.

    Sincerely your quilting friend ... Steff
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    Default Re: LAYER CAKE Quilt Top


    This in K. McEuen's user notes:

    Layer Cakes
    A standard layer cake has 42 pieces of 10 inch fabric.

    How Many
    Twin Size 1
    Queen Size 2
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    Default Re: LAYER CAKE Quilt Top

    If you use 2 and have a border, it should hang down well
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    Depending on how far you want it to hang down the sides, you might consider getting 3 layer cakes to be safe.

    An 8 by 10 layout will be about 76" by 95"

    and a 9 by 9 will be about 85" square. That doesn't leave a lot of overhang unless you are planning on wide borders.
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    Steff - Here is a handy bedding size chart published by Moda:
    http://www.unitednotions.com/measurements-bedding.pdf


    Whatever size you choose to make, here is how I’d do the math: finished size of square is 9.5”, so
    9.5 x #of squares in the row = finished row size.
    9.5 x #of squares in the column = finished column size
    This is size before any boarders. It depends how much drape you want to have.
    You could also get layer cake and some complementary yardage (hello stash building!)
    (I didn’t take into account your center white applique square.) I think tying it will make it nice and drape-y. I’ve never done it myself but I like the look.
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    There's a chart with lots info @ Useful facts and figures about quilting. Maybe that will help. "B"
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    WOW ... Thanks to everyone

    I knew I could count on you. I am very excited to get started on this project.

    Now to find that 'perfect' set of colors ... I think I like Kaufman's "dusty palette". Never used that brand, usually Moda or Marcus.

    Anyway ... Thanks guys! Luv ya!
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    (2) If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get.

    Husband Jack teaches me regularly :
    (1) If you don't know what to say, don't say anything.

    Just a little something to think about today.

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    Hey Stephanie, and Welcome! Here's a chart from MSQC that is printable and helped me tremendously in the beginnning:

    Missouri Star Quilt Co. Precut Fabric Infographic & Printable!

    Quick cheat sheet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RookieQuilter View Post
    WOW ... Thanks to everyone

    I knew I could count on you. I am very excited to get started on this project.

    Now to find that 'perfect' set of colors ... I think I like Kaufman's "dusty palette". Never used that brand, usually Moda or Marcus.

    Anyway ... Thanks guys! Luv ya!
    I LOVE Kaufman fabrics - great quality! That's a pretty bundle. The quilt is easy and very forgiving. If your blocks are a tad off, you can cut them down a little smaller w/o ruining the overall design. If that happens, just make a larger border or add another one.

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