Opposites Attract (aka Alford Inn Quilt)

1 Old Glory Gatherings Layer Cake
1 Old Glory Gatherings Jelly Roll
3/4 yd. binding fabric
 5 yd. backing fabric

 Layer Cake:
Trim 1 1/8″ off two adjoining sides of each layer cake piece to make an 8 7/8″ square. (Careful: cut adjoining sides or you will end up with a rectangle!)

Make 18 sets of 2 complimentary layer cakes 8 7/8″ squares, placing right sides together. On the lighter of the 2 cakes, draw a diagonal line with your ruler, creating two triangles. ( 5 layer cake pieces will be leftover.)

Sew 1/4″ down each side of the drawn line. Cut down the diagonal line to make two half square triangles from each square.  Press the 1/2 square triangles open, with seam allowances to the darker side.

Jelly Roll:
From Each jelly roll strip, cut 4 pieces:
     2 – 8 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
     2 – 12 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Cut carefully – there is very little waste.

Match the coordinating cut jelly roll strips with each set of the 8 1/2″ half square triangles that you made. First, sew the 8 1/2″ strips on the sides of the coordinating block. (Opposite colors attached to each other.) Press seam allowance away from the block to reduce bulk.

Then sew the 12 1/2″ strips on the top and bottom, as in the picture below.

 Make 35 blocks.
Lay then out 5 by 7 in any fashion that is appealing to your eye.

This makes a 60″ x 84″quilt.

Other size options:

72″ x 84″: 6 x 7 – block layout
                42 – completed blocks
                2 fat quarters for additional squares and jelly roll strips.
                3/4 yd. binding fabric
                5 yd. backing fabric

96″ x 120″: 10 x 8 – block layout
                  80 – completed blocks
                  Requires an additional layer cake and jelly roll to complete 80 blocks.
                  1 yd. binding fabric
                  8.5 yd. backing fabric


Cindy Alford


Old Glory Quilt

Hello quilting friends! We are Quilted Works and we are so excited to be sharing our very first Moda Bake Shop project! Today we are sharing with you a fast and easy tutorial for creating hour glass blocks using a Layer Cake. We had so much fun creating this quilt and know that you will all love it.

(Old Glory Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings)

  • 2 Layer Cakes
  • 1/2 Yard Inner Border – 1040-39G (RED)
  • 1 3/4 Yard Outer Border – 1077-19 (BLUE)
  • 5 3/4 Yards Backing Fabric
  • 3/4 Yard Binding – 1040-43G (NAVY)

Begin by separating the Layer Cakes into LIGHTS (all the beiges) and DARKS (all the reds & blues)

Select one DARK and one LIGHT fabric square and place them with right sides together.  Pin all sides.


Sew 1/4″ seam around the entire 10″ square. When you come within 1/4″ from the corner, simply leave your needle down, and pivot the fabric to continue sewing around the square.

Your entire square will be sewn closed. Repeat with the remaining Layer Cake squares – sewing one DARK and LIGHT together. (Image below shows the 1/4″ stitching all around.)

Next we will be cutting the squares into 8 pieces. Place your square onto the cutting board. Do not reposition your square after making any of the cuts. First, cut diagonally both ways (from corner to corner), then cut vertically and horizontally at 5″.

Press each piece towards the dark fabric.

This is what your pieces will look like:

Mix up all your pieces and then re-pair them together with one BLUE piece and one RED piece.

Match the center of them together, pin, and sew 1/4″ seam. 

Now you have a finished “Hour Glass” block! It should measure 6 1/4″ and will end up being 5 3/4″ finished.

Repeat this process until you have created all the hour glass blocks.

Now we are ready to start laying out our blocks and forming rows. Make sure to rotate every other block 90°. Arrange the blocks until you are happy with the color placements.

Sew together in rows, making sure to pin well so that everything is lined up perfectly.

This quilt is 11 blocks across and 13 rows down.

Attach the borders.
INNER Border: cut 7 – 2″ strips from the RED fabric. Attach sides first, then top and bottom.
OUTER border: cut 7 – 6 1/2″ strips from the BLUE fabric. Attach sides first, then top and bottom.

Baste, Quilt and Bind your quilt as desired!


Finished Quilt Size is approximately 81″ x 92″.

We hope that you’ll come visit us at www.quiltedworks.com.  If you create a quilt using this tutorial, we would love to see it – be sure to link up to the Flickr Group here. Kits for this Moda Bake Shop project can be purchased on our website and will be eligible for free U.S. shipping! We have loved sharing our first project with you and hope to have many more to share.

Quilted Works