Blissful Confection


I’m feeling a little scrappy, how about you? I love using layer cakes to achieve a quick lap size quilt without the fuss of collecting a bunch of different fabrics. One layer cake, a couple borders, and voila! All the look I love of a scrappy quilt, with just a portion of the work. This will look great with any fabric line, but will especially shine with lines that have larger prints, like Bliss. Remember to be scrappy, have fun with it, and enjoy!

1 Bliss layer cake
1/2 yard: 1st border
1-1/4 yards: 2nd border
4 yards: backing
2/3 yard: binding          

Begin by separating the squares into 4 piles, one for each of the cutting instructions that follow. Make sure you have a nice mix of each color in each of the piles.

Cut 8 cakes into 8″ squares.

Trim 14 cakes into 9 pieces each (3″ squares).

Trim 10 cakes into a 5-1/2″ strip and a 3″ strip. Cut each of these strips into a 5-1/2″ segment and a 3″ segment.

Cut the last 10 cakes into a 3″ strip and a 5-1/2″ strip. Cut the 3″ strip into 3 squares 3″ x 3″. Cut the 5-1/2″ strip into a 5-1/2″ square and a 3″ segment.

Cut the first border fabric into 6 strips 2-1/2″ wide.

Cut the large border fabric into 7 strips 5-1/2″ wide.

Separate all of the cut pieces into piles for each size. Feel free to mix the colors within each pile (or you can do my favorite thing – shake up each pile in a paper bag – one for each size)

* You do not need to do anything with the 8″ squares. Set these aside for now until you layout the quilt top.

For block 2, randomly select three 3″ squares. Sew these together in a chain. Make 42 chained units.

Sew 3 chained units together, creating a block. Make 14.

For block 3, sew a 3″ x 5-1/2″ segment onto a 5-1/2″ square. Remember it’s random! Make 10 of these block halves.

Stitch a 3″ square on the end of a 3″ x 5-1/2″ segment. Make 10.

Pair the two block halves together matching seams. You should now have 10 of these blocks.

Block 4 will begin by sewing a 3″ x 5-1/2″ segment onto a 5-1/2″ square. Make 10 of these groupings.

Once again, randomly pick three 3″ squares and piece them together in a chain. Make 10 chains.

Sew the two units together to create the last 10 blocks.

Layout the top, twisting and turning the blocks as you go.

Add the borders. Then quilt, bind, and enjoy!

One nice lap sized quilt finishing 59″ x 67″. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. For more ideas like this one, stop on over at my blog {rubybluequilts.blogspot.com}. I’d love to see what you’re working on and to show you what else I have been up to. Also, I’m having a little giveaway at the moment so stop by and enter to win!

Rebecca Silbaugh
Ruby Blue Quilting Studio

Charmed Living Runner


Hi all! I’m Rebecca Silbaugh from Ruby Blue Quilting Studio. I’m pleased to introduce you to my Charmed Living Runner design. This is my first project for the Moda Bake Shop (Thanks Moda!) and I could be more excited to share it with you. It’s a great project to make for you or as a gift. With the variety of charm packs available, you can make this out of any fabric and it will look spectacular. Also included are optional applique instructions. Feel free to change the applique to suit your fabrics or leave it out entirely.

I hope you enjoy this pattern and have as much fun making one as I have. For more information on who I am and what other patterns I have designed, please check out my blog at rubybluequilts.blogspot.com. Also, for wholesale inquiries or more information on where my patterns are sold, please e-mail me at RubyBlueQuilts@gmail.com.

* 1 Moda charm pack
* Backing – 3/4 Yard
* Binding – 1/4 Yard

If you decide to add an applique embellishment to your table runner you will need:
* 16″ square scrap for the flower petals
* 4″ square scrap for the large flower center
* 2″ x 4″ scrap for the small flower center
* 6″ square scrap for the leaves
* 1 Yard Green 1/2″ ricrac for flower stems
* Threads to match

Begin by separating each of the charm squares into piles. There will be a pile for each piece that will need to be cut. This is a good planning step to make sure you distribute the colors.

You will need one pile with 3 squares, one with 18 squares, one with 11 squares, and one with 8 squares. Keep in mind it might be helpful to use smaller prints in the pile with 11 squares since they will be cut the smallest.

Cut each of the 3 squares from the first pile into 4 equal 2-1/2″ squares.

Trim the next 18 squares to 5″ x 4-1/2″ pieces. Re-trim each of these into 2 pieces measuring 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

Cut the next 11 squares into 9 pieces, 1-1/2″ square each.

Cut last 8 squares into 2 pieces each: 1-1/2″ x 5″ and 3-1/2″ x 5″. All of these pieces will be used in the borders. Set them aside for now.

Pair together two 1-1/2″ squares at random, designating one as a “light” and one as a “dark”. Make 48 pairs pressing the seam to the “dark”.

Match two of the pairs shown above. Offset the “darks” to create a scrappy four patch. Do this for all pairs, creating a total or 24 four patches.

Sew a 2-1/2″ square to the side of a four patch. Make 12.

Sew a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip along the bottom of each of the 12 units from above.

Stitch another 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ strip along the side of each block being made.

Sew each of the remaining four patches onto the end of a 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece. Make 12.

Sew the strip segment made above along the bottom of the block. Repeat this step for all 12 blocks. Each block should measure 6-1/2″ square.

Stitch all of the blocks together in a 3 x 4 setting, rotating blocks as you lay them out.

Pair each of the border pieces (set aside earlier). Alternate fabrics, designating one as the “dark” like we did making the four patches earlier. Four small pieces need to be “darks” and four of the bigger pieces need to be “darks”. Press seams toward the “darks”.

Alternate the small and large “dark” pieces by sewing 4 units together side to side. Make 2 borders. Each border should measure 4-1/2″ x 18-1/2″.

Stitch the borders along both ends of the runner. At this point you can choose to embellish the runner with applique or leave as is.

This is the same runner once the applique has been added.

Here’s a close up of the applique along the bordered edge of the runner. Now all that’s left is to quilt and bind! Quilt as elaborate or simple as you like (I usually “over-quilt” my table runners in case I want to set “stuff” on it. It seems to help the “stuff” from being wobbly. Less wiggle room!)

One table runner measuring 18″ x 32″, perfect for anyone! It’s so quick and easy I can promise you that once you’ve made one, you’ll want to make more! For color options of this pattern, please visit my blog at rubybluequilts.blogspot.com.

If you create one of these incredible table runners, please e-mail me at RubyBlueQuilts@gmail.com and I will post your picture on my blog! Thanks again and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!