All you need to begin is:
- 10 in. layer cake of 42 squares, various colors
- 10 in. layer cake of background fabric, all the same color. (Option: 2 – 10 in. layer cakes of background grunge fabric. They normally come 20 squares in a packet, so you’ll need at least 2 packages. I then purchased another fatquarter so that I had a total of 42 squares.)
- Your choice of any 10 in. Cake Mix Recipe from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.
You can see above, that I chose to use a Tula Pink layer cake…lots of bold colors, paired with a Moda grunge that was very neutral.
Don’t forget to decrease your stitch length. I lowered mine to 1.60. This makes the paper easy to perforate when you pull it off. If you’ve ever used Thangles in a past life, this will all seem familiar.
But here’s where it gets relaxing.
Friends, you do not have to worry about perfection, except to follow the lines. Your paper can be slightly off center. If you’ve ever used layer cakes you know that no two manufacturers cut them exactly the same way, so they never exactly match up. But it doesn’t matter. You have a good 1/2 – 3/4 of an inch all the way around as excess. It all gets trimmed off. Just get it close to layered correctly and don’t worry. Follow the arrows, sew on the dotted lines, cut on the solid lines. That’s it!
When cutting, if you have a rotating cutting mat, that really helps, so I would recommend using one. But here’s another little tip: Use one of these clover rollers instead of pressing with an iron.
I fell in love with this little baby a while ago when I was making 1/2 in. half square triangles. Yeah. 1/2 inch. Try pressing that. Anyway, the tool works best when you are pressing only one seam open…perfect for this task, and any half square triangles.
I don’t have to think much. I just sew sew sew.
Eventually, it all comes together. Just like everything else in life.
Mindfulness gets a lot of press these days.
But sometimes, over-thinking is over-rated.