On the first Monday of every month, we invite a guest quilter to come and join us on our blog to try out one of Jenny’s tried and true tutorials and of course, put their own little spin on it! Whether it’s the fabrics they use or a new tip, we’re always excited to see how it turns out! For June’s Tutorial Reboot, we welcome Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft to join us! We hope you enjoy her take on the Double Slice Quilt! #tutorialreboot
Hello Missouri Star Quilt Peeps! I’m Heather from The Sewing Loft.
On the average day I’m in one of two places; I’m either behind my machine or behind my keyboard. When I’m not stitching up a storm, I’m sharing sewing tips and tricks on my blog. One of my latest passions is using up every last scrap. That’s right, I’m a scrapaholic.
I think that’s why I love Jenny’s Double Slice Layer Cake tutorial so much. With just a few quick passes of the rotary cutter you are well on your way to creating a random scrappy pattern.
To make my quilt I used Mojito by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics as my main focal fabric and because I just love the soft, tactile feel of Cuddle, I mixed in a few extra squares for good measure. Banana, Aruba, and Jade.
Cuddle is a specialty fabric that is knit based and has a directional pile. Normally, I would pay close attention to the direction of the pile but since I knew each block would be turned in all different ways, I didn’t sweat it. Instead, I just jumped right in and decided it would be a fun textural factor on the final quilt.
If you’ve never worked with Cuddle before, here are a few of my favorite tips to ensure your project is a success.
After watching the video you can see that from start to finish this is going to be fun. Thank goodness the cutting went super fast because with each pass of my rotary cutter I began to get more and more excited.
The bursts of color were like a visual rush of sugary eye candy. Seriously, I could hardly wait to get stitching on this one. Just look at all those yummy colors stacked together.
When it comes to matching fabrics, this double slice technique really takes the pressure off! Just grab your favorite layer cake, rotary cutter and get set to slice and go. You can see that I layered the cuddle squares into my fabric stack. Then it was all about the chain piecing. With each stitch I could see this was gonna be good.
The quilt top really comes together in a flash and is the perfect weekend project.
I pretty much love everything about this quilt but the random placement of colors and patterns makes my scrapaholic heart sing.
Here are a few additional fav’s for me:
- Super fast cutting (who wants to spend time cutting when we all just want to sew!)
- NO pins!! This is big for me because I like to just put the pedal to the metal.
- Scrappy outlook.
- Touch-ablity factor! All I want to do now is veg out on the couch and pet it!!
P.S. Don’t forget to label your work! This is so much easier than you think.
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