Whenever I use a layercake, I always seem to have a few leftover squares. I hate to toss them in the scrap bin because they are such an expensive cut of fabric so I usually lay them on the end of the ironing board and ignoret them.
During my last clear out, I decided to do something with them and get them out of the way!
I started with ten Daysail squares. First, I decided on a general layout I liked using nine of the squares.
Next, I sliced the squares 2.5" and then 5" from the bottom.
I cut a 2.5" square from a solid fabric and inserted it into the center strip 2.5" from the edge.
I then sewed it all back up together using a scant quarter inch and squared up the block. as large as I could. I think mine measured 9".
You end up with this cute little block. I made four of these blocks using all of the blue print squares.
The rest of my squares were striped fabrics. I could have made the same block but the stripes not matching would have drove me crazy so I had to come up with another plan for these.
I simply cut along one of the stripes and put in a strip of a solid fabric.
Once again, I just had to sew the pieces back up and square up the block to the same size as the blue blocks above.
The next step was to add some Kona Ash sashing. You can rotate the blocks into whatever configuration you like.
Then to add a bit more detail and make the quilt a bit larger, I added another Kona Navy and Ash border. This quilt took no time at all to make!
I quilted it with some simple swirls in a light gray thread.
A fun navy print for the backing and more Navy for the binding really gave the quilt a finished look.
I love how it turned out!
I used the same method to make a quilt from seven Airmail squares I had. I did have to dig in my stash and find one coordinating fabric for two of the squares. I think I used Kona Coal for the sashing this time.
I chose to not use the square insert on any of these fabrics as most were somewhat directional. Once again, I went with my favorite swirl quilting.
...and found some real fun prints for the backing!
Now I have two sweet little quilts just waiting for a special someone and a bit more room on my ironing board!
Do you have a favorite use for those leftover layercake squares?
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