Last weekend I worked hard to finish piecing my T quilt blocks from Quilt Camp. I used Moda Cake Mix Recipe #2 and stitched the T block - T for Terri, of course. Mom gave me the layer cake (Sew & Sew by Chloe's Closet) to use. I had 4 yards of dark gray Kona that I used for the background, and I bought yardage for the border and binding.
I thought I'd share some info and tips that we ladies at Quilt Camp discovered when working with the Moda Cake Mix Recipes:
** When pinning the paper to your layer cake squares, be sure to pin the corners so the fabric doesn't accidentally flip under and get stitched on where you don't want it to be stitched on.
** The instructions say to press to one side or the dark side, and that is good advice. However, when you decide which block layout you are going to use you may need to go back and press some pieces in the other direction if you want your seams to nest nicely together. You'll have to see what works best for you.
** You can experiment with block layouts by making several copies of the cover page of the Cake Mix Recipe and cutting out the block suggestions. Move the pieces around and play with different layouts. I actually scanned mine into the computer and cut and pasted images into a document and moved them around to see what I liked best.
** Do shorten your stitch length some but not too much. Too much will lead to too much thread build up. The main reason for shortening the stitch length is to perforate the paper so that it tears off easily.
Are you curious about what the inside of the Cake Mix Recipe package looks like? The middle picture is the paper that you stitch on, following the arrows. There are 45 sheets of paper included. The third picture is the inside cover. There are some directions inside and general ideas about how many blocks you can make, size options, layout options, sizes with sashing, etc. These are just ideas. You can use these however you like! It's a good idea to look for those great informative online videos before you start sewing for more helpful instruction.
You can see that I pieced my blocks together with no sashing, added a 2" border of the background fabric, then added a wider outside border.
These fabrics have such a fun vintage feel to them. I'm so happy I chose that particular print for the border. I like the secondary design that forms where the T blocks come together, too.
Even outdoor cats like to get involved with quilting when they can!
I hope seeing my quilt project has inspired you to sew this weekend! Don't be afraid to try something new like a Moda Cake Mix Recipe. I've really enjoyed seeing other people's Cake Mix Recipe projects for ideas/options/possibilities, especially on Instagram. Maybe you'll consider the T block for yourself! Have a great night, friends!
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I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!