I have known Peta from She Quilts a Lot for a few years now, and when she told me she was writing a book, I was thrilled for her. So I am very happy to be taking part in the blog tour to help celebrate the release!
A Piece of Cake – Sweet & Simple Quilts from Layer Cake Squares is Peta’s debut book, and I’m sure it will be the first of many. The book has 14 new patterns, including quilts, mini quilts, cushions, and table runners, and all of them can be made with layer cake (10”) squares.
The release coincided nicely with my Mum asking for a new quilt in aqua/turquoise, and I knew I wanted to make something from the book for her. I have to admit, I skipped past this quilt when I first glanced at it, as the fabrics aren’t really me, and I thought it looked a bit…’traditional’ (*ducks*). But then I realised that it is just HSTs (half square triangles), and I knew it was perfect.
This is Delight, and I am absolutely, well, delighted with it. Peta’s patterns are always well written, with excellent directions and diagrams to walk you through construction, and the book is no exception.
I didn’t actually use a layer cake for this one, I just cut 10” squares from the aqua shelf of my stash, and tried to make sure I had enough contrast for the pattern to really pop.
The quilt came together beautifully, and because Peta has written the pressing directions so that every seam nests, it’s the flattest and squarest quilt I’ve ever made, and (almost) all of my points match. (I can’t stress it enough – when a pattern designer tells you which direction to press things, it’s for a reason, and it took time to figure out what works best for the pattern, so I highly recommend following their instructions!)
I’ve backed it with a flannel sheet (my current favourite thing for quilt backing), and quilted it simply to keep it nice and soft.
Side note – Peta ever so politely suggested that my photos are….less than excellent (she is right), and kindly offered (*cough* insisted) to come and take some for me, which is why these are much better than usual!
The book has plenty of projects to suit all skill levels, is beautifully presented, and I will definitely be making more from it. In fact, I have two more Delight quilts in progress!
To see more projects from the book, check out the #apieceofcakebook tag on Instagram, and visit the quilters below to see their projects on the blog tour!
14 Aug Sedef – Down Grapevine Lane
15 Aug Jemima – Tied with a Ribbon
16 Aug Samantha – Aqua Paisley Studio
17 Aug Andy – A Bright Corner
18 Aug Kirsty – Bonjour Quilts
19 Aug Lisa – A Spoonful of Sugar Designs
20 Aug Alison – Cotton Factory
21 Aug Carrie – Moda Fabrics
22 Aug Nadra – Ellis and Higgs
23 Aug Angie – Gnome Angel
24 Aug Tara – Tara Sews (That’s me!)
25 Aug Jules – The Creative Retreat
26 Aug Kristyne – Pretty by Hand
27 Aug Kimberly – Fat Quarter Shop
28 Aug Lissa – Moda Lissa
29 Aug Amy – Diary of a Quilter
31 Aug Jane – Modern Makers Retreat
1 Sept Kate – Never Enough Hours
2 Sept Jodie – Vintage Ric Rac
3 Sept Sharon – Patches Indooroopilly (in store & online!)
4 Sept Amanda – Material Girl Quilts
5 Sept Amber – A Little Bit Biased
6 Sept Xanthe – Wife Made
7 Sept Rachel – Family Ever After
8 Sept Jenny – Martingale
9 Sept Amy – Nana Company
10 Sept Peta – She Quilts A Lot