So I know I usually post these first thing in the morning, but I have been working on these finishing instructions all day -- actually all week because I got the quilt made, quilted (not bound yet), but photographed!
I think Gari made an appropriate comment that this Layer Cake being a little more of a challenge than the Jelly Roll Quilt Along. I think some of this was because I didn't include any background fabric, so we used every inch of fabric in the layer cake. This creates design issues because sometimes you have to work with what you have, and it isn't exactly what you were initially thinking.
I would love to hear your thoughts, good and bad, about the quilt along over all. I am curious if those who used the fat quarter bundle had the same issues as those who used fat quarters. I am looking forward to doing another quilt along and right now I am going three directions: 1) doing another jelly roll QA, 2) doing a fat quarter QA, or 3) do a mini block QA using scraps or maybe charms or even a layer cake. I think a layer cake would be oodles of fabric for a smaller block. So I would love to know what you think.
Anyway -- on to finishing this quilt!
I changed what I was doing with this quilt many times because the layer cake didn't go as far as I thought. Here's my quilt:
I like the way it turned out. My blocks seemed a little wild, but I think they really came together. (Sorry the picture has a light spot.)
You are welcome to use my finishing instructions or use the layout of your choice. Check out the Jelly Roll Quilt Along flickr group for some pictures of alternate layouts. I don't have directions for the creative layouts quilter's cam up with, but there's some fun ideas for you there.