Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Layer Cake Block Two with Vickie Eapen

I am thrilled to see what you are all doing with block one!  Love it!  Let's see what you do with block two!

Bringing us Block Two is Vickie Eapen.  You may know her blog, Spun Sugar Quilts.  Yes, that Vickie!  I can't imagine that you haven't seen her blog, but if you haven't, it's worth your time to go check it out.  Right now she is part of a blog hop that is posting holiday cookie recipes among other things.  Her Andes Mint Cookies for Today sound so good I may have to break out my cookie sheets.  I will attempt cookies on occasion though that's sometimes as far as my cooking goes. 

Okay, I know you are anxious, so here's Vickie --

Hi I am Vickie Eapen. I live Ohio but born and raised in Iowa. I have 2 daughters and one fabulous husband who allows me to indulge in quilting and designing as often as possible. My career is dentistry. I have been practicing full time for over 10 years. I have never been very good with idle hands, sewing, quilting, knitting and crafting help satisfy the need to be doing something.

I started sewing when I was 8 years old. I made my first quilt/doll quilt when I was about 10. I still have that quilt. Over the years I have done cross stitch, crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, stamping, rug hooking and quilting.

I started blogging about 5 years ago to journal my knitting projects. Fast forward to January 2009, when I found Moda Bakeshop, I started designing simple projects. Now I have projects in Quilts n More, Quiltmaker and many others coming soon.

I am excited to design a block for the quilt along. I participated in the jelly roll quilt along and found it to be an excellent way for me to keep up with a block along.

I can’t wait to see the combinations everyone creates with this.

Thanks Vickie!

CLICK HERE for the instructions to Block Two.

Here's a picture of Vickie's block:

And here's the block I made:

I have been wondering if I should have switched the stripe print with the leaf print.  I think once it is joined with the other blocks it won't make much of a difference. 

NOTE:  Each of these blocks will be have a 1" frame (cut 1-1/2") in the accent fabric.  Then there will be a 2" (2-1/2" cut) sashing including a sashed border.  Then there will be a border from the accent fabric, then the large border.  The sashing will actually be cut from your layer cake.  I was noticing that I had a strip leftover from this block -- so I trimmed it to 2-1/2" and will be saving it for the sashing -- or to use in another block.  After we get a few more blocks finished, I will show you more of how this will work.

So what happens next? 

Well, any pictures posted in the flickr group by tonight will be entered into the first drawing.  About 10 ish tonight (Mountain Time) I will post my Block One.  All blocks BEFORE mine are those entered into the first drawing.  They will mostly be block one, but there will also be a few speedsters who will get block two posted.  It doesn't matter which block - just the one's posted before mine.  If you post your block AFTER mine, then it will be entered into the next drawing. 

What's up for grabs this time?

Well, you might be interested to know that Vickie is feeling pretty generous.  She is giving away a Layer Cake of Simple Abundance! 

And I have two patterns.  So there will be three prizes again this time!

Happy quilting!


Irina said...

Lovely design!
I'll see what fabric I might use now...

mhorne said...

Where is the spinning star paper pattern that is noted in the directions?

Caro said...

Great design. Would love a chance to win the layer cake too.

QuilterB said...

Love this design. Does anyone else see 2 fish? This would be a wonderful block for a children's quilt in blues and greens.

GigiQuilts said...

I love the design. Now it's on to deciding on my fabrics to use. So fun!!

Michele said...

Looks like fun! I can't wait to get started!

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

Good question about the spinning star paper. I thought it would be easier to find. I found two links that will at least show you what it is. This is what the paper actually looks like:


Here is what the packaging looks like. You will need the 3" finished size for this block:


Hope that helps!

Karen said...

So hang on to our scraps?
Or should we reuse some of the scraps in blocks? It looks like there was a bit of fabric overlap in block 1 and block 2.

Beginning quilter here :)

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I really like this block and loved her Halloween version.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

This reminded me of an old block so went with a 2/color. An Old Dusty Rose dark/med. print with muslin - love it. I love blocks with lots of HSTs. Block went together very easily and quickly - already posted.

Gene Black said...

Ooh, I have to get my block completed and posted. I love Simple Abundance.

Julie said...

Thangles work well for half-square triangles too and they seem to be available in most quilt shops.

Marta said...

Nice design and nice giveaway.
Will love to win the layer cake.

Coisas da Laura said...

I would l.o.v.e. to win one of these prizes!!!

Pam said...

You can find a free version of the half-square template here: http://www.blockcentral.com/a-halfsquaretrianglepaper.shtml (choose the 3" size).

Lee Ann L. said...

oh boy. This is going to be a challenge for me. More triangles! LOL. But, the using the paper pattern (thanks Pam for the free link!) should make it easy.

I'll get started on it soon.

Thanksgiving (USA) is just around the corner and I'd like for it to be done before I leave to head on home for the holidays. :-D

Unknown said...

Great block, Vickie! I want to win this layer cake! :-)

Cori said...

Thank you for the giveaway. Great block.

Linda said...

Liking this series of blocks. Liking Simple Abundance even more...hope I win!

Cathy said...

I see two fish in this block. I have to wait to Friday to piece this. Looks like fun.

Cindi said...

Wow! Glad I found you. The Quilt Along looks like fun. I'll have to pull out a Layer Cake!

Lee Ann L. said...

That free version of the template won't work for me as I can't print the actual size. I don't really want to pay more money to get a spinning star paper pattern or Thangles. I'm going to have to do some figuring and thinking.

Maybe I can make my own paper patterns based off the real one?

If I do, I'll have to practice using scrap fabrics because I don't want to mess up the layer cake fabric. I know have have some old scrapbook paper that might work.

I haven't made a whole lot of triangles in quilting. This is really outside my level of experience. I'm up to the challenge -- just scared to death. LOL. :-)

Julie said...

You don't have to use star paper or Thangles. She gives instructions on how to make half-square triangles right in the quilt block instructions. Layer two 4-inch squares, mark a line down the middle from corner to corner, stitch 1/4" on each side of the line, and then cut on the line. If you google, you'll be able to find tutorials with pictures. It's really easy though!

Gene Black said...

I used the Accuquilt GO cutter for my triangles and it made it sew easy!
I didn't read the directions well so I have only 3 fabrics in mine. I like it that way and it could even have been only two fabrics.

Cathy said...

Great design. Can;t wait to try it. I missed the deadline for the first drawing, dang!!

Off to pick my colors and try not to make a huge mess! :)


Kd Brown said...

I just hopped over from the Mistletoe Make & Bake Blog Hop. I would LOVE a layer cake to go with my cookies and milk! Thank you for adding my name to your generous giveaway. ~Kathleen

Lee Ann L. said...

@Julie: Thanks! Upon my first brief examination of the instructions, the alternate instructions for the HST completely slipped past my eyes!

I'll be practicing with that technique before I even attempt it with the layer cake fabric!

This is going to be good for me. I keep telling myself that. LOL. :-)

Irina said...

I'm working on my blocks and it was a bit difficult to choose the right fabric. I didn't find the instructions as easy as Gene's, but that's probably me being a beginner... I'm spoilt by those tutorials with photos of each step...!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Just uploaded my block, thanks for a great pattern. I only used 3 colors.