I finally get to share what I've been making with those neat mathematical prints: the new Layers of Charm quilt pattern from Fat Quarter Shop!
This is a fun lap size quilt that comes together quickly with a layer cake and a few charm squares, and one that has become really special to me because of the recipient I had in mind when I chose my fabrics. I was immediately drawn to Sweetwater's Elementary collection, in part because I used to be a math teacher and love a great math print, but even more so because I had been wanting to make a quilt to thank someone who has become a very special part of our son's adoption story, and that someone special also happens to have a career writing math books!
For the past five months, we've been fortunate to have a local breast milk donor sharing with us so we can supplement our son's diet with the really good stuff. Though I've been humbled and grateful since day one of her generous offer to provide milk for his first year, as winter has ground on and all kinds of bugs have come home from school with our older kids, my gratitude has skyrocketed for the extra protection he's been receiving. Every single time my husband and I cradle him in our arms for a bottle, her gift is helping our son stay healthy and grow strong, and we will always be thankful for her important role in his life. Thus I can't think of a more perfect title for this quilt than "Infinite Gratitude."
We found our donor through Eats on Feets, an international network that facilitates community breastmilk sharing. Their logo is a heart with two tiny footprints, so I did a little improv of it in one of the corners of the quilt... as you can see, my longarm skills have a ways to grow, but it's a subtle nod to the reason I wanted to honor the recipient for her incredible kindness and generosity.
If you'd love to make one of these fun layer cake quilts, pop over to Fat Quarter Shop's blog to find some inspiration from the other hop participants, and download the free pattern. It comes with fabric requirements and directions for five sizes, ranging from a table runner to king size quilt (I made the lap size).
And as always, FQS has a video tutorial to teach you the pattern - they make it so easy!
P.S. In case you're like me and have made a million projects that result in a stack of triangle scraps you wish you could use for another project but that are a pain to piece on the bias, here's a little time saver I figured out while piecing my Layers of Charm top.
At the start of the piecing directions, right after chain piecing the charm squares to the layer cake squares, hop over a 1/2" from your first seam and sew a parallel line. Then cut between the two seams, resulting in the Layers of Charm blocks you'll need for the quilt top, and a nice stack of HSTs all ready to be pressed and made into a coordinating project! After piecing the lap size quilt, I had 36 extra HSTs and was able to piece two 15" squares that I'll make into throw pillows to gift along with my quilt : )