Friday, October 27, 2017

Turning Time and Jack and Jill - Cake Mix Quilts

Considering this week is Quilt Market, I figured it only fitting to share 2 quilts that I made for Spring Market that somehow I missed sharing.   Ya know how things go ;)  Anyhow, I was fortunate enough last spring to be asked by my friends at Moda if I wanted to play with some of the new Moda Cake Mixes.  They had just released Cake Mixes 5, 6, 7, and 8 and I decided to play with 5, and 6.  And goodness did I have fun!!!

So let's start with Cake Mix Recipe 5 or as I like to call it . . .  Turning Time.   I absolutely love the way you can create 2 totally different look for the blocks, using the same units, but just changing the position of them.  Sew fun!!! 

I used a Sherri and Chelsi's  Creekside Layer Cake with a few pieces added in from Desert Bloom for a little more scrappy goodness.   And I just love that you can have the scrappy within each blocks colored layout, it really makes the blocks just pop!!! 

 If you have never used a Cake Mix before, they are papers that you lay on top of your 10" square set and then simply sew on the dotted lines and then cut on the solid lines.  You get all the pieces you need to make your Cake Mix Quilt and because you sewed on the lines you get perfect units every time with no trimming needed ;)

And as you can see from this quilt, the design possibilities are endless!!!  I had so much fun mixing around my HST's and 2 Patches to come up with something super bold and geometric that has so much wonderful movement and secondary designs that pop out non stop ;)  Eeekk, I just love it!!

When it came time to quilt it, I decided on an all over echoed paisley design (Video Free Motion Quilting Tutorial Here ) as I really wanted to the piecing to stand out.   It blends into the background just perfectly creating lots of beautiful texture without distracting from the piecing.  Just perfect for the purpose of this quilt ;) 

And just in case you want to make up your own Turning Time quilt, I have included the Block Layouts that I used from Cake Mix Recipe 5  .  You will use all 45 sheets and need to grab a few 10" print squares from a second layer cake as they come with 42 ;)   Just look on the front of the Cake Mix and you will be using Block 4 Sets, just watch this diagram as the placement of the prints and solids change.   And you will have a few extra 2 patches that you can use to make a cute matching pillow to go with your quilt!!! 

Turning Time finishes at 75" x 75" so it is just perfect to snuggle up in and enjoy a good book ;)  I had so much fun playing with the design of this quilt and making it up and hope you will have just as much fun making your own!!! 

And that leads us onto Cake Mix Recipe 6 or as I have named it . . . Jack and Jill   Which is an absolutely adorably sized baby blanket, perfect for a special little wee one!!!   And mine is done "All Boy", but just change the greens out for pinks, and you can put a bow on it for "All Girl".  (Hence Jack and Jill ;)  

I used Sweetwater's Authentic line for this quilt which really played up all 4 different blocks in the quilt.   The color placement was key to really make this design pop and Authentic was just perfect!!!

I just love tiny patchwork and having the Cake Mix to make that tiny patchwork perfect was so helpful for making this quilt up quick!!!  Each of those blocks finish at 6" square and with lots of happy points, perfect patchwork is super great and makes it so fun :)

When it came time to quilt it I had to laugh because I used my 402 Pearl thinking it would blend well into the whites and pop on the blacks, but nope, it just blended perfectly into everything.   Seriously, I could barely see where I was quilting half the time ;)  Not that you can see them, but there are all over swirls quilted in this, that makes for some wonderfully snugly good texture. 

And just in case you want to make up your own Jack and Jill quilt for a special little one, I have again, included the Block Layouts that I used from Cake Mix Recipe 6.    You will use all 25 sheets as each finished sheet makes 2 blocks ;)   Just look on the front of the Cake Mix and you will be using Block 1, 2, 4, and 5 in the design, and refer below to how I used the colors tor really make the design pop.  

Jack and Jill finishes at 42" x 42" , a perfect baby size quilt for playing on the floor or snuggling up tight in ;)  And again, I had so much fun playing with all of the fun blocks in this quilt and then watching them all come together into one adorable little quilt.   I hope you just love it and enjoy making your own "All Boy" or even "All Girl" version of Jack and Jill!!!   

And those are my two quilts that I made for Spring Market, just sharing in time for Fall ;)   Yippee!!!  I hope you have enjoyed this post and if you make either Turning Time or Jack and Jill I would love to see it!!!  You can email me a picture at or add it to social media with #happyquiltingmc ;)    I can't wait to see your  Cake Mix Quilts!!!
Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!

Linking up to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Myra's :)  

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  1. Thanks for the info on the Cake Mixes. They sound very intriguing!

  2. Gorgeous quilts. I really like the Authentic one!

  3. Love seeing what you made. I've been thinking of trying one of those cake mixes. How was it taking the papers off?

    1. Taking the papers off is really easy. I just set my stitch length a little shorter and they tear out easy :)

  4. These are incredible and amazing. I love the quilts

  5. Beautiful, beautiful quilts! Wonderful blocks and fabric colors in each!


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