It was my lucky day when I stumbled onto two picture tutorials from Trish at Notes of Sincerity for an "easy square in square in square block".With a little tweaking I found that 2 layers cakes (42 pieces each) can make this beautiful quilt and there is little waste. The quilt has 30 blocks.
(30) of these will be your starting center - leave at 5"x5"
(60) of these will be cut on the diagonal to and make the smaller middle round
(leftovers: 1 layer piece and a few 5" squares)
Follow Trish's first tutorial here for the first two rounds - and trim your blocks to 7.5" as she recommends. Her second tutorial here is how she ends up with an unfinished 10.5" square.
The only thing I did different than Trish was to cut my 60 outside pieces to 9"x 9" instead of 7.5". Then its just the same technique as the first two rounds: cut on the diagonal and attach to the 7.5" block. When finished, trim to 13" x 13".
And that's it. With a little prior thought on what fabric you want in the center and on the larger outside areas - 2 layer cakes works nicely.
I am not compensated by anyone for my supplies but do enjoy Green Fairy Quilts for reasonable pre-cuts - which is where I got these Kate Spain beauties. Whether it is Trish's way with scraps or this way with layer cakes - the final result is pretty sweet.
Yes, I lost (or wasted) an inch trimming down to a 9"x 9" on that last piece - but when I used the whole 10" square for the final round it was too big & unbalanced.
Grand Canal by Kate Spain / Moda / #grandcanalfabric
Aurifil 50wt. # 5007, #2000
Warm & White batting
Minky dimple dot / vanilla
Notes of Sincerity / Square in a Square Tutorial
Green Fairy Quilts / layer cakes
Size: 60" x 75"