Who doesn’t love cake?  When the options for this blog hop appeared, I immediately plumped for the cake!  This is a lovely, easy block that can be easily simplified if you are in a hurry!  #CBH2021

Requirements:

Top cake – (2) 5 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ for cake

                 (1) 5 1/2″ x 1″ for filling (to eliminate the filling, then use (1) 5 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)

Middle cake – (2) 7 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ for cake

                      (1) 7 1/2″ x 1″ for filling (to eliminate the filling, cut (1) 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)

Bottom cake – (2) 9 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ for cake

                       (1) 9 1/2″ x 1″ for filling (to eliminate the filling, cut (1) 9 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)

Plate – (1) 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Background – (2) 3″ x 3 1/2″

                      (2) 2″ x 3 1/2″

                      (2) 1″ x 3 1/2″

                      (2) 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

                      (2) 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

                      (2) 12 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

I chose to use some lovely ombre by Andover called Inferno.  I chose these because I hoped the shading from dark to light would help give the suggestion of a shadow on the left and so dimension – I also liked how the print could help mimic some gorgeous icing!  I also cut the filling from the centre of each ‘cake’ fabric knowing they would co-ordinate beautifully.  From bottom to top, the three shades I chose are called Sunflower, Primrose and Imperial.   Here they are in their full glory:

I have included these photos so you can see where I have cut my sections – for the bottom two cakes I cut the cakes from the darkest section and the filling from the centre, the top cake was cut closer to the centre and the filling from a darker part.  If you chose to use an ombre like this, you can cut the filling from the very middle of the strip by folding the strip in half and, on the double cut 4 3/4″ for the bottom cake, 3 3/4″ for the middle cake and 2 3/4″ for the top cake.

To assemble:

Draw a diagonal line on the back of the (2) 1 1/2″ squares of background fabric

Set these right sides together on the 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ plate fabric – on the right side like this:

and on the left like this:

Sew on the drawn line and cut off the excess

and press – I prefer to press a stitch and flip seam like this open.

Arrange your cakes:

This is particularly important if using an ombre like this or a directional fabric.

Sew each cake together and press – I pressed towards the cake fabric to give a tiny bit more dimension.

Now use the (2) 1″ x 3 1/2″, (2) 2″ x 3 1/2″ and (2) 3″ x 3 1/2″ background fabrics by sewing them to either side of the cakes

The 1″ width pieces go either side of the bottom cake, the 2″ pieces either side of the middle cake and the 3″ pieces either side of the top cake.  Sew and press.

Arrange the cakes and plate and sew

and press.

Sew the (2) 10 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background strips to either side

press, and the sew the (2) 12 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background strips to top and bottom

and press.  Et voilá, the block is complete!  It is very easy to adapt – as mentioned earlier, the icing can be eliminated and just one piece of fabric used for each cake.  If you chose to do that, you can add a little zhuzh by using ribbon, ricrac or lace for the icing.

I have chosen to make my block into a cushion by adding 3 1/2″ strips to all four sides using a gorgeous baking themed fabric from a range called Rolling Pin by Figo Fabrics.  Strangely enough, I had already chosen my cake fabrics before picking this – I was delighted that they co-ordinated so well!

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