Behind the scenes - Simple Slice

I have a few "Super Beginner" patterns out & I love how fast they come together. 

This one - Simple Slice - uses either a Charm Pack for a baby size or a Layer Cake for a throw.  
I wanted to keep it simple, so someone who hasn't made any quilts before feels comfortable with the process & also so it would be great to show off fabrics with!
There are many big prints lately.... I hate cutting them all up & want to show off how lovely they are!

I toyed around with a few ways to make this one without very much cutting, trimming, or frustration.
For my test version, I pulled 42 charms (all from the same line, but multiples of some prints & it's not the whole line) from my stash & went to town!

I didn't want to use white since there's lots of low volume & white prints, but I wanted to keep this one all within my stash.... so some of the prints blend slightly with background I chose, but Kona Ice Frappe turned out SO cute here!

Since I wanted to keep it from my stash as much as possible, I pulled a random print for the backing.
I didn't piece it, so you can get away with 1 1/4 yard for the backing if you're doing the quilting yourself!  As you can see, there is not 4" overage.  
But if you're careful & baste well, you should be good to go.

I chose diagonal lines going through each square for this one - you can't go wrong with those!

I also made a throw version with a Layer Cake.
Neither one uses much yardage & both go so quickly!  I forgot to take pictures during the construction for both of these, since it seemed like I started & and then boom, done!

This one is a bit larger (since it uses 10" squares) so I opted to long arm it. 
I rent time on a Janome Quilt Pro 18 from a local shop once a week & usually manage two smaller quilts or one twin/full while I'm there.

See how those larger prints don't get lost?? And the smaller prints read as solids from farther away, but they're a nice, cute surprise once you're snuggling under them.

And, as always, more eye candy below!
Thanks for stopping by!
x Stephanie

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