These sweet thread-spool blocks are a piece of cake to make! 🍰 (+ giveaway!)

We are “sew” excited to be a part of Peta Peace’s mega-big, mega-fun, 28-stop (!) blog tour for her new book A Piece of Cake!

Peta challenged one of us at Martingale to create a little something from her book. I was totally up for the challenge—mainly because when I saw Peta’s Modern Spools quilt, it was love at first stitch:

Modern Spools quilt
Modern Spools

I decided to make a mini version of the quilt to share with you today. I had chosen a Layer Cake to use, but because this pattern is so versatile—and I heard some happy leftover Jelly Roll strips calling out to me!—I decided to try Jelly Roll strips in place of the Layer Cake squares. Here’s how my little quilt turned out:



Straight-line spiral quilting and scrappy binding, which I can never resist.

I love my sweet little spools! A Layer Cake for the centers of the spools works great, but the space allows for scrappier spools too (if, like me, you prefer the scrappier side of life).

Peta’s book is full of fun Layer Cake quilts to make—here are a few of my other favorites:

A Piece of Cake Layer Cake quilt
A Piece of Cake: slice your Layer Cake squares just like a piece of sheet cake, and in no time you’ll have a beautiful quilt to show off!

Square Peg in a Round Hole Layer Cake quilt
Square Peg in a Round Hole: I love the play on angles and curves in this quilt. Learn a cool reverse-appliqué technique from Peta to set the plus signs on the hot-pink background fabric.

Wrapped in Love Layer Cake quilt
Wrapped in Love: this quilt is so sweet and simple—who wouldn’t love to own it? Make it as a baby quilt, a wall quilt, or a “just because” gift for someone you love.

Check out what people on Instagram are making from A Piece of Cake—and see many more versions of Peta’s quilts on her blog tour! Find the tour schedule at the end of this post.

A Piece of CakeTo celebrate Peta’s BIG tour, we’re giving away a copy of A Piece of Cake to one lucky winner today! To enter to win, tell us:

How many Layer Cake bundles do you think you could create from your stash (there are typically forty 10″ squares per bundle)?

  • 1 to 5 bundles
  • 6 to 10 bundles
  • SEW MANY BUNDLES!

Share your answer in the comments—we’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you can’t wait to start playing with your Layer Cakes (or Jelly Roll leftovers!), you can order A Piece of Cake at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.

Thanks for letting us be a part of your tour, Peta! Visit these blogs for more fun from A Piece of Cake:

August 14: Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane

August 15: Jemima of Tied with a Ribbon

August 16: Samantha of Aqua Paisley Studio

August 17: Andy of A Bright Corner

August 18: Kirsty of Bonjour Quilts

August 19: Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

August 20: Alison of Cotton Factory

August 21: Carrie of Moda Fabrics

August 22: Nadra of Ellis and Higgs

August 23: Angie of Gnome Angel

August 24: Tara of Tara Sews

August 25: Jules of The Creative Retreat

August 26: Kristyne of Pretty by Hand

August 27: Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop

August 28: Lissa of Moda Lissa

August 29: Amy of Diary of a Quilter

August 30: Kerry of Kid Giddy and Cat of Hello from Cat on Instagram

August 31: Jane of Modern Makers Retreat

September 1: Kate of Never Enough Hours

September 2: Jodie of Vintage Ric Rac

September 3: Sharon of Patches Indooroopilly (in store and online!)

September 4: Amanda of Material Girl Quilts

September 5: Amber of A Little Bit Biased

September 6: Xanthe of Wife-Made

September 7: Rachel of Family Ever After

September 8: Jenny of Martingale’s Stitch This! blog (that’s us!)

September 9: Amy of Nana Company

September 10: Peta of She Quilts A Lot

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