Sunburst Melody in SWEET LAYER CAKES by Annie’s

Quick public announcements before I proceed with today’s post…

#1.  Annie’s is having a 50% sale on online classes.  Just thought I would share that with you in case you are thinking about signing up for my “Learn to Machine Quilt” online class.

#2.  A special note to dear reader Kathy Buicks — my emails to you keep bouncing back!!  Do you have a new email address I can use?



Hello Friends!  It’s wonderful to have you visit again!  Today I am sharing with you my Sunburst Melody quilt that is featured in Annie’s recently released Sweet Layer Cakes book.  I thought a little bit of sunburst is in order since we have been having rain for the last few days, and we are supposed to have rain the rest of the week.


This is a happy quilt, to be sure!  It was fun making the blocks in different happy colors!  I incorporated a few black/gray blocks as contrast to the other happy colored blocks, and as a reflection of how my life is.  The presence of the occasional dark moments in my life makes me appreciative of the sweeter and happier moments.

More importantly, I know my life is refined by those “sanctioned by God” dark moments mixed in with the happier moments.


This quilt uses Riley Blake’s Shades 10″ Stackers, and Riley Blake yardages from Good Life, and Hello Sunshine collection.  Click on the names to see the full range of fabrics.  Incidentally, Riley Blake’s Shades fabrics are some of my favorite solid/mottled fabrics!


The construction of my sunburst blocks involves paper-piecing (sunburst part) and curve piecing (quarter circle part).  I found that with that many seams on the sunburst part, it was easier to curve piece the quarter circles by hand.  I seem to have more control that way.  Just thought I would throw that in for those who will be attempting the project.



This quilted is pieced and quilted entirely using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads.  The batting I used is Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  Quilting was kept to quilting in the ditches because I felt like quilting on the sunbursts would prove to be a little distracting.  I just wanted the sunbursts to pop as they are.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you liked my Sunburst Melody — and here is to sunburst wherever you are!



I will catch up with you later!


My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Sunburst Melody” – click on project names for more information:

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play, to be posted

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist, to be posted

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

12 thoughts on “Sunburst Melody in SWEET LAYER CAKES by Annie’s

  1. I am always ‘blown away’ by the variety in your quilt ideas!! I sometimes think I’m stuck in a rut (of course, I don’t have quite the demands for quilts that you do!!!). My final thought on this one is I really like it and can see so many variations. Our day started out bright and sunny but by noon clouds of sadness descended with the news of the passing of my quilting buddy of 39 yrs. Not expected and still processing………..I know that the Son is still shining above any earthly clouds!…….

  2. You are a busy woman! I am hosting a layer cake quiltalong right now. Not so fancy as yours, but fun. It is called Super Stars. I am gradually learning the value of those precuts.

  3. Love this quilt! You hand pieced the quarter circles? This would make a great tutorial for those of us who have not tried this.

    Beautiful sunset photography too!!

  4. What a beautiful and thoughtful quilt! I like what you said about your life being “refined by those “sanctioned by God” dark moments mixed in with the happier moments.” :)

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