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

Sunburst Melody: Sneak Peek

Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are doing well.  I am in the “to be affected by Sandy one way or another” area.  We have had about 12 hours of non-stop rain.  When I think of Sandy, I don’t think of the massive gigantic airflow pattern that is potentially destructive.  Instead, I think of my friend Sandy the artist who has the sweetest disposition!  Click here to view Sandy’s work.

This is a picture I took last Thursday showing the calm and the sun before the sky turned consistently cloudier…

A bit of sunshine would be really welcomed right about now, but it doesn’t look like the rain is going to let up any.  I suppose a sneak peek of my Sunburst Melody will have to do! :) [Yeah, I know – pretty cheesy and lame!] Sorry for the VERY limited view of the quilt, but I don’t want to spoil it for you until the quilt is officially featured.  You really don’t want to know how many hours of sleep I got in the last 48 hours in order to get Sunburst Melody shipped out before the wind really hits us.  The fabrics are from Riley Blake’s Hello Sunshine, Good Life, and Basic Shades.  Click on the names to see the full range of the fabric collections.

Thanks for stopping by – I hope everyone has a safe week!  I have more recently featured quilts to share with you.  Stay tuned.