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Friday, May 8, 2020

Safe Keeping Sew Along ~ Part Four

Here we are....the final week of my Safe Keeping Sew along.  Week four?  Already?  These weeks seem to have flown by.

Our block this week is another favorite of mine....Cake Stand.
I adored this block long before I became a quilter.  There's something about a basket block that I just love.  Can't think of a version I don't like.
Cake Stand fabrics are from my New Circa Essentials and Bess' Flower Garden collections.
Let's get started....

Cutting Instructions for Cake Stand block

From the light print

Cut (1) 3 1/4" sq for large Half Square Triangle
Cut (1) 2 7/8" square - crosscut once diagonally
Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for the small Half Square Triangles
Cut (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles
Cut (1) 1 1/2" square

From red print

Cut (2) 2 1/4" squares for small Half Square Triangles

From black print

Cut (1) 3 1/4" square for large Half Square Triangle
Cut (1) 1 7/8" square - crosscut once diagonally


1).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (2) 2 1/4" light print squares.  Match with (2) 2 1/4" red print squares.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (4) Half Square Triangles to measure 1 1/2" unfinished.

2).  Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (1) 3 1/4" light print square.  Match with (1) 3 1/4" black print square.  Sew 1/4" each side of the drawn line.  Cut apart and press to the dark.  Trim (1) Half Square Triangle to measure 2 1/2" unfinished.  Save the remaining HST for another project.

3).  Using the (2) light print rectangles and the (2) black print triangles (previously cut once diagonally,) sew the triangles to the rectangles exactly as shown; press to the rectangle.

4).  Arrange the units for the block as shown.  Sew the small Half Square Triangle units to the large Half Square Triangles first.  Then, sew the rectangles to the HST unit, followed by the light print triangle at the bottom of the basket.  
Your Cake Stand block should measure 4 1/2" square.
Safe Keeping Runner 
Here's what you've been making!  I separated my blocks with (3) 1" x 4 1/2" strips.  I auditioned the black and light prints but chose red strips for my quilt.  You should audition fabrics for your strips, too.  Red seemed to work the best for me for the binding as well.  Cut (2) 1 7/8" x WOF binding strips.

Do you like it?  Oh, I hope you love your scrappy little runner!
These little runners seem to work well in numerous places in my house.  
This antique spool cabinet is right next to my favorite family room chair.  After awhile, I get tired of looking at the same 'ol quilt and like to change things up.  Easy to do with a little runner like this.  
You can move them all over the house...even the kitchen near the stove.  

I hand quilted my runner because I love hand quilting.  You can easily machine quilt this baby, too.  I would love to see your Safe Keeping runner when completed.  Please post to your favorite social media using hashtag #SafeKeepingRunner 
That way, we can all see them anytime!  

It is my pleasure to bring fun, little projects for your stitching pleasure as a big, giant THANK YOU for all you do for me!!!! Please know how I appreciate your support, patronage of my business, emails, blog, Instagram and Facebook comments.  You keep me in business to be able to keep doing what I love, and hopefully what you love, too!  Thank you, thank you!
My next Quilt Archaeology kick-off will be May 22nd.  

In the meantime, did you know my friends at Red Crinoline Quilts are about to start a series of Monthly Mini Mystery quilts??  YES!!!  They don't often do mini's, so I intend to get them all!  The first mini is coming Monday, May 11th.  Check out the details here.

As we begin another weekend, stay safe and create at home.
I sincerely hope this sew along has brightened your day.  I'd love to read a comment from you.

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram and Facebook for behind-the-scenes posts that don't appear here on the blog.  

Be well, my friends....keep on stitching!


  1. So cute! I plan to make my blocks 6" and make a runner for my kitchen island. I am using a more modern palette with bright orange, yellow green and a background with lots of small colorful modern designs on it. Thanks for such a cute mini project. I am using it for an in between of the table toppers I am making for DD's August wedding. 13 done, 9 to go!

  2. Just perfect for so many little nooks! Thank you, Pam, for an enjoyable sew along!

  3. Thank you for the adorable runner. I will cut block 4 tomorrow. I sew a lot these days...and Circa 1880 is definitely on my radar and a great journey...158 and counting up. They are so cute after they are squared and thank you for the ruler to square them....stay safe everyone.

  4. I haven't been able to follow along, between mask making and birthday quilt commitments, but it is a very sweet little runner.
    Recently I saw a version of your Christmas SAL that was posted on a Facebook group and it reminded me how much I wanted to make that one. I spent time yesterday copying all of the instructions for it. There are so many of your little quilts in your book that I want to get sewing on, too--and not enough time. You'd think I'd have more quilting time with all of this "Stay Safe, Stay Home" going on.

  5. I love this little runner Pam, I like to change my around the house to, this one found a home for the time being on the side of my jelly cupboard. Thank's for the fun!!

  6. Working on finishing mine. Thank you for this adorable little quilt along.