2018 Tea Party Block of the Month: January Cake Stand

Welcome to my 2018 Tea Party Block of the Month (BOM). Each month will offer a new block in a single page pdf pattern. This is a great way to use up those special fabrics you've been hoarding - a Scrap Buster!

Here is a sneak peek at a few of them:

Selection of Tea Party Blocks
For some reason I used various sized background squares (can't remember why; this was 13 years ago!) I suggest you begin with 10-1/2" squares so that when you're finished, you can always stitch them together without a lot of the "acrobatics" I will have to perform with my various sized ones! You can always trim them down should you desire smaller ones.

BACKGROUND FABRIC: enough for twelve (12) 10-1/2" squares. Some fabrics will yield four squares per width; some will only yield three. You may wish to buy extra yardage to make repeat blocks. I also suggest you not cut all your background squares at this time; you may wish to combine a few blocks in one unit. I do not have a finished quilt in mind, so no advice on supporting fabric amounts for sashing, borders, etc. Will keep you posted on where my own blocks take me!

The original blocks were made into a beautiful quilt which was stolen with a suitcase of 30 other quilts in 2005. They originated from a G Street Fabrics (Rockville, MD) BOM in the mid 1990s, but I lost the original patterns and have redrafted these in similar sizes and have added a few of my own creations.

The January Block is the Cake Stand. And, it's full of cake and icing - yum, yum! There are three separate pieces to this appliqué (my steps below will show you how I do it). You can use fusible interfacing or fusible webbing on the back of the fabrics to stabilize the edges if you are using machine appliqué (as I did). For those who prefer hand work, you know how to do that (which I do NOT like to do).

The size of the Cake Stand appliqué is 5-1/2" x 9". My background fabric is cut 9-1/2" x 10-1/2". Don't ask me why! But, if you start out with 10-1/2" squares, you can make the executive decision on size when you complete all the blocks. (Just my opinion; you know I'm in trouble with all these different sizes!)

Cake Stand with Yummy Cake made with Kaffe Fassett shot cottons and a dotty print for the cake.

January Block: Cake Stand
Can I show you another cake block I made into a small wall quilt published around 2006?
You Take the Cake (with candles)
All of my blocks in this Tea Party series were recreated using Kaffe Fassett prints. I was teaching monthly classes at a local quilt shop in Atlanta (Intown Quilters) and it was my Kaffe Fassett Club. Intown Quilters has an awesome and extensive group of his fabrics! Check out their website: Intown Quilters and their Facebook page.

I used raw edge machine appliqué. I just never liked hand appliqué, though many of you throughly enjoy it! Whatever works for you, of course.

My patterns for these have just the most basic information. I assume you know how to appliqué. There are excellent sources online to help those who need more information.

Here are a few pictures of how I use freezer paper, fusible interfacing and how I put them all together.

1. Trace pattern onto freezer paper. The icing and the cake base both overlap the center cake, hence the additional 1/4" at the top and bottom of the cake.
Trace templates onto freezer paper. Allow for overlap.

2. Transfer freezer paper template to interfaced fabric
Transfer freezer paper to interfaced fabric
 3. Cut out
Icing cut out
 4. Notice the interfacing on back of fabric. This has fusible on ONE SIDE only (the side that touches the fabric). Fusible interfacing allows you to clip away the background fabric to reduce bulk.

Wrong side of icing fabric
5. Now for the cake fabric
Cake fabric with freezer paper
 6. Audition the icing with the cake. I love the wavy print with the curvy icing!
Icing overlaps the cake by 1/4" or so

7. Cut out the cake base.
Cut out cake base
 8. Parts as they will appear appliquéd to the background square.

Cake Stand with Yummy Cake and Icing
I won't be going through these various steps with the rest of the blocks (as they're already finished and I don't want to make another set). But I hope seeing my steps helps you see how I work with freezer paper.

When using a sewing machine stitch, I ALWAYS test my stitches first to see how they will look. I use scraps of the fabrics and check to see if the thread colors work to my liking!

Remember, please do not copy and distribute. This is not to become a Block of the Month for your guild unless EVERYONE comes here to get the pattern. (It's my party and I make the rules!)


  1. This is a great first block, and appropriate for me as Jan is my birthday month. Thank you for doing this BOM. My resolution is to do each one as you post them and use up some of my stash. Happy 2018!

  2. Thanks for this great quiltalong.
    I was interested to read about G Street fabrics. I've recently moved to the states and am living just a few minutes from G Street store ( though they have a new location. ) it seems to be an iconic store in the Washington area.
    Looking forward to doing your teashop quilt.

  3. Thank you so much Debby. I am looking forward to doing this BOM. I think it will be a very cute quilt to hang in my kitchen.

  4. Thanks Debby_plan to do numerous BOMs this year under the gift one/donate one plan for children's groups. I appreciate your generosity!

  5. I remember those BOM's from G Street Fabrics, my favorite store was in Rockville. I still have the house patterns and the "by the sea" group. Ahh, the good ole days! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Thank you for doing this. I finished my cake. It was my first finish for 2018 and the first one for all the BOMs I am in. Can't wait to see February's. :)

  7. I have not had the opportunity to begin the cake stand yet. I am hoping to get it done on Friday. I think this is going to be such a fun quilt to do, I love applique and have not done any in quite some time. Yet, already this year, I have 3 projects in the works. LOL. So sorry that all of your quilts were stolen! That is just the worst thing that could happen! Thank you for sharing Debby! Plus, have a fantastic day!

  8. Just got my cake block fused! Next to stitching in place. Mine is bright and does have a wonderful piece of Kaffe in it. Thanks for sponsoring this. Are we posting them anywhere as they are completed?

  9. Hello, thank you for sharing the patterns. It’s a good idea for using scraps fabrics. I hope we have a group, maybe with a special name such as the “tea girls” jaja someone with another .idea? Maribel


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