August Diamonds | Layers of Charm

I am thrilled to be participating in the Layers of Charm blog hop with the Fat Quarter Shop with the debut of August Diamonds – my first big finish of 2015 – and a giveaway! (Giveaway is now closed!)


Layers of Charm is a quick, easy pattern that uses a layer cake and a set of charm squares to create a dynamic & fun quilt. I seriously spent more time debating on which layer cake to use and determining the layout of the fabrics than I did actually sewing the top together! This is the second short cut pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop that I have used. My grandmother’s quilt started with their Jelly Roll Jam pattern.

You can get the free pattern here: Layers of Charm
Make sure you check out their video tutorial!


I finally decided on August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel and a stack of Navy Bella. The prints are 10″ squares and the diamonds were formed using 5″ charm squares. Do to the timeframe involved in this quilt, I sent it to my friend Tia Curtis to have it quilted. She did custom typography in the prints and geometric lines in the navy diamonds.


I am completely thrilled with how this quilt finished! So much so that it will have permanent residence in my house after the Southern Comforters of Bowie quilt show in March.


The photos were pre-wash since I was running out of daylight, but it crinkled up beautifully!

To celebrate the launch of another awesome pattern, the Fat Quarter Shop has generously agreed to give away a layer cake of Playful by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel to get your creative process started. (Giveaway is now closed!)

To enter to win, check out the Fat Quarter Shop, tell me what combination of layer cake and charm squares you would use to make a Layers of Charm quilt, and use the Rafflecopter below to let me know your details. I will let Mr. Random pick a winner at 9pm EST on Friday, February 13th.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Lori S. who said that she would use 3 Sisters Favorites Layer Cake and Lorikeet Bali Scraps Charm Pack!

Quilt Details

Title: August Diamonds
Pattern: Layers of Charm by Fat Quarter Shop
Front: August by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel and a stack of Navy Bella charm squares
Back: Gray Widescreen
Binding: Netorious in Toy Boat
Quilting: by Tia Curtis
Finished Size: 57 1/2″ square



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94 thoughts on “August Diamonds | Layers of Charm

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  2. Marianne February 13, 2015 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I’d use the black and white layer cake with Jennifer Sampou fabrics and a Bella red Charm pack.

  3. susan brennand February 13, 2015 at 5:31 pm Reply

    I am in the mood for bright colours so I would pick something from Me and My Sisters, Bandana. It looks like a project I could really handle as my sewing room is in the process of being renoed and I ache to sew right now.

  4. Kirstin Spindler February 13, 2015 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Daysails layer cake and moda bella charm in stone

  5. Kim S February 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm Reply

    I would use Airmail layer cake andkonat jobs cotton charm pack.

  6. Lori Smanski February 13, 2015 at 11:51 am Reply

    I would use 3 Sisters Favorites Layer Cake and Lorikeet Bali Scraps Charm Pack

  7. Linda Pawlak February 13, 2015 at 9:34 am Reply

    I would use an Ashton Road layer cake and Steel charm pack. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. Paula February 13, 2015 at 7:24 am Reply

    I would use a layer cake of Feed by Sweetwater with a Navy Bella Solids Charm Pack.
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  9. paulineperry65 February 13, 2015 at 4:53 am Reply

    I would pick the 3 Sisters roses layer cake and Hearts & Flowers Charm Pack
    Lynette Anderson for RJR Fabrics.
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

  10. Melissa Miller February 13, 2015 at 1:17 am Reply

    Mimosa and black Kona.

  11. Linda February 12, 2015 at 10:34 pm Reply

    I really like Bandana, and air mail layer cake, but I’m going rosie with faded splendor layer cake and three sisters favorites charm pack! If I win!!! Thanks yours is beautiful!

  12. Jessica P. February 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm Reply

    I would pick the Kiss Kiss layer cake and the Bella Solids black charm pack. Love your quilt. This pattern looks like it would be a fun quilt quilt to make. Thanks.

  13. Mara February 12, 2015 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Bandana and a white charm pack.

  14. Cathy February 12, 2015 at 1:59 am Reply

    Boathouse with a vintage red charm accent. Thanks for the chance!

  15. Super Mom - No Cape! February 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm Reply

    I would make this quilt with Bandana Layer Cake by Me and My Sister Designs and a Dottie charm pack. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

  16. Dawn J February 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm Reply

    I would love to make this with the Feed Company Layer Cake and the Fig Tree Cream Bella Solids Charm Pack.

  17. Julie February 11, 2015 at 7:44 pm Reply

    I am madly in love with anything cotton and steel. I have some but need more:) Thanks for the chance to win.

  18. Jackie T February 11, 2015 at 2:32 pm Reply

    I would like to make this from a 30’s Playtime layer cake and a charm pack of Bella solids in Steel. It looks so fun!

  19. Cathy February 11, 2015 at 9:15 am Reply

    Beautiful quilt Eilzabeth! I would love to use the Lady Rose fabric (yea, I am a DA groupie!) with the modern Bella solid. Then I would have a nice quilt to use while watching DA re-runs

  20. Gina S. February 11, 2015 at 8:28 am Reply

    Because of the brave with red charm pack

  21. Alicia Key February 11, 2015 at 7:23 am Reply

    cool quilting! I haven’t seen any of Cotton&Steel’s fabrics. Are they nice? I’d use red with the one you’ve shown!

  22. Chris February 11, 2015 at 2:46 am Reply

    I’d put Airmail layer cake with a mix of Bella Solid Red and Solid Blue charms.

  23. Janice King February 11, 2015 at 12:57 am Reply

    I would use Me and My Sister’s Bandana Layer Cake with a Moda White Solids Charm Pack. Love the layer cake in this giveaway!! Thanks.

  24. Shauna February 11, 2015 at 12:25 am Reply

    I think I would pick Black & White by Cotton & Steel, with white charms, or I might go really colorful and do Best Day Ever with white charms

  25. Melanie C February 11, 2015 at 12:21 am Reply

    I would choose both the Cookie Book layer cake and charm pack (so I could make the corner pieces blend a bit more for a scrappier look)

  26. Emilee February 10, 2015 at 11:10 pm Reply

    So many great fabrics! I think Tokyo train ride with kona snow would be wha I would choose.

  27. diane beavers February 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Hello Elizabeth and thank you for sharing your Cotton & Steel “August” by Sarah Watts. Bingo! It’s beautiful.
    I love Jennifer Sampou’s BLack and White collection (layer cake) and Solid Doe Coordinates Kona Cotton charm squares, for a pop of turquoise:)

  28. Sarah J. February 10, 2015 at 8:37 pm Reply

    I would love to use lakeside gatherings with navy– but this pack you’re giving away would be awesome for a quilt for my kids– they love their viewmaster!

  29. Sarah February 10, 2015 at 7:33 pm Reply

    I would use a Whitewashed cottage layer cake with a bella solid white charm pack.

  30. Sarah February 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm Reply

    I would use a Alexia Abegg’s Mesa Ten layer cake and a Bella solids charm pack in Steel or Lead. Thanks for the chance to win!

  31. Lori Morton February 10, 2015 at 6:05 pm Reply

    Think I would us the “Bandana” Layer Cake & maybe a Purple Charm Pack…for my Grangirlie! 🙂 Thanks for chance to win the “Playful” Layer Cake!!! Would make that quilt for ME!!! lol

  32. Becca February 10, 2015 at 5:23 pm Reply

    I would use C+S Mochi plus Bella ivory charms.

  33. allisonpogany February 10, 2015 at 4:49 pm Reply

    I’m drooling over the Mesa ten by tens with the Moda Indigo charm pack!

  34. Myra February 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm Reply

    I’d love to make one out of Ashton Road with multi-color charm squares.

  35. Lisa Marie February 10, 2015 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I would use Block Party Layer Cake by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics and Doe Charm Pack by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

  36. Debby E February 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm Reply

    Bandana Layer Cake by Me and My Sister for layer cake and White Bella Solids Charm Pack. Thanks so much for the chance to win. 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

  37. Debbie Darlington February 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Layer Cake: Because of the Brave
    Charm Pack: Bella Solids Red
    A perfect selection for a “quilt of honor”

  38. Kristy February 10, 2015 at 1:29 pm Reply

    I like the combination of Air Mail & Egg Blue Belle solids charms. 🙂 Thanks!

  39. Linda B February 10, 2015 at 1:18 pm Reply

    I would use Airmail layer cake with Red Bella solid charm pack…..

  40. Stephanie Eliuk February 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm Reply

    i would use the Mesa Ten Layer cake and white charm pack!

  41. quiltingmod February 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm Reply

    I’d pick Cotton + Steel Mochi and a bright solid.

  42. Greta February 10, 2015 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Lakeside gathering layer cake with Bella solids red charm pack!

  43. Jacklynn Grimm February 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm Reply

    I am in love with Cotton + Steel too, so I would choose either Black and White with a black charm pack or Tinsel with a navy charm pack – but I don’t know if I can wait for June for it to be released!! Thanks for the give away! jacklynnsteven at netzero dot com

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