In amidst my block-making frenzy over the holidays, I decided to do something a little different. I had googled "quilt blocks with squares and rectangles" for something quick and easy, and in my wanderings, found this Rectangle Squared Quilt Block Tutorial. This is more white space than I normally use in a quilt, but I had a layer cake which I purchased in summer 2011 which wanted a project, so I decided to use the basic block idea but upscale it to suit the 10" squares of my layer cake - less cutting that way, and also less waste. And also, larger pieces showing of the fabrics in the layer cake, which I think are quite funky (my measurements below, if you want to make this using a layer cake).
Of course, there was cake left over - never a bad thing! So I am cutting 2.5" squares from it to make a small Irish Chain. I think there will still be a stack of decent sized rectangles left even after that (perhaps 5x6") so there will be more fabric for future. Not sure what will happen with that - that's a plan for another day!
My modified block sizes (see below diagram for placement):
large rectangle on left: 10" x 4.25"
long white solid strip: 10" x 2.5"
two squares: 4.25" x 4.25"
small white divider: 4.25" x 2.5"
(This image from Film in the Fridge's Excellent Rectangle Squared Tutorial)
I used 2.5" wide sashing (unfinished measurement) between my blocks and the outer border was cut at 4.5".