Step 1: Deciding on the design
Once I had decided on the fabrics, I made a template or pattern for the top and bottom of the cupcake and tried cutting out a few to see what it would look like. I always like to “dry fit” my quilts to see if I like the design. I think it would be horrible to spend so much time putting together a quilt that you don’t end up liking.
Step 2: Sewing the cupcake tops
I did this because I wanted to be able to throw this quilt in the washing machine, so I wanted all of the pieces to have finished edges. I could have turned all of the edges under, which I will do for the bottoms, because they are all straight seams. But, because the cupcakes tops are so curvy, lining them is the easiest way. Also, I used black fabric to line them because my background fabric is black.
So, to line them, I pinned each cupcake top to the black fabric (right sides in), pinned them, then cut them out. Next, I sewed around each cupcake top, leaving a 2-3 inch gap open so I could turn them right side out. Because I used knit fabrics, I didn’t have to clip or trim the seams before turning them right side out. But, if you are using a woven fabric with no stretch, you will have to clip the fabric around the seams so they will turn inside out neatly.
I calculated that 12 cupcakes would be enough to make a queen sized quilt, including the borders.