You’ll find many free layer cake quilt patterns – to use your layer cake fabric with. Fun, quick, cute and beginner quilter friendly. You’ll love the variety of style, design and options for using this fun set of cut fabric.
What is a layer cake?
Layer Cake precuts are 10-inch squares of fabric. They are the thing quilters, modern quilters, beginner quilters, or any level or quilter can use. These make for a very beginner-friendly quilt and are pretty typical easy quilt pattern.
They are 10″ squares that come in a set or fabric collection. You can also cut your own layer cakes using the 10″ ruler here.
They are great for really any kind of quilt. Easy to use, similar to a fat quarter – large nice square piece of fabric.
You may know about other types of precut fabrics – jelly rolls, charm packs, charm squares, fat quarter bundles, etc. These come on a variety of fabric and fabric lines – in your favorite colors, solid color or solid fabrics,
What size of quilt can you make with a layer cake?
The quilt size you can make with your layer cakes will depend on the quilt pattern you choose to recreate.
For example, if you were to sew all the blocks together to create a patchwork quilt top with the 42-10″ squares from one layer cake, you would make seven rows of 6 squares each.
The size of that quilt top would be 57″ x66 ½” which makes a great throw size quilt.
There are different ways you can use the layer cake squares. Mix and match the color scheme with different fabrics (if you cut the squares from your stash). You can make half-square triangles, a simple square quilt pattern (mentioned above), a cohesive quilt (using one fabric line). I find that they are beginner patterns featuring different sizes like a lap quilt, and add some extra fabric to get a larger king size quilt. Or they can be made into even tote bags, table runner, wall hangings, if you aren’t into making a full quilt.
These easy squares can be sewn into log cabin block, half square triangles, confetti star quilt pattern, – really, any fun traditional quilt blocks can be sewn using your favorite layer cake.
You’ll find the following collection of best sellers (but they are free) will include step-by-step instructions, easy design, maybe a video tutorial, so you can cut and finish a beautiful quilt.
You can find precut fabric at most quilt stores. Some stores (like mine) don’t have a very big selection, so I tend to purchase them online.
My three go-to online quilt fabric stores are:
Connecting Threads – Connecting Threads always has a great selection. They create a lot of their own fabric lines that are just dreamy. Plus they carry many popular lines as well.
Fat Quarter Shop – They carry all of the latest fabrics. I’ve used them several times. I use them for gift cards a lot as well. It’s so easy to shop from them!
Amazon – With free shipping and a lot of stores that are featured, this is kind of the mother load of selection.
10+ Free Layer Cake Patterns
Chevron Quilt Pattern – Patchwork Posse
Rail Fence Quilt Pattern – Patchwork Posse
On Point Quilt Pattern – Patchwork Posse
Candy Swirl Quilt Pattern – Splendid Speck
Spools Quilt – Fat Quarter Shop
Pinwheel Layer Cake Pattern – New Quilters
Layer Cake Custard – Fat Quarter Shop
Coin Quilt Pattern – She Quilts Alot
Jolly Pinwheels – A Bright Corner
Modern Layer Cake in a Square
Framed Quilt Pattern – Silk Road
Peaches and Cream Quilt – Simple Simon and Company
Salt Air Lattice – Mommy by day
Layers of Charm – Meadow Mist Designs
Layer Cake Sampler – Material Girls
Snuggly Layer Cake – Polka Dot Chair
Five Slice Layer Cake – Yoan Sewing
Just for fun- did you know that there are a few printables inside the Quilt Resource Library which show you what you can cut from a layer cake? You can use those 10″ squares pretty easily for smaller squares and other cuts.
You’ll find the full set of Cutting Guides inside the library here… or get on the email list.
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