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Single Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial

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This layer cake quilt tutorial is going to be a breeze to sew.

There are no bias edges, and you are only cutting the block once… it couldn’t get any easier!

Great for a beginner quilter or if you are in need of a quilt fast!

The previous patterns using a layer cake are the chevron layer cake quilt tutorial and the Square on Point layer cake quilt tutorial.  Both have instructions you can follow and sew up yourself!

No other fabrics were used besides the layer cake package…or 10″ X 10″ squares you cut yourself.  This really is so the quilt ends up to be a nice size and you don’t have to purchase any additional things for sashing or borders.

single slice quilt - uses a layer cake with one cut! Super simple. Love that it doesn't waste fabric too.

Materials Needed:

layer cake or 40– 10″ X 10″ squares

backing, batting and binding

This is a single slice layer cake pattern. That means that not much of the fabric will be lost because you are only cutting the square once.

That’s it.

I tried to make these quilts as large as I could– without loosing fabric in the seams and a lot of cuts.

This layout is similar to the rail fence quilt block…except that it’s missing one rail. So instead of 3 fence rails…it’s just 2.

Single Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial~

1- Lay two squares together, right sides are facing

2- Sew down two sides of the squares- opposite each other

3- Cut down the center of the square

4- Open the pieces and press

5- Sew the quilt blocks into rows of —— rotating every other quilt block

6- Finish with layering your top, batting and backing

7- Machine quilt as you like.  I did a very large meander on this quilt.  It was made to get used and washed.  Needed something quick, simple and durable to last.

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I did the foldover binding (super simple and great for these kind of usable quilts) Here’s a video on binding with the backing if you’d like to see how it’s done.


Single slice layer cake quilt tutorial -use those large fabric square, cut once and you're sewing rows! Super quick and simple. Great for beginner quilters.

This is part of a tiny series using layer cakes.  Interested in seeing what else you can make using them?  Check out all the tutorials here.

Here are the other layer cake quilts–  Square on Point

Square on point quilt tutorial, using a layer cake. Super cute and I love the way the quilt block is sewing together.

and Chevron Layer Cake Quilt

Chevron layer cake quilt tutorial - super cute! So simple too. Might need this for some quick quilts.

What’s your favorite layer cake pattern?


8 thoughts on “Single Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial

  1. Mina

    This is awesome, I have some layer cakes and needed a quilt to use them in, this will be super easy and won’t take much time. Thank you!

  2. laurie

    get rid of the stash of fabric i have

  3. Anita Wiley

    When you turn these the pieces don’t line up. Meaning one side is longer than the other. Did I miss something?

  4. Sue

    After sewing, the blocks will be 9 1/2 x 10, don’t we have to square them up. Also, looking at your photo of the layout of this quilt, we don’t need 40 10 inch squares, we would need 42.

  5. Jeanine

    Trim of 1/2″ from the open end before sewing them together and it works fine.

  6. Jeanine

    *off…….I meant off

  7. Pam Moore

    I am doing charity quilts for cancer kids so this pattern will be great to use…nice and easy and will hand quilt up very fast

  8. Suzanne Crowell

    Don’t you also have to cut 1/2 inch off the length of the block? after you sew the two blocks together and then cut in half, it will only be 9 1/2 inches. So according to your directions the blocks won’t be square.

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