Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Tips for Sewing with Layer Cakes

Happy Tuesday! With all of my layer cake sewing over the weekend I started thinking about all of the wonderful things you can do with a Layer Cake!  So today's post is all about Layer Cakes!

 Layer Cakes are pre-cut squares that measure 10" x 10".  Moda Layer Cakes 

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come in groups of 42 squares (some prints may be repeated), and other fabric companies that produce similar products often have a different number of squares included.

There are many wonderful patterns written specifically for Layer Cakes, and I'll be sharing a few of them. But I also have some tips for sewing and storing these very versatile cuts of fabric.

Ten Tips for Sewing and Quilting 

with Layer Cake Squares

1.  Cut layer cakes into smaller pre-cuts.

At first thought, this one might not make sense. But you can get two charm packs from a layer cake and still have fabric left over to cut strips for bindings or borders. This makes it more economical than buying the other fabrics separately. You can often use Layer Cakes for your favorite charm pack, mini charm and even jelly roll patterns depending on how the pieces need to be cut.

2.  Make half-square triangles.

Cut your layer cake into 5" squares to make 8 half-square triangles, or make larger half-square triangles using full size squares.

3.  Make quarter-square triangles.

Same idea as #2.

4.  Make a simple patchwork quilt.

I made the quilt below using just one layer cake. Simply sewing the squares together is perfect for those times you really want to showcase the fabrics.

 5.  Make a Moda Love quilt.

Remember my mini Moda Love quilt (below)? Well the free pattern also includes directions for using a Layer Cake to make a quilt that measures 72" x 72" finished (get the free pattern here). I'm looking forward to making the Moda Love quilt using a layer cake of our next fabric collection!

 6.  Make a fabulous log cabin quilt.

My friend Corey recently published a tutorial with free printable PDF for making Log Cabin blocks using Layer Cakes.  Go here to download her PDF (click on the log cabin diagram in the middle of the post). 

 7.  Make square in a square blocks.

If you haven't already read my post on making square in a square blocks with layer cake squares, you'll be amazed at how quickly these fun blocks come together! Go here for the tutorial.

8.  Get the free PDF from Moda with suggestions on How to Slice a Layer Cake.

I mentioned a few of these earlier...but be sure to get this PDF for a few more ideas! 

9.  Make one of my Moda Bakeshop quilts.

The quilt above is one of my early Moda Bakeshop projects that was recently re-published. Go here to get the free tutorial for this fast and fun Layer Cake quilt, my "Easy as Pie Layer Cake Quilt."

10. Should I pre-wash Layer Cakes?

I frequently get asked if I pre-wash pre-cut fabrics. I don't. But it's a great idea to iron them before use to take out any wrinkles and to pre-shrink them just a bit with the heat/steam from the iron. A lot of people also starch and iron their pre-cuts before use. This is another great idea; while it takes a little bit of extra time, it ensures that your fabric won't shrink. 

I really couldn't stop at just 10 ideas...so here are a couple more thoughts on these fabulous pre-cuts!

 My "Pot Luck" pattern is one of my favorite Layer Cake designs!

Storing Layer Cakes...

Layer cakes are easy to store stacked up on a shelf. When I've finished a project I decide whether to cut up any layer cake squares into charms or strips. I also have a box of some of my favorite extra layer cake squares in case I need to use them for another project.

I hope you've enjoyed this discussion about one of my favorite pre-cuts: layer cakes! Please let me know in the comments section if you have any other tips to share.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Brita said...

As always, I just love your easy style, and the terrific information you share. I have a couple of layer cakes just waiting to become quilts. You've given me some great ideas that show off the fabrics, yet make really interesting quilts.

Robby H. said...

Great timing. I was looking yesterday at a couple of layer cakes that I couldn't resist on sale. Then, the debate about what to do with them. You've got me covered! Plus great stuff for the future.

Hildy said...

Great tips! I've ordered some LCs and now I can actually use them instead of just starring at them (although they are a pretty sight).

Little Quiltsong said...

Great idea on preshrinking layer cakes. I've tried washing them 'once' and never again :)! Thank you for this tip!

Helen L said...

great post Sherri! I love layer cakes too: so may things you can do with them!! Are you getting any rain? We've had church cancelled Sunday and Scouts/young Women also tonight due to so much rain and flash flood warnings. I hope you all are getting some of this water! Hugs, H

Jan A. said...

I love layer cakes and have a few waiting to be used. Thanks for these great options.

Michele T said...

Wow!!! This has been most helpful!!! I have 3 layer cakes that I had no clue what to make with them and now after your fabulous post, I have some great ideas and I love that the patterns you have shared are free!!

mascanlon said...

So many ideas in this post! Thanks so much,

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