I’ve been busy sewing with our upcoming fabric collection, so today I’m sharing a post from the vault. One of the quilts I recently finished up in our new fabrics is a Layer Cake quilt. It had been a while since I’d sewn with Layer Cakes and this recent project reminded me how versatile this pre-cut is. I hope you’ll enjoy this post with 10 Tips for Sewing with Layer Cakes. Be sure to read to the end to download a free simple Layer Cake Pattern PDF.
10 Tips for Sewing with Layer Cakes: What is a Layer Cake?
Layer Cakes are pre-cut squares that measure 10″ x 10″. Moda Layer Cakes 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 below along with some additional tips for storing and caring for Layer Cake squares.
1. Cut layer cakes into smaller pre-cuts.
2. Make half-square triangles.
3. Make quarter-square triangles.
4. Make a simple patchwork quilt.
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. 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.”
9. More Layer Cake Pattern Ideas
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!
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.
Simple Layer Cake Quilt PDF
Click here to download a PDF for a Simple Layer Cake quilt.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this post with 10 Tips for sewing with Layer Cakes! Please let me know in the comments section if you have any other tips to share.
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