If you are new to quilting and find the thought of picking out fabric, cutting and sewing lots of little pieces of fabric a bit daunting, then why not consider learning how to make a layer cake quilt pattern. Layer Cakes are collections of 10″ x 10″ squares of fabric made by Moda Fabrics. They are similar to charm packs but larger in size. Layer Cakes are pre-selected fabrics by collection and typically include 42 pieces of fabric, though the number may vary. These pre-selected 10 inch squares can easily be joined together to quickly and easily construct layer cake quilt patterns.
For those who want a more complicated challenge, there are many patterns of varying difficulty and delicacy available. At Sewing For Beginners, we have found ten free layer cake quilt patterns that will give you ideas and projects to get you creating and quilting with ease.
10 Free Layer Cake Quilt Patterns:
Hexagons Layer Cake Pattern
This is not the easiest of shapes to quilt as getting the shape exactly right can be a challenge and hexagons tend to quilt together better if you sew them by hand. The resultant quilt does look impressive though and it will keep your hands busy while you watch TV!
Moda’s Wobbly Web Layer Cake Quilt
This instructions for this quilt are detailed, easy-to-read and have lots of photographs showing you each step. It says that this is a ‘moderate’ difficulty quilt so perhaps not a first time project. The design is different with the wobbly lines sewn throughout.
Rectangles and Squares Quilt Pattern
This quilt design is very simple and yet looks fantastic. The quilt pattern is made of alternating squares and rectangles which is very simple to sew, so this is a suitable project for quilting beginners. The instructions and photographs are strait froward and easy-to-follow.
Baby Layer Cake Quilt Pattern
This quilt uses the layer cake squares with alternate corners sewn diagonally to form lozenge shaped patches. It might sound complicated but it’s a simple sew. The tutorial is thorough and full of photographs. The final quilt design is intriguing to look at. By experimenting with different colored fabrics you can achieve lots of different effects.
Layer Cake Lemonade Quilt Pattern
This is a quick and easy layer cake quilt tutorial that offers a free downloadable pattern and video tutorial on how to make a Layer Cake Lemonade. Simply pick up some layer cake fabric, download the quilt pattern, then sit back and enjoy this tutorial and learn some tips and tricks from Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop!
Half Square Triangles Quilt Pattern
By the clever use of fabric tones and triangles, this quilt design appears to have concentric squares throughout. The quilt project is classified as ‘moderate’ in difficulty so is not a project for a novice quilter. However, with the clear instructions and photographs this quilt is a simple sew.
Windmills Layer Cake Quilt
This quilt panel is sewn from basic triangles and then arranged in sets of four to produce a windmill effect. There is no tutorial attached but the design is fairly simple to understand and re-produce. This project would not be suitable for a novice quilter.
Puzzle Box Quilt
This is a slightly more complicated pattern to sew due to the cutting of different sized pieces of fabric. The finished quilt is fun to look at and is a fantastic project to experiment with different colors and patterns of fabric. The tutorial is well illustrated and easy-to-follow.
Shape Cutting Quilt Pattern
This site has a link to a downloadable page that shows you how to cut layer fabric pieces into different shapes which you can then use to create fantastic quilts. Whether you want triangles of a variety of different square sizes, this cheat sheet will help you cut it right.
Moda’s Bricks Quilt Pattern
This is a simple quilt design that is also strait forward to sew. It is suitable for a sewing beginner. The pattern is made from rectangles and triangles sewn in lines which look like brickwork. The tutorial is easy-to-follow with lots of color photographs.