If you haven’t come across layer cakes before (another foodie quilting term!), they are packs of 10″ squares of fabric. They contain a good variety of fabrics which all co ordinate. I don’t know if they all have the same number of squares, but there were forty two in the Moda layer cake that I used for this quilt pattern. I used twenty of the layer cake squares and 1.3/4 yard of white fabric to make a quilt measuring 49″ by 61″ and I used the stack and whack method of quilting.
Twenty layer cake squares
White fabric: fourteen 2.1/2″ strips cut across the width of fabric, fifteen 1.1/2″ by 11.1/2″ strips, six 47.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips, two 61.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ strips
Making the layer cake quilt blocks using stack and whack
Divide your layer cake squares into piles of four contrasting squares. This is because four is the ideal number of layers for rotary cutting. Line up the edges and make a random cut in the squares. Make the cut at an angle so that you end up with the square cut into two unequal parts. For the more advanced quilter it is possible to cut a curve rather than a straight line, but I’m sticking to basic here. The idea is that you sew the squares back together but with different fabrics. As all four squares had the same cut, you can sew one left hand section to any of the four right hand sections. For added interest, I have sewn a white strip between the sections for a more summery feel. You can see where the stack and whack name comes from – stack the squares in fours and then whack them back together again!
Sew the four left hand sections to a 2.1/2″ white strip. Make sure that the white extends above the layer cake fabric at the top – this is so that you can cut a straight line across the top. Cut across the white strip to separate the four sections.
The next step is to sew the right hand sections of the layer cake squares to the white strip. Move the top right hand fabric to the bottom of the pile of fabric so that you have a different fabric on the left and on the right of the white strip. Sew the right hand fabric sections to the white strip.
Press the resulting rectangles and pile them up again, making sure that the white strip goes in the same direction in all four of them. We have added 2″ to the width of the layer cake squares with the first white strip so now we will add 2″ to the length so that they become squares again. Make a random cut at an angle to make two unequal parts again.
Sew the four left hand sections to a 2.1/2″ white strip. You should be able to sew three squares to each white strip. Shuffle the right hand sections so that each right hand section has different fabrics from the left hand section. As you can see in the photo, I have the pink fabric in two places in this block, but not next to each other. In some of the blocks I have all four fabrics different from each other. Sew the two sections together to create four 11.1/2″ squares.
Repeat with the remaining piles of four layer cake squares so that you end up with twenty squares.
Assembling the layer cake quilt
Lay the patchwork squares out in five rows of four squares. It’s a good idea to lay them all out before you sew them together so that you can make sure that the colours are spread across the quilt. Sew a 1.1/2″ by 11.1/2″ strip between the squares across each row, so you will have four layer cake squares and three white strips across each row.
Sew a 47.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ white strip across the top and bottom of the first row. Sew the second row to the bottom of the white strip and continue down to sew all the rows together. You will need six white strips so that you have a white strip between each row and at the top and bottom of the layer cake quilt top.
Sew a 1.1/2″ by 61.1/2″ white strip down each side to complete the layer cake quilt pattern. Full details of how to finish the quilt can be found towards the bottom of the beginner quilting section here.
Here’s the quilting video: