Layer Cake quilts are a relatively new way to use larger print fabrics to create quilts . The Layer Cake features 10-inch by 10-inch squares of fabric and each quilt is made up of at least 40 squares. For a true Layer Cake feel, you will use a variety of prints from the same line of fabric. Specific quilt fabric companies create Layer Cake bundles from their new lines of fabric to be used with these designs.
Separate the Layer Cake packet into three groups of fabrics. Use 30 squares as the main blocks, set aside five squares for sashing and set aside the remaining squares for your fabric stash.
Cut 2 inches from one side of each of the five sashing blocks to make a 8-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Do the same with the 30 main blocks. Set aside the 2-inch strips; they will be used in the second border of the quilt.
Cut the sashing blocks in half vertically and then horizontally to create four 4-inch by 5-inch rectangles from each of the bigger squares.
Create sub-cuts from the sashing fabrics. You need four 4-inch by 10-inch strips, five 5-inch by 10-inch strips, eight 3 1/4-inch by 10-inch strips (for the first border) and eight 5-inch by 10-inch strips (for the first border).
Cut 24 horizontal rectangles from the 5-inch strips to measure 5inches by 8 inches.
Cut 25 vertical rectangles that are 4-inch by 10-inch.
Lay out your quilt. Place six blocks across, using the vertical sashing pieces between each block. Place five blocks down, using the horizontal sashings between each block. As you fill out the quilt, use the scraps from the strips you cut to fill in the gaps between the sashing pieces at the corner of each block.
Sew one row of blocks and sashing pieces together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance with a sewing machine. Continue sewing all rows. Iron the seams open and then sew the rows together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Press the seams to the darker fabric, using an iron
Sew the 8-inch by 3 1/4-inch strips together to create four double strips and then sew each double strip to one side – left, right, top and bottom – of the quilt.
Sew the 35 2-inch strips into four sets of eight strips, matched randomly. You should have four skinny strips. Sew one strip to each side of the quilt. Three of the strips will not be used.
Sew the eight remaining 5-inch strips into four double strips. Set the left and right borders to the quilt and then the top and bottom borders.
Bind and quilt the quilt using your favorite binding technique and quilting stitch.