Part 1 – Layer Cake Quilt

If you have never made a quilt before then you came to the right place. This quilt is so easy to make. And, as a bonus it also comes together very quickly. If you can sew in a straight line on a sewing machine… then you can make this quilt with ease.

You will be so surprised with how quickly this quilt comes together!

The easiest way to start this quilt is to purchase a layer cake. I am using the layer cake that came in my monthly Pre Cuts Quilt Box, Which is $55 a month. Here is the layer cake I am using. It is called Bee Joyful! And it is so adorable.

Here are more layer cake options on the PreCutsQuiltShop website. You of course don’t have to purchase your fabric from this website. Walmart even has layer cakes sometimes!

A layer cake is essentially 10″ squares of fabric in a variety of patterns that have already been coordinated for you, of course, you can cut 10″ blocks from any fabric you like.

I sew my quilts with a quarter inch seam. So each block we end up with in this quilt during this step will be 9.5″. But, when we finally finish the top of the quilt each of these blocks will be 9″. Keep these measurements in mind so you know how many 10″ squares you need to get the size of quilt you want.

Here is what your quilt blocks will look like in the first part of this quilting tutorial. It will measure 9.5″.

Sizing Ideas

Square throw blanket: 6 blocks across and 6 blocks down = 36 squares (Need at least a layer cake with 36 – 10″ squares). The final dimensions would be about 54″ x 54″.

Rectangular throw blanket: 6 blocks across and 8 blocks down = 48 squares (need at least 48 – 10″ squares) Note: this is the blanket size I made. My layer cake only came with 40 squares so I cut extra squares from my fabric stash. The final dimensions would be about 54″ x 72″.

Let’s Get Started

Once you have your 10″ blocks ready place two contrasting blocks right sides together. To allow things to move along in an efficient fashion, I like to get all of my squares organized all at once. So, I will have a pile of squares right sides together when I am finished pairing them all.

The next step will require a fabric marker. I like to use chalk when I mark my fabric. Mark the center of each pair of blocks. Since our blocks are 10″ the mark will be at exactly 5″. After I mark the block I like to place a pin on either side of the line. Mark each set of squares before moving on to the next step.

Now you will sew a 1/4″ seam next to the line you marked. You will sew along both sides of the line. Complete this step with all of your marked squares before moving on to the next step.

After you are done sewing all the blocks, you will cut down the marked line on each square. Complete this step with all the blocks before moving on to the next step.

You are now going to press all your seams and cut all of these squares in half. You will be cutting at the 5″ mark on your acrylic ruler. Again… I suggest completing this step before moving on to the next step.

Now you have a pile of rectangles with contrasting fabric squares! I love this method! Everything comes together so quickly.

Now we are going to pair our rectangles together with right sides facing each other. We are going to make sure contrasting fabrics are facing each other. I like to pin along the seams to make sure they stay together when I sew during the next step. Pin all your rectangles together before heading to the sewing machine!

Now we are going to head back to the sewing machine and sew a 1/4″ seam down the side of the fabric that is pinned. We are getting “sew” (I am so punny) close to the finish line of this part 1 tutorial!

You will soon notice that a huge part of quilt making is pressing seams after you sew. Now that you have finished sewing all your new blocks head to your ironing board and press your freshly sewn seams. (Say that 10 times fast!)

After you iron all your seams you can sit back and admire your work! Look at how close you are to finishing a beautiful quilt!

So tell me, what do you think of this method for putting together a quilt?

Leave me a comment if you have tried this method before or if you look forward to trying it!

I hope to hear from you.

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Bye for now.

If you would prefer to watch this step in video form… Here you go!

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