Layer Cake Layout: A Free Layer Cake Quilt Pattern

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I’m super excited to share the Layer Cake Layout pattern with you! This is a simple quilt pattern that uses one layer cake and 2 yards of background fabric. It comes together quickly and finishes at 67″ x 86″, which makes it a great large throw size.

layer cake quilt on a bed

My Version of Layer Cake Layout

For my version of this quilt, I used the fabric line The Season of Tribute Chapter Three – Roots of Nature by Bonnie Christine.

I love the neutral earthy colors of this collection!

For the background, I used my favorite white – Bella Solids White Bleached Yardage.

The backing fabric is Roots of Nature Orchard, but it’s currently out of stock. But I love all of the yardage in this fabric line and any of the prints would make great backs!

The binding is Roots of Nature Wooly Three. I’ve seen the plaid binding trend go around, but I’ve never tried it myself. I love it!

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

If you’re a visual learner like me, follow along with the free pattern using this step-by-step video tutorial!

What is a Layer Cake?

Layer cakes are 10″ precut squares of fabric that typically come in packs of 42. The fabrics coordinate because they come from the same fabric line, so I love that it takes the guesswork out of choosing fabric!

Layer cakes are a great way to get a sampling of an entire fabric line and get enough fabric to work in a variety of quilt patterns!

Looking to purchase a layer cake? Check out Fat Quarter Shop’s selection!

Layer Cake Layout Free Pattern

One of the great things about this quilt pattern is that there is very little fabric waste. The pattern calls for 40 of the 42 10″ squares in a layer cake and exactly 2 yards of background fabric. It’s easy to shop your fabric stash to make this quick quilt pattern!

Plus, the cutting goes fast! Only half of the blocks are pieced, so you’ll get your quilt top put together in no time. Here’s a preview of the block assembly. Easy, isn’t it?

Block Assembly

Layer Cake Layout Pattern Features

I know you have a stack of layer cakes collecting dust in your fabric stash. It’s time to grab those 10” squares and turn them into beautiful quilts!

Here’s a few more things I LOVE about the Layer Cake Layout pattern!

It’s low waste! The quilt uses 1 layer cake and 2 yards of background fabric. What could be better?

Shop your stash! All you need is one layer cake and two yards of background fabric to get started!

Beginner friendly! Assembly will be a breeze with the easy-to-follow instructions and graphics in this pattern.

Quick assembly! Only half of the blocks are pieced, and the rest stay as 10″ layer cake squares. With a little bit of chain piecing you’ll have your quilt top done in an afternoon!

Perfect for gifts! The neutral block pattern helps highlight the fabrics. Choose fabrics that your gift recipient will love and this will quickly become your go-to quilt pattern for baby showers, Christmas gifts and birthdays!

Get the free pattern here!

I can’t wait to see the quilt you make with this pattern! Be sure to share your quilt pattern with the hashtags #LayerCakeLayoutQuilt and #HaileyStitches so I can see your beautiful work!

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  1. Thanks for the free pattern. I’m been making twin size quilts to give to women in crisis centers and am always looking for easy piecing projects.

  2. Thank you for this beautiful quilt pattern. I have arthritis and cutting is hard for me so this will be perfect !

  3. I believe there is a simpler way to sew this. Of course, I havent read your pattern yet! I apologize for being cheeky!

    Just lay the 5″ squares on the background fabric that has been cut into strips. You can chain stitch all the squares. Trim. Turn the squares to the other side and chain stitch again. You can do all 4 sides very quickly.

    1. Chain piecing would work great for this pattern and definitely speed things up – I hope you use the method that works best for you!

  4. Unfortunately I didn’t receive the pattern. I wanted you to know I watched your YouTube on this and immediately subscribed. Want to watch more!

  5. Tried to download this layer cake pattern 3 times..but nada…checked the spam folder too.

  6. So very blessed to find your web site. I also am a self taught quilter. Started with a baby quilt for a friend. Lots of mistakes but a delightful journey. Looking forward to all you blogs , ideas, tips and patterns. Thank you so much for your guidance. Hugs Jane.

  7. This pattern is exactly what I needed for a person that is wanting a cabin quilt with large bears and deer on the materials. Thank you.

  8. Hi, thank you very much for this pattern, but after numerous attempts, I haven’t received the pattern. I’m new to quilting & I would very much like to try this pattern.

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