Wednesday, January 26, 2022

25+ Layer Cake Quilt Patterns

Precut fabric is my favorite. But what to make with those layer cakes in my stash? 

In this article, you will find over 25 different quilt patterns that utilize those 10 inch squares.

I've gathered up a combination of free tutorials and fabulous patterns to purchase. All of them ideal for using precut layer cakes.

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This article is broken up into two categories. First up are the free quilt tutorials. Then I'll share some amazing quilt patterns for sale. 
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Before we get to the list, let's talk about layer cakes.

What is a layer cake? It's a stack of fabric that is precut to 10 inches square. The fabrics all coordinate together, so it takes the guess work out of choosing fabrics.

You can find precut fabric at most quilt stores. Some stores (like mine) don't have a very big selection, so I tend to purchase them online.

 My three go-to online quilt fabric stores are:

Connecting Threads
- Connecting Threads is always my first stop. They create a lot of their own fabric lines that are just dreamy. Plus they carry many popular lines as well. 

Fat Quarter Shop
 - They carry all of the latest fabrics. I've used them several times. One thing I've been loving lately is their cross stitch patterns and clubs. 

Missouri Star Quilt Company
- Missouri Star is not only a great online fabric store, but they are an amazing resource as well with tons of tutorials. 

Also, if you're in the market for a new sewing machine, I recently got this one that I am so happy with. 


Yes! Simply cut yardage into 10 inch squares of fabric.


Ok, let's get started with the free quilt patterns.
spools quilt
Spools Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop.  Above is the quilt I made using this pattern. Get all my tips here

            quilt with peaches and cream fabric

Peaches and Cream Quilt by Simple Simon and Company This quilt is so pretty! Layer cake squares are simply cut into three pieces and then re-arranged with sashing between.  

square in square quilt pattern

Modern Layer Cake Square in Square Quilt Pattern by Yoan Sewing Studio The offset squares make this pattern unique and fun. She has a video tutorial to help too! 

pinwheel layer cake quilt

Pinwheel Layer Cake Lap Quilt by New Quilters  I just love pinwheels! They are simple to make especially when using precuts like layer cakes.

snuggly layer cake quilt pattern

Snuggly Layer Cake Quilt by Polka Dot Chair This easy quilt pattern is ideal for beginners and uses just one layer cake.

5 slice layer cake quilt

5 Slice Layer Cake Quilt by Yoan Sewing Studio What a fun colorful quilt. There is a free printable pattern AND a video tutorial! 

layer cake coin quilt

Layer Cake Coin Quilt by She Quilts a Lot This is such a beautiful quilt made with layer cakes. It's such a pretty way to show off all the fabrics in a precut.

framed quilt pattern

Framed Quilt by Silk Road Life What a great way to showcase all the different fabrics in a layer cake. I also really like the way she's quilted it with simple straight lines alternating directions. 


The Fat Quarter Shop has a whole page of free layer cake patterns you'll want to go check out.


Making up a quilt pattern is a TON of work. Not only do you have to come up with an idea, but creating clear instructions for others to follow is a talent in and of itself.  I've come to appreciate the talents of so very many quilters who sell their patterns. 

Below are some amazing quilts made with layer cakes.  Since they all use precuts, they are generally simpler and easier to make.

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quilt with multiple sized squares

On the Right Path by Mack and Mabel  I love the different sized squares that are cut from the layer cakes. This pattern comes with 6 sizes available! 

heart mini quilt

With Love by Gigi's Thimble This quilt is just darling. It's perfect for Valentine's Day. The hearts are made using layer cake precuts.

zig zag heart quilt

Zig Zag Heart Diamond Quilt by Hope Quilt Designs  This design combines the ever popular chevron with hearts and diamonds. Bonus instructions are included to teach you how to create this pattern using charm packs, layer cakes or jelly rolls. 

lap quilt made using layer cake fabric

Quick and Easy Family Ties Quilt Pattern by Sweet Jane This lap quilt pattern uses just ONE layer cake. It also has options to make a baby quilt with two charm packs.

vintage stars quilt

Vintage Stars by Flamingo Toes  I love these six pointed stars and the fabric is just dreamy! 

4 square quilt pattern

Grandma's 4 Square Quilt Pattern by Under the Shamrock I'm loving these colors. Feels like spring to me! A layer cake is used to cut a variety of squares and rectangles. You can also try the on-point pattern.

sampler quilt using layer cake precuts

Mix It Up Sampler by Fabric 2  Go Studio 
I just love sampler quilts. This has got to be one of my favorite layer cake quilt patterns. I like the idea of learning to make lots of different blocks while creating a quilt.

quilt with nine patch and four patch blocks

Rocky Road Quilt Pattern by Sweet Jane  This quilt looks a bit complicated, but really it's just a combination two quilt blocks. If you know how to sew a nine patch block and four patch squares then you are good to go. The pattern comes with two sizes using either charm packs or layer cakes. 

gingham windows quilt

Gingham Windows by Flamingo Toes A simple, yet beautiful design showing off all the fabrics in a layer cake. 

colorful quilt with a navy background

Lucky Duck Quilt by A Bright Corner This unique pattern will help you use up your layer cake stash. It comes with 5 size variations.

layer cake quilt pattern

Grandma's Window Quilt Pattern by Under the Shamrock An uncomplicated pattern with simple squares, but placed on point for added interest. This easy design is perfect for beginner quilters!

quilt with mickey mouse head

Take Me to the Magic Quilt by Sterling Quilt Company
Isn't this so fun? This one-of-a-kind quilt is easy to make using squares and half square triangles. This PDF pattern is another great beginner quilt.

hearts and kisses quilt

Hearts and Kisses by Flamingo Toes
I love the lattice feel of this charming quilt.

stars and squares quilt

Sara's Star Quilt by Sweet Jane A starry quilt with small square borders. This fun quilt would be quick to put together and utilize those layer cake precuts in your stash.

colorful quilt

Dinner Party by A Bright Corner Such a beautiful quilt! I love the color choices! 

christmas quilt

Very Merry Quilt by Sterling Quilt Company Reminiscent of the holidays, this quilt features stockings, stars and presents. Check out the listing, where you can see the quilt with a white background. It gives it a whole different look.  

quilt pattern with x's

Cross Stitch by Gigi's Thimble I'm loving the look of this quilt! Head over for your instant pdf download.
stacking stars quilt

Stacking Stars by Flamingo Toes Make this quilt top with just two 10" stackers, one patterned and one solid. Then add a border, binding and your backing. It's a quick project perfect for beginners. 

stars and blocks quilt

Starry Night by Sweet Jane Another fun combination of squares and stars. This pattern makes either a baby quilt or a lap quilt.

cake blossoms quilt

Cake Blossoms by Sterling Quilt Company This pattern uses just one layer cake along with background fabric. It has two different layout options.

Christmas tree quilt made with heart blocks

Christmas Hearts by Hopes Quilt Designs  This pattern comes with two variations AND a mini pattern (pictured above) to hang on the wall. 

squares and spots quilt

Spot On by A Bright Corner This colorful throw quilt uses just 1/2 of a layer cake! Head on over to get the pattern.


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collage of quilts using 10 inch squares

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