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30+ Layer Cake Quilt Patterns
So, in case you're not familiar with the term “layer cake,” it's a bundle of about forty
two fabric pieces, each measuring ten inches square. Moda Fabrics originated the
term “layer cake,” so just be aware that other fabric companies may sell similar
bundles, but call them by different names.
And what's great about making a quilt with pre-cuts is that the fabrics are usually
from the same line. Which means they provide an easy way to sample all of the
fabrics from a single line (and more cheaply than by buying yardage), and the fabrics
will coordinate well.
And what's great about layer cakes specifically is that, because of their larger size,
they can be great for showcasing large-scale prints. Layer cake pre-cuts are also
more versatile than smaller pre-cuts like jelly rolls and charm packs because they
can be cut into smaller squares of differing sizes. Plus, if you want a quick quilt to
make, you can always simply leave the squares intact and sew them together.
Should you wash your layer cake pre-cuts? The benefit, of course, would be to
prevent shrinkage of your finished quilt and to help prevent fabric bleeding. Some
quilters prefer to pre-wash their fabrics, others believe it isn't necessary as long as
you're using high quality fabrics. If you do decide to pre-wash your layer cake fabric,
trim the edges of each fabric piece with pinking shears before laundering to prevent
excessive fraying. Also, place the fabric pieces in a mesh bag or zippered pillowcase
to keep them together. And, of course, press your fabric pieces before using them.
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Make a quilt with layer cake fabric bundles with the help of this collection of over
thirty free layer cake quilt patterns, tutorials, and diy sewing projects gathered from
all over the web! Here you'll find a variety of quilt patterns ranging from traditional
to modern, for both beginner and advanced quilters.
**Please scroll down the page for the links to the free patterns**