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Free Patchwork Pattern - Layer Cake Pattern #5

Layer Cake Patchwork Quilt

An easy quilt to make based on a nine-patch block. You can use a layer cake or cut your own 10" squares from yardage or your stash! A Layer Cake has 40 squares (10"). Using a layer cake has the advantage that the colours are chosen for you.

This quilt is about 48" square.

In summary the requirements are:

  • 10" squares or a Layers Cake (click here to view what's available)
  • Backing & wadding: enough to cover quilt

Other tools you will need

Cutting mat. Rotary cutter. Long ruler for use with a rotary cutter. A smaller ruler - easier to manoeuvre for the small cuts. Neutral coloured thread for sewing with - I like the Aurifil ne50 (this is a lovely fine 100% cotton thread, and I usually use a grey). General sewing supplies (thread snips, unpicker, pins, iron).

Before starting please note  all seams are joined with a  ¼” seam (unless otherwise indicated)
Also it is a good idea to read through all the instructions before starting.

Sort the 10" squares

Sort the layer cake into colours, or designs or whatever you think works best.
You will need to select 4 groups of 9 squares.
The 9 squares should have 1 dark or definite square, the remaining 8 are best being 4 of one sort and 4 of another sort that contrast with each other. The contrast can be colour or design intensity, whatever looks best.

Make the large 9 patch block

In the batik example shown, I used dark green for the centre, and 4 each of contrasting green and maroon.

You need to make 4 large 9 patch blocks.


Cut the 9 patch into 4

Cut the 9 patch into 4 pieces. I measure 4" from the seam and cut.




Cut the four 9 patch block in this way - you now have 16 squares.

Assemble the quilt

Using the following diagram and picture, lay the quilt out in a square, 4 blocks by 4 blocks.

Join these blocks row by row to form the quilt.


Quilt and add binding using your preferred methods.

I usually cut the binding strips 2½". You need 5-6 strips for this quilt

Another Example

I made this using a Kate Spain layer cake.

I was able to make five large 9 patch blocks because I added an extra fabric for the centre squares. I used the same fabric for all the centre squares. This means the final quilt can be 4 blocks x 5 blocks.

To make it this way you need 55cm of fabric for the centre squares. From this cut 5 squares at 10".