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Free Patchwork Pattern - Layer Cake Quilt #3

Layer Cake Patchwork Quilt - Windmills

Another quilt to make with a layer cake. I used the range Linen Cupboard designed by Emma Jean Jansen, an Australian fabric designer. You need 20 10"squares to complete this quilt.

Finished size - 130cm (51") x 150cm (59")

Rather than use a layer cake you can cut your own 10" squares or use your stash! You will also need a co-ordinating fabric for the outside edge.

In summary the requirements are:
  • 10" squares or a Layers Cake ( click here to view what's available)
  • Co-ordinating fabric - 80cm
  • Border - 1m
  • 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.

Make a paper (or fabric) template. Draw a 10" square, cut it out. Measure points 3" along each side as shown.


Join the points across the square as shown. Label the templates A, B, C & D. Pin2

Take 20 layer cake (10" squares) Place right side up. Make 4 piles (5 fabrics in each pile). Cut into 4 pieces using the template. Pin3

Lay the pieces out to form the pattern Note the right angles all meet in the middle. Pin5Pin6Pin7

Lay out all the cut pieces keeping the pattern correct. Pin8

Cut 5 out of the background fabric Cut 10 10"squares of the background fabric Make a new template as shown.


Place the background squares right side up. Cut 9 background squares into 2 using the above template. Cut one background square into 4 pieces using the original template. Place the background squares around the edge of the laid out pieces. pin13

Close up of a corner square


Close up of an edge square.


Close up of a centre square. Notice that the square is made up of 4 different fabrics, each fabric belonging to a different pinwheel.


Rejoin the pieces together.

For the outside edge section join the 2 small pieces together, align the centre, don't worry that the outer edges are not lined up. This is what you want at this stage. Then add the larger piece of the background fabric. 


For the centre section join as follows, again lining up the centre. Press the seams in opposite directions so the seam in the middle lock together.



Again don't worry about the outside edges.  

Finally trim all squares back to 8 1/2". Line the centre of an 8 1/2" square with the centre join of the block. I usually mark the template with a spot in the centre, this makes it easy to line up.

Joined all the trimmed blocks together. Add borders - I cut my borders 6 1/2" Pin21  

Quilt and add binding using your preferred methods.  

If you wanted to use 40 squares from a layer cake you could arrange the pinwheels 5 x 8. Finished size would be 60" x 84" if you added 6 1/2" borders.