Four Square Layer Cake Quilt

Hi! I'm Sherri from A Quilting Life, and I'm happy to be here today to share a quilt on the Moda Bake Shop!  This is a super fun and easy Layer Cake quilt that has a fast and easy construction technique.

1 Layer Cake Reunion
2 1/4 yards Moda Bella Bleached White (9900-97)
1 1/4 yards Outer Border Fabric (5477-18)
3/4 yards Binding Fabric (5476-22)
4 1/2 yards Backing Fabric (5470-17)

1  Quilt 70" x 80"

Start by choosing 30 Layer Cake squares and cut each square into (4) 5" x 5" squares.  For a scrappier quilt, use all of your Layer Cake squares, cutting a total of (120) 5'' x 5'' squares.

From your neutral fabric cut (8) 1 1/2" strips.  Cross-cut these strips into 60 pieces 1 1/2" x 5".
From your neutral fabric also cut (20) 1 1/2" strips.  Cross-cut these into 60 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" pieces.
From your neutral fabric cut (23) 1 1/2" strips. Cross-cut these into 90 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" pieces.

From your border fabric cut (8) 5" x width of fabric strips.
From your binding fabric cut (8) 2 1/2" x width of fabric strips.

1. Take two different 5" squares and join them together with a 1 1/2" x 5" background strip in between. Press background fabric towards the squares.

Repeat to make 60 of these units.

2. Join two units from step one with a 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" background strip. Press toward strips. Make 30 of these units.

3. Sew two 1 1/2" x 10 1/2" strips to either side of the units created in step 2. Press toward the side strips.

4. Sew two 1 1/2" x 12 1/2" strips to the top and bottom of each unit created in step 3. Press toward the top and bottom strips. Your block will measure 12 1/2" x 12 1/2".

Layout the blocks in a pleasing arrangement, alternating the way the blocks are turned so you don't have to worry about matching seams. This is the part that makes putting this quilt together so easy!

5. You should have 6 rows with 5 blocks each. Sew 5 blocks together to make each row.  Sew the six rows together.

This is what the seams will look like where 4 blocks meet. You won't have to worry about matching seams until you sew the rows together.

6. Measure the left and right sides of your quilt. Take an average of this measurement. Piece your border fabric together then cut two pieces to this measurement. Sew to left and right sides of quilt. Press towards border fabric.

7.  Measure the top and bottom of your quilt; again, take an average of these measurements. Cut two strips to this measurement, then sew to the top and bottom of your quilt.

9. Piece backing fabric together to measure 6" larger all around than your quilt.

10.  Layer quilt top with batting and backing. Quilt as desired.

11.  Bind using the 2 1/2" strips.

Enjoy your creation!

Sherri McConnell


Maria said...

Thank you Sherri quick,easy and looks great.

Gabriella said...

Sherri thank you very much ^__^

I'll try soon to make this pattern

Dawn Hendrix said...

LOVE IT......

Jenny said...

simply gorgeous

Sherry said...

Always looking for quick & easy ways to use my precuts. Thanks for this recipe Sherri. Your quilt looks great.

Megan said...

Ahhh--Wonderful--no seams to match--definately my speed. This is one I will be trying--although maybe a bit smaller--Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Cindy said...

Love it! Nice way to show off the fabric!

PaulaN said...

I love Sweetwater fabrics, this looks great. One question, where you say "cutting a total of (12) 5'' x 5'' squares." Should that say 120 instead of 12?

Mary Anne said...

Perfect! I have a Reunion Layer Cake and I've been searching for a good pattern to use it with. I'm so excited - thank you!

Richard Healey said...

Very nice quilt easy and simple disign.

Four dogs and one quilter said...

Beautiful! I have just the layer cake for this design. I love that this recipe is GO! friendly, will be able to cut this out in no time.

Sherri said...

Yes, Paula, it should say "120" rather than "12." I've just corrected the post. Thanks for pointing that out!

amy smart said...

SO pretty Sherri!

thisyearsdozen said...

I have that fabric too. Thanks for giving me an idea.


A Farmer's Wife said...

I love your pattern! Would it be possible to use charm packs for the 5 inch squares?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What a great layer cake quilt Sherri!

Katrina said...


Sabrina @ my little slice of pie said...

I was browsing through the bake shop looking for a recipe to make for a baby gift and this is just the ticket. I'm going to make it with left over charm squares. Thanks for a great pattern!

Luisa said...

I made this with some Japanese style prints (ikoi) and it is beautiful.