Layers of Love Quilt

Layers of Love

Hi! My name is Sterling LaBosky, owner of Sterling Quilt Company, and I am so excited to be back on the Moda Bake Shop! Quilts are made to be used and loved, and this layer cake friendly quilt makes it easy to wrap your sweetheart in “Layers of Love.”

This quilt finishes at 63″ x 69″.



1 Little Miss Sunshine Layer Cake
1 1/3 yards background fabric {Bleached White 9900 97}
1 3/4 yards accent fabric {Ruby Ice 9900 169}
4 yards backing fabric
½ yard binding fabric



From the background fabric:

  • Cut 9 strips 2″ x WOF. Subcut into 2″ squares, 20 per strip for a total of 168.
  • Cut 6 strips 3 1/2″ x WOF. Set aside for sashing.

From the accent fabric:

  • Cut 11 strips 5″ x WOF. Subcut into 5″ squares, 8 per strip for a total of 84.

From the layer cake:

  • Cut all 42 squares in half. You will have 84 rectangles measuring 5″ x 10″.


From the binding fabric:

  • Cut 7 strips 2 1/2″ x WOF.


Block Assembly:

All seam allowances are 1/4″ throughout.

Mark a line from corner to corner on the backside of your 2″ background squares and on your 5″ accent squares. The 2″ squares will make the tops of your hearts and the 5″ squares will be the bottoms. Tip: I marked a second line 1/2″ away from the diagonal on my accent squares. This will serve as another sew line to make bonus half square triangle blocks as you go.


Starting with your 2″ background squares, place them RST with your layer cake rectangles and stitch on the lines. Trim away the excess 1/4″ past your stitch line.

Now place your 5″ accent squares RST with your layer cake rectangles and stitch on BOTH lines. Tip: Always keep your straight cut in the middle and your original pinked edge on the outside of your block to know which side is left or right for your heart block.


To ensure nesting seams, press all the right sides of your hearts in toward the middle and all your left sides out. Press all your bonus half square triangle blocks toward the print.

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Choose 3 hearts and leave them as half heart blocks. Sew the remaining 39 heart blocks together. Press each heart block to the left to nest your seams later when sewing your rows together, or press open if you prefer.


Trim your bonus half square triangle blocks to 4″ square.



Quilt Layout:


Piece together your 3 1/2″ sashing strips you set aside earlier. You will need 4 sashing rows measuring 63 1/2″ long.

Lay out your blocks according to the picture. There will be 7 heart blocks across by 6 blocks down. Place a sashing row on the top and bottom and in between each set of two heart rows.

Sew your blocks together and press each row in alternating directions. If you press each row toward the left side of your hearts, your seams will nest when you flip every other row upside down.

Sew all your rows together and press toward the sashing.


This quilt finishes at 63″ x 69″.


I hope you guys “love” this quilt as much as I do, and I would love to see your Layers of Love quilts. Just tag me on Instagram @sterlingquiltco using #layersoflovequilt.

Remember those bonus half square triangle blocks, the possibilities are endless! Here are a couple of bonus pillows that I made. Just have fun and Happy Sewing!


Sterling LaBosky


21 comments on “Layers of Love Quilt

  1. Very pretty! Thank you. Your hearts are prettier – fuller – than a lot of quilt hearts I have seen. Much nicer! I will be looking at this again soon!

  2. Little Quiltsong says:

    Oh this is beautiful! Love how you used the blue and white for the background with these beautiful ‘Sunshine’ hearts. Thank you for this quilt pattern, Sterling!

  3. Pam Arbour says:

    That is a darling quilt. I like how you did the background. Thanks for sharing it on MBS!

  4. Christa says:

    I love this pattern! Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. Debbie says:

    A great quilt to make with a single layer cake!!!

  6. Trish S says:

    Thank you for sharing. Definitely on the bucket list of quilts to make.

  7. merlinkay2 says:


  8. Rosemaryflower says:

    Reaaaaallly Cute. I love the colors and the happy arrangment

  9. This is adorable Sterling — thanks so much for the great pattern and tutorial.

  10. Laura says:

    Just a fantastic Layer Cake quilt! The instructions are very clear.

  11. Ellen Thompson says:

    I like the zig-zag effect of the light blue.

  12. Summer Anderson says:

    So cute! This is going on my quilty to do list! Thanks!

  13. Annie W. says:

    I LOVE heart designs..and this pattern is beautiful! Great directions..thank you for sharing your design, Sterling!

  14. Kay Young says:

    This is a layer cake version of Tula Pinks quilt in Sew Red called Paper Hearts…I do love precuts!

  15. Leisha Farnsworth says:

    Thanks, Sterling for using Patricia Ritter and my “marmalade©” pantograph design. It’s available through or by going to:

  16. Carla says:

    This is too cute!

  17. Kim says:

    Thanks much for the printer ready version! Darling design!

  18. cruisefan says:

    How beautiful!
    The fabric line is not so much to my liking, but the hearts are really nice and “puffy”. ;-))
    Your quilting design is very nice and accurate.
    Will definitely put this pattern on my to-do-list.
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Sharon Robinson says:

    I have to do 3 baby quilts in the next few months. Would love to make this! Is there a kit available somewhere?

  20. I am sitting here trying to compute what I need to adapt this into a table runner. I am devising it from your quilt design using a Charm Pack of LaVie En Rouge. I think the leftover HST’S could make really cute trivets, mug rugs and candle mats.

  21. Excuse me! I meant to say Le Marais! Will go die of embarrassment now! Silly me! I never did well in French class!

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