Layer Cake 9-Patch

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Jelly rolls are usually my go-to for strip piecing because, well – they are already strips! But Layer Cakes® piece up nicely into 9-patches and today I’ll show you how I make them. If you have another layer cake 9-patch technique, tell us about it in the comments!

This block finishes finishes at 6″ square.

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2 Layer Cake® squares (one Light and one Dark)

*Fabric used is Just Another Walk in the Woods by Stacy Iest Hsu. It’s full of adorable prints and gorgeous florals! It will be available in shops November 2016.

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1. Cut each Layer Cake® square into (4) 2½” x 10″ strips. Make the cutting quick and easy by layering up your fabric and using a 12½” square template, cutting at 2½”, 5″, and 7½”.

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2. Set aside two strips – 1 light and 1 dark. From the remaining strips, pair up 3 sets of light and dark and sew together along the long edge using a scant ¼”seam. Press toward the dark fabric.

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3. Add remaining two strips to 2 of the strip sets created above to make 1 Light-Dark-Light strip set and 1 Dark-Light-Dark strip set. Press. You will have one extra L/D pair of strips. Set aside for now.

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4. With right sides together, pin strip sets at opposite ends, taking care to nest seams together. Sew along pinned edges.

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5. Remove pins on one edge and trim off 2½” section. Realign strips, pin again, and sew long newly pinned edge. Remove pins from both ends. Cut a 2½” section from each end and press. You will have (3) 4½” x 6½” units and (2) 2½”  x 6½” units. Set one of the 4½” x 6½” units aside.

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6. Join one 4½” wide unit with one 2½” wide unit to create a 9-patch block. Press. Repeat to create one additional 9-patch.

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7. Trim the extra L/D strip set from step 3 into (4) 2½” segments. Sew two segments end-to-end and press. Remove either the light or dark end of this segment. Add to leftover unit from step 5 to create a third 9-patch block.

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  • Each pair of Layer Cake® squares yields (3) 9-patches
  • One 42 piece Layer Cake® yields (63) light/dark 9-patch blocks plus an extra 9 scrappy 9-patch blocks if you piece the leftover bits

I’m saving my 9-patches and extra squares to make snowballs and 9-patches! What will you make with your 9-patch blocks?

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5 comments on “Layer Cake 9-Patch

  1. anudge says:

    Lisa, saw Eleanor Burns do a similar method years ago. She used 8 inch blocks and sewed them on two sides cue and made her 9 patches. It’s good to see this quick way of making blocks come around again.

  2. Rosemaryflower says:

    Lisa, this is a great idea!

  3. rosa says:

    Great idea and will try with stripes.Which is the size of one of these little ones?That fabrics are yummiest!

  4. Sandra Lanter says:

    Thank you for this…I have several layer cakes I can use for this.

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