Layer cakes make perfect quilt backs. I’ve made entire quilt backs from layer cake squares, and I’ve also used just a row of them between two pieces of backing when I didn’t have quite enough fabric. Recently I was making a table runner and used left-over layer cake squares to piece the scrappy backing pictured above.
Of course, layer cake squares pieced together make wonderful quilt tops, too. This delightful lap-sized quilt top was pieced using one layer cake of Oink a Doodle Moo.
You can even make sampler quilts using layer cakes. The Open Gate Quilts Block of the Month quilt above (fabric is Indigo Crossing by Minick & Simpson) was made using two layer cakes along with some background and border fabrics. A lot of jelly roll patterns can also be adapted for use with layer cakes…there are so many possibilities.
You can download the Moda Bake Shop pdf file “How to Slice a Layer Cake” here. This helpful document showcases cutting ideas such as:
- cut into four 5″ x 5″ charm squares
- cut into two 5″ x 5″ charm squares and eight 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ squares
- cut into nine 3″ x 3″ squares
- cut into five 2″ x 10″ strips or four 2 1/2″ x 10″ strips
- cut diagonally to create triangles for half-square triangle units
- cut circles from the layer cake square