Double Slice Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial

Transcript:

Hi, it’s Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. I’ve got a really awesome tutorial for you today. This is made with a Layer Cake and it’s called “Pick A Bunch” and it’s just fun flowers and I used it on this new block I’m going to show you. How adorable is this? I mean it’s just beautiful. It’s scrappy, and it’s quick, and I’m going to show you just how to do that. So, the first thing you need to find is a Layer Cake that you love! That you want to use all the pieces in, and this is that “Pick A Bunch” and I decided that since, you know how fast Christmas is coming, that I’d go ahead and try it with this “Ready, Set, Snow!” It’s a new line by Me and My Sister. Their first Christmas line, so that’s kind of fun!

Now let me show you how to make this block. First, what you’re going to do is your going to take your Layer Cake and you’re going to cut it in a 3 1/2″ piece and a 6 1/2″ piece, and you’re going to cut the whole thing. I’ve already started cutting this so, let me go ahead and finish some more, because it’s big pieces you can cut them pretty easily on a, with four or five under there. So, you’re going to cut 3 1/2″ and that’s what we have here. I kind of like to line up my edges so that I know exactly where I’m cutting here. So, I’m going to go one, two, three, and a half. Then we’re just going to cut those and I kind of like to try and keep them in order.

So I will keep this stack with this. Let me just lay these together, and then this one with this. I’m going to keep them underneath because that’s the way they came out of the pile. Then I’ve got another row here, and you saw I just kind of raked my fingers across it. When you lay it down sometimes you know it’ll all lay at an angle like that and if you kind of rake your fingers across it, it’ll go right back together. So again we’re going to cut it at 3 1/2″. So you have one side 3 1/2″, and one side 6 1/2″. There we go, and I’m going to stick this on the bottom and this one on the bottom. So, now what we’re going to do is we’re going to sit down next to the sewing machine, and what I’m going to do is, I’m going to take my big piece like this, and I’m going to flop my little piece over like this.

So that it’s, so that the bottoms first, and then I’m just going to start sewing these together like this. So that I’m sewing two different pieces to the same one, but it makes it easy cause I’ve just flipped it over and I’m going to take that one. OK, so let me show you that one more time. We have our Layer Cake right together. This is how it originally was. Just like this, and I’m going to use this part to sew and what I’m going to do is I’m going to flip this over so that I’m going to take now from the bottom of the pile so that you, so that these are all going to be mixed up. We’re just going to mix them all up. Now if you get one and it’s two blues together or something like that. Just mix them up. You want your colors to be different you want to have a good mish-mash of contrast.

So let’s go ahead and sew a few of these together and I’ll show you what happens. How we do this amazing block. All right so we come over here, and I’m going to sew at 1/4″ straight down. And you can, the other fun thing that’s, or quick thing about this, the other thing that’s really quick about this is that you can just chain piece them, so you just grab the next one, see, oh they stick together, and then I grab my next dot and I’m going to put that on here. Line them up, you’ll notice I’m not pinning, because I’m just lining and sticking it under there and then I reach down here and just make sure they’re lined up because we’re sewing small enough areas that we really don’t have to pin too much.

Now just for the fun let’s sew one more. So, now you can see I’m putting this red with this blue. I’m just going to sew straight down 1/4″, and actually the 1/4″ isn’t crucial on this, and I’ll show you why. So, then we’re going to go ahead and clip these apart, and then I’m going to bring them over here to my ironing board, and I’m just going to press these open. So here’s my iron and I’m just going to press like this. I’m just going to lift up that piece and press back and then here is the fun part where it turns into a block. What we’re going to do now is we are going to lay our piece on here.

OK, it’s still a 10″ block so half of that is going to be 5″, and so we’ll go ahead and put that on there, and cut it. Then we’re going to do that with the other ones as well, and you’ll want to sew all of yours together before you start cutting. Just because that’s the best way to do it so you get a good mish-mash of colors, that’s a technical sewing term there, Mish-Mash. (Laughter) Alright, so now, when you go to put this block together, I’m going to do the same thing, I’m going to stack my two blocks together like this, and then I’m going to flip one of these over. So, I’m taking one from the bottom to the top, and then I’m just going to sew these together. I’m going to sew them together, so that I have one small part at the top, and one small part at the bottom. That’s your block right there.

So, again, what you’re going to want to do is, you’re going to want to have a stack, have your two stacks, flip one over. Take from the bottom to the top. If they don’t match well, just go ahead and sift through them and find the one that you do, that you like, and then you’re going to put these together like this. So, let’s go ahead and put a few of these together, and make sure that you’re not putting them together like this, you’re putting them together this way. So, we have a small piece at either end of the block, the small strip. And we can chain piece these through again because, we’ve sewn them all, we’ve cut them all, and now we’re going to chain piece them all, and here’s the next one. Make sure these are lined up really nice.

There we go, then I’m going to clip these apart, and I’m going to press them open. There we go, and I’m just going to set that seam, and lift and press, and set that seam, and lift and press. Now what you’re going to do with this is, you’re going to take these and one is going to be sideways like this, and one is going to be up and down like this. But you want to use enough things so that, maybe I can do it this way, where it won’t match together. There we go. So, this is your whole quilt, is just one sideways like this, then up and down, then sideways like that, and up and down. That’s how you put the whole thing together.

Let me show you again on this quilt that we’ve finished so you can see how the block lays out. Here’s your block right here. See, it’s got one this way, tall, and then you put the next one long. It just makes a darling scrappy look. Let me show you one more color combination right over here. We don’t have any of this fabric left but it is beautiful. It’s called “Night and Day”, and it’s a black white and red, and it’s the same pattern. Where you sew your little, you cut it in a 3 1/2″ and a 6 1/2″ cut them in half put them together. Isn’t that adorable? That is just really, really neat. Well I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on a new block to make, with your Layer Cake from the Missouri Star Quilt Company

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  • Rae

    How large a quilt does one layer cake make?

    • Sarah

      It makes a small twin.  Add borders and it will get bigger and bigger.  :)

  • Patriciabillings

    How do you view the printed transcript for the double slice layer cake quilt tutorial?

    • Sarah

      It might not be showing up. I will check into it, and let you know.

  • Robinbatchelor

    I wonder how many layer cakes she used to make that quilt she showed.

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jan 19 @ 3:48am (UTC):

      This was just one layer cake and it makes about a twin.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
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  • Mlihs

    Took this idea and did it with a charm pack and made a table runner. Turned out great!!!

  • Tammy T Breaux

    How many blocks per row?

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jan 19 @ 3:37am (UTC):

      That quilt is set up with 7 rows of 5 in each row.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
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      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Debbie

    Love the little skinny borders….how many layer cake fabric pieces did you pull out of the pack to do the little border?

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jan 19 @ 1:50am (UTC):

      Aren’t those borders so cute!! They are so easy. I used 35 of the blocks for the main body of the quilt and the other 7 I cut into 1 1/2 inch strips and sewed together for my little border….then set those aside. I then bordered the entire quilt (all four sides) with a 2 1/2 inch strip of white. Then on just the sides i added the 1 1/2 inch strip and then a 4 inch strip of white. You are done with the sides. For the top and bottom, you will sew the 1 1/2 inch strip all the way across the top that is your 1st border. For the second border on the top and bottom, you will cut and sew a 4 x 4 inch square to a piece of the 1 1/2 inch strip and then add your 4 inch strip the length of the middle, ending with the 1 1/2 inch strip and the 4 x 4 inch block on the other side.I hope this helps and doesn’t confuse you more! Good luck !
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Holli

    How much yardage is needed for the back and the borders? This quilt is adorable but I am a new quilter and haven’t quite figured out how to calculate the yardage yet. :)

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Mar 1 @ 3:06am (UTC):

      Hi Holli, The Double Slice layer cake ends up being about 70 x 80 inches.  so you will need 2 1/4 yards of 108 backing or 4.5  yards
      of regular bolt fabric.  For the borders you will need about 1 1/2 yards.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny
      Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888)
      571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Aebevilockway

    Just finished another split layer cake.  Jenny, you inspire me with your easy patterns.  For a working girl like me, who loves to quilt, quick and easy patterns are a must.

    • Sarah

      Great work!!  What a beautiful quilt!!  Thank you for sharing your success with us!!!  Have a great week!

  • Liz

    Would you please post a picture of the completed quilt with the borders. I can’t seem to figure out how to do the borders. I have finished the sides but I am not sure what you mean about the 4×4 fabric ( which fabric am I to  use?). I think a picture would really help! thanks for the AWESOME tutorial!!!!!!!!!!

    • Natalie

      Hi Liz,
      I sent you a picture in an email. I hope that helps, let me know!

      • Dawn

        Would you please send me a finished picture of the quilt?  I’m having the same problem as Liz.  Thanks!!

  • Cindyryan44

    I just everything about your site.  Your tutorials are great.  The material I have purchase has been wonderful.  I am addicted to all your fabric! I made my first Jelly Roll quilt a month ago and just had a ball.  I purchased a layer cake recently to give  my mom for her birthday.  She will love it and she will love making a quilt with this tutorial.  Cindy

    • Sarah

      thank you Cindy!! I bet your Mom will be thrilled with her gift from you!  

  • Cailin

    I really want to make this quilt!! The pattern is so beautiful :) What does the back of the quilt look like? Is there anyway you could do a tutorial on the borders and back of the quilt as well. Or point me in the right direction of where to find a tutorial video that explains this. Thanks! :)

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Apr 24 @ 2:38am (UTC):

      Hi Cailin, I think a tutorial on the backs is a great idea.  Also I
      am working on a tutorial on border ideas so stay tuned for that…. Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
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  • Lisa Lou

    I love this quilt.  Your video tutorial is wonderful!  I would like to make this into a king size quilt – how many layer cakes would I need to buy for that?  I was thinking 2 but wondered if that would be enough…  Thanks for all of your awesome videos.  I am learning so much from you!

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 2 @ 11:40am (UTC):

      Thank you for your kind words!  Two layer cakes will make a queen so you will need about 3.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
      http://www.MissouriQuiltCo.com

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  • Nitro

    Hi!  I just made my first quilt front from a layer cake based on watching this tutorial (about 5 times).  It turned out perfect!  Here’s the deal:  I read conflicting thoughts (from other web sites) on whether or not to pre-wash/shrink the layer cake before piecing and concluded, based on this tutorial, that I’d be fine not pre-washing it.  But now I am faced with wondering if I should refrain from pre-washing/shrinking the fabric for the back and borders, or if I should not preshrink that and let it all shrink at once in the first wash.  Thanks in advance for the advice, and thanks for the great tutorial!

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 2 @ 11:56am (UTC):

      If you are using good fabric, you do not need to pre wash.  I never pre wash and when I wash the quilt it is does shrink, which is minimal, it all goes together.  You NEVER pre wash pre cuts.  I hope this helps!
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
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      • Nitro

        Thank you Jenny. You are the best!

  • Donna

    What width of the border strips did you use?Like that look!!

    • Anonymous

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on May 2 @ 11:59am (UTC):

      It is a really fun look!  I used a 2 1/2 inch border for the inner border.  The colored strips are 1 1/2 and the last border is 4
      inches.  You attach this by putting the inner border all the way around and the you put the small strip border and the 4 inch border on the sides then you build out the top and bottom.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
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  • Mara

    Hello there!!! I love to use this pattern for a super king side bed, how many layer cakes? Many thanks!!!Love all your shop! tutorials! and daily deals!!!
    Love  From Canarias!

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      ## Jenny Doan replied, on Jun 1 @ 4:14am (UTC):

      Hi Mara, Depending on the size of your king…you will probably need about 3 or 4.
      Have a great day!
      Jenny Doan
      info@missouriquiltco.com

      (888) 571-1122
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  • Anonymous

    Love this quilt! Iwould like to make your first example,the colorful one. What pack was that? Thanks!

    • Sarah

      Are you talking about the Me and My Sister Christmas line??  

      • Anonymous

        The one at the begining of the video. The flower one. I looked up up pick a bunch but so much comes up so I couldn’t figure out if that was the name of the fabric or the name of style of quilt.  Thanks for responding :)

        • Sarah

          Oh, ok.  Actually, the line Pick a Bunch is out of print now!  I loved that fabric line! Sorry you were unable to find it!   We are hoping that they come out with another line similar to that one, soon!!  Have a great day!!

          • Anonymous

            Thanks. Yeah when i finally found some they were all sold out too. I’m going to a quilt show tomorrow ( which is super rare where I live) and they are going to have vendors. Maybe I’ll find something  cool there!

  • Nitro

    Hi Jenny, I am now quilting the sandwich together and have a question about the distance between stiches.  If I stich along all the seams will the stiches be close enough together?  Or should I do an extra stick accross the center of the larger piece so as to ensure that over time the batting won’t start distributing strangly?  I am using cotton batting.  Tahnsk!

  • Jmwallner

    Love your tutorials. Please keep them coming.

    • Sarah

      Will do!  Thanks!

  • diane

    looks like fun can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

  • Lori50Lynn

    Hi, I absolutely loved this tutorial.  I was just in your store online picking out layer cake fabric, but I’m a little confused.  Some layer cakes have 42 pieces, some have 39, some 24, 21.  I’m not sure what to do.  I want to make about a queen size quilt.  I noticed the same thing with most of the precuts, they all have different numbers of pieces in the packages.  Which ones are standard? Please help.

    • Natalie

      Hi Lori,
      The standard is 42 pieces in a package. It takes about two layer cakes to make a queen size quilt. Add sashing or borders to make it exactly the size you need! I hope this helps!

  • Kathy Little

    Made this quilt top in a day. What a fun pattern. Using those layer cake is great. So much fabric variety with the layer cakes. Making another. Fun. Fun. Fun.

  • Jackie MSQC

    I just love this pattern, it’s such a fun (and easy) quilt to do! Enjoy!!

  • Valerie

    Thank You. I’ve been in slump of not sewing. Watched this layer cake tutorial this morning and I’m almost done with the top. Thanks for the motivation. Missouri Star Quilt Co. Rocks.

  • Anita

    Made this loved it. My first from one of your tutorials but not my last. Thanks for a quick fun project.

    • MissouriQuiltCo

      Glad to hear it went well!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/debby.warthen Debby Warthen

    last weekend I was at my guild retreat and made this out of a Glamping layer cake by Moda that i got for my birthday! great pattern, easy to sew, perfect for that retreat time! love the tutorials!

    • JenM

      Oh, what fun fabric! Glad it worked out for your retreat!

  • billiejean

    Did the border fabric come from the same layer cake?

    • JenM

      Yes, it’s from one layer cake. Easy peasy.

  • Heather

    Could you do this with charm packs?

    • JenM

      Sure, Heather! Everything will just be on smaller scale and if you don’t mind small piecing, go for it. Have fun!

  • Jennifer Cormier Domegan

    I want to make a baby quilt using this pattern. Should I just use half the layer cake?

  • Bonnie

    Thank you for the great tute! At one point you say, “The 1/4″ seam isn’t crucial and I’ll show you why”… but you never do say why.

    • Sandra Duffey

      1/4″ seams are not crucial because you are not matching any seams. It is all ‘mish mash’!….love that new quilting term!

  • Sandra Duffey

    I love how easy this looks, so I am trying my hand at one with a Scrumptious Layer Cake. Love the colors in it. Will send photo when done. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your tutorials, I have learned a lot from Jenny!

    • JenniferMSQC

      Hi Sandra, how’s the Scrumptious Layer Cake going? So glad you’ve learned a great deal from the tutorials! Can’t wait to see your pics of the finished project!

  • MKitts

    I am super excited about this and I have all my squares finished, but they don’t remotely measure as a 10×10. I have one that is even way off the others. I’ve measured about half of them and they are 9.25×9.5, except for my baby square, which is 9.25 Square (after the trimming needed). I feel like I messed up, but I can’t imagine where. I used a Moda pack called “Putting on the Ritz” that I was gifted. With Moda being the name, I really didn’t check it, knowing they are pretty good. Now I’m needing a tutorial on squaring :S Help?!

  • MKitts

    I posted something last night to this, but it seems to be MIA. I’m going to post again. I hope that I’m not duplicating and apologize in advance if that is necessary.

    I used a MODA layer cake to work this awesome quilt! I am so excited about how the blocks came out – they are crisp and neat with very little effort! As I moved along to putting the blocks into rows, I noticed that one block was off and measured it out. Then and only then did I realize that all my squares are measuring at 9.25×9.5 inches (with the exception of this one which is only 9.25.9.25).

    In the video you state that they should be 10×10. What did I do wrong? And what do I do now?

  • Kellie S

    I’m using your Double Slice Layer Cake tutorial to make a pieced duvet top for my
    sis for Christmas. I bought the Owlivia fabric online from your shop. Top is all finished and 5″ border is on. Is it ok to leave the top unlined with just the bottom fabric added to create the duvet envelope? I chose not to quilt it, in case it’s too warm with the duvet and the batting. I just worry about the exposed seams wearing against the duvet.

    This is my first quilt/piecing project and I am loving it! Already bought the Circa jelly roll for my own quilt next.

    Thank you for your great tutorials and inspiration.

    Kellie S.

  • loquay

    I am so happy to have found your site! I’m going to begin my first quilt and, given your tutorials, I feel confident I can produce a great product. Already have several charm packs from you, and am heading over to order a layer cake for this quilt! Thanks for making these tutorials available to us all.

  • loquay

    How many blocks per row, and how many rows, for a) full and b) queen sized quilt? Two layer cakes for a queen? Thanks!

  • csuemj

    I love the pieced border. It adds so much! How do you get that if you use all your layer cake squares for the blocks?
    Thanks!

  • Keara Littner

    It’s been a long time since I last tried making a quilt. It might be fun to give it a shot again, and it would give me something to do in my free time. I’ll have to see how this one ends up turning out for me. If nothing else, it should be pretty good practice to get myself back into it.
    Keara | http://moresewforyou.com