Layer Cake sampler qal


UPDATE! - If you would like to purchase a PDF compilation of the entire Layer Cake Sampler tutorial instructions, you can find that in my shop here.


I am so happy to announce my first quilt along at Material Girl Quilts!  I hope you will join me as we choose our favorite layer cakes to create the Layer Cake Sampler Quilt.

For this quilt, we will be using 2 layer cakes to make twenty 16" finished blocks (one print layer cake and one solid).  I have already finished a quilt using layout option #1 (shown below).

Layout Option #1:

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  • Finished Size:  80” x 98”

  • Fabric Requirements:

    • 1 print layer cake (blocks)

    • 1 solid layer cake or 3 yards cut into 40 – 10” squares (blocks)

    • 1 ¾ yard solid for sashing (cut carefully, there is very little extra)

    • ¼ yard or fat quarter for cornerstone squares

    • 1 yard for border

    • ¾ yard for binding

    • 6 yards for backing

Here is layout option #2 which is what I'll be working on during the quilt along.  It has 16 of the 20 blocks on the front and I plan to use 4 of my blocks pieced into the back.

Layout Option #2:

  • Finished Size:  79 ½” x 79 ½”

  • Fabric Requirements:

    • 1 print layer cake (blocks)

    • 1 solid layer cake or 3 yards cut into 40 – 10” squares (blocks)

    • 2 yards solid for sashing/borders (cut carefully, there is very little extra)

    • ¾ yard for binding

    • 5 yards for backing

Of course you can create your own finishing layout once your blocks are pieced too!  I can't wait to see everyone's variations of the sampler when we are done.

Here are the details for the full quilt along schedule:

February 21st - Basic block piecing instructions and Blocks 1 & 2 demonstration

February 28th - Blocks 3 & 4

March 7th - Blocks 5 & 6

March 14th - Blocks 7 & 8

March 21st - Blocks 9 & 10

March 28th - Blocks 11 & 12 (halfway link up with prizes!!)

April 4th - Blocks 13 & 14

April 11th - Blocks 15 & 16

April 18th - Blocks 17 & 18

April 25th - Blocks 19 & 20

May 2nd - Final quilt layout options and piecing instructions

May 16th - Finished Layer Cake Sampler Quilt top link up (with fabulous prizes to be given to several randomly chosen winners!!)

This schedule should allow plenty of time for everyone to get their blocks done and also allow for late comers to join in on the fun :)

If you are an Instagram user, please tag your photos with #layercakesamplerqal so I can find you!

I hope you join me on this quilt along and let me know if you have any questions.