Free Layer Cake Pattern – Boxed In

Pre-cuts are a great way to experiment with a complete fabric collection for an affordable price. But it can be challenging to figure out what to make with them, and how to get the most from the fabric. With a plan in hand you can create an awesome throw quilt with a layer cake and a little supplemental fabric that goes together quickly and has fantastic visual impact.

For my sample, I used Kaffe Fasset Collective August 2020 10″ Charm Pack in the cold colorway.

Boxed In Quilt with Kaffe Fasset

This Boxed In quilt goes together fast and packs a punch. The quilt measures 62″ wide x 70″ high with borders. You can change the layout, but this layout requires:

  • 1 layer cake (10″ square pre-cut bundle, make sure includes 42 squares)
  • 1/3 yard of fabric for the inner border
  • 1 1/8 yard of fabric for an outer border
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for binding
  • 4 yards of fabric for backing

Start by cutting your 10″ squares in half:

  • From one half cut (1) 5″ square and (2) 5″ x 2.5″ rectangles
  • From the other half cut (2) 2.5″ x 10″ rectangles

From your inner border fabric, cut (7) strips that are 1.5″ x width of fabric.

From your outer border fabric, cut (8) strips that are 5″ x width of fabric.

Set aside the inner and outer border strips.

Now it is time to sew. Sew a matching 5″ x 2.5″ rectangle to the top and bottom of a different 5″ square.

Now it is time to sew. Sew a matching 5″ x 2.5″ rectangle to the top and bottom of a different 5″ square. Press.

Note that when I am doing this quilt I tend to be completely random in pulling fabric to sew to my center square. With Kaffe that works just fine as his fabric is bold and saturated with color. If your layer cake has fabrics in varying values (light, medium, dark) you may want to be more purposeful in selecting which fabrics to border your center square with.

Then, sew the matching 2.5″ x 10″ strips to either side of your block, aligning the tops. You will have a little tail on either side of your block. Press.

Repeat for all 42 blocks, and then square your blocks to 9″ square.

Lay your blocks out in 7 rows of 6 blocks each to make the quilt as shown. You can also go 5 blocks wide by 8 (or 7) blocks high for a smaller quilt. Your quilt, you get to decide.

At home I use the floor, usually without Angus taking center stage. In the shop I use the cutting table. If you don’t have a space large enough, try your bed. Just be sure to take a photo of your layout to keep yourself organized as you sew your rows together.

Add your borders, first the 1.5″ inner border and then the 5″ outer border. And then your top is done! I cut this quilt one afternoon, pieced the quilt on New Year’s Eve, and quilted it today. All that is left is the binding and then I’ll hang it in the shop.

Back to the conversation about whether or not to plan your fabric placement. Here are a few blocks made with a new Deb Strain Bee Grateful layer cake. In making these blocks I was more deliberate about color placement given the range of values.

I hope you like my Boxed In quilt. Have fun making it and if you do, please share photos! If you need help along the way please let me know. If you need a layer cake to make one, check out our selection!

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