Moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

Framed: My Most Popular Moda Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial

Moda pre-cut layer Cake quilt

This is my most popular quilt tutorial, Framed Quilt, and I want to include it here from my previous blog, Ann Ferguson Quilts.

Hello Luscious is a  beautiful modern feminine collection by BasicGrey for Moda Fabrics. There is something about their designs that just really appeals to me. I love their lush floral, slightly off key colour and pattern combinations and their delicious Grunge Basics. I try to add a little to nearly everything.

Hello Luscious Layer Cake, Basic Grey

Hello Luscious Layer Cake: 42 x 10 inch squares across the whole range of fabric!

One of my favourite things to do with a Layer Cake, is make a sort of stack and slash “Blocks in a Box” block quilt. There are lots of ways to do this, but this one is a straight-forward even cut one as opposed to random, or uneven ones. The one below was made from a selection of 10″ squares, but it could be a Layer Cake.

Moda pre-cut Layer Cake Quilt

Random Framed Quilt

First you open your Layer Cake and look at the wonderful fabric selection contained within 🙂
Then you pair up squares to get 21 pairs. Mix and match patterns, colours and values. Don’t be too predictable.

Moda pre-cut layer cake quiltNext, take one pair of squares and place one exactly on top of the other. Cut a strip 2 1/4 inches wide on two sides. Separate them from the middle wide strip, like in the picture. (I find a rotating cutting mat extremely useful for this.)


Now, position the block pieces so the two cut strips are on top and bottom. Cut 2 more 2 1/4 inch strips on either side. You will now have two 2 1/4″ x 10″ strips, two 2 1/4″ x 5 1/5″ strips, with one 5 1/2 inch square in the centre.

Swap the top and bottom fabrics around in the centre square. These are the fabrics which will compose the first block. You will discover that two 10 inch squares will make 2 blocks in your quilt and that a Layer Cake will make a nice sized throw quilt with 42 blocks.

Moda pre-cut layer cake quiltStart sewing! Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance and sew the two small rectangles to the sides of the centre square. Press. (I pressed the seams open for these blocks.)
Now, sew the two longer rectangles to the top and bottom of the pieced centre.

moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

Look at the picture below. You can see how I sewed the top and bottom pieces on, lining them up even on one side of the block. This makes it easier to trim the blocks at the end.

Moda pre-cut Layer cake Quilt

Finally, place the blocks exactly on top of each other again and trim the two excess ends from them. Your blocks should measure 9 inches square.

You can now separate the blocks and see how nice they are, a positive and negative image in fabric, of each other.

Moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

I like to put them up on my design wall, in pairs, as I go to see how they look and build up a feeling of how the quilt might look, and where to move things later. You can see it growing in the top photo, as the pairs of blocks are added to the wall.

Moda pre-cut layer cake QuiltN.B. See how the blocks are placed so that the long and short seams are next to each other? This makes the quilt very easy to sew together as you’re not having to match hundreds of seams. This is also one of the reasons I pressed the seams open.

Moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

When the blocks are completed, move them around to create a pleasing arrangement, spreading lights, darks, colours and patterns across the surface. It’s that easy to make a pretty quilt!

This is it finished:

Moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

Here are some more!

Moda pre-cut Layer Cake Quilt

PB & J Quilt

Moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

Prayer Flag Quilt

The quilting was done on my Janome 6500 quilting machine by free motion sewing lines up and down in alternate block squares. I use white or neutral Aurifil thread because I love it.

Moda pre-cut layer cake quilt

I challenge you to have a go at making my Framed Quilt… are you up for it?
Happy sewing!


32 thoughts on “Framed: My Most Popular Moda Layer Cake Quilt Tutorial

  1. I’m confused. The stitching on each square is different then the one beside it. How do you do that? Start and stop at the edge? Backstitch?


  2. Thanks for the great pattern! I am right now cutting the Moda Avant Garden layer cake! I ordered it about a month ago, waiting
    to find a great pattern for it! Thanks so much.

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  4. Hi there! I just got a beautiful layer cake to make this pattern. I can’t wait. Finally, a quilt for ME! Would you be able to tell me how much backing and binding this quilt needs? Thank you.


    • Hi Gillian,
      The blocks end up being about 8 1/2″ finished (depending on your seam allowance and trimming) so I would say measure your bed adding any overhang, then use that as a guide for no. of blocks. You could probably use 2 layer cakes for a generous twin bed quilt or a nice queen topper. Quilting also decreases the size a bit.


  5. Hi Ann!

    I just wanted to thank you for this great pattern. I finished the quilt a bit ago and wanted to show you how it came out! Here’s a link to an album I posted about it.

    It was finally a quilt for me to keep. I really love the pattern. My sister wants to try it out next. Thanks again for sharing this great pattern.

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  6. Love this so much thanks for sharing! I just pre ordered Biscuits and Gravy…love that! ❤
    About how much fabric did you use for the backing? I'm new to quilting and I never know how much to order..I either do to much or too little.
    Thanks so much!


    • Hi, I’m not at home at the moment so can’t measure the quilt but I think it comes to about 60″ x 50″ give or take depending on finished block size and if you’ve added a boarder of left over scraps joined together (which I usually do). I think, from memory I usually get about 2.7m – 3m, cut it in half and rejoin it to make a piece big enough tho fit across the width with s bit extra. It will have excess in the length – you can trim that off and use it later for something else. I actually usually finish the top before buying the backing, then I can audition different fabrics to pick the one I like best. Thanks and good luck!

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      • Thank you! I just realized that one quilt is pbj nt biscuits and gravy…but similar to the biscuits fabric, hope it will do I love that one!


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  8. I love this pattern for showing special prints. I am going to make for my nieces 21st next year. (Sept 2019.) I’ve got a couple of quilts on the go, what’s another in the mix?! Lol. (By couple, I mean three, with this, four, lol)
    thanks for sharing.
    (I found this on Pinterest, off to see if I can find you in IG.)

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  9. Hi Ann,
    I’m a beginner quilt (top assembler) and I’d like to start a quilt using your design/pattern. Is the PB&J by Moda fabric still available? Any suggestions on where to buy it? Thank you for posting this…’s just the inspiration that I needed to get started.


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