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Thread: I need some advice/help. layer cakes or yardage?

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    Question I need some advice/help. layer cakes or yardage?

    I found super cute baby quilt pattern today on Moda Bake Shop. It's called Pinwheel Pals (http://www.modabakeshop.com/2017/05/...als-quilt.html). The pattern calls for one layer cake using Lily and Will Revisited by Bunny Hill Designs. From this layer cake, you can make a boy quilt and a girl quilt. Issue: I need two boy quilts. (This is where you all come in!) Do I buy two layer cakes and save the pink fabrics for those who may have girls in the future, OR do I buy yardage and cut my own?

    IF I am to buy yardage, how do I figure out how many fabrics to purchase and how much of each? This is what always stumps me, even though I have been quilting forever!

    Thanks for the help!

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    since there's not too much of a variety of fabrics, i'd buy yardage.
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    I would just make my own. Layer Cakes are 10" squares.
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    You would need (11) 1/4 yd cuts of fabric to be enough for this project... plus all the additional recommended background / border fabrics.

    Or, there are other layer cakes out there that are mainly blue.

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    What a cute quilt! I'm bookmarking this.

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    I've never used layer cakes or any pre-cuts, even though I have been given jelly rolls and charms as gifts. (THey are still nice and new in package, saying "don't just stand there, use me!")

    The hesitation I have is that if I screw up a cut, I'd have to hope I had enough of that fabric left in my pack. It's a big risk.
    Sure it's convenient if you trust yourself.

    THe other issue is the prewashing. I don't trust colors not to run, and it's a pain to test all those precuts individually in water. I don't want to get a whole new tangent going about the issue, but I'm advising for yardage for both the cutting and bleeding risk factors.

    Besides, why buy the girl fabric if you don't need it?
    Last edited by zozee; 07-13-2017 at 08:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bree123 View Post
    You would need (11) 1/4 yd cuts of fabric to be enough for this project... plus all the additional recommended background / border fabrics.

    Or, there are other layer cakes out there that are mainly blue.
    1/4 yard cuts won't get you a 10-inch square. You could get fat quarters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun View Post
    1/4 yard cuts won't get you a 10-inch square. You could get fat quarters.
    Actually, the pattern never uses a full 10" square - the biggest required is 8 7/8" for the large HST's, so linear quarter yards would work as well.

    I would either buy an all-boy layer cake, or use yardage. I haven't checked Bree123's calculations, but they seem correct for yardage to replace the layer cakes.

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    I'm with zozee. I never buy precuts for the reasons she cited: what if I mess up and need more of a particular fabric? I like to prewash my fabrics, and also because most of those are cut with pinking shears, which would be too inaccurate for me to line up. (I also hear sometimes they aren't all cut the same size.)

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    I've not seen an all boy layer cake! That's the problem!

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    Using a layer cake, you would need to cut off 1 1/8 inch strips to come up with your 8 7/8" squares...those strips will be wasted unless you are willing to make something with strips that skinny. I thought people used precuts to save cutting time...no time saved and possibly wasted fabric. Doesn't seem wise since layer cakes are more expensive to begin with. That's one reason I don't buy any precuts except FQ's.
    The average layer cake bundle is $40 and contains about 40 squares. One yard of fabric yields 12 10" squares (plus 2 strips of fabric). So, a layer cake is equal to about 3 1/3 yards of fabric. That's just over $12/yard for layer cakes.

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    Darling quilt-thanks for the link :-)

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    I agree that there is not too much variation of print used for either boy or girl, I would just buy quarter yard cuts and cut your own pieces. It looks like a fun pattern, don't forget to post your photos.
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    I would probably make my own layer cakes, that way you can get the colors and prints that would make a cute boy's quilt. Keep us posted as to what you decide.

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    Either buy a layer cake that's predominantly blue or stick with yardage. Great pattern to use up stash.

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    I have purchased layer cakes when I have found a super deal. I only use them on patterns that use the whole square (or patterns using charm size). If a pattern is using 8" or 9" cuts, I do not like the waste. Sometimes the layer cake is easier because of the variety of prints available. But, figure 40 pieces at 10" square, so 4 across equals 10 cuts of 10" equaling 100". Close to 3 yards. Does that layer cake cost less than you would buy 3 yards for? Really rough way to figure it, but that is how i determine if it is a good sale. Since you are not going to use the whole layer cake and just save half for a possible future quilt, I would think a better deal would be to purchase yardage.

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    Thanks, everyone. I bought yardage. I got 1/3 yard of 11 or 12 fabrics. Now what? How do I figure out the best way to cut the fabric without wasting? I've got the graph paper out and am trying to figure out how many pieces of each piece I need for 2 quilts. Suggestions?

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    If using layer-cakes, some pieces are cut into 5" squares, so you could not get away with 1/4 yd (9")

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    Cute Pattern!! too many bad experiences with pre-cuts not being true to size. I mean off by 1/2"-1" in dimensions. I buy yardage.

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