Amazing Layered Patchwork technique: must see, sew easy! (+ video)

From Prairie LifeWhether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro when it comes to making quilts, we can all agree on one thing: we’d all love to have more time to make all the things!

Sometimes challenging techniques or even the sheer size of a quilt can make the finish line seem as far away as the year 3000. But Lynne Boster Hagmeier (of Kansas Troubles Quilters fame) has devised a way to skip tricky techniques and make big quilts quickly—it’s called Layered Patchwork.

From Cozy Quilts and Comforts
One of these quilts was made with traditional patchwork; the other with Layered Patchwork. Can you guess which is which?

We sat down with Lynne to learn the basics of her technique, which is featured in her books, Prairie Life (just released!) and Cozy Quilts and Comforts, as well as the book Moda Blockheads. Think you can master Layered Patchwork? We promise, you can—watch and you’ll see why:


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Whether you use Layered Patchwork with Prairie Life:

Building Blocks quilt
Building Blocks Layered Patchwork Lap Quilt

Cozy Quilts and Comforts:

Kaleidoscope quilt
Kaleidoscope Layered Patchwork Lap Quilt

Or Moda Blockheads:

Lynne's sampler quilt from Moda Blockheads
Lynne’s
Moda Blockheads sampler (partly made with Layered Patchwork)

You’re sure to get to the finish line fast—and fall in love with what you create!

Cozy Quilts and Comforts Prairie Life Moda Blockheads

Which of your fabric cuts would you use in a Layered Patchwork quilt?

  • My precuts
  • My stash
  • My scraps

Tell us in the comments!


71 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I would use my stash

    —Betsy on May 8, 2019
  • Wow! I think this would be great for my scraps.

    —Stephanie Woodward on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my scraps I have a lot of scraps

    —Hilda Krebs on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my scraps for sure, have tons of them!

    —Barbara Snyder on May 8, 2019
  • I’m definitely going to try this. Clever and interesting. As I have a ton of scraps and love scrappy quilts I’ll probably use my scraps first. Definitely a technique to try. ❤️

    —Dorothy Carter on May 8, 2019
  • I would probably pull from all three sources plus pay a visit to the quilt store. The fabrics have to be just perfect!!!

    —Eilene Hengen on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my stash and of course buy some new pieces. I just watched the video, do the raw edges fray ?


    Hi Jan, because Lynne cuts her layering fabrics on the bias, the edges won’t fray. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Jan Scherbinski on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my stash.
    So, basically, you can leave bias edges exposed (w/ the ⅛” stitching) and the edges won’t ravel?


    Hi Anne, because Lynne cuts her layering fabrics on the bias, the edges won’t fray. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Anne L. Rightler on May 8, 2019
  • I am a stickler for finished edges so I might not like using this method for any quilt that would be washed often. However, this would be a great way to make small units with my scraps and then see how a wall hanging might develop.

    —Judi R on May 8, 2019
  • I’d use my precuts and stash.

    —Karen on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my stash. This video was very interesting!

    —Sandy on May 8, 2019
  • My stash for sure. But of course I would have to buy a few little pieces as well.

    —Lisa on May 8, 2019
  • I need to use up some of my stash. Cozy Quilts and Comforts looks like the book for me.

    —Mary Lou on May 8, 2019
  • My scraps. Always trying to get them under control.

    —Shelby on May 8, 2019
  • Layered Patchwork – doesn’t this fray at one point?

    Hi C, because Lynne cuts her layering fabrics on the bias, the edges won’t fray. Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —C on May 8, 2019
  • I would probably start with my precuts, then go to my stash, and followed up with my scraps. You got to use all you have available to you!

    —Ann West on May 8, 2019
  • I love this idea! I think I would use all of the options as I have plenty of scraps and stash and some precuts!!

    —Donna on May 8, 2019
  • My stash. I really need to get it used up.

    —Linda Pickenpaugh on May 8, 2019
  • I would use mostly my stash.

    —barb on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my scraps.

    —Peggy on May 8, 2019
  • Great idea for using my stash already on hand.

    —Joan Hanson on May 8, 2019
  • I would probably use my stash, but sometimes I do like an excuse to buy some beautiful precuts!

    —Patty F. on May 8, 2019
  • My stash.

    —Judy Sanders on May 8, 2019
  • My stash! That way I have the best options for color and style of fabric. Would love to win!

    —Pat Mosley on May 8, 2019
  • Maybe it won’t fray, but won’t it get raggedy after a few washings? I’m not ready to use any of my fabric on this method.

    Hi Barb, here’s a quote from Lynne that might help: "Layered Patchwork simplifies piecing and adds a three-dimensional primitive look that I love, without any unsightly raveling. From a distance, a Layered Patchwork quilt looks like any traditionally pieced quilt. Up close, you see the topstitched edges of the pieces and can’t help but run your fingers across the softly frayed surface. The finished quilt has a lovely texture that only gets softer and cozier with each washing."

    Hope this helps with understanding the finished results! –Jenny

    —Barb I. on May 8, 2019
  • My stash, it is way to big, must downsize

    —Rosemary Slisz on May 8, 2019
  • Yikes! I would start with my scraps and make a small wall hanging. I would be leary of the edges raveling. If it worked, I would definitely use if for larger projects that would be used and washed. Love the quilts.

    Hi Darliss, here’s a quote from Lynne that might help: "Layered Patchwork simplifies piecing and adds a three-dimensional primitive look that I love, without any unsightly raveling. From a distance, a Layered Patchwork quilt looks like any traditionally pieced quilt. Up close, you see the topstitched edges of the pieces and can’t help but run your fingers across the softly frayed surface. The finished quilt has a lovely texture that only gets softer and cozier with each washing."

    Hope this helps with understanding the finished look! –Jenny

    —Darliss Peabody on May 8, 2019
  • I would probably use a combo of scraps and my stash. (If I need yardage, though, it might just be another reason to buy more fabric! YAY!)

    —Teri Gailey on May 8, 2019
  • I would use scraps and stash. Interesting techniques which I will try.

    —Karen Gibson on May 8, 2019
  • Scraps and stash

    —Jane Arthur on May 8, 2019
  • All of them! I’m definitely going to try this!

    —Susan L. on May 8, 2019
  • OH I would use my precuts. This looks so easy and perfect….what a genius idea!

    —Judy Carter on May 8, 2019
  • My stash. ..happyness04431@yahoo.com

    —Annabrown on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my precuts.

    —Janelle L. Bucher on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my scraps to make one of these quilt patterns.

    —Jackie Wisherd on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my pre-cuts.

    —Clare on May 8, 2019
  • I would start with my scraps .

    —Sharon Lowy on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my stash. I own a tremendous amount of fabric.

    —Frances M. Claassens on May 8, 2019
  • I think you could use all of the above. This is a wonderful way to avoid all those little cuts and excess seams on the back of your quilt top. Love it.

    —Pamela Jones on May 8, 2019
  • I would use my stash.

    —tina.bodel on May 8, 2019
  • Stash, for sure!

    —Geri on May 8, 2019
  • This looks like a great way to avoid seam bulk that I get with some projects. I would use my stash.

    —Kay on May 9, 2019
  • Wouldn’t the raw edges fray. Like the idea!

    Hi Mary, because Lynne cuts her pieces on the bias, fraying is kept in check! Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    —Mary on May 9, 2019
  • I would use my scraps to make a topstitched quilt

    —Rose on May 9, 2019
  • I would use both my stash and my scraps. A great way to use those scrappy small leftovers.

    —Judy Clark on May 9, 2019
  • I’d use my stash. I think this would be a great way to use some of my beautiful fabrics.

    —Barb Walsh on May 10, 2019
  • Oh my scraps are just begging to be used up in this fun looking technique

    —sam on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my stash and scraps.

    —Joan M on May 10, 2019
  • Very interesting technique. I will use scraps & stash to discover whether or not I like this idea. Definitely worth trying!

    —Gail K on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my scraps and fat quarters

    —Sue on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my stash

    —Wendy on May 10, 2019
  • Wow, neat technique. I would use it for my stash, because I don’t have a lot of precuts. I’m thinking decorative stitching for the quilting….

    —Carol S on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my stash!

    —Cheri on May 10, 2019
  • I’d use a mix of precuts and my stash. Love the new book, have 2 of her previous ones and have made 2 quilts from them so far. Love everything Lynne does.

    —debby on May 10, 2019
  • I’d use My precuts, but also my stash

    —Rommy on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my stash for sure which would also include my scraps if possible.

    —Karen B. on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my Kansas Troubles fabric stash!

    —Janna Lee on May 10, 2019
  • I am so excited about the layered patchwork, I can’t wait to try it. I would use pre-cuts, stash and scraps. This technique seems great for any or all of the three sources.

    —Gladys Bacon-Rust on May 10, 2019
  • Scrapes if possible

    —Linda Christianson on May 10, 2019
  • Wow, I’m impressed with this technique. I am going to try. I would use precuts and my stash for this. Love Kansas Troubles.

    Barb H. on May 10, 2019
  • I enjoy using my scraps, my friends’ scraps, and even those of strangers, they the perfect quilt.

    —Kay on May 10, 2019
  • I would use my stash because I have always loved Kansas Troubles and have quite a bit…but of course, I think I’d need some new KT fabrics just to mix it up!

    —Patricia Ludwiczak on May 10, 2019
  • I would use precuts since I have quite a few.

    —Nancy Pontious on May 11, 2019
  • I love this! I would use my precuts whenever possible 😊

    —Mo Shippee on May 11, 2019
  • My stash, it is outgrowing my sewing room.

    —Elizabeth Perryman on May 12, 2019
  • I would use my scraps.

    —Helen Bowie on May 13, 2019
  • I would use my scraps.

    sherry on May 17, 2019
  • This would be fun to break into some of my precut stash

    —sue atkins on May 17, 2019
  • I would use my scraps. What an innovative to quilt. I can’t wait to try it.

    —Barbara McDonald on May 17, 2019
  • I have lots of Kansas Troubles stash, so I’d use that. But I can see how this would work with precuts too, so I’d use those. After viewing the video, I can see that cutting will be a particular consideration. Am I correct?

    That’s right, Victoria – Lynne cuts her layered-patchwork fabrics on the bias to avoid the possibility of fraying, so as long as you follow her cutting instructions, you’re good to go! –Jenny

    —Victoria M Vaughn on May 18, 2019
  • I would use my precuts and my stash

    —Cheryl Allen on May 18, 2019

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