Sunday, September 28, 2014
Stack it and Whack it!
About 5 years ago, I started my first stack and whack quilt. I decided to do a four patch stack. I was scared to do a six patch because of the triangle shapes and the bias edges. I chose a beautiful oriental print from Blank and took a class at the Quilters Cottage in Kearney, NE to learn the technique. It was so much fun!
In order to do the four patch stack, you need 4 repeats of your fabric. The size of your repeat determines the ultimate size of your quilt. My fabric had a small repeat of around 12 inches, so I ended up with fairly small blocks. I think they finished somewhere around 5 inches. I added a little black frame and sashing to extend the size to a nice lap quilt. Each block had four options as I turned the pieces round and round to decide on the look that I liked the best. Again...FUN! I sewed all my blocks together pretty quickly because that was the fun part. Slowly, I added my frames, sashes, and borders. Once the top was done, it sat in the closet unfinished for a couple of years. This year, I am on a mission to finish, quilt, and bind a bunch of my quilts before I give a couple of talks/trunk shows next February. This stack and whack was on my "to finish" list. I am binding it by hand so that I can take it to the state fair next year. It will probably take me that long to get the binding done!!!
On my recent trip to Paducah, I purchased fabric to do a six patch stack--it is crazy fabric with all kinds of brightly colored lizards and tree frogs! I can't wait to start sewing those awesome blocks together. It's not on my "to finish" list before February but it will definitely be on my list for 2015!