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This quilt was made using a 'Stack-n-Whack' method!  I think it is just awesome.   The method was created by Bethany Reynolds of Ellsworth, ME. 

    Basically, you cut identical strips of the repeating pattern in your fabric using a rotary cutter and mat .  Iron these strips so that they lay perfectly flat.  Then you pick a recognizable point in the pattern and use that to pin the strips together so that they line up exactly.  You then cut the pieces needed, again using the rotary cutter to cut through all thicknesses at once.  You are then ready to sew the block together (being careful to line these pieces up exactly).  You'll be amazed at the different looks you get with different prints!

    Here are some helpful tips I've found.  Sometimes you want to choose the fabric based solely on color as the pictures don't necessarily show up in the finished Stack-n-Whack blocks.  You have to buy longer fabric depending on the length of the pattern which is repeated.  Also, unless you are worried about the colors bleeding, do not prewash the fabric; the sizing will help the strips lay flat when pinning them together.  There are several Stack-n-Whack books available - and you wouldn't believe some of the ideas shown in them!  Bethany Reynolds has been doing this for a while, so she has become more and more creative. 

Magic Stack-N-Whack Quilts
by Bethany Reynolds

This book has plenty of step by step pictures and lots of samples of beautiful quilts, throws and wall hangings.  It has easy to follow instructions.

"I can't wait to start my next one!"

 

Stack-n-Whackier Quilts

"This is the best ever"

Whether you are a new quilter looking for an easy but intriguing project, or a veteran seeking new challenges, you will find delightful possibilities. The Stack-n-Whack method engages your eyes and mind through each step of the process, from cutting to piecing to finishing, as new designs emerge and change like patterns in a kaleidoscope.

 

Stars a LA Carte With Magic Stack-N-Wack Bonus Projects

This practical and innovative approach to quiltmaking techniques makes star patterns a snap! This is the classic block that has charmed and frustrated quilters for centuries. With the addition of a few strategic seams, this eight-point star is simpler to make. You will appreciate the design flexibility of the interchangeable block system presented. Directions with complete yardage and cutting charts for over a dozen quilt projects are included, along with a special bonus section on creating Magic Stack-n-Whack(tm) stars to showcase in any of the settings.

 


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