Saturday, January 4, 2020

Stack N Whack Scraps

Hi everyone!  Let's look around and see what else I've been up to!  I got out some old, unfinished projects, trying to decide what I could finish up.  Years ago, I took a Stack N Whack class.  (I used the book seen here.). I didn't finish all of my blocks, but have this much:


I'm pretty sure I couldn't decide what color to make the background, so I opted for a split.  Because why keep it simple - right?

The basic "trick" to Stack N Whack blocks is to pin the fabric together at the "repeats", cut it EXACTLY, then stitch the pattern together forming sort of a kaleidoscope. All blocks are from the same fabric, but are all different!  Very cool.  Very precise.  Very ... much like something I didn't want to tackle right now.  BUT ...

I had cut some squares while I had my fabric stacked back when I cut this baby out.  I played around with them and thought I could make cute, little 4-patch mini kaleidoscopes.  I gave one block a shot ...


... and thought it was mighty cute. I started sewing the rest together and was really pleased with how they came out. I thought it would set the blocks off nicely to pair them up with "plain" setting blocks. I auditioned several fabrics, ran them by my FaceBook friends, and came up with using this purple:


I love that fabric!

I also decided to set the blocks on point; it makes them "twirl" a little better!


I do want a border on the quilt, but am really still trying to decide.  The "focal fabric" I used for the blocks with either be a border or the binding - it will be out there somewhere!


I still like the grey newsprint on the left (it totally blends with my carpeting in the photo), but maybe after an inner border of the focal fabric.  Or the green.  Or ... yeah.  That's why this is as far as I've gotten with this one.  

I've got it out where I can see it, so in the back of my mind, I'm still mulling over what to use for the border!

Thanks for reading !


  1. How beautiful they are! Love the fabrics!

  2. I like the idea of using the focal fabric for one of the borders. It's amazing to see all those kaleidoscopes that can come from one fabric.


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