Stack N Slash

This quilt is a great one if you have a bunch of different fat quarters that look nice together, possibly from the same collection. For each fat quarter you will get a 15 inch block, so if you have 6 fat quarters, you will have a 30 x 45 inch quilt without borders, if you have 25 fat quarters you will have a 75 x 75 inch quilt without borders, and with 30 you will have a 75 x 90 quilt without borders. Just figure out what size quilt you want and that will tell you how many fat quarters you need. Eight inch borders look good on this quilt. For a queen size quilt, you will need 2 yards of fabric to make 8 inch borders.

1. Put a new blade in your rotary cutter.
2. Iron all your fat quarters and stack them with the selvedges at the same end.
3. Put a safety pin in the top left hand corner of the top fat quarter on the stack. This will always stay in the same position in the stack.
4. Visualize a wonky tic tac toe grid superimposed on this stack:
5. Each of those lines will be a cut, but you only do one at a time. Obviously, You cannot cut through 30 layers of fabric, but you will be able to cut through 10. Separate the stack into 3 piles, donít count, just eyeball it. Cut through the top stack (the one with the safety pin). Take the top fat quarter from that stack, put it on top of the second stack and use it as a pattern to cut the second stack, and then do the same thing with the third stack. Then stack them back in the same order they were to start with. You will have two stacks.
6. Take the top piece from the right hand side and put it on the bottom of the right hand stack.
7. Sew them all back together. Chain stitch, so they will be in the right order.
8. Iron them straight and restack, starting with the one you sewed last. The one with the safety pin will end up on top again.
9. Make another of the cuts, just like you did in step 5. This time instead of taking one piece and putting it on the bottom, take two pieces and put them on the bottom. Sew the whole thing back together, iron it and restack.
10. The third time, take four pieces from the top and put on the bottom.
11. The fourth time you cut, take 8 from the top and put on the bottom.
12. Look as you iron the last time, for the smallest one. Lay a big square on it and figure out the biggest block you can get from it. Usually you can get a 15 inch block. Trim all the blocks to that size.

Some Thoughts

Donít try to match points Ė the charm of this quilt is that they donít match, and by the 4th cut, they are sometimes WAY off. You can stop after 3 cuts. The quilt wonít be as busy and will have bigger patches. Cuts which go the same direction as the selvedge donít reduce the size of your block as much as cuts which go perpendicular to the selvedge. Cuts which are at sharp angles to the perpendicular (or to put it another way, cuts which are closer to bias cuts) will reduce the size of your final block more than cuts which are close to right angles.


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