Crafty Roo bringing you this week’s make – a stack and whack play quilt for a baby.
I have been making quilts for some time and wanted to try a new method. I had a birthday last week and received many crafty books, one of which was Kirstie Allsop’s Craft. In this book, one of the first projects is a stack and whack quilt. It looked quite easy and interested and I wanted to see if I could use this technique as opposed to cutting blocks or strips which is how I usually piece my quilts.
Anyway, the book suggested making a template. I didn’t do this and wanted to get straight on with my cutting. I made a stack of five fabrics. I then cut two squares through all five layers, each six inches by six inches. Then I made four cuts into each square, giving five smaller piles of fabric for each square (10 in total). I labelled these carefully. Each pile of fabric was cut slighly differently, giving different shapes.
You then leave pile one as it is, take one piece the top of from pile two and put it on the bottom, take two from pile three and put it on the bottom, take three from pile four and put them on the bottom, put four from pile five on the bottom. Do this carefully and you will end up with five unique squares. Sew these together so you end up with ten complete squares.
Lay these out so that no two of the same fabrics are next to each other. You will have one square left over, which you can use on the back, if you like, or to make a matching cushion.
If I was going to do it again, I would cut bigger squares to start off with. Using only six by six squares made it very fiddly!
That is as far as I’ve got! I’ll try to update this with my next steps.