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Stack n’ Wacky Tutorial

Here’s a fun and easy tutorial for the beginner to advance quilter a like. I always love coming back to this design because it changes every time! This tutorial will yield a 38×38″ quilt top, of course you can make it bigger or smaller to fit your needs.

The goods:
[9] different prints cut to 12.5″ squares

For sashing:
[6] 2×11″ strips of solid
[4] 2×35.5″ strips of solid
[2] 2×38″ strips of solid

1/4″ seam allowance
Finished size of 38×38″

So! Lets get started!

1. Grab your 9 different prints and cut them to 12.5″ squares

Stack n' Wacky
Then stack them all on top of each other as such:
Stack n' Wacky
**Note, although it might seem hard to cut through all  layers, it isn’t too bad and all 9 squares must be cut exactly the same.
2. Now to the fun part… grab your ruler and rotary cutter. Angle your ruler however you like and make the first two cuts like this (there is no right or wrong to this cutting):
Stack n' Wacky
3. Next make two more cuts in the opposite direction to equal a total of 4 cuts and 9 little, wonky stacks of fabrics.
Stack n' Wacky
4. This next step can get a little confusing. It helps a lot if you have a design board or somewhere you can set all the blocks out. In order to get one of each fabric you will need to grab from the piles as such: 1st pile grab the top print, 2nd pile the 2nd print, 3rd pile the third print…and so on until you have all nine pieces laid out. Like this:
Stack n' Wacky
For the next 8 blocks you will grab from the piles in the same order.
Once all of your blocks are laid out, you’re ready to sew!
5. I recommend first sewing the pieces in strips (left, middle, and right) as so:
Stack n' Wacky
Once those three “sections” are together, then connect them to each other.
 Stack n' Wacky
Continue sewing the last 8 blocks
Yeahhh I know…they look pretty crazy after the  pieces are sewn together. Next square up all 9 blocks to 11″
6. Whew! You’re almost there. Now you’re ready to start sashing!
First grab those [6] 2×11″ strips:
Stack n' Wacky
Lay your blocks out in groups of 3’s and two pieces of sashing. Sash between block 1 and 2, and then between block 2 and 3
Stack n' Wacky
You should end up with 3 rows of blocks sewn together, each should have a length of 35.5″. At this point grab the next [4] strips that measure 2×35.5. sew these between each row and on top and bottom, connecting all of the rows of blocks together.
Now you’re really getting close! Only two more strips and you’re finished! Take the last two strips measuring 2×38″ and sew them to the two naked sides and voila! You’re quilt top is complete!!
Questions, comments…feel free to shoot me a note! Enjoy!

Stack n’ Wacky Tutorial

Here’s a fun and easy tutorial for the beginner to advance quilter a like. I always love coming back to this design because it changes every time! This tutorial will yield a 38×38″ quilt top, of course you can make it bigger or smaller to fit your needs.

The goods:
[9] different prints cut to 12.5″ squares

For sashing:
[6] 2×11″ strips of solid
[4] 2×35.5″ strips of solid
[2] 2×38″ strips of solid

1/4″ seam allowance
Finished size of 38×38″

So! Lets get started!

1. Grab your 9 different prints and cut them to 12.5″ squares

Stack n' Wacky
Then stack them all on top of each other as such:
Stack n' Wacky
**Note, although it might seem hard to cut through all  layers, it isn’t too bad and all 9 squares must be cut exactly the same.
2. Now to the fun part… grab your ruler and rotary cutter. Angle your ruler however you like and make the first two cuts like this (there is no right or wrong to this cutting):
Stack n' Wacky
3. Next make two more cuts in the opposite direction to equal a total of 4 cuts and 9 little, wonky stacks of fabrics.
Stack n' Wacky
4. This next step can get a little confusing. It helps a lot if you have a design board or somewhere you can set all the blocks out. In order to get one of each fabric you will need to grab from the piles as such: 1st pile grab the top print, 2nd pile the 2nd print, 3rd pile the third print…and so on until you have all nine pieces laid out. Like this:
Stack n' Wacky
For the next 8 blocks you will grab from the piles in the same order.
Once all of your blocks are laid out, you’re ready to sew!
5. I recommend first sewing the pieces in strips (left, middle, and right) as so:
Stack n' Wacky
Once those three “sections” are together, then connect them to each other.
 Stack n' Wacky
Continue sewing the last 8 blocks
Yeahhh I know…they look pretty crazy after the  pieces are sewn together. Next square up all 9 blocks to 11″
6. Whew! You’re almost there. Now you’re ready to start sashing!
First grab those [6] 2×11″ strips:
Stack n' Wacky
Lay your blocks out in groups of 3’s and two pieces of sashing. Sash between block 1 and 2, and then between block 2 and 3
Stack n' Wacky
You should end up with 3 rows of blocks sewn together, each should have a length of 35.5″. At this point grab the next [4] strips that measure 2×35.5. sew these between each row and on top and bottom, connecting all of the rows of blocks together.
Now you’re really getting close! Only two more strips and you’re finished! Take the last two strips measuring 2×38″ and sew them to the two naked sides and voila! You’re quilt top is complete!!
Questions, comments…feel free to shoot me a note! Enjoy!

Tuesday Favs

A lazy day, quiet day gets a low-key post. 🙂
Geocashing goodies
More fun geocashing goodies from our weekend adventures
Ohhh Bella!
Saturday was GORGEOUS! Pretty much a perfect day with the boy and Bella spent outdoors playing disc golf. Bella decided to dive into the swamp about 4 feet below where we were standing. We literally turned our head for 5sec and she finds trouble…typical haha Good thing he climbed down there to rescue her…she was very icky and stinky!
Bee blocks coming together!
I’m finally getting around to getting some of my bee blocks together from the scrappy herringbone bee, they are coming together quite nicely. I have so many blocks I think I’m going to divide all of them into two quilts. Thanks ladies! You’re awesome!

Tuesday Favs

A lazy day, quiet day gets a low-key post. 🙂
Geocashing goodies
More fun geocashing goodies from our weekend adventures
Ohhh Bella!
Saturday was GORGEOUS! Pretty much a perfect day with the boy and Bella spent outdoors playing disc golf. Bella decided to dive into the swamp about 4 feet below where we were standing. We literally turned our head for 5sec and she finds trouble…typical haha Good thing he climbed down there to rescue her…she was very icky and stinky!
Bee blocks coming together!
I’m finally getting around to getting some of my bee blocks together from the scrappy herringbone bee, they are coming together quite nicely. I have so many blocks I think I’m going to divide all of them into two quilts. Thanks ladies! You’re awesome!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bella and I have had a nice, chilly day off today. The kind where we sleep in and wake up as we please. The kind where I actually have to wake her up for breakfast (which is not very often). I know it’s going to be a good day when this happens, even if it isn’t Valentine’s Day. After a wonderful, eventful weekend I always love to enjoy a day like this!

The nippy, grayness that awaits outside sets the tone for the perfect day of hot rose tea and sewing. These pretties are what I started cutting last night:

Here goes nothing!
Lots and lots of little squares…
All cut up
I usually do my own thing and don’t follow patterns, simply because I’m not that good at following directions. haha I’m easily side tracked and a million other ideas begin to flow into my mind of altering patterns when I do try. This one is coming together very nicely, but once again I only read the first few sentences of the pattern…hope I’m doing it right? Although all the pieces are matching up so I can’t be too far off!
As I was ironing about a million blocks I glanced out the sewing room window to see a car in the driveway…hmm weird. I wasn’t expecting anyone or any deliveries. The boy and I had already discussed not worrying about Valentine’s Day until the weekend…. But here comes the knock at the door and a man with flowers! WTF?
Yep… That sneaky boy!
 Sneaky!
:-)
He does keep me on my toes! And my favorite flowers…Gerber daises. Needless to say, he did well! Icing on the cake to the day!
So after that awesome moment, back to action on the WIP. I’m teaching tomorrow, so no WIP Wednesday for me this week. Here’s what I have so far:
Baby Bowties
I’m loving these baby bowties! 
Hope you all are having a great V-Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bella and I have had a nice, chilly day off today. The kind where we sleep in and wake up as we please. The kind where I actually have to wake her up for breakfast (which is not very often). I know it’s going to be a good day when this happens, even if it isn’t Valentine’s Day. After a wonderful, eventful weekend I always love to enjoy a day like this!

The nippy, grayness that awaits outside sets the tone for the perfect day of hot rose tea and sewing. These pretties are what I started cutting last night:

Here goes nothing!
Lots and lots of little squares…
All cut up
I usually do my own thing and don’t follow patterns, simply because I’m not that good at following directions. haha I’m easily side tracked and a million other ideas begin to flow into my mind of altering patterns when I do try. This one is coming together very nicely, but once again I only read the first few sentences of the pattern…hope I’m doing it right? Although all the pieces are matching up so I can’t be too far off!
As I was ironing about a million blocks I glanced out the sewing room window to see a car in the driveway…hmm weird. I wasn’t expecting anyone or any deliveries. The boy and I had already discussed not worrying about Valentine’s Day until the weekend…. But here comes the knock at the door and a man with flowers! WTF?
Yep… That sneaky boy!
 Sneaky!
:-)
He does keep me on my toes! And my favorite flowers…Gerber daises. Needless to say, he did well! Icing on the cake to the day!
So after that awesome moment, back to action on the WIP. I’m teaching tomorrow, so no WIP Wednesday for me this week. Here’s what I have so far:
Baby Bowties
I’m loving these baby bowties! 
Hope you all are having a great V-Day!

WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, the day of the week that I usually have off and have all day to play in fabrics! What can I say, I love Wednesdays!

So here’s what I’ve been working on today:

Wip!
Remember this stack from earlier this week? A friend and I took a class on triangles and had an absolute blast. It was absolutely a pattern I/we could have figured out on our own, but it is so much more fun in a group!
WIP Wed!
I loved the prints all together when I had them laid out together, but when I added the gray I started second guessing myself. Ultimately I decided to stick with the gray since I had two yards already cut into triangles, but I am wishing a bit that I had used Dear Stella snake skin print in the creamy white color. I think that would have looked REALLLY cool, but maybe I’ll just have to make another one!
WIP Wed
At this point I have about 5 rows finished and two more to go. I’m ready to have a new quilt for the living room so hopefully the rest comes together rather quickly!
I’ve also still been working on this quilt:
WIP Wed
Although this quilt is turning out gorgeous, I am absolutely dreading completing it…simply because I have no motivation to finish it. I have to say this is the first quilt I have had zero motivation haha.
As for the rest of the day, I’ve been working on a few other projects that I’ll show you guys later! Happy Hump Day!

WIP Wednesday

Wednesday, the day of the week that I usually have off and have all day to play in fabrics! What can I say, I love Wednesdays!

So here’s what I’ve been working on today:

Wip!
Remember this stack from earlier this week? A friend and I took a class on triangles and had an absolute blast. It was absolutely a pattern I/we could have figured out on our own, but it is so much more fun in a group!
WIP Wed!
I loved the prints all together when I had them laid out together, but when I added the gray I started second guessing myself. Ultimately I decided to stick with the gray since I had two yards already cut into triangles, but I am wishing a bit that I had used Dear Stella snake skin print in the creamy white color. I think that would have looked REALLLY cool, but maybe I’ll just have to make another one!
WIP Wed
At this point I have about 5 rows finished and two more to go. I’m ready to have a new quilt for the living room so hopefully the rest comes together rather quickly!
I’ve also still been working on this quilt:
WIP Wed
Although this quilt is turning out gorgeous, I am absolutely dreading completing it…simply because I have no motivation to finish it. I have to say this is the first quilt I have had zero motivation haha.
As for the rest of the day, I’ve been working on a few other projects that I’ll show you guys later! Happy Hump Day!

What an adventure!

While I’ve been busy sewing and working on a new pattern this past week that I will soon be revealing, I took the weekend to do a little relaxing and adventuring around my new town with a friend.

First can I just say that I was greeted with gorgeous flowers Friday and some Emergen-C (since I had told him earlier I thought I might be getting sick). What a keeper! You ladies know what I’m talking about…those little surprises are, um…AWESOME!

Love!
Tango Tangerine
By the way…between the Emergen-C and the Tangerine Tango colored roses I was pretty excited (and maybe I’m a bit weird), I’ve been looking at “Tangerine Tango” colors in my stash all week and got a little more inspiration between the meds and roses. haha For those of you who haven’t heard, Pantone declared “Tangerine Tango” as the color of the year. There are quite a few challenges going on using the color that I am hoping and planning on hopping in on!
Saturday was spent with my first disc golf lesson and it was so much fun! Addicting at least! I will definitely be playing more in the future. We met a very nice couple and they kindly allowed us to join them on the course playing. Of course the guys we’re so much better, so it was fun having another lady around! Needless to say there were plenty of good laughs and great conversation.
Dinner was spent at a fantastic local Thai and Vietnamese restaurant that many people have expressed that I NEEDED to go! They were right! It was delicious! I also had Mango Coconut Sticky Rice for the first time…We were rebels and had it as our appetizer. If you’ve never had it, you seriously need to try it! You will not be disappointed!
Mango coconut sticky rice!
There was sooo much food, but we gladly enjoyed them for breakfast this morning before our Geocashing adventure! I have a lot of friends that are really into this little treasure hunting experience and I certainly now know why! I think I have found a new hobby. If you’re not familiar, you can download an app on your smart phone for geocashing…it uses your location (where ever you maybe) and finds the closest hidden treasures. From there you can walk/drive/bike/swim or whatever else to the location. It gives you step by step GPS directions. Once you’re to the designated location you check your app to see how big the hidden object is and see if there are any hints. It is an absolute blast! I highly recommend checking it out if you’re into treasure hunts and the outdoors. It’s a great family activity too!
Here are two that we found…
Geocashing!!
There is a log stuck in the containers (of which are usually 35mm film canisters, old prescription bottles, tupperware, or anything else someone can think of) for you to sign and sometimes there are travelers inside like this one…
Geocashing!
If you like adventures, check it out!
After a great weekend, I’m nice and refreshed for the upcoming work week and all the fun happening at the shop! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

What an adventure!

While I’ve been busy sewing and working on a new pattern this past week that I will soon be revealing, I took the weekend to do a little relaxing and adventuring around my new town with a friend.

First can I just say that I was greeted with gorgeous flowers Friday and some Emergen-C (since I had told him earlier I thought I might be getting sick). What a keeper! You ladies know what I’m talking about…those little surprises are, um…AWESOME!

Love!
Tango Tangerine
By the way…between the Emergen-C and the Tangerine Tango colored roses I was pretty excited (and maybe I’m a bit weird), I’ve been looking at “Tangerine Tango” colors in my stash all week and got a little more inspiration between the meds and roses. haha For those of you who haven’t heard, Pantone declared “Tangerine Tango” as the color of the year. There are quite a few challenges going on using the color that I am hoping and planning on hopping in on!
Saturday was spent with my first disc golf lesson and it was so much fun! Addicting at least! I will definitely be playing more in the future. We met a very nice couple and they kindly allowed us to join them on the course playing. Of course the guys we’re so much better, so it was fun having another lady around! Needless to say there were plenty of good laughs and great conversation.
Dinner was spent at a fantastic local Thai and Vietnamese restaurant that many people have expressed that I NEEDED to go! They were right! It was delicious! I also had Mango Coconut Sticky Rice for the first time…We were rebels and had it as our appetizer. If you’ve never had it, you seriously need to try it! You will not be disappointed!
Mango coconut sticky rice!
There was sooo much food, but we gladly enjoyed them for breakfast this morning before our Geocashing adventure! I have a lot of friends that are really into this little treasure hunting experience and I certainly now know why! I think I have found a new hobby. If you’re not familiar, you can download an app on your smart phone for geocashing…it uses your location (where ever you maybe) and finds the closest hidden treasures. From there you can walk/drive/bike/swim or whatever else to the location. It gives you step by step GPS directions. Once you’re to the designated location you check your app to see how big the hidden object is and see if there are any hints. It is an absolute blast! I highly recommend checking it out if you’re into treasure hunts and the outdoors. It’s a great family activity too!
Here are two that we found…
Geocashing!!
There is a log stuck in the containers (of which are usually 35mm film canisters, old prescription bottles, tupperware, or anything else someone can think of) for you to sign and sometimes there are travelers inside like this one…
Geocashing!
If you like adventures, check it out!
After a great weekend, I’m nice and refreshed for the upcoming work week and all the fun happening at the shop! Hope you all have a wonderful week!

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