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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!

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