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I think it looks like the quilt can be kinda weird depending on the fabric you chose to use.
That's why I opted to go with her Christmas themed fabric "kit" telling myself that anything Christmas-y can't turn out to be too bizarre. It might turn out to be a waste of time and effort that I will not finish up into a quilt but the idea seemed intriguing.
(I never did make a Stack-n-Whack because I never found a fabric that I wanted to use for that idea.)
I suppose that it could be a waste of money ... a teal-colored Christmas-themed fabric might make me shiver when I see it. LOL
Cutting a bunch of triangles might stress my shoulders but DD could help with that.
Yeah, I might kick myself for thinking this will be interesting .....
I made my Christmas tree skirt using the stack & whack method. It turned out fine, though there wasn't enough black in the background to really make distinctive patterns. Honestly my biggest complaint is the weird fabric scraps that were left over, they are still in my stash 20 years later.
Hmmmm ...... you have my permission to throw those weird scraps away. They need to get out of your sewing room unless they would be good stuffing for a pillow for Ranger.
You can cut hexies from the weird scraps!! LOL!
I've got a Stack N Whack on my couch right now - it's my fall throw. I really liked the process, although trying to explain what I did to make them and why it is so cool was kind of useless. I made two or three more for gifts and I would point out the border, "see, this is what I started with, then I found the repeat, then I cut . . . ". Their eyes glazed over - only another quilter would understand!!
Mary in Michigan
That's a very good idea .... to find the theme fabric and make a border out of it.
Once I have the kit in hand I will try to search for more of the theme fabric and see if I can find it to use for a border.
The first time I did a Stack-n-Whack, the fabric looked like Swiss Cheese. I was making it on my own, not in a class. I didn't understand that it **didn't matter* where you cut your shapes. Just establish a straight line and cut all the shapes from that straight edge. Since you are cutting through all the carefully aligned layers at once (4 or 5 or 6 or whatever), you **do not** have to fussy cut them! They will all *automatically* be "fussy cut".
I didn't realize that, so I was fussy cutting. A total waste of fabric and I was annoyed.
But by the 2nd Stack-n-Whack, I had been educated and the fabric usage was much better. :-)
to find the theme fabric and make a border out of it.
If I remember correctly, that was one of the main points of the original Stack-n-Whack quilts ... part of the pattern was to use long strips of the feature fabric for the border. That way the border would automatically coordinate with the Stack-n-Whack blocks in the interior.
That's what I was thinking - the One-Block Wonder. I have seen some really wonderful quilts. I would love to make something like that, but I think I would rather start out with a 4-Patch Posey instead. Same concept, just with 4 squares instead of 6 triangles. What intrigues me is how different you can make the blocks look by turning the squares in different ways. I am really looking forward to making the 4-Patch Posey quilt with the fabric I have.