Friday, March 11, 2011

Choosing Fabrics for Stack-n-Whack Quilts

This post is to answer a question from my blog comments. We have e-mailed a couple times and a blogger would like more information on how to pick fabrics for stack-n-whack quilts.  She saw the progress I posted a few days ago while working on this quilt and wanted me to upload a picture of the original fabric that resulted in these blocks.

If you know me personally, you are aware that I try to help everyone to the best of my ability.  So, I have uploaded photos as well as 2 videos on this subject.  Please note that the videos are raw.  That means, these are my first videos, I'm holding the camera myself, I may say a term/technical term in error but you do know what I mean.  I DID NOT rehearse, just me rambling.

Here is the fabric I used in the blocks above.  All the photos in this post have been left large so if you click on them and then click again, you will see up close the fabrics details.

Here is the fabric yardage with a hinged mirror on the corner at a 90 degree angle.  Please note that these are mirror images and not true kaleidoscope-type designs.  Yes, this is still connected to the yardage; I was able to not have the rest of  the fabric showing in actual photos.  In the videos you will see the additional yardage.
In this photo, the mirror is at an angle some where between 50-55 degrees. (I have not measured, just random). Note that more than 4 designs units are shown in the picture.
Another fabric choice appropriate for stack-n-whack quilts.  
In the videos I show how to use the mirrors, show fabrics that may or may not be appropriate for stack-n-whack quilts.  I hope you find the videos helpful.  Remember, they are my first and they are raw with errors. 

Video: Part 1 of 2

Video: Part 2 of 2


  1. That was so fun! How nice to hear your voice! I especially enjoyed the second video, where most of my guesses as to whether the fabric would be suitable or not...were wrong!!

  2. Tea, your videos are terrific, even with no editing or rehearsing, guess that means you're a natural :) I learned quite a lot by looking at your mirror and the stack of fabrics you reviewed. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the tutorials. Great job on the video.

  4. I enjoyed your videos. Great info. Thanks.

  5. Great videos and a wonderful way to explain the fabric choices!!!

  6. I am having a blast listening to you talk! It's like being right there with you--during scrappy club. :)

    Great videos!

  7. Thanks for doing this for me. I really dd get the wrong material whenI see what you have done.I love how you had us guess I as wrong on almost all of then. But you tought us how to pick material. I'm goig to go threw my material and I don't think I will have anything so I will have to go shopping. OH my shop for material Do you think I can manage that. Thanks again love it all.

  8. Thank you so much, this post (and the videos!) are SUPER helpful! : )

  9. Very interesting! I had seen flowers done this way but never thought about a landscape fabric until you pulled it out.I liked that even better!Great video Thank you

  10. Thanks for the good explanations. As a beginning "stack and whacker" I'm still learning about which fabric choice to make and your 2 videos were a great help. Thanks again!

    1. You're welcome. I'm still in love with stack-n-whack designs.

  11. Hello. I love your videos! You are a natural. I do have a couple of questions. I am looking at some fabric by Timeless Treasures, the Rainbow Swirl Lollipop on Black. I have had various answers on if it would work on One-Block-Wonder (or Stack and Whack). Some say yes, some say no. I appreciate your view. Would you be able to take a look? Also, do you prefer Stack and Whack over One Block Wonder? I love the Monet you showed us. I will be looking at some of that later on. Thanks again. ~Sharon

  12. Thanks so much for explaining what materials work best in stack and whack quilts. Your explanation of what will work well was great. Was sure the Monet fabric was a loser, but not at all!


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