I'm excited to introduce Kate from Kate Conklin Designs as the featured blogger for this week.
|Kate and her 'Extreme Quilting'|
Hi, I'm Kate, I love the "Stack and Slash" method of creating quilts. For those of you who aren't familiar with this term, it's basically where you stack up some fabric, make some cuts, move them around and sew them back together. It's fun, easy and gives a great improvisational look without cutting lots of individual strips or wasting fabric. I have used this method in many of my quilt patterns. It's actually what started me writing patterns. I felt that the "Stack and Slash" method hadn't been fully explored in modern quilt patterns and I had some fun ideas that I could share with others. Some of my patterns which employ this method of cutting and piecing are...
I wanted to share with you a really easy 'Stack and Slash' tutorial. This isn't one of my original designs - I've seen similar quilts around on the Internet, but it is my own method. It uses 8 Fat quarters of patterned fabric and 8 Fat quarters of solid fabric, and it's super easy.
Cut 8 rectangles, 20 1/2" wide x 17 1/2" tall of patterned fabric and another 8 rectangles (20 1/2" x 17 1/2") of a plain solid. Divide them into two piles. Each pile will contain 4 patterned rectangles and 4 solid rectangles. Take one pile and stack the fabric on top of each other, ensuring the edges are carefully aligned. Alternate the plain and patterned fabric, ironing as you go (this will help them stay together as you cut them).
I've used Cloud 9's Nature Walk range and a natural solid.
Using your rotary cutter and ruler, cut through the stack of fabric 7 times, so you have 8 strips. My strips were approximately 2 1/2" wide. Cut on a slight angle - about 1/2 inch difference from top to bottom. You can vary the angle and the width of the strips.
Leave the strip on the far left hand side as it is.
Now go to the strip next to it and move the top fabric to the bottom of its pile leaving a solid strip at the top.
From the third pile of strips, move the top 2 fabrics to the bottom of its pile.
From the fourth pile, move the top 3 fabrics to the bottom. Continue in this manner until all of the fabrics are represented at the top (as shown in the picture).
Sew the top strips together using a 1/4 inch seam. Press seams towards the patterned fabric.
sew the next set of top strips together ...
Take your other stack of 8 rectangles that you set aside earlier. Repeat the above instructions to make another 8 blocks, yielding 16 blocks altogether. Trim your blocks so they are all the same size (about 17 1/4" square).
Arrange your blocks by laying them on a flat surface (4 across and 4 down), alternating the first set of blocks with the second (see photo of the quilt). Move and rotate the blocks so that those in the first and third row start with a plain strip and the blocks in the second and fourth row start with a patterned strip. Move the blocks around until you are happy with the colour design and balance. Sew 4 blocks together across the row. Make a total of 4 rows, and then sew these rows together.
completed quilt should measure approximately 67" (170cm) square - perfect for a picnic or to throw over the back of the couch.
Thanks so much Becky, for having me on your blog!
See, I told you she was awesome!! I want to make one for a picnic rug....Thanks Kate!!