Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stack 'N Whack Blocks

Lately I've been messing around with Stack 'N Whack Blocks.  I thought it would be fun to do a heart.  It surprised me with the amount of squaring required to make it work.

  1. I printed off a template from EQ5--I can load the PDF if anyone is interested, just leave me a comment.
  2. Fold the fabric in half to align the center with the half template.
  3. Cut the square in half.
  4. Aligned the template for the right hand side and used the rotary cutter to remove the triangle pieces.
  5. Flip the template to the template's mirror image and cut the other side of the heart.
  6. Take the top piece from the stack and moved it to the bottom so that the back-ground has a different color than the main heart.
 Construction:
  1. Sew on the three outside triangles.
  2. You will notice that the block is no longer square and will require trimming.
  3. Trim 1/4 inch from the center seamline--ensuring both sides are equal so that the center point aligns.
 4. Sew the center seam.
 5. Square three outer edges, which will also need to be trimmed 1/4 inch.  Note, don't trim the bottom edge of the heart, it is already square and if you did it would blunt the point of the heart.


     This project required a lot of squaring...I'm used to squaring the outer edges of a block but not the center seam.  Oh well, it worked out.  I designed the template to work with 10 inch layer cakes and found that I can whack through about 8 layers of fabric at a time.  The resulting block measures 9 inches square.  This method makes good use of fabric.

    Up next...a whack and stack 5 pointed star.

    When they're done...I'm going to put them in to a whacked sashing.  Is it just me or are these posts a little "whacky"...okay...too cheesy there...I've not had much sleep lately.  :)