Throwback Thursday from our archives: Layer, slash and sew – a great stash buster – uses just 5xFat 1/4’s plus border – a quick and easy weekend quilt.
In this video workshop Valerie uses up 5 Fat 1/4m’s (but yards would do too) and uses the rotary cutter to is best – cutting through several layers of fabric at the same time – just what it was designed for; each piece is then exactly the same size as each other. Once you have made all the blocks you just add simple fabric borders; Valerie’s quilt with 20 blocks and a 6″ border ended up at 42″ x 52″ approx – so a great lap size/snuggle quilt.
And check out the wonderful fabrics that are on offer this month designed by Kaffe Fassett – how wonderful would they be and they have free p&p in the UK for the Jan 2016. – check out the Show & Tell section of the site where you will find more that Valerie made.
(and there are two other bundles in the shop that would work well – Autumn Fields and Our Friends in the Garden . this last bundle Valerie has actually used to make a quilt which you can see in the text in the shop)
If you use 6 Fat 1/4’s then there are no repeats of the fabric in each block and you get 4 more blocks and – so you can try a different setting option – and/or maybe use 4 as corners for your borders – trimmed down to fit.
And we now have a pink bundle and a blue bundle in the shop/fabric page:
Scrap or layer cake
You don’t have to use new fabric – you could rummage in your stash and cut squares or you could use up the layer cake you just fell in love with at the show and hadn’t yet found a use for.
Rotary cutting Tip
Short tip about using two rulers – if your’s isn’t big enough on it’s own; and if you are a gadget person, the E-Z Crazy template makes the rotary cutting safe as well as quick and easy.
Traditional Crazy Block
Once you have made the quilt you could keep the design pieces and make a single block which you could then embellish and add embroidery to in the more traditional manner.
Featured in this video
And Valerie has been busy sewing versions for Lady Sew & Sew, Creative Quilting and Pauline’s Patchwork – check them all out in the show & tell section of the site.
If you enjoyed this workshop you may like to know that Karla Alexander has two books in print entitled Stack the Deck! and Stack a New Deck.