Last Wednesday was the promised “stack and whack” day. (Stack and Whack is the title of a book by Bethany Reynolds.) One of the Otterbees wanted to learn how to stack and cut fabric to get many wonderful kaleidoscope designs using just one fabric. We had discussed in the group what kinds of fabric to look for. I showed them how to use mirrors taped at an angle that I scan across the fabric to see what a design might look like. I told them they would need either six or eight repeats of the fabric design to get either hexagons or octagons.
One member could not wait. She had leftover fabric from a previous project and wanted to start right away, so when the day arrived, Jan brought a top already sewn with hexagons surrounded by triangles making beautiful stars across the quilt. We took some time to talk borders and finishing and then two of the ladies headed for my sewing room to stack.
The process is simple and the two ladies cut across the repeats of fabric and carefully lined up the design. Sue came to help and watch. When the triangles were cut, she couldn’t wait and began to lay out the octagon designs on the table. “Show and Tell” time and everyone came to watch.
Then we had to see Wanda’s octagons and when she had some strips left I had to show the other possibility of making stars.
Great cheers from everyone. Now they will take them home to sew and will add other fabrics to complete the design. Can’t wait to see the results. (see more Slice entries at Two Writing Teachers link.)