Friday, November 15, 2013

Magic Stack-n-Whack

My mom took a class on stack-n-whacks and bought the book Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts by Bethany Reynolds.  One day I was looking through it and fell in love with the 60 degree diamond pattern. Then I looked through a Hancocks of Paducah catalog and decided it would be awesome with the Hoffman challenge fabric for the year. So we called the local quilt shops and found one that carried it.

When we got there they were really apologetic, because it wasn't the actual challenge print. They had it in a different color way. I liked that one even better!   Here it is on the back of a table runner.  You can see how it has different colors in the background.  It made for really fun diamond magic. 

To make a stack-n-whack quilt, you stack up the fabric while matching the repeats.  Then you cut through all of the layers at the same time.  Well, after I cut out the larger diamonds I couldn't bear to not use the left over stacks.  So, I cut out what I could in smaller diamonds and triangles.  That is why I made four wall hangings with the same print.  (More on them to follow.)

I started piecing the quilt in 1999. The top was finished in 2000 after I got married. I didn't want to hand quilt it, didn't have the skills to machine quilt it, and couldn't afford to have someone else quilt it. So, I set it aside.  

My husband really loved that quilt and kept asking me when I was going to finish it. So I decided to pay to have it quilted and give it to him for Christmas. My awesome sister-in-law was able to get it quilted in time for Christmas. I got the binding on by machine, and wrapped it up. (You can see the binding clips in this picture.)

On Christmas day I finished the hand work on the binding after he opened it up. He loved it!
Quilt Stats: #12
Name: Hubby's Magic Stars
Pattern: from the book Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts 
Size: about 96 x 105 inches
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished: Christmas 2002
What I learned:
  • Stacking and whacking is so much fun!
  • Use the scrap stacks.
So, with the little stacked up pieces I made four more wall hangings... 
I gave this one to my mom.  She hangs it in her family room on a quilt rack my husband made.  It was made with the large left over diamonds.  The stars are 11 inches tip to tip. 

Quilt Stats #32
Name: Grandma's Stack-n-Whack
Pattern: from the book Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts
Size: about 42 x 47 inches
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Date finished: 2005
I made this one and gave it to my sister-in-law JoAnn.  I was able to keep it after she died.  (I think I like this mini version even more than the big one.)  The diamonds finish at two inches.  The stars are 6 inches tip to tip. 
Quilt Stats #31
Name: Mini Stack-n-Whack
Pattern: scaled down from the book Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts
Size: about 36 x 42 inches
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Date finished: 2005
This quilt I made and kept for me to hang above my bed.  I quilted it on my Grace Frames to practice, but it would have been so much easier just with my machine in the cabinet.  I quilted a spiral on the hexagons. 
Quilt Stats #20
Name: Hexagon Swirls
Pattern: scaled down from the book Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts
Size: about 31 x 33 inches
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Date finished: 2004
I also made a quilt and gave it to my mother-in-law.  However, I forgot to take a picture before gifting it.  It is the smaller diamond version of the quilt I gave my mother. 
Have you ever made so many quilts with the scraps from one quilt?


  1. Unbelievable, you have been working on some amzing quilts! You have done so many! I will never catch up, ;-)

  2. So inspiring, Jasmine. Fancy getting 4 wall hangings with the scraps from the first quilt.


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