Bethany Reynolds developed her Stack-n-Whack ™ method for cutting identical kaleidoscope quilt pieces.
Bethany Reynolds developed her Stack-n-Whack™ method for cutting identical pieces to make kaleidoscope quilt blocks. This popular technique makes quick work of the cutting process.
|Making the Stack
1. Cut kaleidoscope fabric in half lengthwise.
2. Straighten end of one half-width of fabric. Focusing on a specific motif in fabric, cut a strip that is the width of one pattern repeat (approximately 12″ for the Geo Magic print used in Spin Cycle.) Using this piece as a guide, cut 7 more strips, each 1 pattern repeat wide (Photo A).
3. Press and then stack the 8 layers so that motifs are perfectly lined up. Pin the layers in several places to keep them from slipping when cutting.
4. Repeat steps #2 and #3 to make a second 8-layer stack from the remaining piece of fabric.
Sew Smart™ Push a flathead pin through each layer in exactly the same spot on the print to align layers as shown in Photo B.—Marianne
Cutting Kite-shaped Pieces
1. From each stack, cut 2 (5 3/8″-wide) strips. From strips, cut 12 (5 3/8″) quilt squares.
2. Cut each stack of squares in half diagonally to make 24 half-square triangle stacks.
3. To cut each triangle, stack into a kite shape, place the 5 3/8″ line of ruler on bottom left corner of triangle stack; cut off corner to make 8 A kite pieces (Photo C).