stack and whack quilt

Hexagon quilts are favorites with quilters, even though they present their challenges in sewing.

A special favorite is the Grandmother’s Garden quilt. If you’ve been around quilts for any period of time, you’ll recognize it immediately. The first time I saw a Grandmother’s Garden quilt, I was amazed, and figured I’d probably never have the time to make one.

The quilt is made using small hexagons, and I’m not sure whether anyone has ever done one on the machine. It would seem that the sanity-saving way to construct one of these beautiful quilts would be by hand.

Time seems to be the issue for me. But maybe some day. . . .

In this week’s news, you’ll discover some history about hexagon quilts. The basic design goes way back.

Also included this week is a video showing how to make a May Basket quilt block.

Our book of the month, Quilter’s Favorites, has a selection of blocks with points, and this could be a fun pattern that is included – or could be used to create a quilt with points.

This week’s news includes:

  • Last day to order Quilter’s Favorites
  • A Quilt Idea – Hexagon Quilts
  • Featured Block Video – May Basket
  • Penny’s Postcard Posse Valentine’s Day Roundup – Deadline January 21!
  • January Quilt Block Patterns

Fair warning –

The Quilt as You Go DVD is in line for updates. I have just figured out at least two more ways to complete quilt as you go projects. One of the videos is done and the other is scheduled for completion next week.

Quilters who purchased the DVD in December and those who purchase it before it is introduced will get the updates at no additional cost.

The price on the new version will be more than the current price. Take this opportunity to invest so you can get the extra information for FREE. There is a link in the newsletter (in my update).

Happy Quilting!


Happy New Year Quilt Block

Wow!  It’s hard to believe that this year is almost over. Yet here we are in the very last days of December.

This has been a fun year, with tons of great quilting information and, when you visit this week’s newsletter, you’ll see links to find the information that was posted during the year – in case you missed any of it.

Bookmark the links and you’ll always be able to get to the information for future reference.

Wednesday of this week, you can discover inside secrets for machine quilting fat quarter quilts during a free teleseminar.

This will be on the phone only, and you will learn:

  • how to make the most of your fat quarters when you cut them into patches, and how to cut your patches when you don’t have selvedges on your fabric
  • how to know how many fat quarters you need to make your quilt
  • how to choose a machine quilting design
  • key techniques for beautiful and easy machine quilting on your home sewing machine
  • and much, much more

This will also be available later in the week for folks who prefer to listen online.

You will need to register to get the dial-in information and the Worksheet.

Also included in this week’s news:

  • Update on the Stack and Whack Quilt
  • Machine Quilted Fat Quarter Quilt
  • Quilting Tip – Making Miniature Quilts for Dollhouses
  • Penny’s Postcard Posse Valentines’ Day Roundup – Deadline January 21!
  • Featured Block in Video – Happy New Year Quilt Block
  • December Free Quilt Block Patterns

Happy Quilting!


It’s just a whirlwind of activity here at headquarters.

Engineering son Bubba arrived yesterday for the holidays. m. mouse, his buddy Jackson, and I get to enjoy Bubba’s company until January 5th.  I can’t even imagine how much fun we can have during all that time.

Quilting daughter Stephanie and her friend Cam will be here for the Christmas weekend, so our little family will enjoy a tasty Christmas dinner, and the construction of a zany gingerbread house – a Christmas tradition.

In the meantime, we’ve got quilting news that includes:

  • Update on the Stack and Whack Quilt
  • Machine Quilted Fat Quarter Quilt
  • Quilting Tool – Accuquilt GO! from Rosie’s Calico Cupboard
  • Penny’s Postcard Posse Valentines Day Roundup – Deadline January 21st!
  • Featured Block in Video – Empire Cross Quilt Block
  • December Quilt Block Patterns

We wish you all the best for the holidays, and hope that Santa is good to everyone.

Happy Quilting!


The Stack and Whack quilt is all machine quilted now and the blocks are being sewn together.

Because I took this block and divided it into quarters, I’ll be sewing the 9½-inch squares together as separate Quilt as You Go units.  Once they are together, I will decide whether to add strips of sashing between the four blocks.

I’m going to use a different method to close the backing on this project.

In the Quilt as You Go DVD Mentor, you learn two different methods for finishing the backing of the quilt.  And now, in this Stack and Whack project, you will see yet another technique for finishing the back, coming up in a week or two.  This one is easy to do.

This week’s featured video quilt block is the Dogwood Quilt Block.  This block is really easy to sew together, and has a large square in the center.  This would be a fabulous place for a photo that was transferred onto fabric.

Surround the photo with holiday colors or favorite colors of a friend or family member, and you’ll have a fantastic holiday gift – quick and easy.  Or, make it as a small ornament and use a ribbon for a hanger.

Also in this week’s news, you’ll find information about thread for your machine quilting projects.

Here’s what’s new this week:

Update on the Stack and Whack Quilt
Product of the Month – Quilt as You Go DVD Mentor
Book of the Month – Cozy Modern Quilts
Quilting Tips – Thread for Machine Quilting
Penny’s Postcard Posse Valentines’ Day Roundup – Deadline January 21!
Featured Block in Video – Dogwood Quilt Block
December Quilt Block Patterns

Happy Quilting!


machine quilting a stack and whack quilt block

Machine Quilting a Quilt Block

With the  quilt blocks pieced and layered, it is time to machine quilt each one.

The idea behind a Quilt as You Go project is that each block is finished completely, and then the blocks are sewn together.

This is a quick way to finish a quilt, and much easier than machine quilting a large quilt, considering handling the bulk of your quilt.

I have tried out two different quilting designs – one is a series of circles, beginning in the center of each square, and the other is a flower-type design.

Once all of the blocks have been quilted, it will be time to sew the blocks together.

Stay tuned!

Happy Quilting!


broken rainbows stack and whack blocks

Stack and Whack Quilt Layout

The Stack and Whack quilt is moving right along.

Because each of these blocks has 4 patches and I chose to make each patch 10 inches square, I only need 16 pieces of fabric from the Layer Cake fabric bundle.

The layout is on the right, and my patches are ready to machine quilt, since I am making this quilt using a Quilt as You Go method.

Because I have so many fabric squares remaining, I can use one for the backing of each of these patches.

Therefore, I have layered a backing piece, batting and then the quilt top square. Once layered, they are ready for machine quilting.

Plus I have some fabric squares left and I probably will do a striped border with them.

This quilt is going together really quickly and easily. We hope you have joined us in to follow along with the project live. As a member, you get all of the step-by-step instructions as well as the video instruction.

broken rainbow quilt block

Broken Rainbows Quilt Block

I chose a quilt block for this quilt project. It is called Broken Rainbows, and seemed like a great pattern.

To make cutting the fabric easier, each of the patches will be 10 inches square. An alternative would be to cut the Layer Cake squares into quarters and then cut the 4 patches from the 5 inch squares of fabric.

Since the idea of this quilt is to make cutting the blocks easy, easy, it seems to me that using one full square of fabric for each patch is the easiest.

Once the patches are cut, I will sew them together, and then sew 4 together to create one block. This will also give me a greater variety of fabric in each block.

Plus, because there will be fewer cuts, the fabric will go further – translation, my finished project will be slightly larger than if the block were 10 inches and each patch were 5 inches.

Happy Quilting!


Now that our Thanksgiving weekend is over, it’s time to get ready for the year end holidays.

To help with your quilting and gift-giving, our brand new DVD Mentor, Creative Binding Techniques, is still available with no additional shipping cost.  But, today, November 30, is the last day to get in on this deal.

This is one of our most popular items, and you can easily combine it with The Ultimate How to Bind a Quilt DVD Mentor for an even greater value.

Midnight tonight is the end of the Free Shipping discount, so check it out before this deal ends.  You’ll find a link in the newsletter, along with more information about what’s included.

The Stack-n-Whack quilt is coming along nicely.  Last week, I finished layering and quilting all the blocks, and am now ready to begin sewing them together.  Since this is also a Quilt as You Go project, it’ll be fun watching the quilt get finished quickly.

I’m still deciding whether to add sashing between the big blocks, but I’m sure once they are sewn together it will be an easy decision.

This week we are featuring machine quilting gloves.  Although I can’t explain why these handy gloves work, they do.  And all of my machine quilting – whether it is a large quilt or small – is done using these gloves.

Also in this week’s newsletter, you’ll find brand new free quilt block patterns:

Happy Quilting!


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