BETHANY REYNOLD’S STACK-N-WHACK
PINWHEEL-PLUS THROW QUILT CLASS
60 mm Olfa Rotary Cutter with brand-new blade (you will be cutting through 8 layers of fabric)
17" x 23" Rotary Cutting Mat, minimum size
4 – 5" Wide Quilter’s Ruler with 45 ˚ line (O’Lipfa is an excellent choice)
Flower Head pins (Dritz, Clover)
Pressing Mat with Grid
¼ Seam guide or quarter-inch patchwork foot
Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts by Bethany Reynolds, 1998, 4th printing edition
Bethany Reynolds has devised an ingenious method to manipulate fabric and patterns in combination with a time saving cutting method that will yield spectacular kaleidoscope results using simple block patterns that even a beginning quilter can master in one class. As in all quilting, accuracy in cutting as well as sewing a ¼ quarter-inch seam are the key.
I recommend that you read the Introduction, Chapter One, and Chapter Two, before purchasing any fabric. Directions for the quilt we will be doing begin on page 28. We will be doing the eight-block, Kaleidoscope Pinwheel Throw quilt, set on-point, but I will show you an alternate, 9-block straight (on-square) layout, as well. If you have access to the Internet, you can view Bethany Reynold’s website to get some great ideas for fabrics appropriate for SNW quilts. Her website address is:
You can also get some great fabric ideas on Pine Tree Quiltworks website. Their website is:
http://www.quiltworks.com . Scroll down to "Fabrics", then scroll down to "Stack-n-Whack" fabrics, and see the fabrics that Bethany has personally suggested to Pine Tree.
Your fabric requirements are listed on page 29. Follow the requirements for the "throw" size. I recommend that you choose your main fabric, first, using the recommendations for stack-n-whack fabric choices found in Chapter One, "Backstage", starting on page 7. It is not critical that you purchase your accent border fabrics, yet, since your blocks can end up looking quite different than your main fabric. Often, first-timers find it more helpful to make their blocks and place the background, then take the center of the quilt to your favorite quilt shop to find the most flattering accent border fabrics.
Be sure to wash and press with a dry iron, all your fabrics before cutting. If you would like to save yourself a step, press and size your main fabric before class. When you press your main fabric, take special care not to stretch or distort your fabric. This will make your strips easier to cut into blocks and half-square triangles. Hang your main fabric on a hanger, to keep it from wrinkling or distorting.