Stack & Slash Stained Glass Quilt Block Technique

This is such a fun, easy quilt to make and it uses the stack n slash quilt technique to create the blocks. The quilt was made with 20 x 10″ squares of fabric. You can cut 10″ squares from fabric you have on hand or you can make it from a Layer Cake.  You do need to make sure that you put together 4 different coloured fabrics in each block.

The quilt measures 46″ x 54.5″. You can make it larger just by adding more blocks. You could also change the size of the actual block itself. Just scroll to the bottom of this post to see the calculations for different block sizes.

*****WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL AT THE END OF THIS POST FOR MORE DETAIL*****

What Do You Need?

  • 20 x 10″ squares of fabric
  • 2 rolls of Clover Adhesive Bias Tape
  • Border fabric 1 – approx 5/8 of a yard
  • Border fabric 2 – approx 1 yard

Tools & Equipment Used in this Video (all optional but helpful)

Method:

  • For each row of the quilt, you will need 4 squares measuring 10″ x 10″

stack and slash quilt block

  • Place each of the 4 squares right side up, one on top of the other. Make sure the edges line up. (This is the STACK part of the Stack and Slash process.)

  • Take your rotary cutter and ruler and slice across the squares.
  • NOTE: Don’t make the angle too sharp and don’t cut on the diagonal from point to point. We don’t want triangles.
  • Now cut across the squares from the other directions.
  • This is the SLASH part of the Stack and Slash process.

  • You will end up with your squares cut into 4 pieces.

I like to work with one block set at a time, and I take it through from cutting to adding the bias tape, then I work on the next set of blocks. But if you are super organised you could cut all your blocks and make sure you define them in some way with letters and numbers so they don’t get mixed up. I’m not organised enough to do that. So I just stick to my method – it works for me.

  • This is how your blocks will look once you have laid out the pieces. Check the video for an easy way on how to lay out the pieces so that you don’t get lost with this part (believe me it is easy to do).

  • Take the top two pieces of the block and lay them right sides together.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • Sew the bottom two pieces of the block and lay them right sides together.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • Press the seams open.

  • Place the top two pieces on top of the bottom two pieces. Make sure you line up the centre seam lines.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • The edges may be slightly out, and that’s ok, we will be trimming. Just make sure those centre seams line up nicely.

  • Cut a piece of Clover Bias Tape and remove the paper backing.
  • Lay it across the seam line.
  • Press it in place.
  • Sew the tape down each side or you can use a twin needle if you have one.
  • Cut a piece of bias tape and lay it across the other seam line and press it in place.
  • Again sew the tape down each side or you can use a twin needle if you have one.
  • Do this for all 20 blocks.

  • Trim the blocks to 9″. You can check the video to see how to do this.

  • Lay the blocks out and arrange them in the manner you like.
  • Sew the blocks into rows. I usually sew the first two blocks together and the last two blocks together, then sew the four blocks into a row.
  • Do this for all 5 rows.
  • Once all the blocks have been sewn into rows, it’s time to join the rows together.
  • Place the top row on top of the next row, right sides together, and sew with a ¼” seam.
  • Again I generally sew the rows in lots of two and then sew them all together.

  • Once all the rows have been sewn together, it’s time to add the bias tape.
  • Lay one long piece of tape along the seam line of each of the rows running horizontally across the quilt. Do not apply the tape to the top or bottom rows. Iron these bias strips and sew in place.
  • Now lay one long piece of tape along the seam line of each of the rows running the vertical length of the quilt. Do not apply the tape to the outside edge seams. Iron the bias strips and sew in place.

Border 1

  • Cut side border strips 43 x 2½” wide.
  • Cut top and bottom side border strips 38½”  x 2½” wide.
  • Attach to quilt with a ¼” seam.
  • Cut a piece of adhesive bias tape slightly wider than the quilt. Attach the tape so that it lays along the top of the  seam and cut another piece to lay along the bottom seam where the borders join the quilt but extending it over the border to create a stain glass square.
  • Do the same for the pieces going down the length of the quilt.

Border 2

  • Cut 2  side border strips  47″x 4½” wide
  • Cut top and bottom border strips 42½ x 4½” wide
  • Attach to quilt with a  ¼” seam.

Quilt as you wish and add binding. To work our how much binding you will need, here is a link to our ‘How to Calculate Your Quilt Binding‘ tutorial.

We had our quilt, quilted by Chris from Sew ‘n’ Sew Sisters here in Australia.

CALCULATIONS FOR DIFFERENT BLOCK SIZES

If you would like to make your Stack and Slash quilt blocks a different size then you will need to start with a fabric square size that is 1″ bigger than your unfinished quilt block size which would be 1 ½” bigger than your finished block size.

Finished Block Size (Inches)Unfinished Block Size (Inches)Starting Fabric Size (Inches)
4
4 1/2
5 1/2
4 1/2
5
6
5
5 1/2
6 1/2
5 1/2
6
7
6
6 1/2
7 1/2
6 1/2
7
8
7
7 1/2
8 1/2
7 1/2
8
9
8
8 1/2
9 1/2
8 1/2
9
10
9
9 1/2
10 1/2
9 1/2
10
11
10
10 1/2
11 1/2

 

 

How to Make Your Own Fat Quarters

If you have been making quilts or small sewing projects, then you have probably already heard of fat quarters. These are pieces of pre-cut, pre-packaged pieces of fabric that generally measure 18″ x 22″.

You can buy fat quarters at your local fabric store or online and there are usually plenty of colours, shades and hues to choose from. Even so, sometimes you may have a project on hand that calls for fat quarters and you may not have the right ones on hand, or you may want to use a particular fabric you already have in your stash, so in this video we show you how to cut your own.

What is a Fat Quarter?

  • It’s a piece of fabric measuring approximately 18″ x 22″ (46cm x 56cm).
  • Quilters  and patchworkers generally use fat quarters because of the shape and size. A normal quarter of a yard cut from a bolt would measure 9″ x 44″(112cm x23cm), so you can see why fat quarters are so much more useful for projects.

How to  Cut Your Own Fat Quarters.

  • Take ½ yard of fabric, that is still folded in half across the width of fabric.
  • It’s important to note that the long edge of the fabric should measure at least 22″ or more.

how to make fat quarters, cutting fat quarters

  • Open the fabric out.
  • You will see a fold line in your fabric. If your fabric has been folded perfectly, ie. the selvedges line up perfectly, then you can use that fold line as a guide to cut. If your fabric has not been folded correctly then simply measure 22″ along the long end and cut.

cut fat quarters, how to make fat quarters

  • You will now have two fat quarters.

Calculation for those working in Metric measurements

Here in Australia oftentimes, fat quarters are cut using a ½ metre of fabric. The fat quarters will be a slightly different as they generally measure 50cm x 55cm (20″ x 22″).

 

Quick & Easy Strip Placemat Tutorial Using Jelly roll Strips

We love ‘quick and easy’ sewing projects and this one certainly fits the bill. This placemat goes together with just a few strips of fabric (you can use jelly roll strips) and some backing fabric. This is a great one to use for special holidays like Halloween or Christmas by simply changing up the fabric.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

***Watch the video tutorial for this project at the end of this post***

What You Will Need

  • 6 strips fabric – 2 ½” x width of fabric (we used Moda Jelly Roll strips, but you could cut your own strips.
  • 2 strips for the sashing – 1 ½” x 12 ½”
  • 1 piece for backing – 19″ x 14 ½”
  • 1 piece of batting – 19″ x 14 ½”
  • 2 strips for binding – 2 ¼” x width of fabric

  • Take your 6 strips and sew them together using a 1/4″ seam.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Trim off the selvedges at one end.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Cut at 17″.
  • You will have enough in this sewn strip to create two placements so you can cut another 17″ section from your strip.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • From that 17″ piece, cut 4 ½” from one end and then another 4 ½” further from that cut.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Take the middle piece and flip it.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Now it’s time to add your sashing pieces. Simply sew each piece onto the rectangular pieces with a quarter inch seam.
  • Then sew all three pieces together.

  • Create your quilt sandwich, pin the quilt and quilt. Place your backing fabric face down, add your batting and then your quilt top face up.

  • We quilted the placemat using straight 1″ lines and we drew the sewing lines with a Frixion pen which disappears after ironing.

simple placemat tutorial quilted

  • Once you have finished quilting, trim the edges and attach the binding.
  • You are done!

 

How to Create an Art Quilt Training Course Available.

Creating an Art quilt is such a lot of fun to do. You can let your imagination and creativity run free.  But sometimes it’s hard to know just where to start. So, we created a training course to help you get started.

In this training course we take you right through the process, from start to finish. We show you how to choose your fabrics, how to cut and sew your background and how to quilt your background (and no, you don’t need to know how to free-motion quilt for this art quilt). Plus, you will also learn how to prepare, cut and sew your applique and how to finish your quilt with binding and pockets on the back so you can hang your piece of art on the wall.

So if this is something you are interested in creating, you can check out the full details of  of the  training course at http://premium.alandacraft.com/product/create-your-first-art-quilt/

EASY Halloween Table Topper Tutorial – Step-by-Step

In Australia, we don’t really celebrate Halloween. I always make sure I have a bowl of treats to give away, but we very seldom get anyone out trick or treating. And because we don’t celebrate Halloween, it makes it a bit of a issue when buying fabric, we just don’t have the selection that our US counterparts have.

But that doesn’t mean we should be lax when it comes to creating Halloween decorations for all our lovely US followers. So with that in mind we always add one or two Halloween tutorials to our YouTube channel. This year we have gone with a Halloween Table Topper. It’s quite easy to make and looks amazing,  plus we will show you how to bind a hexagonal design. So let’s get started.

halloween table topper tutorial

We have two sizes that you can make. The large table topper measures approximately 26½” from point to point and the small measures approximately 20½” from point to point.

WHAT YOU NEED

Small Table Topper

  • 6 strips measuring 2″ x width of fabric (for the quilt front)
  • 3/4 yard fabric (for the backing)
  • 3/4 yard of quilting batting
  • 2 strips measuring 2¼” x width of fabric (for the binding)

Large Table Topper

  • 12 strips measuring 2½” x width of fabric (for the quilt front) – Note: You will need two strips for each colour.
  • 1 yard fabric (for the backing)
  • 1 yard of quilting batting
  • 3 strips measuring 2¼” x width of fabric (for the binding)

Watch the video below for more detailed instructions.

METHOD

  • Start by laying out your strips in the order you would like them to appear. Watch the video below for tips on best layout options.

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Sew the 6 strips together using a quarter inch seam. (If you are creating the large table topper, you will need to do this twice. So you will end up with two lots of strips sewn together. They should be identical so ensure that you sew the 6 strips in the same way for each.)

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Iron the seams all in one direction.

halloween table topper tutorial

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Lay out the triangles in the pattern you desire.

halloween table topper tutorial

 

  • Sew together in lots of three using a quarter inch seam.

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Now sew the two pieces together with a quarter inch seam to form your quilt top.

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Use your quilt front to cut a template from the backing fabric and batting. Leave about an inch or two around all sides to allow for quilting.

halloween table topper tutorial halloween table topper tutorial

  • You can quilt this in any way you like but to start with, we stitched in the ditch along the long seams (as shown by the red lines in the image below).

  • Then we stitched on either side of the seams running around the quilt. I’ve only illustrated on one of the seams in the image below as shown by the dotted red line, but we stitched around all of the seams.

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Trim your quilt on all sides.

halloween table topper tutorial

  • Now you need to add your binding. Watch the video below for tips on adding a binding to a hexagon shaped quilt.
  • If you need help with binding head over to our binding tutorial here.

Watch the Video for this Tutorial