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Tulip Stack-n-Whack Table Runner

Updated on June 15, 2013

A new way to use floral fabric

I learned about the Stack-n-Whack cutting method at a quilt show in Medford, WI in 2011. Since then I've tried a few pieces using this technique.

I bought some tulip fabric on sale at a fabric store with no idea what I'd do with it. Only because the tulips are so large and spread out did I decide to try a stack-n-whack with it.

This lens gives some general directions for creating a table runner or centerpiece like this one, but for best results, get help from someone with quilting and sewing experience if you're just getting started.

Supplies you'll need for the triangles

At the very least, you'll need these supplies for cutting your triangles.

Select your fabric

For any fussy cut or stack-n-whack project you'll want to pay attention to your design. You want something large enough to build a block with, small enough that your blocks aren't enormous. The image should lend itself to a triangle shape and be a little isolated so it can be the center of attention when you cut it out.

Cutting big Vs out of your fabric takes a lot of space out of your yardage. You'll want to allow for seam allowances, and this often leaves a lot of fabric unusable (for this project, that is. No fabric is totally unusable. ;)

I bought this fabric before I knew what I would do with it. If I had known I'd be trying this, I'd have purchased a lot more!

Where can I find tulip fabric?

Call around to quilt shops and fabric stores, or search Etsy, eBay, or Fabric.com

If you can find fabric on eBay, get it!

I've purchased loads of fabric on eBay and I have yet to be disappointed. I've purchased fat quarters, charm packs, 4" cuts, 2" cuts, and scrap bags. There's always something fun available to use in a project or build your stash.

Cutting your triangles

While this does fit along with a stack-n-whack template, I actually fussy cut my tulips because stacking the fabric would have resulted in less precise cuts.

How I assembled the runner

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After I cut six flowers I sewed a strip of purple to each piece. The center medallion of flowers will be framed with purple.The center will also be framed with pink, so I sewed a pink strip to only TWO of the triangles.Then I pressed and trimmed each of the six triangles.I sewed two purple-only triangles together, then the other two.Next I sewed a pink-trimmed triangle to the set of two, then another.And last I sewed the two halves together. You should have a circle with a pink strip on opposite sides.When a strip is going to be overlapped by another strip, you can sew starting right at the edge.  (Ignore the pencil lines, they were from another project.)Before I sew both pink strips to the finished center, I'll mark the first two pink strips with pins. That way I don't sew any strips to them.Now I have a center with purple and pink all the way around.  You'll continue to add strips to each of the two non pinned edges to create a rainbow of stripes coming out from the center.I got excited and didn't take photos while I sewed on the other strips. It's almost done!
After I cut six flowers I sewed a strip of purple to each piece. The center medallion of flowers will be framed with purple.
After I cut six flowers I sewed a strip of purple to each piece. The center medallion of flowers will be framed with purple.
The center will also be framed with pink, so I sewed a pink strip to only TWO of the triangles.
The center will also be framed with pink, so I sewed a pink strip to only TWO of the triangles.
Then I pressed and trimmed each of the six triangles.
Then I pressed and trimmed each of the six triangles.
I sewed two purple-only triangles together, then the other two.
I sewed two purple-only triangles together, then the other two.
Next I sewed a pink-trimmed triangle to the set of two, then another.
Next I sewed a pink-trimmed triangle to the set of two, then another.
And last I sewed the two halves together. You should have a circle with a pink strip on opposite sides.
And last I sewed the two halves together. You should have a circle with a pink strip on opposite sides.
When a strip is going to be overlapped by another strip, you can sew starting right at the edge.  (Ignore the pencil lines, they were from another project.)
When a strip is going to be overlapped by another strip, you can sew starting right at the edge. (Ignore the pencil lines, they were from another project.)
Before I sew both pink strips to the finished center, I'll mark the first two pink strips with pins. That way I don't sew any strips to them.
Before I sew both pink strips to the finished center, I'll mark the first two pink strips with pins. That way I don't sew any strips to them.
Now I have a center with purple and pink all the way around.  You'll continue to add strips to each of the two non pinned edges to create a rainbow of stripes coming out from the center.
Now I have a center with purple and pink all the way around. You'll continue to add strips to each of the two non pinned edges to create a rainbow of stripes coming out from the center.
I got excited and didn't take photos while I sewed on the other strips. It's almost done!
I got excited and didn't take photos while I sewed on the other strips. It's almost done!

A stack and whack tutorial

If you're truly stacking your fabric for square or triangle cutting, learn how to identify the repeat and stack it for cutting.

All done!

All done!
All done!

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    • PTurner56 profile image

      PTurner56 5 years ago

      Great idea! So different and creative! Well done!

    • Harshitha LM profile image

      Harshitha LM 5 years ago

      Yes, I did. Its lovely....

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      This looks so creative. The crafts which people manage to craft constantly amaze me.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Yes, I do love it! It is quite lovely and would be most welcome on my dining room table :) I love the combination of fabrics you selected. It is very soothing and pleasing to the eye. Just beautiful!

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      That's classy! Might have to get back into quilting, too! Thanks!

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      this is very pretty!! I've made my first table runner now using the strip quilt method and it turned out nice. I have enough materials left to make a second that I want to start on soon. Always so many crafts that I want to make and only so much time.

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Very cute! Looks good. I love quilting!