Tulip Stack-n-Whack Table Runner
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 runnerClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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