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    I saw a link here before on the 4 patch posies and just loved them. I decided to make one and have been playing with fabrics. I want to make one with 20 blocks and have my squares 4 1/2". Does anyone know how much fabric I would need to make one of these using the stack and whack method???

    Any help would be very very VERY appreciated!!!

    Cheers!!!

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    Hi Aggi,
    I am presently making a 4 patch posie quilt. I found that choosing the fabric was the hardest part. The instructor said that we needed at least a 12 inch repeat. I found fabric that had a 26 inch repeat. This allowed me to cut 6 inch squares and when the 4 blocks are sewn, it measures 11 1/2 inches.
    DO NOT wash the fabric because it will be distorted in pressing.
    Cut the fabric in half, lengthwise, using 1/2 for the squares and the other 1/2 for borders. You need to find your repeat. You don't square up the first edge because this will let you know which piece is your cutting piece, or template. You place the first cut on the fabric and line it up so it matches. When you have all 4 pieces cut, you place them on top of each other and use the flat headed pins to hold the 4 pieces together. Place the pins so you don't cut over them with your rotary cutter, like I did.
    Decide on the size you want your cut to be, it will depend on your pattern repeat. Because my repeat was 26 inches, I was able to cut 6 inch strips and then cut those strips into 6 inch squares. You will be cutting 4 squares that are the same with each cut.
    I was able to sew all the squares, twelve, in about and hour or two.
    I hope that this is helpful to you.
    Blue Bell

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    Thanks Blue Bell!!! I will keep that in mind when I shop for my fabrics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    I saw a link here before on the 4 patch posies and just loved them. I decided to make one and have been playing with fabrics. I want to make one with 20 blocks and have my squares 4 1/2". Does anyone know how much fabric I would need to make one of these using the stack and whack method???

    Any help would be very very VERY appreciated!!!

    Cheers!!!
    WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE DIRECTIONS TO THIS QUILT.....PLEASE.

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    Me too.

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    This is the tutorial I played with..great fun!!

    http://www.bobrow.net/kimberly/Quilt...ss/index1.html

    But there is also the square pattern, basically just cutting a repeat of the pattern four times exactly, then stack them up and cut into quarters then each four identical corners (which match exactly) can be put together to make a kaleidescope effect, don't forget you can turn each corner in or out to whichever formation pleases you the most. This version is easier than the above method :D

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    Have you seen the 4PP Supreme pattern? It puts it on point and looks really great. It adds a whole other look to it. Really, really pretty. I recently saw one that looked like blue china. Gorgeous!

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    Thanks Izy, looked at the stack and whacks, really like this effect.

    Got to try at least one block to see what it comes out like.


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    Elle, an easy way is to use a square ruler and line up a prominent part of the repeat and cut it out exactly the same four times the quarter cut them!! Have fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Aggi
    I saw a link here before on the 4 patch posies and just loved them. I decided to make one and have been playing with fabrics. I want to make one with 20 blocks and have my squares 4 1/2". Does anyone know how much fabric I would need to make one of these using the stack and whack method???

    Any help would be very very VERY appreciated!!!

    Cheers!!!
    What does it mean by Stack & Whack?

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    Bev, If you google Stack&Whack, you will find a bunch of sites with photos. It is a fun quilt to do. You need to find repeats in the pattern on the fabric. Stack 6 or 8 of the exact same repeats, then "whack" them into diamonds, or triangles etc. When sewn together, it is much like a kalidascope. Just one fabric, but every block is different, and a surprise! I have Bethany Reynolds book, Magic Stack & Whack, but I am sure there are instructions on the internet. Bethany has a couple other books also. Fun quilt to make. Hope I haven't confussed you completely. I'm sure someone else will show up with a much better explaination!

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    Quote Originally Posted by humbird
    Bev, If you google Stack&Whack, you will find a bunch of sites with photos. It is a fun quilt to do. You need to find repeats in the pattern on the fabric. Stack 6 or 8 of the exact same repeats, then "whack" them into diamonds, or triangles etc. When sewn together, it is much like a kalidascope. Just one fabric, but every block is different, and a surprise! I have Bethany Reynolds book, Magic Stack & Whack, but I am sure there are instructions on the internet. Bethany has a couple other books also. Fun quilt to make. Hope I haven't confussed you completely. I'm sure someone else will show up with a much better explaination!

    Phyllis
    WOW! That sounds interesting. I think I will look it up. THANKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    This is the tutorial I played with..great fun!!

    http://www.bobrow.net/kimberly/Quilt...ss/index1.html

    But there is also the square pattern, basically just cutting a repeat of the pattern four times exactly, then stack them up and cut into quarters then each four identical corners (which match exactly) can be put together to make a kaleidescope effect, don't forget you can turn each corner in or out to whichever formation pleases you the most. This version is easier than the above method :D
    Could not get the website to open....help please.....

    I have done this with triangles and LOVE my quilt.....Attached are two pictures of the pattern....using hot air balloons in the repeat. EVERY pattern is different.....as you see.

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    Stack-'n-Whack - border off bed
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    Rainbow....I LOVE your quilt, what a great fabric to choose, I think I like the triangle pattern better!! I don't know why the link hasn't worked so I suggest just going to:-

    http://www.bobrow.net

    Then go to Kimberleys website, then scroll down to quilting, then to all night class. I just tried it and it works this way:D

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    There is a wonderful tutorial for the 4 patch posie ( she calls it 4patch stacker) at quiltbea.blogspot.com. Very detailed and pictures for each step of the way. This a great quilt to learn stack and whack. Doesn't required but 4 repeats of the fabric. One thing I love is that if you don't like the way the posie looks, turn it a different way three more times. You will have a ball seeing how many designs it comes up with. HAVE FUN and I know you will be hooked after one block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyTriplets
    Have you seen the 4PP Supreme pattern? It puts it on point and looks really great. It adds a whole other look to it. Really, really pretty. I recently saw one that looked like blue china. Gorgeous!
    Is there a link to this?? I am very curious!

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    Rainbow what a beautiful quilt!!! Very colourful!!

    I made one in triangles several years ago and really loved how it turned out. I started my 4 patch posies and hope to have a photo to share with you after the long weekend!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainbow
    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    This is the tutorial I played with..great fun!!

    http://www.bobrow.net/kimberly/Quilt...ss/index1.html

    But there is also the square pattern, basically just cutting a repeat of the pattern four times exactly, then stack them up and cut into quarters then each four identical corners (which match exactly) can be put together to make a kaleidescope effect, don't forget you can turn each corner in or out to whichever formation pleases you the most. This version is easier than the above method :D
    Could not get the website to open....help please.....

    I have done this with triangles and LOVE my quilt.....Attached are two pictures of the pattern....using hot air balloons in the repeat. EVERY pattern is different.....as you see.
    I love your quilt.

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    I laid four identical repeats on top of one another .....you want to pin this so they match reallly good...this is the only hard part...that takes some time.....I cut them into 4" strips .....then into 4" blocks and each stack of four made a 4 patch block....you can turn them any way as long as the same centers are matching....hope this helps....I found this to be lots of fun and very fast and a no brainer.....enjoy Oh here are the ones I've done
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitty Yates
    There is a wonderful tutorial for the 4 patch posie ( she calls it 4patch stacker) at www.quiltbea@blogspot.com. Very detailed and pictures for each step of the way. This a great quilt to learn stack and whack. Doesn't required but 4 repeats of the fabric. One thing I love is that if you don't like the way the posie looks, turn it a different way three more times. You will have a ball seeing how many designs it comes up with. HAVE FUN and I know you will be hooked after one block.
    nope, couldn't get THIS one either....I got the form to write a letter....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcathie
    I laid four identical repeats on top of one another .....you want to pin this so they match reallly good...this is the only hard part...that takes some time.....I cut them into 4" strips .....then into 4" blocks and each stack of four made a 4 patch block....you can turn them any way as long as the same centers are matching....hope this helps....I found this to be lots of fun and very fast and a no brainer.....enjoy Oh here are the ones I've done
    Those are beautiful Cathy

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    I found a picture on webshots with a close up of the blocks.
    http://home-and-garden.webshots.com/...48565311oUVNWJ

    Here's a photo of a completed 4PP Supreme. Nice!
    http://www.hddesigns.net/default.asp...56&pageid=4900

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    Those are awesome sites....KyTriplets...you got that ole hamster wheel working again....Thanks for sharing

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    See I made mistake in address. It should be: quiltbea.blogspot.com. Leave@ out of address. Sorry for mistake.

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    For those who read my message earlier note change in web site address. Sorry for the mistake. Needed to leave @ out of address.

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