Challenge 2017/18 - # 30, Asian Stack-n-Whack


I really have been busy finishing quilts, but I've neglected to write and post the blogs of my accomplishments. I'm going to try to rectify that with a blast this week of quilts #30, #31, #32 and possibly quilt #33. Let's see how well I do!

The Asian Stack-n-Whack quilt was the result of a class I took in the early 2000s. It was from the book Magic Stack-n-Whack quilts by Bethany S. Reynolds.

I went to the class with a friend and she pieced and hand quilted a beautiful poppy quilt. I put mine away and didn't complete it until now for a number of reasons.

The quality of the instruction was poor. As a teacher, I often take classes, not to learn new techniques, but to observe the teacher and learn from him/her. I am very fortunate that I can often learn something by reading the text or looking at the images. But I take classes because I want to learn those little insights that only someone experienced with the technique or pattern can teach.

At the beginning of this class I felt that I had missed something. Almost like there was a pre-class get together or something. Everyone came into the classroom and got started on their project. The teacher walked around and chatted. When she got to me, I was waiting for the class to start and get some instruction. I asked if I had missed something and she informed me that "no, just to turn to the page for my project and start working. She later wondered by and commented that I knew what I was doing....and walked away. Now, I am an experienced sewer/quilter and she knew that I was also a teacher, but I was there to learn from her, not the just the book. So, even though now that the quilt is done, and I do have good memories of sewing with my friend, I wasn't in a rush to come back to this quilt and get it finished.

The focus fabric was a lovely rich red Asian print. I paired it with a mottled gold and a dark navy. I love how the blocks jump off the background.

yellow drawing of seams for sashing

The blocks were set on point, so I had lots of bias edges. After a few years, I pulled out the blocks and put them together with a simple navy sashing and connecting triangles.

In the image above, I've drawn in yellow the seams in the sashing. I always use corner posts so that my sashing and block strips match perfectly.

Then I needed to find a place large enough to lay out the quilt and measure the borders. The quilt got put away for a while! I pulled the quilt out again and measured the fabric for the borders, cut the strips and sewed the strips together. Then put the quilt away some more!