The past couple days I’ve been experimenting with stack n’ whack block making. This is a simple and fast fast fast way to make blocks. The blocks below finish up at 7 1/2” square but there are instructions at the bottom if you want larger blocks like in the orange quilt.
Start with two 8 1/2” squares.
Make a cut 2 1/2” in from each side.
Cut the center strip horizontally 2 1/2” in from the top and bottom.
Switch the center squares.
Sew the center strips back onto the new center square, right sides together and press out.
Sew the side strips onto the center strip right sides together and press out. Don’t worry about lining up the side strips as you’ll be trimming off those extra pieces anyways.
Trim off the top and bottom first, and the sides 1/4” or so until you have a square block that is 7 1/2” square.
If you want a larger block….lets say 8 1/2” finished, start with a 9 1/2” square and use the same cutting instructions and sizes. That will give you this same block as in the orange quilt….just easier. To make the same quilt with 72 blocks, start with 36 colored squares and 36 white squares, then stack n’ whack away to make it extra fast!