Slip and slide? New technique for Stack the Deck quilts (+ giveaway!)

From Stack, Shuffle, and SlideEight-time author Karla Alexander has amassed quite a few quilting fans through her topselling “Stack the Deck” books—and if you ask those fans, the reason is simple: her Stack the Deck method is fast and fun! Now she’s back with a new twist—actually, it’s more of a shuffle—for a perfect balance of carefree cutting, simple sewing, and color control.

If you love Karla’s Stack the Deck method, or if you like the popular stack-and-whack approach to making quilts, this “Slip ’n’ Slide” system puts color and value placement back in your hands—which can be a challenge with common stack-and-whack designs. With this approach, you simply stack and slice your decks of fabric; then slide your colors into place.

In this excerpt from Stack, Shuffle, and Slide, Karla explains how her new method works. Scroll down to see just a few of the 15 super-cool quilts you can make, with many included for beginners!


Karla AlexanderWith my eighth book, I’m introducing a new concept I call “Slip ’n’ Slide.” I still make blocks with a wide variety of strip widths and colors, but with my new method, I have full control over color and value placement. Controlling the fabric placement opens the door to a bunch of new designs. If I want a block to read light to dark, or if I want to isolate dark in only one spot, I now have that option.

All the projects in Stack, Shuffle, and Slide use my Stack the Deck technique. You stack fabric squares or rectangles, all right side up, into a fabric “deck” and then slice the deck into various shapes.

Stack-the-Deck method

The shapes are then shuffled and each layer is sewn back together.

This method gives you the advantage of using many different fabrics without having to mess around with a lot of math or odd-shaped templates. If you want to make more blocks than the pattern calls for, you can usually start with the same number of squares or rectangles as you would like completed blocks. This makes it fun to check out your stash and rediscover a few favorite pieces of which you have only a small amount left. As long as you can cut the fabric into a square or rectangle as required in the quilt pattern, you can usually use it. What a great option!

Just like in my previous books, the instructions for each quilt will guide you through the specific stacking, cutting, and shuffling process. But this time around, instead of the random color placement that results when you shuffle, you get to decide what color goes where. When you sew each layer, you will always keep the color order the same (unless directed otherwise), but the strips of each color will be a different width from layer to layer. It’s easy and it’s like magic!

Here’s a look at some of the quilts from the book.

Quilts from Stack Shuffle and Slide
Beginner quilts:
“Gold Rush” (left) lets the fabrics do all the work. It’s entirely possible to cut and piece this quilt in one afternoon! In “Wren Rails” (right), your darkest prints will always be on the outside edges of the block and the lightest will always be in the center.

Quilts from Stack Shuffle and Slide
More beginner quilts:
“Rendevous” (left) goes together effortlessly because it’s made from just two simple repeated units; I sprinkled hints of orange and blue for sparkle. The construction of “Simple Simon” (right) is also easy. Rails of unequal sizes step down across the quilt top, creating a design with geometric charm.

Quilts from Stack Shuffle and Slide
Intermediate quilts:
“Hang Ups” (left) could be considered a stash quilt as far as the flags are concerned. Once you get the “hang” of sewing the flags, it’s a very simple quilt to make. In “Loosely Woven” (right), one colorway leads gracefully to the next; preview your choices from a distance and make sure they move smoothly from light to dark.

Quilts from Stack Shuffle and Slide
More intermediate quilts:
One morning I got up and began working on “Shattered” (left), and by the end of the day, it was almost done. Only three color choices are needed. Choosing fabrics for “Paint Chips” (right)—which is inspired by my paint-chip collection!—is a breeze. Simply choose a variety of solids in contrasting colors.

I encourage you, as always, to find your own path and create your own journey. May your quilting energy be renewed and refreshed with each new project you create from Stack, Shuffle, and Slide. Enjoy!


Stack Shuffle and SlideHave you tried a Stack the Deck or stack-and-whack style quilt? How’d it turn out? Tell us about it in the comments and you could win a copy of the Stack, Shuffle, and Slide eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Wanda, who says:

“I have never saw, or made anything using the Stack the Deck methods or books. They sound great, the new book sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I will put it in my list. Thanks for the chance to win one.”

Wanda, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!




176 Comments

  • No, I have not tried this method yet, but it looks fascinating. I will put this on my quilting bucket list. Thanks!

    —Delaine on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried any of Karla Alexander’s style quilts. However, after looking through these quilt designs I’m going to have to try them! So excited about winning this e-book. Thanks!

    —Connie on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve made a stack and whack quilt, but I’m not a fan of pinwheels, so didn’t really like it. But this, with the rectangles – oh my, I really like this a lot! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Stacey on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried a Stack the Deck quilt but I do have a Stack n Whack WIP. Unfortunately, it has been a WIP for quite awhile…just not enough free time. Maybe when I retire at the end of the year, I can sit and cut, piece and quilt to my heart’s content! I would like to try this Stack the Deck method.

    —Helen on April 22, 2014
  • I have done a magic tile which is a stack the deck. I really enjoyed it–it was my third quilt. My one son claimed it very quickly before his siblings noticed what he had done.

    —Nancy R on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried a stack-and-whack style quilt yet. Quite frankly they intimidate me. This method looks like something I could handle, and I love the "Gold Rush" quilt. Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity.

    —laurie on April 22, 2014
  • I made a Magic Stars quilt using a technique that I think would fall under Stack the Deck. I love how it turned out!

    Kim M on April 22, 2014
  • Have tried a stack and whack and have about 50 star blocks made, but really didn’t like how the fabric I chose worked. Maybe someday I’ll finish it into smaller quilts for Project Linus or cuddle quilts for the hospital. On the other hand, have made several kaleidoscope quilts and blocks (waiting to be assembled into quilts) that I really like.

    —Brenda on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this technique yet, but I’ve seen some awfully pretty ones. Just figured I’d mess it up or something. Maybe I need to rethink!

    —jane on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried any of the stack n whack methods but I have several quilts made from it. Love the look and really love this new method. I can’t wait to try it. The Loosely Woven quilt is beautiful.

    Jessica on April 22, 2014
  • Love the Technique. Stack And Whack..have made place mats for gifts

    —Ranju Gandhi on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve never tried this but would love to!

    —LaVonne B. on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve not tried this but sure would love to!

    —Bunny on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve never tried a stack and whack type quilt, but these look neat! I love "Loosely Woven."

    —Karen Watkins on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve used Karla’s techniques for several charity quilts. It’s a great way to use up those odd bits of donated fabrics!

    —Pat V. on April 22, 2014
  • These are great! I have done a stack-and-whack style with a single fabric – but not this shuffle style. Lovely!

    —regina on April 22, 2014
  • I have 2 of Karla’s books and love them both. Great way to make quick quilts to give away to charity or to grandkids! Would love to add this one to my collection! Thanks for chance to win!

    —Janet Frank on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried this yet. Looks intereesting.

    —Dawn on April 22, 2014
  • I have made 4 Stack the Deck quilts. Always fun and quick. I collect fat quarters and they work well with this type of quilt. Looking forward to the new designs in this book.

    —Liz Dyer on April 22, 2014
  • I have not heard of this stack-and-whack method. I am excited to learn more about it. Nancy R said she made a Magic Tile quilt. It sounds like something I’d like to do.

    —Rachel Fiegener on April 22, 2014
  • I tried Stack the Deck type technique years ago, & it was a disaster. I’d love to try it again, but obviously I need some pointers.

    —Pat on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this type of quilt – but I love the modern look of them!

    —Diane on April 22, 2014
  • I have been intrigued by this method but haven’t used it yet. It is on my to do list. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a interesting book.

    —Kathy Hancock on April 22, 2014
  • Haven’t tried this yet, but looks fascinating.

    —jane d on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried a Stack the Deck method but it looks very intriguing. Would love to win the book. I love Gold Rush and Simple Simon.

    Susan Paxton on April 22, 2014
  • I did a couple of Stack and Whack quilts years ago but would love to try this newer method.
    thanks!

    —Linda Erickson on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried a stack the deck quilt but I love the pattern Loosely Woven!

    —Nancy on April 22, 2014
  • I have made Stack and Whack. They came out wonderful.

    —Chris on April 22, 2014
  • I have made a one block wonder/kaleidoscope quilt using the technique. I love the way it turned out, but would love to try something a bit easier!

    —Jeannine on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve never tried a stack and whack style quilt. Even though I love the idea, I had never seen one that really captured me until seeing Gold Rush and Wren Rails. Now I’m excited to try one of Karla’s quilts!

    —Linda B on April 22, 2014
  • No I have not, but I would love to give it a try.

    Mara on April 22, 2014
  • I love Karla Alexander’s books. I’ve made several stack the deck quilts. Her technique is so easy & fun. Thanks for the chance to win her newest book.

    —Joyce Mitchell on April 22, 2014
  • I have not yet tried this technique, but it looks like I’d be able to accomplish the beginner quilts, and I’m esp. drawn to "Gold Rush", "Simple Simon", and the very modern "Paint Chips." This looks really FUN! Maybe I’ll work with my 12 y.o. granddaughter this summer on one, and I’d so love to win the book to that end! Thanks for the opportunity.

    —Rosemary Hop on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried one yet, but I do have one of the books and a stack and whack quilt is on my TO DO list!

    —Shari Kersey on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve not tried this method yet. I’m very new to quilting.

    —Teresa on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve never made a quilt using these techniques but I’d like to give it a try.

    —Linda Webster on April 22, 2014
  • I did make a stack ‘n whack several years ago. I found the cutting to be intimidating, as I like things to be regimented. It took me out of my box, which is a good thing.

    —Gloria Meyer on April 22, 2014
  • I made a quilt using the "bent squares" and I loved it. It was great fun to use up some of the stash by just mix and matching (or not) fabric!

    —Vicky on April 22, 2014
  • I have Karla’s book Color Shuffle and made the Serengeti quilt in two different colorways. The ladies in my guild were so impressed especially when I told them how easy it was. I love her quilts, they are so innovative and just fun. They get your creative juices flowing and they are wonderful for using your scraps.

    —connie on April 22, 2014
  • IF I win… I promise to tell you how it goes. Stack the Deck is new to me!

    —Claire on April 22, 2014
  • I do have 2 of Karla Alexander’s earlier books and I have done a "big fat comforter" quilt and a "goin’ green" quilt from these. I have also made several "magic tile" quilts, which uses the same techniques. I look forward to seeing what fun stuff is in the new book! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Sandra on April 22, 2014
  • I made Karla’s Orderly Chaos from New Cuts for New Quilts in my favorite fall colors. Making the first cuts were a little scary but once the first block went together it was sew much fun.

    —Diane S on April 22, 2014
  • I did a stack and whack quilt a while back and have never looked at fabric the same since. The kaleidoscope patterns that result are absolutely fascinating. I now carry my folding mirror whenever I go to a fabric store so I can glide it over the pattens to see a new kaleidoscope design. It’s also a great way to use up some funky fabric you may not love but that has some good color contrast. I’m now constantly audition fabrics for another surprising new design and another quilt

    —Dianne Weitzel on April 22, 2014
  • I’m really into modern quilts now & really like the woven/shading effects as well as the paint chip squares! Looks like a lot of fun!

    —Wendy M on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve done both and both quilts are actually quite stunning, but not difficult at all to make.

    —Shannon on April 22, 2014
  • Have used her methods in the past and loved the results.

    —Rivka Hamdani on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried either technique, but I would like to try this one as I think I could do some of these. Would love to win the book and give it a try.

    —Susan on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried either method yet as they looked like the pieces would be difficult to cut. These quilts look wonderful and the method looks a lot easier than I thought.

    —Kathy h on April 22, 2014
  • I have not made any of the Stack the Deck quilts, but I love the look of some of the quilts in this new book.

    Julie in GA on April 22, 2014
  • I have never tried this method, it sounds like great fun!

    —Amanda Best on April 22, 2014
  • Yes, I did a curved stack and whack and made a cute table runner. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Cindy Pilkington on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried a "stack-and-whack" or a "stack the deck" yet. It looks fun and easy and I can’t waite!

    —Tina on April 22, 2014
  • I do like the stack and wack. I made myself a great little table topper with some material a friend gave me. I would love to have been able to show a picture of it, but one of my renters decided they liked it too and when they moved out they took it with them. I guess they needed it more than I did. I know that there are so many things I can make with this type of cutting and quilting. A book to show a few of those ways would be awesome. Pick me, Pick me, Pick me. lol.

    Have an awesome day.

    —Cheryl Culver on April 22, 2014
  • This looks very interesting. I would like to try it.

    —Martha on April 22, 2014
  • I have done one ‘stack and whack’ quilt, or set of blocks. I didn’t have a sashing fabric chosen, so it is still waiting to be completed.

    —Michele Dawson on April 22, 2014
  • I’m a fairly new quilter, and have just recently heard about Stack-n-whack, so it’s all new to me! It’s an interesting concept and seems like it would be fun to try!

    —Debbie on April 22, 2014
  • I have tried a Stack and Whack Kaleidoscope quilt. I loved how it turned out. I do like the Shattered quilt that Ms. Alexander has created. I like her modern versions of this method. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Janie on April 22, 2014
  • Yes, I’ve done a ‘stack and whack’ style of patchwork and I really enjoyed it. It went fast too. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    —Ann Dunn on April 22, 2014
  • Love the concept. One of my first quilts was a Tiles pattern that was made in a similar fashion to these. I LOVE anything that makes life, especially quilting, easier. There are several that I would make from this book.

    —Rosemary on April 22, 2014
  • I have tried this method and find the end results quite fun. I tend to lose my concentration with the cutting and moving of pieces, i forwg ahead in thinking process and get too reday to see the results so I tend to be pretty careful at first marking the stacks and assembling the units. Once you get started the process is fast and fun and you get an end result of a pleasing scrappy style quilt. With some care it can be somewhat controlled as well . Endless ideas and the new book shows how this is not a "one trick ponet idea" I would certainly enjoy having his new episode in a successful series.

    Jane Modjeski

    —Mj Modjeski on April 22, 2014
  • Yes, I have tried Karla’s quilts and I love them! I am hoping to make another one soon. Love the shattered glass quilt!

    —Krafty KC on April 22, 2014
  • I never had the opportunity to try the stack-n-whack technique! This book appeals to me. All the quilts pictured look like fun. But I’m especially drawn to "Paint Chips".

    —Charlotte on April 22, 2014
  • I have tried both of those techniques and loved the results! This looks like a great book, thanks for the chance to win.

    —Lisa Marie on April 22, 2014
  • I have done stack and whack but this book looks like more fun. Thanks for sharing.

    —Mary C on April 22, 2014
  • Would love to try this technique… thanks for the giveaway.

    —Nancy on April 22, 2014
  • I have 56 blocks of a stack-and-whack quilt, just waiting to be sewn together. I would love to try one of Karla’s quilts.

    —Jill Ellis on April 22, 2014
  • I tried the stack and whack once and was slightly disapointed with the result. This could be because the colours were all too similar. I will try again one day

    Merle Rawson on April 22, 2014
  • I made a sudoku quilt and it turned out great, I also made a trip around the world, but the quilts in this book are an other challenge and turned out great
    thanks for this give away

    —Jo T. on April 22, 2014
  • Yes, I have done a stack and whack quilt. I was making my very first one for myself when I found out that my mother-in law wanted a quilt from me. So, I finished the one I was working on and gave it to her. Oh how I loved that quilt! After she passed away, my sister-in law kept it. I had hoped to get it back but my sil was always very generous to my kids so I am okay with it. I still have some leftover pieces so maybe I can make another one. These methods are so great and so surprising in the end.

    —Karen L. on April 22, 2014
  • Many yeas ago I tried a Stack & Whack quilt. It was interesting to see the results. I would like very much to have a copy of the new book, Thank you.

    —venita on April 22, 2014
  • I actually bought a book on the whack & stack method, but a quilting friend talked me out of trying it. I shouldn’t have listened to her and used my adventurous side to try it out. I will get it out again soon and give it a go!

    —Kathy E. on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried this type of quilt yet, but it looks intriguing.

    —Pat on April 22, 2014
  • I have really wanted to make a stack and whack quilt, but have been afraid to! Wish I could win the book and give it a try.

    —Shelor Robin on April 22, 2014
  • I have never saw, or made anything using the Stack the Deck methods or books. They sound great, the new book sounds like it would be a lot of fun. I will put it in my list. Thanks for the chance to win one.

    —wanda spain on April 22, 2014
  • I am thrilled how my Stack’n Wack turned out! A nice surprise. It has a place of honor up on the living room wall.

    weezie on April 22, 2014
  • I have one stack-and-whack quilt top started. I’ve only completed a 2 blocks, but have the fabric cut for quite a few more. It looks more difficult than it is. The blocks go together easily. I have seen many completed stack-and-whack quilts and love them all, so I know I’ll be happy with mine.

    —Theresa on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried this technique, but it sounds very interesting. I’d like to try it

    caroline Rohrer on April 22, 2014
  • I have taken a number of Karla’s classes. I always learn something new and reinforce some of her good habits. I just love the speed that the stack and whack go together.

    —caroline lincoln on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this method, but it looks fun!

    —Karen B on April 22, 2014
  • I have made three stack n whack quilts using Bethany a Reynolds books. I first saw one of these quilts at a shop in Arizona about 15 years ago. I HAD to find out how the whole think worked! I was hooked! I also did a baby quilt of Karla Alexander’s stack and slice in hot sassy colors that turned out so nice I could barely give it away. Good thing it went to my grand daughter .

    —Margaret Miller on April 22, 2014
  • YES! We did some of this at quilt camp this year and it was a blast!! I’d love the book!
    Thanks!

    —Jean on April 22, 2014
  • I love making stack and whack quilts. Lately it has been hard finding the right fabric.

    —Linda Christianson on April 22, 2014
  • I tried it on a piece of floral fabric that was given to me that I didn’t like. I felt that if I wasn’t happy with the finished blocks, then I wasn’t wasting fabric. The blocks turned out better than I expected and the top is ready to be quilted.

    —Julie B on April 22, 2014
  • I made a stack and shuffle type quilt several years ago. It was fun, but I like the look of the new designs in this book, especially the cover quilt.

    —Sally on April 22, 2014
  • I’m relatively new to using quilt books instead of designing my own items. Since I’ve never heard of her methods nor her books, I am now adding her name to my growing list of author-designers I want to collect!

    —Marty on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried either method yet. I love the cover quilt!

    —Marianne on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t done any stack and whack quilts yet. I love the idea, but nobody had ever really explained the way it works to me, until today. I asked the clerk in the quilt shop when I saw the book, and she explained it to me. Now it sounds really interesting, and I would like to try it.

    —Cindy Dahlgren on April 22, 2014
  • I’m a relatively new quilter, and this concept fascinates me! I would love to try one of the quilts in her new book!

    —Teresa on April 22, 2014
  • I love Karla’s Stack the Deck method, and have made several quilts using it. It is so easy, quick and with no seams to match within each block, it is ideal for a beginner to make a beautiful quilt. I have shown this method to other quilters who were surprised and delighted at being able to make a lovely and individual quilt so quickly. I look forward to reading about the new way to control the colours, and would be delighted to win the book.

    —Elsbeth on April 22, 2014
  • I did one and enjoyed the process but haven’t tried another.

    Charlene S on April 22, 2014
  • I’m part way with a stack n whack & I love it!

    —Kathy on April 22, 2014
  • I have not yet tried this technique, but it does look interesting. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    —Bonnie on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried the stack and whack type quilts yet, but after seeing these gorgeous quilts from this book I would like to make one! Thank you for the giveaway.

    —Darlene Crosby on April 22, 2014
  • I have yet to stack, cut and shuffle anything, but Karla has some nice looking quilts in this book that I would like to make.

    —SUSAN STEFUN on April 22, 2014
  • I love using stack-n-whack for kaleidoscope effects. I find totes work better for stack-n-slice, since colors can overwhelm me on larger pieces.

    —lynne on April 22, 2014
  • Stack and Whack is a unique and fun quilt to create. Thus I am interested in the,Stack, Shuffle and Slide e-book.

    —Connie Douty on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this technique before but I am fascinated by the ‘Shattered’ quilt. I would love to try it if I win this book.

    —Bridget on April 22, 2014
  • I have made stack and whack quilts, but I am not familiar with the Stack the Deck. It does look like a fun technique to try.

    —Karen A on April 22, 2014
  • This is a technique I want to try.

    —Nelda Mohr on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried the method yet but would love to!! It sounds interesting and looks like lots of fun.

    —Geni Pickens on April 22, 2014
  • Never tried it–but I think I might need to look at it now.

    —Cathy Romanczuk on April 22, 2014
  • I have used both methods to achieve a particular result. I like them both, but prefer the Stack the Deck — maybe because I have a better idea of what will happen.

    —Carol Sc on April 22, 2014
  • I have made two tops using the stack and whack method. My first piecing ever was done this way. Instead of quilting it, l made it into a bedspread for the guestroom.
    Recently, l made a quilt for my granddaughter,in a modified version of stack and whack using large rectangles of many plaids, and making fewer cuts as she wanted the pieces of plaid to be larger. We were both thrilled with the results.

    —Linda aka wildyard on April 22, 2014
  • What a great way for me to take baby steps into more free form and modern quilting. I am not a total control freak, but I do spend as much time rearranging fabric as I do sewing. This gives me a bit of control, but allows much more spontaneity. Thank you for writing this book.

    —LynS on April 22, 2014
  • I have not yet tried this method! Looks interesting to try!

    —Christy H on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this method, but I am intrigued. This book would be a big help, I’m sure!

    —Margaret Lawrence on April 22, 2014
  • I’ve made several of Karla’s quilts, the first one being several years ago at a workshop Karla taught at my guild. All of her patterns are great. I can’t wait to get this book and make Shattered and Paint Chips!

    —Karen M on April 22, 2014
  • I have made two quilts from Karla Alexander’s books. I got braver with the second quilt and was much freer in varying the cuts on the decks. That is kind of how my quilting has evolved. It is fun branching out and using more creativity as I get more experience. Karla’s books really allow that individuality.

    Kathy on April 22, 2014
  • I have not tried a Stack n Whack or Stack The Deck .but they both look interesting, and hope to get a chance to try at least one out

    —Elizajane on April 22, 2014
  • the very first project I made was a stack & whack design.. cut, shuffle sew, cut.. love it…

    Debbie D. on April 22, 2014
  • I have never tried this method as this is the first I have heard of it. I have my own method of "whack and hack" and it worked for me. These quilts are gorgeous and I would like to learn the technique to make these. They look complicated and very sophisticated but I think the steps to create one seems do-able.
    Thanks

    —ruby t on April 22, 2014
  • I made a small stack and shuffle quilt years ago, using a method taught by the late Judy Hopkins. She called her method "Dawn to Dusk". It involved using a range of light to dark values in two colors. I love my quilt.

    —Dot on April 22, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this method…but it looks like fun! Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

    —Terry on April 22, 2014
  • I did two patriotic quilts with the stack and whack method and loved the total experience. It went quicker than I imagined it would. The hardest part was determining the fabric and the colors and being ever so careful not to knock the pieces off the sewing table once they had been sorted. Quick if the pieces aren’t too small. Love the "Loosely Woven" Karla shows in the article.

    —Janey on April 22, 2014
  • I did one with a friend but haven’t had a chance to do one for myself.

    —OHSue on April 22, 2014
  • I just completed a queen-size stand-and-whack quilt from floral fabric,and am happy with the way it turned out.

    —Janet G on April 23, 2014
  • I have used the Stack n Wack method and it always comes out great. The instructions are very easy to follow and almost any fabric can make a great looking quilt that you will get alot of great comments about.

    —Julie Murphy on April 23, 2014
  • I have made a couple of ‘stack the deck’ quilts, and thoroughly enjoyed the process! They’re lots of fun to put together. I made a quilt for my son using the colors from his college, and as I was not sure how to quilt it when done, I simply tied it. He has graduated from college and is an officer in the Navy now, but he still uses that quilt today! 🙂

    —Sue on April 23, 2014
  • Karla just came to teach here in the Four Corners. What fun! If you ever get a chance to take a class from her don’t hesitate. I would love to have her book! There are some Great patterns in there.

    —Barb M on April 23, 2014
  • When I was first learning to quilt the teacher had each of us in the class do a stack’n whack block. then she collected the blocks and put the quilt together. It was very interesting and I still have it on my to do list of quilt atterns

    —Debby Thompson on April 23, 2014
  • I have tried both a Stack and Whack and a Stack and Slash. Both were fun since you don’t know exactly what it will look like when you’re done!

    —Kathy Franklin on April 23, 2014
  • Haven’t ever done one but would love to be able to start with Goldrush or Wren Rails and then do my favorite Loosely Woven

    —Lawana Whaley on April 23, 2014
  • Haven’t tried this method before but as a beginner quilter, this would be a great opportunity to learn new things. I really want to improve my skills and this would a great place to start.

    —Susanne on April 23, 2014
  • I have two of Karla’s books already and would love to try the "Loosely Woven" pattern in her new book.

    —Donna V. on April 23, 2014
  • I have made a stack-and-whack quilt but the stack-the-deck looks like a great deal of fun, no pun intended.

    mandy whalen on April 23, 2014
  • I have and I loved it! Really enjoyed the new book pictures. I’m ready to do another one.

    —Pamela B on April 23, 2014
  • I tried one and enjoyed myself very much, and I’m selecting fabrics for another to enjoy

    —Marthese on April 23, 2014
  • No, I haven’t, but the blue quilt towards the bottom that looks like it’s mosaic makes me want to try!

    wendy on April 23, 2014
  • I have 3 of the books so far. The stack and whack method is a surprisingly easy way to make sophisticated quilts. Congrats on the new book!

    —Peggy Aronson on April 23, 2014
  • I tried one of her quilts from an earlier book, with a kind of whacky pieced background, and appliqued hearts – love the process!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on April 23, 2014
  • I have not tried one as yet, but saw a similar technique in a current magazine that was put on my to do list. It looks like an easy process, which is what I need right now!

    —Janet T on April 23, 2014
  • I have not tried this method yet. It looks really easy but yet the final quilt looks amazingly hard… I love it!!!

    Mary G on April 23, 2014
  • I haven’t tried it yet. Thanks for the chance!

    —Sarah on April 23, 2014
  • I tried one stack and whack and got lost somewhere in the cutting process. It’s now in the UFO stack. Perhaps the book would give me inspiration to go back and try again.

    —Betty Jansen on April 23, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this technique yet, it sounds like it might be fun to try.

    —Gwendolyn Clark on April 23, 2014
  • I’ve tried something sort of like Wren Rails, but mine needs something to perk it up, or something(?)–it’s a UFO now. I like “Simple Simon” and would like to try that version. Tx for picts and info.
    Cheers
    Carol

    —Carol on April 23, 2014
  • I have done several stack and whack quilts that I designed. I cut the pieces over sized so the blocks could all be trimmed to the same size. Otherwise, I end up with blocks too small. I like scrappy quilts and this is the perfect technique.

    —Valerie Clark on April 23, 2014
  • Never tried it, but it look easy.

    —sonia afanador on April 23, 2014
  • No I have not tried this yet but it looks like a great way to do things I would love to have the book

    —Jo on April 23, 2014
  • I haven’t tried it, but it looks like a great way to create a quilt top.

    —Karen Cohn on April 23, 2014
  • I have never tried this. I would love to have the opportunity to win this book and try it. Since I am in a group, we try different things all the time but have not gotten to this yet. I’ll be looking forward to it.

    —Marguerite Namdar on April 23, 2014
  • Idon’t have any of these books ,but would be a great beginning book to get a collection of books started with. Thanks for the chance to win !

    Mary Hansen on April 23, 2014
  • I haven’t ever tried a stack and whack quilt but I have been reading about them & I think that style is in my near future! I loved the previews of the book and hope I win! thanks for the contest!

    —Julie Zeigler on April 23, 2014
  • I have made stack and whack, and I’d love to try this new method if I win.

    —Angela Brady on April 24, 2014
  • where do I find the instructions for the hexgon made from circle of fabric

    Hi Nancy,
    I have to admit, I am drawing a blank! Was it something you saw here on StitchThis!? If you’d like to email me (service@shopmartingale.com) with some more details, I’d be glad to try and help.
    ~Cornelia/Customer Service

    Nancy8280 on April 24, 2014
  • I haven’t tried it but I would love to give it a shot! Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Ashley T. on April 24, 2014
  • I use Karla’s techniques ALOT.. quick and fun

    —Roberta B on April 24, 2014
  • I have never tried, but would love to!

    —Linda V on April 24, 2014
  • No, I haven’t tried it yet but it looks interesting.

    —MoeWest on April 24, 2014
  • Not yet, but I’d love to give it a try. Thanks for the chance to win! ☺

    —Maree on April 24, 2014
  • Havent tried it yet – but I sure would like too

    —Kathy Luehrs on April 25, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this technique yet, maybe I should.

    —Bekk on April 25, 2014
  • Designs look fascinating, would love to try the loosely woven quilt.

    —Tatyana on April 25, 2014
  • I would like to know more about this technique. I like the modern-looking style of quilt.

    —Vivian on April 25, 2014
  • Never heard of this before and now I must try it!

    —Allison C on April 25, 2014
  • Never have made a "stack and whack" quilt. Your method appears to be a the incentive I need to eliminate an enormous inventory of quilt fabric.

    Your inspiration would be a way to downsize my stash quickly. And a great opportunity to make quilts for the needy.

    Anxious to start ASAP.

    —Deloris Baldwin on April 25, 2014
  • I love this idea! It looks like so much fun! I haven’t tried it but see lots of ideas I’d like to make.

    —Paula on April 25, 2014
  • Have always wanted to try a Stack and Wack quilt.

    —Sherril McGann on April 25, 2014
  • I have done a Stack the Deck quilt before and it turned out to be one of the most fun quilts to do. It took a lot of courage to simply make the first cut but for other cuts it released me and gave me a real sense of freedom making the cuts and constructing the blocks. I would love to win this book and give this method a try. It could be a lot of fun. Thanks

    —Doris Worthen on April 25, 2014
  • No I haven’t made one of these quilts but I think it could be fun. I can see how fast and easy a quilt could be made this way.

    —Louise Buker on April 25, 2014
  • I haven’t tried it yet but would like to. I am always interested in learning new techniques — disproving the saying about old dogs and new tricks. This old dog is always ready to learn something new — at least in sewing.

    —Nancy Angerer on April 25, 2014
  • I’ve made a couple of Stack N Whack quilts. It was exciting seeing the patterns emerging in the blocks. I loved the resulting quilts.

    —Joanne on April 25, 2014
  • I have not tried the stack and shuffle yet but I can see the appeal of getting the top done quickly.

    —Margaret Zupfer on April 25, 2014
  • I have never tried them. It looks interesting though!

    —Bridget on April 26, 2014
  • I have not tried this technique but it looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    —Cindy Schultz on April 26, 2014
  • I’ve done 3 of this type of quilt and absolutely love the style. It’s fun, and I love the way the materials come together. I have another one with Halloween fabric cut but not sewn – added to the UFO pile, the book looks very interesting.

    —Sue Hordos on April 26, 2014
  • I have done a stack and whack blocks but don’t think I ever sewed together. Another UFO to find and finish. I think it is fascinating to see how the blocks turn out.
    Thanks.

    —Nancy of IN on April 26, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this method yet.

    —Evelyn on April 27, 2014
  • I own the stack/whack book but got lost in the instructions for finding print repeats, etc so I never actually tried it. This new method seems much more friendly and it looks like it could be a great stash buster!

    —Pearl on April 27, 2014
  • I’m new to quilting, so I haven’t tried it!

    —auschick on April 27, 2014
  • Have not tried it but it looks like fun!

    —Veronica Rushton on April 27, 2014
  • I absolutely love the look of these quilts. I also think it would be a fun technique for classes.

    —Lynn on April 28, 2014
  • No, I have not tried this method yet, but it looks intriguing and makes some wonderful quilts.. another technique to put on my to do list.

    —Darrell Hardenburg on April 28, 2014
  • I haven’t tried this technique but it looks like fun. I’m always looking for ideas for scrap quilts that don’t look like scrap quilts.

    —Sheilah on April 28, 2014
  • This looks like a fun and easy way to achieve the look of an art quilt. Hope I win!

    —Dee on April 29, 2014
  • I did a stack the deck crazy 9-patch quilt about 10 years ago. I used heavy corduroy, so it was a bit cumbersome to cut, but the quilt turned out looking great! I would like to try this technique again, using lighter fabrics and different cut out shapes. The Stack the Deck book would surely have some good ideas for how to accomplish this.

    —Joanne Lenigan on April 29, 2014

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