Stacked Rotary Cutting

Detail of a stacked rotary cut block

Bethany Reynolds has given us a great idea for using the repeated motifs in commercial fabric and I can't stop thinking of new ways to use it. I'll admit it. I can't "whack" just one and love to teach these classes. This is not simply a re-hash of Reynolds' book, but a simplification of her approach and a more relaxed attitude to using it. Once the fabrics are pinned in layers, the design possibilities are fantastic! Choose from any of these classes, with the most challenging listed first and the simplest last.

4-Layer Stacks

You needn't buy yards and yards of cloth to tryout this technique. Very interesting designs can be made with just 4 repeats and this class will show students two easily cut shapes and the blocks to use them in. This class is always a surprise to the skeptical.

Stacked Hexagons

60° triangles are perhaps the most fun introduction to stacked rotary cutting because each stack of patches has three different ways to use it. The hard part is picking which one to sew. Add very simple straight seam piecing (no set in corners) and this project is quick and easy.

Not Hexagons

Many blocks drawn on a grid of 60° triangles can be used for stacked rotary cut designs. From "Texas Trellis" to "6-Pointed Star, this class looks at these variations.

Stacked Scarborough Square

Your can use stacked fabric in several parts of this block, but even just one stacked fabric results in a beautiful design. This block uses easy partial seams, freezer paper templates and rotary cutting to speed the process.

Stacked Carnival Blocks

8-points meet in the middle to teach accurate matching technique for this patterns of many moods. Add 4-stack patches in the corners to create another repeat design (there's a trick to this!) or just enjoy the beautiful patterns in the main block.

12" Stacked Sampler

This class uses one set of 8-stacked fabrics to create a variety of 12" blocks. This encourages students to see the potential for using this method in a variety of blocks while studying the effect of scale in cutting the patches.

Stacked and Stacked Some More

What stop at one stacked patch? Work with blocks that encourage more stacking. Stack coordinating prints, backgrounds, and corners to add pattern to pattern for lush designs.

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©2006 Norah McMeeking