Make a Stack-n-Wack Quilt

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Hello friends! I’m so glad you are here.

Today we’re going to make a whole quilt. And not only did I make a whole quilt…. I decided to make 2 from these quilt blocks I’m going to show.

Basically, we’re going to cut up some fabric, rearrange it, and then sew it back together. We’re working with rectangles and squares. No fancy pieces and VERY beginner friendly.

All you need is a layer cake and some background fabric. I used Little Red 10″ Squares by Meags and Me and Snow for my background fabric.

Let’s get started.


  • 42- 10″ Squares/Layer Cake
  • 3 yds Background fabric
  • 2/3 yd Border fabric (Quilt 2 only)
  • 2/3 yd Binding fabric



10″ Squares

First we are going to cut up our 10″ squares. We are cutting them all the same and then sewing them back together.

Gather 3-4 squares and line them up on your cutting mat. Cut a verticle line at 6″.

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And then cut a horizontal line at 4″.

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You will end up with 4 pieces: 6″ x 4″, 4″ x 4″, 6″ x 6″, and 4″ x 6″.

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Background (for blocks)

  • 42- 2″ x 4″
  • 42- 2″ x 6″
  • 42- 2″ x 11″

Putting the Block together

We are going to lay the blocks out like this: note how the top row stacks have been switched.

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There will be 2 rows we are sewing together, and then a background strip down the middle.

  • Row 1: 4″ x 6″ pattern, 2″ x 6″ background, 6″ x 6″ pattern
  • Sashing: 2″ x 11″ background
  • Row 2: 6″ x 4″ pattern, 2″ x 4″ background, 4″ x 4″ pattern
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Sew the rows together, pressing towards the background fabric.

Then sew the rows to the middle background sashing, pressing towards the background fabric.

Trim to 11″ square.

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Larger Blocks

Now that we have our basic block put together, we can now put them together in groups of 4. For this I used 1 1/4″ Sashing.

Cut List

  • 2- 1 1/4″ x 11″ background
  • 1- 1 1/4″ x 22″ background

Place 4 blocks together so that the Larger blocks are all in the center, like so.

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Sew the top and bottom rows together, pressing towards the background sashing.

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Then sew the rows to the center shashing.

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In order to line up the seams, place the blocks together like you’re about to sew them together, right sides together. Pull back the edge and see if your sashing pieces line up. If they don’t, carefully adjust the pieces until they line up, and pin into place.

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When you’re sewing the rows together, line up the sashing that will go around all the big blocks.

When you’re sewing the rows to the center sashing, you have 3 sets of sashing to line up.

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Press towards the sashing and trim up the edges to become square. They should be 22″ Square.

Quilt 1

To create my first quilt, I put together 6 of the larger blocks together using 1 1/4″ sashing.

I then put it on the long arm, quilted it, and the bound it.

Finished size is: 44″ x 66″

Quilt 2

On the second quilt, I put together 3 of the larger blocks, and then with my last 6 pieces, I sewed them in groups of 2 with the larger squares next to each other. I then sewed them together using 1 1/4″ sashing.

I put a final background border of 2″ strips all the way around and finished the sides with a 6 1/2″ border.

Finished size: 44″ x 70″.


I did the sashing at 2″ and then 1 1/4″. You are welcome to change it up however you’d like. You don’t even have to use sashing if you don’t want to.

Another variation would be, if you didn’t want 2 different quilts, you could put all the pieces together to make one big quit. You could then add a background and a pattern fabric border, or do without the borders.

There are lots of different options for this quilt.

I am interested to know which one you like better. Please let me know in the comments.

Happy sewing!!

6 Responses

  1. Sally J Long

    Very interesting use of stack & wack method.

  2. Mary

    Love this pattern and I have the layer cake because I fell in love with it not knowing what I would make with it. Now I know!!! I have twin granddaughters who will love it.

  3. lisa

    Could this be made in a king size using yardage? I’m tempted to try but will ask the math teacher first!!!!

    • admin

      Most certainly. You could make your dashing wider and add a border. It’s definitely doable!