Stack ‘n’ Whack? Illusions? I thought this was a quilt retreat???

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Today was a busy and action packed day!  The morning started with Diana’s class making an illusion table runner.  Illusion patterns allow quilters to experiment with hues of color and arrangement of blocks to trick the beholder’s eye into believing the illusion.  Playing with color and value, 3-D quilt blocks offer a way for quilters to turn a flat surface into a picture that seems to pop off the page. The depth is often formed by quilting shapes like diamonds, triangles or squares, but there are really no limitations!  Quilters like to experiment with optical illusions in quilts using techniques like paper piecing, traditional patchwork and appliqué to create the look of depth.


The color combinations were stunning!


Joann’s class was a stack ‘n’ whack.  What is a “stack and whack” do you ask?  Stack and Whack is a common term used in the world of quilting. Rather than cutting one single fabric at a time, multiple layers of fabric are stacked in a single pile and then cut simultaneously. Anywhere from six to twelve layers of fabric can be cut at once in an accurate fashion. Once all the pieces are cut, they are rearranged and sewn back together to make quilt blocks.  Can you imagine how nervous some of us were cutting twelve layers of fabric at one time???  You could have heard a pin drop once the cutting started!!!

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The results were amazing.  Some folks will sash their blocks, some will add a couple of borders and some will do both.  We look forward to see everyone’s finished projects.


Yellow Creek Quilters arrived to sharpen scissors, repair and service sewing machines and to pick up quilts they will take back to finish for folks.  In addition, we were blessed to be visited by Ms Jean Jackson, the matriarch of our quilting community.  She delivered one of her famous cakes, which disappeared in short order.  As a side note, for those of you who have not had the honor of meeting Jean, I’m sorry.  Jean is a treasure and everyone who meets her leaves a better person.  Throughout life your will meet one person who is unlike any other.  You could talk to this person for hours and never get bored, you could tell them anything and they will not judge you.  Jean is that person.  Just by being in her presence and, without saying a word, she encourages you to be a better version of yourself tomorrow.

Theresa Dunbrack (left) and Jean Jackson (right)

In spite of yesterday being an instruction packed day, there is always that one class participant who takes things to the next level.  Bonnie McLaughlin took the “Y seams” class yesterday, finished her block at home and turned her block into the cutest seat cushion for today’s class.  How very resourceful of you, Bonnie!  Great job!

There are no words to adequately express how wonderful these last two days have been.  Thank you to our instructors, class participants and community for continuing to support our efforts.  We are so blessed and grateful for the continued support and encouragement.  See you around the shop and at our October “Fall into Quilting” retreat!