Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hands2Help - Guest Blogger Annie of Annie's Ruby Slipperz!!

Hi, all!

Well, it's Sunday again!  Time for another great guest blogger - and today we're welcoming Annie of Annie's Ruby Slipperz!  If you haven't met Annie before, you really ought to check out her blog - on Mondays each week she has a giveaway/contest, and on Saturdays she helps prod us all along in our efforts to get healthy with "On My Weigh"!  She's got a great tutorial for us today - take a look!!

Have you ever just wanted to THROW a quilt together?
Something REALLY easy...with not too much concentration?
If you would like to have your sewing machine humming and
not have the seam allowance be crucial...then, this could be the
quilt..."pattern-method" for you. 
You might have heard about...Stack and Slash,Stack the Deck,
Slash n' Sew?
 Well, Miz-tahkee was made in the same way.  There's a
twist in this story that I will tell you about later.
The above quilt started with a 10" square.  But, you can start with
 any size square.  Something to think about when deciding on what
size square to start with is:  Each "slash n' sew" step takes the block
 size  down about 1/2" or so depending on your seam allowance,

The following quilt top is made with only 2 slashes.
I didn't use all of the finished squares and I added
sashing (2.5" wide) quilt top measures 60"X80"

Yardage for blocks only:
5/8 yard each of 7 different fabrics
Choosing fabrics
Contrast is important, as is varying degrees in size of print. 
Lay them out in an order that you like.
I kept my fabrics in order as I created my stacks of
blocks while cutting them.

Cutting Fabrics:
Cut 2 WOF strips into 8 - 10" squares (56 total squares)

You now should have 7 stacks of each fabric, with 8 squares
the SAME in each stack.
Take one fabric from each stack and create a new
stack.  You will now have
8 stacks with 7 DIFFERENT fabrics in each...
Slice at an angle each stack (60 degree angle each time)
The top (left on ruler) measurement is the same as the
area on the bottom right of the fabric square.

First cut completed.  Now take the top (butterfly) fabric
of each right slice and put it on the bottom.
....I got impatient to sew, there isn't a pic of
the rotation.

This is my first sew.  You can see that the top yellow corner
is slightly above (approx 1/4 inch).  And, the butterfly is
peaking on the  bottom right about a 1/4" too.  If you do this,
you will trim less later. 

Sew and lay them upside down so they stay in order with
first sewn on top.  Keep each stack separate also.

IRONING at this point is a good idea.  It makes it
a lot easier to slice the stacks.  But be careful not to
get the stacks out of order and keep each stack seperate.
I used a leader for each stack when I sewed them.  And I sewed
each stack with a continuous thread.  I used a new leader
for each stack.  This helped me to know which block was top,
kept them all in order and it kept my stacks separate.
2nd slice will be the same as the 1st slice.
Use the 60% angle making sure that the top left
measures the same as the bottom right...SLICE

IMPORTANT...rotate TWO top slices on the right
to the bottom of each set.

Sew all blocks matching the middle seams.  Iron
all blocks after they are sewn and then trim all the
blocks to the size of the smallest block.

***okay...confession time!!

The reason I call this quilt "Miz-tahkee" is because it was
NOT the quilt that I had intended to make. I made several
large crucial cutting and sewing mistakes and it turned out
 It was supposed  look something like this... probably guessed!  It was supposed to be a
Chunky Pinwheel quilt.  At first, I was devastated with
what I had done.  There was a LOT of fabric wasted.
Then, I just decided to try to make something out of the
MESS.  My Miz-tahkee quilt was born =)

I truly hope this all makes sense.  If you have
any questions, please don't hesitate to email me

Thank YOU, Sarah for letting this crazy lady
attempt to do a tutorial on your blog.  =)

Thanks, Annie!  I can't wait to give this one a try!!

Next week, stop back by for a linky party where you can show off your progress on your H2H quilt(s)!!  Or you can just leave a comment checking in - whichever you feel comfortable with!!  See you there!




  1. Love the colors of the "Miz tah kee". I've never tried the slash or stack methods. I've always wondered if that much time spent getting the stack to "line up" would save any time... Like I said, I've never tried it. In fact, I can't remember the last quilt I made without paper piecing. (Well, there were a couple of jelly roll quilts.) Looking forward to the "check in" next week. Can't wait to see what others are making.

  2. Thank you Annie for the great tutorial. I have never tried the stack and slash method. I will have to put it in my "to do" list.

  3. A great quick quilt - love the 'designers' choice! Perfect pattern for a H2H quilt.

  4. Neat idea for a cute quilt. And here I though Annie was naming it after a Wisconsin landmark (Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Ozaukee... Miz-tahkee). My "miz-tahkee"! :)

  5. I like to call these kind of quilts "happy accidents." This looks easy to follow, thanks for the tutorial!

  6. It's wild in a few ways. I never do things accurately. It's nice to know others make big mistakes too.

    I like Annie. She makes me laugh. I don't remember what I read on her blog so long ago, but I've loved her ever since. Wish she really was my neighbor.

  7. Great little tutorial. Thank you.
    Love the fabrics. They play so nicely together. I really must try this out some time. Looks like fun.

  8. I love it when a oops becomes a fun quilt!
    I like this *better* that what it should have been!
    THanks for a great tutorial Annie!

  9. I wish my mistakes looked that great. Thanks for sharing. Do you have any idea of the name or source for the fun butterfly print?


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