This is the picture from Quilters' Newsletter magazine that is the starting point of my latest project. I am stacking and slashing four patches. First I cut four repeats of my fabric and layer them. To line up exactly I insert pins through convenient reference points and secure them with pieces of cut up eraser. This is the kit I hand out to students. I learnt this from Judy Johnson at a Sisters, Oregon, quilt class a decade ago or so ago.
Then I place a pin on either side and remove the first pin. Now after a talk by Paula Doyle I then tie the spot with a stitch and remove all the pins. Now I am ready to cut my pieces. The four repeats yield sets of four identical squares and although the sewing is easy it's fun deciding which layout to use.
|Two sets of four identical squares|
|Set A 2|
|Set A 3|
|Set A 4|
|Set B 2|
|Set B 3|
|Set B 4|