Stack the Deck Revisited - Updated Patterns from Stack the Deck!

by Karla Alexander
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Thousands of quilters around the world have discovered Karla Alexander's Stack the Deck technique, and the overwhelming response is--they love it! In this volume, quilters will be thrilled to find much-loved patterns from her now-out-of-print first book, Stack the Deck! Each pattern has been remade in today's exciting fabrics, and several of the original designs have been modified slightly for a fresh new look. With these 11 fun projects, Karla opens up even more possibilities for her popular stack-slice-and-shuffle method.


by Karla Alexander
8.5" x 11" printed on your home computer
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full color, PDF digital download
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Publication Date:
December 7th, 2010

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Review from Australian Quilter's Companion magazine

This book builds on Karla's previous book, Stack the Deck! Patterns have been remade in fresh new fabrics and some have been modified to fit with today's styles and tastes. This book has some fun techniques to try.
From Lynn Majidimehr, LAM Designs

I love Karla's books! Karla always finds quick and easy ways to create beautiful quilts. Her method of working with decks of fabric keeps me interested as if I was reading a mystery, because the blocks appear as you cut and shuffle the decks.

The quilts in Stack the Deck Revisited are crazy quilts, but many go beyond, making the crazy piecing only part of a more refined block. When the crazy piecing is set into larger blocks, the quilts look more complex, and she has colored the blocks of some of the projects to transform them into art quilts that would fit into contemporary homes. When the crazy pieced blocks are set with alternate blocks, or plain blocks, you will end up with a quilt that I imagine will have many asking, "How did you do that?" The colorwashed quilts like Summer Solstice, Figs and Ginger, and Scrappy Crazy Quilt Sampler are my favorites, but Goin' Green isn't far behind. The "Stack the Deck" technique is easy and it's always fun to see how the blocks come out!
Review from Barbara Rhoades, Top 500 Reviewer

Have you done “Stack and Whack” quilts or have your ever wanted to but haven’t? Then this book will get you going in the right direction. There aren’t a lot of rules about creating these blocks and the ones there are will not be a problem to follow. The first few pages will provide you the instructions needed so be sure to read carefully. Also look for special tips set off in shaded boxes.

Materials and cuttings lists are easy to follow and a color photo with finished block and quilt sizes plus how many blocks are needed are the next item in the instructions. Graphics help you make sure you are “sorting” your blocks correctly for sewing.  Unfortunately, “quilt as desired” is the only suggestion for finishing the projects.

The 11 projects definitely have my attention and I can’t wait to begin. My only problem is which one first?!?

Karla Alexander

Karla Alexander lives in Salem, Oregon, in a two-story 1950s house where her studio is just outside the breezeway. The household includes her husband, Don, and the studio dog, Lucy.

Karla has written several books on the art of quiltmaking. She also has a pattern line under the name Saginaw Street Quilts and she is a designer for Creative Grids Rulers. As the years have rolled by, she has watched, enjoyed, and been intrigued by the changes in the quilt industry and has always found her niche there, one way or another. Karla is fascinated and inspired by the patterns found in everyday life--baskets, freeways, the view from an airplane window, doorframes, you name it. The patterns she sees are often reinvented as quilts or provide the springboard for many of her designs.

As a teacher, Karla enjoys immersing herself among her students, knowing there is a lot to be learned from each one of them as well.

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