Stacked {Whatever} Block

ChristinaApril 17, 2010


I know, real inventive name.  But I had no idea what to call it.  And I can’t seem to find a name based on my searches.  I can’t imagine this block doesn’t have a name yet, seems how I’ve seen it around for years now.  I do like Stacked Bolts/Bricks/Books.  I will let you decide what it’s a stack of.


Of course, if you turn the block clockwise it is no longer stacked bolts/bricks/books.  It looks more like a seismograph of an earthquake.  That could just be the geologist in me.  But that’s beside the point.  This is the next block in the Quilt-Along.  This would be “December’s” block.  Originally the inspiration for this was a photo called “Sound Waves” by Film in the Fridge.  But the photo is no longer available to view on her photostream, so you will just have to check it out in the mosaic that was built for this project.  I decided to go with more of a random stack.  Liz reminded me last night of an Anna Maria Horner fabric that looks like this called “Volumes”.  I’m assuming she means volumes of books.

Anyways, it’s not a particularly difficult block, but sometimes it’s nice to have someone else work it out for you.  I’ve done just that.  It is more of an improvised kind of block, but I’ve also given you some measurements if you prefer.  I know sometimes I just want to reproduce the exact thing and measurements are nice.  Even when improvising.  Again, I’ve made it a PDF for you to download.  I can’t wait to see what you make!

Stacked Quilt Block (PDF)

Comments (30)

  • Jessica

    April 17, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Oh, I love this block! Perfect for all the beloved scraps I have hanging around!

  • Melissa

    April 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    This looks like one I might be able to do besides my same old big squares. Most patterns scare me, but this I really really like! I may get into this quilting yet! Oh, and the upright stacks remind me of Jenga. I think thats the name of the stack em take it apart game?! Anyways, thanks for this, LOVE the colors and simplicity. Very eye~catching!

  • kimberj

    April 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    ok now I’ve got to start sketching for cool ways to use this :)

  • Sew Pretty Dresses

    April 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    So cute! And the geographer in me see the seismograph too!

  • CitricSugar

    April 17, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I interpret the “whatever” as being very conducive to improvising and not uptight about perfection.

    “Nuts, I cut that strip a half-inch too short.” “Whatever. It’s fine.”

  • Betty Crocker Ass

    April 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Stop it!
    Now I want to make this too.
    If it wasn’t for the three, yes three projects I am trying to work on all at the same time, while wrangling two kids and planting a garden, I would be all over this.

  • CraftCrave

    April 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [17 Apr 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  • Mira Narnie

    April 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    this pattern is great! Thanks – it’s just what i needed to use up a growing pile of scraps ;-)

  • Molly

    April 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    I was going to say it reminds me of Jenga as well.

  • Keriann

    April 17, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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  • Sue

    April 18, 2010 at 12:13 am

    OHMYGOSH- You’re really on a roll!

  • Leslie

    April 18, 2010 at 1:47 am

    this looks so pretty

  • Walden

    April 18, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Love the asymmetrical aspect of it. I am envisioning this with black as the background/sides. Thank you again for another download . . . you are quite the enabler. :)

  • andrea creates

    April 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

    O love this type of quilt-where the colors are surrounded by lots of white.It really makes the colors pop.
    I haven’t yet done one but this seems like one I’d love to start with :)

  • kendall.micayla

    April 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    i really like this block, it adds a TON of color without using a lot of fabrics and prints. it pops more with the white around it. :)

  • Solidia

    April 18, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks! I LOVE this block and the others too!! I’m adding this to my (very long) list of quilt I would like to make.

  • Lindsay C

    April 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I love the randomness.. It kind of reminds me of the game Jenga! haha. Very cute for sure :)

  • Sarah

    April 19, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Love it. These stacked type blocks always remind me of, “The Princess and The Pea”.

  • Donna

    April 23, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I have great aspirations of putting my HV to good use and making a quilt based on your blocks. In this lifetime.


  • Rachel

    April 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Oh, I’ve been looking for a way to use up my teeny scraps – this is it! Thanks :)

  • Jennifer

    March 30, 2011 at 12:54 am

    This is wonderful and exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

  • SBrooks28

    February 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! My cousin is dying for a quilt like this, so I think I’ll make a mini quilt for myself to get the hang of it before I make hers ;). Thanks again!

  • Bhavani

    September 9, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Hi I would call it the Matrix ( Movie, remember all of us falling in digital format) block.

  • Jeneta

    September 13, 2012 at 6:24 am

    I like it!

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  • Carole Rookes

    April 8, 2019 at 5:07 am

    Hi, found your lovely site on pinterest, I have subscribed, I am in the UK and find wonderful ideas in the USA, I used this long strips of fabric idea to make a couple of lovely shopping bags, cotton fabric tote bags, used strips of favourite fabrics that I didn’t have much left of, so mixing with the plain cotton fabric made for a great idea, I like the idea of making the panel look like a row of books, your patterns and ideas are great, thank you, also I love your pretty fabric choices, bright and colourful patterns, regards, Carole in north Yorkshire, UK.

  • Priscilla

    June 7, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Hi, I stumbled onto your blog and would like to try out your pattern but the link is no longer working?

    1. Christina

      June 8, 2019 at 9:10 am

      Thanks for letting me know – it’s fixed now!

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