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Whack and stack quilt – one block wonder

This is one of those quilts that looks so complicated you think you’ll never make one. But nothing could be further from the truth.

This type of quilt goes by different names: kaleidoscope, whack and stack, one block wonder.

To make one you need fabric with a large print and 6 print repeats. Each block is a hexagon and uses 6 triangles.

If you want to make it bigger, then get enough fabric for 12 print repeats or any number in multiples of 6.

I’ve made two such quilts. For the one on the video I only had 2 yards of that fabric so it’s a small crib size. For the second quilt I used 4 yards of fabric and I made a single bed quilt size.

If you like this technique and would like to make a quilt there are lots of pattern books available.

While having a 60 degree ruler can be useful, you don’t need one if your square ruler has 60 degree markings. Learn in 2 minutes how to use a regular ruler to cut 60 degree triangles before you start.

But first watch how easy it is to make the hexagons in this quilt.

How to make a whack and stack quilt

Learn in just 4 minutes:

Materials for this quilt

I used just over 2 yards of print fabric and 1 1/2″ of the background fabric.

I got 44 blocks.

For the quilt I used 39 blocks and had 5 left over.

How to assemble the quilt

I don’t have a pattern for this quilt but you can use one of the triangles as a template to cut the white triangles.

This quilt is stitched in rows of half hexagons with white triangles in between.

Then the rows are stitched together to form the hexagons.

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

Video tutorial: kaleidoscope quilt - whack and stack - on block wonder

If you make any of my tutorials and upload pictures to Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder

If you don’t have a 60 degree ruler

Not to worry, here is how to cut 60 degree triangles without special rulers:

Stack and whack hexagon quilt blocks


  1. Teresa, you make this look so easy. That’s not my experience…lol.. I need you to come to my house for a play date! 🙏❤😂

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