Yep, I think it is past time to go on a stash busting spree. I can’t buy any more fabric because I don’t have room! (yes, it has spread into the bedroom too!) It’s getting embarrassing!
It’s time for some simple quilts, twin to lap size. I mean really simple! I found a simple celtic knot I’m going to try. Fifteen inch blocks and I’ll need a total of twenty. I’d really rather keep it small but I’m in a hurry! Let’s see.. I’ve figured out a real quick strip piecing method so .. I know, I did it again, didn’t I? It just goes against my nature to completely follow a pattern.
So any-hoo… here’s the pattern I’m starting with. As you can see by their instructions there are a ba-zillion pieces per block. But I think it lends itself easily to strip piecing! So I start cutting after the holiday and I’ll let ya know how that goes!
- Seattle Summer Quilt (moreunique.wordpress.com)
- A Little Stash Enhancement (quiltobsession.wordpress.com)
- List of the week: Quilts I want to make (lifeinlists.typepad.com)
So I got really far today. Just a few odds and ends, sweep, mop and taa-daa.
All my fabrics.. even the bolts
Flannel and supply cabinet & design wall
Computer Desk with shelves.. still have more supplies to put away
Okay, okay, I still have to load all the programs on my computer. Oh and put up my wall of shame.. I keep a collage of photos taped to the side of my desk but I’m putting them on the side of my book shelf this time. I also have some of that paint you can paint on the wall to make it a dry erasable wall. And time to organize my sewing accessories on the rack on my sewing table.
So I have more room and can find everything. It doesn’t get any better than that!
Cabinet to the right was for Fat Quarters
We all have our favorite. The tried and true that we turn to when we want to make a quick quilt. Or at least that’s what I’m told. Some prefer the 9 patch, for others, stars do it for them. As for me I haven’t found it yet. They are all my favorite! Or maybe I should say, the next quilt will be my favorite?
Don’t get me wrong. I like stars. Oh and the 9 patch, I love the matching seams. Not to mention you can do so many complex patterns by color variations. But then the bow tie? Man I love a bi-color bow tie! But wait the disappearing 9 patch? Dresden plate can be so much fun too! So how do we decide?
Personally if I want to get a quilt done fast? It’s pretty simple, it all hinges on the fabric I have on hand. What do I have enough of to do which patterns? That’s why my stash is so important. I need to have fabric on hand to get quilts or at the least the quilt tops finished. Not necessarily the borders or backing but definitely the blocks.
Now don’t get me wrong I do shop for certain quilts. But the “Which quilt am I making today”? It all starts with my stash.
BTW.. I love my stash!
I just read a couple of articles about stash busting. There are actually people out there that have resolutions about such things! Are you kidding me? Why would I want to do that? I love my stash! Sometimes when I am unable to sew I just sit and fondle it.
I know from experience that I have more than enough fabric on hand to make seven twin sized quilts and not really make a dent in my stash. ( For Christmas 2007 I did just to see if I could) Besides you just never know, one day we may have a blizzard here in Florida and I wouldn’t be able to get to the fabric store! It could happen!