As is the case with most stashbusting projects, I’m inspired to bust through some fabrics because, well, I bought more, and really need the room.
In my case, I have this lovely stack of luscious blues I’ve been “curating” since, oh, about 2005.
I think these fabrics are ready to find a home in a quilt.
At this stage, how do you choose a project? Purchasing fabric with a materials list in hand is one thing. Using up your stash and scraps is another matter.
Here are the three options I’ve considered:
Bluework is amazing, but I think it works because it works with a limited range of fabrics. I want something scrappier! Also, it’s challenging. After staring at this mountain of blues, I want something I can get DONE. Maybe you would feel differently—maybe for you, after cherishing those fabrics so long, you want to have a showpiece. This quilt, I’ve earmarked for some purples and greens I have curing in my stash. I have some silk dupioni pieces that would be amazing for the appliqué, and I’d love to take my time with those…
At first I thought this was The One, but I’ve changed my mind. Limiting it to a single color with three values would make the radiating effect difficult to plot out. It would take time, and—like I said—I want something that I can power through.
This pattern wants to more scrappy color than my stash of blues can manage, with at least two different colors, with three values.
This quilt is 65″ x 85″, which is smaller than I’d like, but I can easily add blocks (without too much calculating) in order to fit this quilt to my queen-sized bed. The fact that it’s traditional pairs well with the fabrics in my stash. With strip piecing, I can make quick progress.
Yes, I think this is the one…
Just need to buy a few more prints to guarantee the scrappiness…