Stashbusting the Blues

This is the edited stash. There’s more. Trust me.

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

Bluework QuiltBluework 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…

Happenstance

Happenstance QuiltSays a design wall is optional. (Optional? I don’t believe that for a second.) I adore this quilt, and am looking forward to the “remix-ed” quilts on Quilt Remix in December 2017.

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.

Irish Chain

Liz's Irish Chain QuiltThis 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…

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