Monday, January 31, 2011

use your stash!

I have a lot of big plans for this year. One of them is to use more of my stash. We all say that every year, don't we? Well, I have a plan of attack. I must admit I'm a bit hesitant to do roll out this plan, because I'm afraid that I'm biting off more than I can chew...so I will state this as an intention of what I hope to do. :)

My plan is to make a quilt top each month, mostly from stash. I will reserve the right to purchase a few things to make it work, if necessary. Each pattern will be pretty straightforward and fairly simple. (Nothing new there!) And, I plan to share that pattern each month (any day I choose) here on my blog. It is my hope that this will inspire you to use your stash, too!

Here's the first pattern, called Long Division....
Finished size is 60'' x 75''

I designed this quilt to showcase some of those big bold prints that I was hesitant to use because they were too pretty to chop into tiny little bits. I used 70 different prints, each fabric is only used once. In order to keep things somewhat orderly, I arranged the prints according to value.

Materials:
2.625 yards medium and dark fabrics
1.375 yards light fabrics
1/2 yard binding fabric
(I didn't round up in my estimation of the fabrics above...so you can if you need to.)
4 yards backing fabric
64" x 79" batting of your choice

Cutting:
From light fabrics, cut 20 pieces 6.5" x 12.5" These are A pieces.
From medium and dark fabrics, cut 20 pieces 6.5" x 9.5" These are B pieces.
From medium and dark fabrics, cut 30 pieces 6.5" x 11.5" These are C pieces.

Assembly:
From the A pieces, take 5 blocks and sew them together, horizontally, end to end. (See rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 in the photograph below.) Make 4.

From the B pieces, take 10 blocks and sew them together, vertically, side to side. (See rows 1 and 9 in the photograph below.) Make 2.

From the C pieces, take 10 blocks and sew them together, vertically, side to side. (See rows 3, 5 and 7 in the photograph below.) Make 3.

Sew rows 1-9 together and you have a completed quilt top. Baste, quilt and bind as desired. Then wrap up in your pretty new quilt!

This is a 100% stash quilt. Yay! But I didn't even begin to make a dent in my stash. Boo! However, it is a step in the right direction! I hope you like this one as much as I do. If you make a quilt using this pattern, I'd love to see it.

Happy Monday to you!

99 comments:

Bonnie said...

What a great challenge for yourself! I LOVE the pattern, you are right it is such a great way to showcase those beautiful big prints!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Yay! What a fun goal. And this looks like a great pattern to use up stash :-)

rebkatz said...

I love this pattern. Right up my alley in terms of its relative simplicity :-)

Thimbleanna said...

Wow Woman -- that's quite a plan! I can't wait to see what you do every month -- should be lots of fun. Now, if I were a little more motivated -- I certainly have more than enough stash....

Libby said...

I really love this Amanda Jean!! I have so many large scale fabrics that I have no idea how to use...this is perfect! This would make a perfect quilt for a graduation gift!

Julia said...

I love your plans for using up your stash! Sounds like a great idea that I will have to try. I really like the quilt top!

Jaclyn said...

Ambitious plan, but I like the idea since sometimes those prints are just too pretty to use up. I have a special bin just for those prints. I sometimes try too hard to keep things in the same color family so this would be a nice change. Thanks for the idea :)

Anonymous said...

Yay! I'm in! I'd love to use ALL my stash, some of which goes back years, so I could start all over.

Becky said...

how so very fun

qltmom9 said...

Thank you. I can use these ideas. FUN~

Lucy~

Jessica Christensen said...

I DO need to use up my stash. I always go in circles trying to decide if using the stash, using the scraps or finishing the UFOs is more important on my list. I've got some UFO plans working, so maybe this will be the stashbuster. I do have some scrapbusting going on to (but then those are turning into UFOs too). It is so great of you to share your lovely ideas with us. When I grow up, I wanna be just like you. Except I'm not moving to a colder climate. Stay warm, lady. Watch out for that blizzard headed your way!

aeon said...

The fabrics are lovely, wish I had some of them ;)

I´ve got the same resolution this year... I hope you have success. I´m looking forward to see the monthly results ;)

QuiltyBee said...

Yeah, I'm shrinking the stash, too, and I LOVE this pattern--perfect for straight line stitching. Thanks!

Ethne said...

I too am trying to use my stash and only buy plain fabric, if really necessary to complete a quilt.
I'm even challenging myself with single fat quarters by trying to use only that FQ with stash plain/s to create lap quilts, table runners, bed runners etc

Ann Marie said...

That is what I am doing this year, shopping from my stash first. I have lots of challenges going on to help me use the stash and the scraps up. You check out everything that is helping me stay with this over at my blog www.16muddyfeet.blogspot.com

Live a Colorful Life said...

Great plan. GREAT quilt top!
And "long division" is a super cool quilt name.

Rescued Goods said...

Love the pattern! Thanks for sharing. I need to use up what I have as well-great inspiration!

Cat said...

Good idea for using up your stash. I already decided not to buy fabric except for backing yardage until I make a sizeable dent in my stash. This quilt is a great way to do that. Thank you.

bethanndodd said...

Yay for using your stash!! I need to do the same and also plan to make a quilt each month this year. I will definately be looking forward to seeing more of your simple quilt designs...thanks for the inspiration! Smiles~Beth

Impera_Magna said...

What a great resolution/plan... looking forward to seeing what all you come up with... love your designs!

Claire said...

i LOVE your idea of making a quilt out of stash fabric.....i can completely relate to this situation......long story short i quit my job last year, which has left me with no money to freely buy fabric (don't worry the hubby works and we're doing just fine, although i had to cut the fabric allowance 100%)
so for the past couple of months I've been using my stash fabrics...and i have purchased some fabric, like solids to help put things together.
With all that, I will be looking forward to see what you are creating from your stash!

Mama Urchin said...

I'm trying to use up some stash too. I need it to all fit in the cabinet and right now it isn't (blues are particularly to blame).

I am challenging myself in a different way. I am starting with backs. I have yardage of a few different prints that I bought thinking, "Oh that will be great for a quilt back." So I'm starting with some of that and making quilt tops to go with them. We'll see how that turns out.

Patty said...

Thank you for showing your quilt and the directions. I love it and am going to make one, maybe more than one, who knows. Thanks for sharing!

Suzanne said...

It's so fun to witness your intentions. I'd like to say I'll join in and I hope I can. This is my year to FINISH so I'm going to have to bookmark your ideas for when I find a lull in my work basket. Happy day, Amanda Jean. Thanks for sharing your talent.

Beth said...

Love this quilt. I really need to shop the stash too so I am going to follow your lead. Not sure I can do as many as you are hoping to do, but I don't want to make any more UFOs

Cristin said...

I really need to follow your plan too! Way too much stash that I usually "can't bare to cut in to!" Well enough! I need to start using it up for goodness sake! ;-)
Great pattern, easy, and I may alternate colors.... like green & orange or something like that. I have way too much green and orange in my stash!

Carol T said...

What a pretty quilt. Thank you for giving the details so I can make one too. I am going to use up my stash before I buy more this year (luckily I don't have very much stash:D ).

Frogdancer said...

Isn't it amazing how you can make an entire quilt, (or two) from the stash and yet the stash looks EXACTLY the same as before you began?

Mama Spark said...

Can't wait to try this one, once I get another BIG project done first! Thanks for the pattern. Can you pdf it? Prints so much easier that way!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

That is the nicest way to bust your stash. The quilt is really beautiful and to do one a month is quite a challenge. I hope you can do it ( I know you will).

donna!ee said...

thanks to your post here, it has turned into a happy monday indeed. i havea stash that needs to be put to good use and this is quilt is perfect for me...thank you much! :)

Gaertegang said...

GOOD IDEA. I like the simple but cute pattern as well. Your right it is a step in the right direction! I look forward to seeing what you have to share each month!

leigh said...

I want to use my stash too. It's gotten a tad out of control. I also decided that I'll be working on quilts for others (as well as quilts for my house) - since I like to work on more than one project at a time anyway. That should help, right?

Thanks for the inspiration :)

Annette said...

I find myself looking down your stash box wanting a number of them for myself... How I wish I had a stash like that to get rid of. Then things would be easy peezy, lemon squeezy like my daughter often says nowadays. Great idea. Simplicity is my middle name. Kinda. Looking forward to the joy ride.

Jennadesigns said...

Great idea! If you're looking for support stash-busting, come join us at StashPact11 on Flickr.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/1598547@N23/

There's about 100 of us, all supporting and encouraging each other to make and create from our stash! It's quite fun!

tarabu said...

Crazymom, you are my oldest and longest lasting blog crush - you're the best!

Jo @ A life in lists said...

What a great idea! I'm trying to make things from stash where possible (again, I'm not ruling myself out of buying new fabric) as I think I got a bit consumerist last year with all the lovely new lines that came out. I just gifted a baby blanket made entirely from stash, and really wanted to boast to the (non-quilter) recipient how proud I was of it! Luckily I managed to restrain myself, as she possibly already thinks I'm a little bit odd...

mokkakissa said...

Forget about it... You have forgotten the feeding miracle (or what ever it is called in english) You cut some fabricks and the leftovers fill about 12 baskets....

Tammy said...

That is an awesome idea! Cant wait to check back to see your progress!

Lisa said...

Can't wait to see what you come up with, I think this might look good in a single color with light/dark variations too. Love the idea of a scrap quilt every month!

Bellgirl said...

Nice work! I'm trying to make a Single Girl quilt from scraps and stash plus an Ikea sheet- I'm with you on using the stash!

Stephanie said...

Very nice! I want to use more of my stash, too. I've whipped up some tote bags that use up a nice amount of fabric. I would to do some scrappy quilts to use up smaller pieces. I can't wait to see all of the quilt tops you share here on your blog!

Stephanie said...

It looks awesome!!! I have been put on a fabric diet and will be trying to just use my stash hope I can produce some nice things too :)

Kris said...

Have you ever tried Quilt As You Go?

I'm trying to break down some of my stash, too, and want to give QAYG a whirl; but I can't decide on an easy-peasy failsafe method to try.

Anonymous said...

This is such a great idea and I can't wait to see what the next 11 months bring!

dara said...

Today I decided to bring out a quilt I started a year ago. It was originally for my daughter but then I did your quilt along ( almost done, ran out of binding fabric with only 45 inches left!!- i'll send you a picture when it is totally complete). So now I will have 2 quilts for her? Anyway, I am very proud of myself because I am DETERMINED to finish all the quilts that I have started over the past 5 years- talk about a daunting task!! However, I have a carrot- a very cute quilt that I really want to do- very motivational. I look forward to seeing all your great creations.

Di~ said...

What a woman!!!:)

Clair said...

Good Job!

Someday said...

Great (non-binding!) plan... and I'm still chuckling at your picture of your stash vs. your home colors. It happens around here, too!

seaschell said...

Love the pattern! I'm always looking for simple quilt patterns, and this looks like a great one! Good luck on your "intention". :)

Jenn said...

Looking forward to all these monthly posts! I truly love the simplicity of all your quilting!!
Thank you!
Jenn

Amy said...

What a cute and simple quilt! Thanks for sharing your directions. I am working on using up stash fabric and yarn this year. I can see myself making 2-3 of these!

Sarah Craig said...

Yet another reason yours is one of my favorite blogs! We are always looking for easy stash-busting patterns for our quilt ministry - and this one just got added to the list! I'll be excited to see what you come up with next month!

Lori said...

One a month? Wow. I could definitely get into that. I love this one you have started here. Simple is good.

Amelia said...

What a fantastic idea! I can't wait to see what you come up with each month. Thanks for a great tutorial too!

Sandra said...

What a creative idea to use up your stash! I love the simplicity of the pattern. Sometimes I look through my stash and wonder what I was thinking when I bought it. Other times there is just a little yardage left over from other projects. This concept would certainly help use up fabrics that do not play well together.

Deb said...

I love your commitment to using your stash. I am on the same path. I have more stash than space. Quilts ideas/patterns like this inspire and motivate me. I know I won't be able to completely stop buying fabric, but I hope to cut way back until I have my stash winnowed. Thanks for your ideas!!

Sara said...

I use my stash quite a bit for backing as well. TOday I went through some yardage of 3 different Kona blues,orange,flannel orange and flannel snow flakes. All to get that desired/needed size to cover the top and batting:)

It can be fun if you want it to be;)

VeeV said...

as always, you make it look so beautiful!!!

xo
thanks for the tutorial
eva

I am Just One Mom said...

good job with the values and the large prints. January slash (chk)

MadCraftyMama said...

Fantastic idea, and I love this quilt design! Must try to sort through my stash with this design in mind... soon.

Sooz said...

You are my hero. Thank you for this inspiration. I will follow suit, and am honored to be in such company. My stash thanks you, too. Best.

SewSara said...

awesome quilt!
i just posted on my blog that i'm committing to buy NO NEW FABRIC in February - "No Fab Feb!"

join the challenge if you'd like!
i look fwd to your stash-busting ideas :)

Anonymous said...

you have inspired me so much! I made the coin quilt and started one yesterday with my "stash" of Denyse Schmidt's flea market fancy for a baby gift. Next I plan to make the long division quilt. I too am a working mom so simple, functional quilts is what I like the sew. Keep the ideas coming!

Valerie said...

Fantastic plan! I'm looking forward to see your quilty goodness all year long...

Noas' Libellule said...

Great idea and really nice quilt top!

Anita said...

Love your "intentions"! I'd be all over this in January and falling off the wagon around July. :P

I'd really like to make a number of quilts to give to our local shelter. That's my intention for the year. We'll see how far I actually get.

my happy bluebird said...

Super idea! Love your pattern!

Leslie said...

this is great....i love the pattern and maybe when i find to sew again(new baby) i can give this a try

Anonymous said...

yay! this is super! I'm looking forward to all the fun stuff you'll come up with every month!

i'm suspecting that this quilt actually gave you more scraps then? since you used so many different fabrics, but not really use them all up? or do i just have complete scrap busting on my mind??

thanks for the inspiration!

a

Katherine said...

How clever and generous of you! Fantastic idea to not only put a dent in your stash but to motivate and inspire the rest of us. You're a star!

dara said...

OK I've never left 2 comments in one entry before, however, I have a confession to make. I only needed half yard of Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet 2 to finish the binding of your summers quilt along. It took me a while to find it on line. When I found it (if I had stopped at that it would have cost 4.50). Well who can order fabric without looking at everything they have to offer?!? Yep, you guessed it, 78 dollars later... What can a girl do?

Deb said...

Good idea - this pattern would be really cute with batiks too, and I have a lot of them!

Carolyn said...

I think you need to add a person to that picture for scale. It looks like just one block but it's actually a good size quilt. ;)

Chara Michele said...

I love this quilt AmandaJean! What a great way to use up some of your stash :) I have great plans this year to use up some of mine as well, so I might have to make a few of your stash quilts that you post about :) Thanks for the inspiration & tutorial!

Annalia said...

hmm....my goal is to build my stash. When I go to it, I'm always a little disappointed.

Michele said...

Thanks! What a great idea and pattern :) Inspiring!!

Mandee Shaffer said...

LOVE IT! I love love love that each fabric was only used once!!! So fantastic! I am definitely going to use this pattern! And I say every year as well that I'm going to use up my stash...Mine includes making costumes as well for theater. I always want to use my stash for shows, but find I end up buying something else. Aahh. Anyway, goodluck! I can't wait to see what you can do!

Annessa B. said...

Awesome! You've inspired me to use some of those miss-matchy pieces that I love. Can you explain how you made all those crazy patterns work simply by dividing them up by value? How did you place the value to look so great? That's something I need work on.

Dale said...

I am so glad to see so many people using their stash I have tried to get my craft girls to do it but they were not too keen so I am doing it and have almost done my first quilt top for the year. Thanks

cOto.patchwork said...

Przepiękna!
It's beautiful!

Rhonda said...

Thanks for the encouragement and ideas! I like this "Long Division" pattern - very simple but very nice. Will maybe have to try it. (Looking through my stash, of course!) I like your idea of bigger pieces to show off the patterns of the fabric, instead of cutting them up for something smaller.

Keep Stitchin' said...

Great ideas! I have one better; send your stash to me and you'll see it disappear before your eyes! Lol

kylaparker said...

Wish I had those wonderful fabrics...
Good idea and I can't wait to see your monthly "update" on your quilts. Inspires me to do more with my stash - which is growing with every week...

Lisa said...

Your stash definately looks more fun to use up than my own, even my 17month son said "pretty" when the picture came up! =)

EFT Manual said...

I just want to instantly stash your project! It's very lovely!

Elin said...

What a lovely idea. See if I follow, cannot promise this time.

Helene Johnson said...

Ok, so I cut 2 of this quilt. One more girly and one more boy-y. Need to put them together and bring them to my frine Kathy to have them quilted. My little niece and nephew will be happy... but not more than me who is determine of bringing down my huge stash! Thanks ;)

Linda said...

I've been trying to use more of my stash as well. I've been on a "fabric purchase diet" for several months. and when I do buy, I'm learning that it's ok to only get a fat quarter (most of the time).

Cherry Red Quilter said...

Love this quilt - just stumbled on it after being referred from another blog - this is a great idea. Thanks for giving all the details. happy stitching.. I will be a crazy mom follower from now on!

Katrina said...

Great idea! I have a drawer full of FQ that are just sitting there - this might be just the thing for them :-D

Debbie J said...

Hi Amanda Jean, I made a quilt top from this tutorial. Thanks. You can see it here.

http://homemakingdreams.blogspot.com/2011/02/sneak-peek-at-picnic-in-park.html

I can't wait to start quilting it.

Debbie J.

TraceyD said...

Hi Amanda Jean. I made a quilt top from this tutorial too! I love it. You can see it here.

http://craftytracey.blogspot.com/2011/02/2011-auction-quilt.html

Thanks!

Nancy said...

I love this quilt. Thanks so much for doing the math and the tutorial. I KNOW I have the fabric to make it. I love quilts that showcase fabric. It is all so pretty!

Quilter in the Gap said...

FYI I am linking this post to a Scrap Swap idea page at SewSara's blog http://sewsara.blogspot.com/2011/03/of-course-i-did-and-scrappy-ideas.html Thank you for sharing.

notes of sincerity said...

Good Morning Amanda. :o)
I just printed this pattern off and will begin cutting the pieces I need. It will be a gift for a dear friend of mine.
Thank you so much! :o) I am looking so forward to putting it all together.
I love my "Elia's quilt" and cut out fabric for a pink and green in the same pattern! :o)
I am having a give a way if you are interested in dropping by. :o) I will be adding more scraps to the bag after I cut this quilt out.
Have a nice day.
Sincerely, Trish

Lucy Wilson said...

I made this quilt!!! I made it "LEGO" themed for my 5 yr old's birthday!

check it out here...
http://fabricaholic.blogspot.com/2011/04/wip-wednesday-4.html

thanks for the pattern.....

freedomschick said...

I happened upon a bag of scraps at a consignment shop for $2! Inside the bag was over 300 2x4 inch fabric scraps. I was trying to figure out what to do with them and I think this quilt will be perfect for that.

Debbie J said...

I made another quilt with this pattern! For a 5 year old boy. Frogs. Cars. Airplanes. You name it. I posted it on your Flickr Group and on my blog, here:

http://www.angelscrapsquilting.blogspot.com/2012/08/happy-5th-birthday-to-my-precious.html