Stash Project Revealed

Here’s the EQ drawing for our stash project:

Here’s my quilt:

You can lay you blocks out dark/light/dark/light (according to the outer color) or you can just put them together any way that suits you.  If you have a design wall, put them up and look at them to be sure you don’t have clumps of lights and clumps of darks together.  It always helps me to take a digital photo and then look at the block layout on my computer screen.

My quilt needed to be a bit longer because it’s going to an orphanage and they like for them to be about 60″ x 80″ so I added a gold strip to the top and bottom.  I quilted it using free motion feathers as shown by Dawn Ramirez (pajama quilter).  I highly recommend her DVD and workbook.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Play around with you blocks and look at your stash.  What fabric do you want to use for your setting triangles?  Say you want to use green but you don’t have enough of any one fabric.  You’ll need just a bit over one yard.  Mix and match some greens to make it work.
  2. The second border is where I have gold.  You will need less than 1/2 yard for that (unless you add the top and bottom outer strips like I did).
  3. What do you want for your outer border (where I used purple)?  Again, use several fabrics if you don’t have enough of one.  You’ll need a little over a yard for the border and if you want to bind using that same fabric, you’ll need a bit over 1/2 yard for the binding.

So, do you know what fabrics you want to use for the setting triangles and the outer border?  You need to make four more blocks just like the others. These will be used for the corner blocks. From your outer border fabric (purple) cut 4 – 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle.   From your setting triangle fabric (where I used green), cut 4 – 3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ rectangles, 8 – 2″ x 7″ strips and 4 – 2″ x 8-1/2″ strips.  Make those four blocks and in a day or so, we’ll talk about cutting the setting triangles.


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    wow that looks fab Judy.Today I completed all my blocks so tomorrow ..oh my decision time now-which fabric will I have enough of to complete this project,I am enjoying the spontaneity that you are bringing out in me…cheers Vickie

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    Love the way the corner blocks blend in with the setting triangles. Very clever! I haven’t started this one yet. Maybe next week.

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    susan rizzi says

    I didn’t follow along with this quilt. I do love the way yours turned out and was wondering if there was anyway of seeing how other people did theirs. Would it be possible to maybe have a webshots album or something of that sort (I don’t know anything about them) for people to post their quilts?

    Just have to tellyou that I read your blog on a daily basis and just love the way you share your life with us. So many of your post about your son bring back memories of dealing with my son who is now 30! Sometimes bad memories but mostly good!

    Susan R.

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    Rita Engard says

    Oh Judy, that is such a pretty quilt. Not knowing ahead of time what it would look like I pulled all of my “ugly” fabric to make the blocks so I am so curious to see how my top will turn out. Don’t ask me why I ever bought “ugly” fabric because I can only believe that at one time I thought they were perfect for something. I am happy to finally be using them instead of passing over them every time I go through my stash.

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    I got all my blocks ready to sew last night. I switched some of the darks and lights. Seeing the pictures on the screen helped me see the values better. My Army son left for Kansas again. He was at GITMO Cuba for . I thought of you and wondered how you do it every week. It was so hard for both of us. How many tears can we cry? Back to the Stash quilt. I love the Geometric-ness of it. My Sil would love it. But I used flowery fabrics, so maybe not mine. Pictures soon!

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    Oh, Judy! After seeing this, I’m kicking myself for not doing with you. I just felt I had too many things on my plate at that time, but I love it. I may have to find time to do it now…..
    Thanks for sharing it!

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    Judy, this is coming together so nicely! Today I posted pictures of my preliminary layout of blocks, along with the setting triangle and border fabrics. Quick, fun, AND attractive. Plus mine is all stash. Woo-hoo!

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    If I make an additional 7 “inside” blocks and add them so it is 6×4 rather than 5×4, would that not get me a quilt of approximately: 60×80 inch? I am thinking of doing that, but am not sure I have all my math right. Got the dark ones for the original number done, looking forward to doing the lights. I have a great outside fabric in the stash, too.