When I first came up with the idea for the stash project, it was because Vicky was struggling with pulling fabrics from her stash for the Quilt-Along. I remembered when I had that same feeling. As hard as it is to believe, like I mentioned the other day, I was the same way. I would pull fabrics for an hour (or more), stare at them for days; then go to the quilt shop and buy fabrics for the project. I just couldn’t put my own stash to work for me.
I received this email from Vickie:
Yeah I’ve completed my top..ohh how I love it Judy you have woken something in me that I never knew was there, I can make something that doesn’t have to go with this and that.
I am still scratching my head as too how this lady (you) got me to step outside my nicely shaped square…. I have enjoyed this soo much
That’s exactly what I was hoping some would realize. You can use your stash! It doesn’t have to be terribly planned; it doesn’t have to be totally scrappy. Whatever works for you is fine! No quilt police . . I heard that due to this economic mess, the quilt police have all lost their jobs! Too bad for them but good for us!
Why did you buy the fabric in the stash? To use? To save for what? To leave behind when you’re gone so your family can deal with it and sell it for nothing at an estate sale? To have it donated to your guild’s sale table when you’re gone? Hey . . sounds cruel but that’s what happens!
Make the stash work for you! You own it . . whip it into shape! There’s nothing at all wrong with buying new fabrics, to use or to add to the stash but quilters . . don’t let that stash sit idle.
Vickie did it and I’m hoping there will be many more stash quilts coming from her, now that she knows she can do it. Here’s the direct link to the top she made for our first stash quilt project.