Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blue Stash Busting Progress

As I have mentioned, my first big goal for the year is to use up as much of my current stash as possible.  I will be breaking it down into months as part of A Lovely Year of Finishes.  My January goal is to make something[s] with my blue fabrics.  I am guessing that there are about 45-50 yards of fabric in this stack. 

I am extremely pleased with my progress so far.  I think I have come up with a system to use the stash that will work for me this whole year and beyond.  :D

The first thing I did was pull fabrics which I thought went well together. 

Then I decided to cut a half yard of each.  One 10 inch strip, one 5 inch strip, and one 2.5 inch strip.  That totals 17.5 inches, leaving plenty of room to straighten the fabric on a half yard cut.  If I didn't have a full half yard, I just cut what I could.  Or if it was slighty larger I cut more of whatever size I could, including strings between 2.25 and 1.5 inches.  (I don't want to deal with smaller than 1.5 inches.)  If it was originally a yard of fabric, then I saved the other half yard in my stack. 

I cut over sixteen yards of fabric this way, and this is what I ended up with. 

I am basically making my own pre-cuts from my stash.  I want to make simple quilts, so I think I will be visiting Missouri Star Quilt Company and the Moda Bake Shop often. 

From the light 2.5 inch strips, I made a table runner.  The left overs joined my box of pastel 2.5 inch scraps which will probably be made into a scrappy trip sometime. 

This light blue table runner is already finished.  I am loving having it on my kitchen table.  I blogged about it here.  It is about 18 x 42 inches. 

From the dark 2.5 inch strips, I made a bigger table runner (about 20 x 50 inches) for the top of my computer desk.  I also will be using some of the dark strips for scrappy bindings. 

From some of the light 5 inch strips, I made a baby quilt top.  I am thinking about adding borders to this quilt. 

From the dark and medium 5 inch strips, I will make a twin size quilt like this.  It will have 12 blocks.  It was inspired by this Rainbow Reverse Star quilt. 

From some of the ten inch strips, I made this Layer Cake Lemonade quilt top.  It is a new pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I absolutely love it and will probably make more throughout the year. 

From the medium and dark ten inch strips, I may this Double Slice Layer Cake quilt top.  It is a tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I am thinking about adding borders to this quilt. 

After making these quilt tops, I still have between 3-4 yards of precut strips left.  I have decided to store them all together as my blue scraps.  I will leave them in strips instead of cutting them into squares, because I can then cut odd size pieces if I need them.  I will probably use them later this year with other colors.  Like a blue and yellow, or red white and blue combinations.  :) 

I am so excited about my new system.  I figure that if a quilt I am making doesn't use these sizes, then I can pull from my stash yardage or buy new fabric.  ;)

After cutting those 16 yards into strips, I still had a stack this large. 

I figure that these will still be good for borders, backings, and bindings.  Still with several yards left over.  

I feel like I am making really good progress on my goal to use up the stash--and it's only January 8th.  I feel funny going against my norm, because I usually only have 1-2 WIPs at a time.  This feels different, because they are all part of one large "project."  I have done a lot of the piecing, because my Janome (which I use for my FMQ) is being serviced.  I found out yesterday that it could still be another week!  So, my sweet mother is loaning me her Bernina 440.  I am excited to play with her BSR and get some quilting done.  I am itching to finish these. 

The only stash fabrics I am concerned about are all my florals.  They won't work in this system.

I may work on some of these next month, because I don't want to use up a lot of blenders only to need some to use these florals.  To go through a lot of them, I am thinking of a lattice quilt, a large uneven 9-patch quilt, and other simple quilts.  Also maybe some aprons, pillow cases, and bags.  What do you think? 


P.S.  I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced for my first time.  :-)  I am also linking up with Needles and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation. 


  1. Woohoo! Look at you go. Love what you've been making with your blue stash. Such beauties and very inspiring. Keep up the great work, stash busting, Jasmine!

  2. Looks like you will be busy for awhile! Love that you cut up the different sizes. I'm going to do that with my scraps, which isn't a lot but it will be nice having them ready when I want them :)

  3. First, you are a rock star. Seriously. Such great projects for all your blues!

    As for florals, aprons, pot holders, lined drawstring bags that double as gift bags (I've done this for the last several birthdays and people are more excited about the handmade bag than what's inside!), pillowcases. For quilts, you're going to need some very mellow blenders to go with those florals for sure. Good luck!

  4. that's a great system for busting those scraps! awesome! I love that patchwork baby quilt. It looks so soft.

    Thanks so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  5. Oh wow, you have been so busy. I did some blue stash busting today too, making something for a Toronto Maple Leaf fan. :) Happy Quilting.

  6. You are inspiring me to use my blues in the reverse star blocks. Great ideas!

  7. There is a free quilt pattern on quiltville called florabunda that use lots of florals together. Not sure if that would work for you but worth checking out. I love what you are doing with your stash!


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