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.