Sunshine Quilts

Monday, August 07, 2006

A Total Stash Quilt

Here's the quilt I just made totally from my stash. This is the first quilt for the "quilt for an hour" project. Anyone want to do it? One hour at a time? Making a quilt from the stash gives me a sense of satisfaction. I finished off several pieces of fabric but I also put back several pieces because I didn't want to use them because if I used them, I wouldn't have them any more. Sad? Sick? Normal? I still have a ways to go before I'm 100% comfortable using fabric from the stash but I'm off to a good start. This quilt is about 63" x 75" and it will be a gift for my niece's little girl, Taylor. I thought Taylor's favorite color was purple but that's her sister's favorite color. Taylor's is hot pink so that's why the hot pink borders are on there. Katlin's quilt will have a lot of purple in it and it's the next one I'll make. Last night as I was getting ready to quilt this top, I thought I would use muslin for the backing. Then I decided to use a print. Therein was another problem. I can't buy fabric . . it's August! :) A possible solution was to use fabric from the stash. There was nothing that was in the pink family that was large enough. Whew! I was happy. I didn't want to use that much of my stash anyway. I washed a piece of extra wide muslin and as it was in the dryer, I thought . . you're nuts! Use the stash! So I began pulling pinks. I honestly began to feel kinda sick at my tummy to think of using so much of my stash for one quilt but I talked myself into it. I did it! I used 2 yards of a pink floral and 2 yards of a pink tone on tone. There was a little left on both those fabrics so I decided to make Taylor a pillowcase to match the quilt. Now that you've all seen the quilt, I'll wait to hear if there's still interest on whether you want to proceed to with the "quilt for an hour" project. Judy L.


  • Absolutely!! I've never done a churn dash either. Although... I might make my "dashes" all one color.

    I so relate to the pain of using stash for backings... it feels wrong! It feels wasteful! I hope to get over that hump someday. :)

    By Blogger Leah S, at 8/07/2006 12:40:00 PM  

  • You are so cute!! Good job making yourself use your stash for the backing. She is going to love it!! I would love to jump in and make that quilt!!

    By Blogger Laurie Ann, at 8/07/2006 02:08:00 PM  

  • Way to go Judy! Love the quilt...and I plan to make it too. Let's go!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/07/2006 02:19:00 PM  

  • I've never done a dash quilt either. Looks cute. I'm SURE I have enough scraps for this one.
    ...but I'm sure it won't be PINK!

    By Blogger Mama Koch, at 8/07/2006 02:23:00 PM  

  • Well done Judy! Each time you force yourself to use something out of your stash it'll get easier. After all, there will ALWAYS be more fabric to buy! Pieced backs like this are much more interesting than muslin anyway. She will love it - especially if she's a hot pink girl. I've always loved the simple shoefly block, but have never made a quilt using it.

    By Blogger Patti, at 8/07/2006 03:27:00 PM  

  • Judy, Count me in! I love it.
    Thanks for doing it!

    By Anonymous diana in Illinois, at 8/07/2006 03:29:00 PM  

  • Hooray for using so much stash! I am so proud of you!! (Does it make you feel better to know I've put pieces back in the stash instead of using them so they won't be gone? I think many of us do that...)

    By Anonymous samantha, at 8/07/2006 03:56:00 PM  

  • very cute quilt - great job on it being entirely stash!

    By Blogger computerpeach, at 8/07/2006 04:08:00 PM  

  • I love the quilt Judy and you did a great job *making* yourself use stash for the back. I piece most of my backs now and love watching the yards of stash used add up. Mom was going to go buy a back for Laura's quilt the last time I was here in VA but I convinced her to piece the back too!

    By Blogger Mary, at 8/07/2006 04:25:00 PM  

  • Too cute! An hour a day.....I would love to. And my stash got organized just in time.

    By Blogger frecklesquilts, at 8/07/2006 04:50:00 PM  

  • What a delightful, fresh-looking quilt for a little girl. Love the back too. Way to go, Judy...using your stash...cause for celebration!

    By Blogger Darcie, at 8/07/2006 05:11:00 PM  

  • I'm in. Looks like a nice stashbuster. I also have problems using "good" stash for a back. I'm working to get over it but it sure is hard.

    By Blogger Nancy, at 8/07/2006 05:15:00 PM  

  • I love the quilt. I can just picture it in my mind in different color variations. I'm so tempted to join in...I am searching for that 25th hour in the day...don't give up on me...I'm searching.....

    By Blogger Screen Door, at 8/07/2006 05:17:00 PM  

  • Yes, Yes, Yes! And I'm so proud of you for using your stash -- especially for the backing and the bonus pillowcase! You go girl -- you can do this!

    By Blogger Joanne, at 8/07/2006 05:19:00 PM  

  • Well done -- this is a beauty AND a stashbuster! :)

    If my room is back together whe you start, I'll do one.


    By Blogger Jeanne, at 8/07/2006 05:25:00 PM  

  • Hats off to you for using your stash! It is a beautiful quilt. I have never attempted a churn dash, so this will be fun!

    Though I might have to purchase some fabrics because my stash is not at all large. I think I might be okay, but I really don't know. I hope that will not count me out for doing this.

    I am looking forward to when we can start...

    By Blogger deputyswife, at 8/07/2006 05:35:00 PM  

  • I'm in and I may use pink! Can't wait to get started.

    By Blogger Sweet P, at 8/07/2006 05:53:00 PM  

  • I'm in!!! I'm a stash-bustin' fool these days!! :)

    Beautiful quilt! And then I knew it would be! Everything you do is beautiful!


    By Blogger Vicky, at 8/07/2006 06:32:00 PM  

  • what a pretty quilt and I definately know what you are talking about - pulling a fabric and then thinking you can't actually part with that piece - it is a curious reaction

    By Blogger jpquilter, at 8/07/2006 06:37:00 PM  

  • Yes - I would love to be part of this quilt adventure. The quilt is beautiful in the colors you used - so soft and feminine.

    By Blogger Bonnie, at 8/07/2006 06:49:00 PM  

  • I am ready to go but won't be able to start until after August 21. I have obligations until then. What a beautiful quilt, Taylor is going to love it. There is more pink fabric in the store just waiting to be purchased in September.

    By Blogger dot, at 8/07/2006 07:26:00 PM  

  • Love how you did the adds a lot to the quilt. Is the pattern "Lincoln's Platform"? It's in a book I just got called Quilts from the Heart by Karin Renaud; I love every pattern in it.
    Great choice for the group project!

    By Blogger Rosanne, at 8/07/2006 07:36:00 PM  

  • Great quilt, when do we start? And you used your stash - Judy 1, Stash 0

    By Blogger Gail, at 8/07/2006 07:42:00 PM  

  • Judy, you do amazing things with fabric and machine. I love the way the colors work and how pretty it all looks put together.
    You are good girl !

    By Blogger Patty, at 8/07/2006 07:44:00 PM  

  • I wonder why it's so hard to use nice fabric on the back of a quilt? People see that side too but it always seems like a bit of a waste for some reason. Great that you were able to do it!

    By Blogger joyce, at 8/07/2006 07:51:00 PM  

  • I still want to do the hour quilting project :)

    By Blogger Andrea, at 8/07/2006 10:27:00 PM  

  • I love this quilt Judy and bravo for using more stash! the backing is so much more interesting than muslin...and she deserves it! sign me up on this idea...believe me, the more you use your stash, the less painful it will feel :-)

    By Blogger cher, at 8/07/2006 11:10:00 PM  

  • I really like the quilt. Very good going on using your stash Judy. Count me in on the daily hour.

    By Blogger Hanne, at 8/08/2006 12:00:00 AM  

  • Love this quilt Judy,
    yes I will want to join in and make it too.
    Can't wait to see all the different fabrics/colors everyone uses for this quilt....when do we start?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/08/2006 01:14:00 AM  

  • Judy,
    I love it! I want to make it! But not in pink. 80 HSTs. One hour a day. I completely empathize with not wanting to use one of your fabric "kids" for the backing. We want to keep them around forever. Mike(DH) promises the shower will be in and functional by the weekend. (yes, we have another shower) That way my table should be set up by Monday. Cross your fingers.
    Please include me in this, and I look forward to any others you come up with.
    BTW, is that Waterworld I see quilted on it? I'm sure Taylor will treasure that quilt.

    By Blogger EileenKNY, at 8/08/2006 03:50:00 AM  

  • Judy that is just gorgeous. I can't wait to start your "hour a day" sewing challenge. Its perfect for me, as I have back problems and can't sit at the machine for long stretches. But I'll break up the time into 15 minute shots that I know I can manage. Thank you so much for putting this out there into the quilting world :-)

    By Blogger Quilty Nurse, at 8/08/2006 04:39:00 AM  

  • I love this design and I'm ready to dig into my stash. What fun!

    By Anonymous Debra from Maryland, at 8/08/2006 06:30:00 AM  

  • Let´s roll!!
    I love the churn dash but mine will be scrappier- my stash has shrunk in the past month.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/08/2006 06:43:00 AM  

  • The quilt is lovely. I am still interested in making this quilt. Although my stash is small hopefully i'll have enough fabric to make this quilt.

    Well done for using your stash to make this quilt.

    By Blogger Cynthia, at 8/08/2006 07:09:00 AM  

  • Give yourself a huge pat on the back - ya done great! It's beautiful.

    By Blogger Darlene - Dazed Quilter, at 8/08/2006 07:37:00 AM  

  • I am in!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/08/2006 08:28:00 AM  

  • i'm in. but will be starting on return from vacation!! it's adorable. might make one for a nephew in BOY colors

    By Blogger McIrish Annie, at 8/08/2006 08:55:00 AM  

  • I am in as well. I am hoping to make a very scrappy stash quilt. Should be fun.
    Pam in Canada

    By Blogger Pam, at 8/08/2006 09:31:00 AM  

  • I love it. Count me in too.
    I have the "I can't use it up because then it will be gone" personality quirk as well, but I am inspired to dig in and get a sense of accomplishment from using some of it. Moving it is becoming a huge deal. :c/

    By Blogger tami, at 8/08/2006 09:55:00 AM  

  • I"m ready, set, go to play with the stash quilt. Just deal me some cards..*VBS*

    By Blogger Finn, at 8/08/2006 10:45:00 AM  

  • Gorgeous Judy - but then all your work is yummy! I can't make out the pattern you've used for quilting - is it a Jodi Beamish panto? I also have a longarm and this looks like a lovely, flowing, interlocking pattern. Thank you for sharing so much.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8/08/2006 10:59:00 AM  

  • Great quilt and I love the pink! Can't wait to get started~!

    By Blogger Laura, at 8/08/2006 12:03:00 PM  

  • Beautiful! I can't wait to get started now!! Its a gorgeous quilt.

    By Anonymous Ama, at 8/08/2006 02:03:00 PM  

  • I'd like to do it too. And I promise to use my stash, even tho I haven't joined the no buy challenge for August.

    By Blogger Katie, at 8/08/2006 03:23:00 PM  

  • Way to go on the stash! Lovely little quilt. As far as a whole hour, I might do an hour all day long but I am an ADD quilter, lol 10 min. and I am up doing something else, then back and so on. Thanks for the comment on my blog I posted the pb cookie recipe as requested :) xoxo melzie

    By Blogger Melzie, at 8/08/2006 04:07:00 PM  

  • Judy, your quilt is great! I want to do it, but I am not home yet. I keep thinking I need to run to the store so I can get started. Duh! I will catch up! Thanks for your work in creating this for all of us!

    By Blogger Marcie, at 8/08/2006 07:19:00 PM  

  • How much fabric did you use? How many hours did this quilt take you?

    By Blogger Andrea, at 8/09/2006 12:45:00 AM  

  • Just waiting.....

    By Blogger Sharon, at 8/09/2006 06:18:00 PM  

  • Wow that is a really pretty quilt. I've vowed not to start any more quilt projects until I am done with at least two, and then I have to work on quilts that I already have fabric picked out for. This one will be on my to-do list, so I will be learning vicariously while you do it this time.

    By Blogger Shelina, at 8/10/2006 10:07:00 PM  

  • Beautiful quilt Judy...I may have to make this along with you!


    By Blogger Carolyn, at 8/11/2006 06:32:00 AM  

  • Fun quilt - that hot pink border really makes it sing.

    By Blogger Tonya R, at 8/11/2006 10:13:00 PM  

  • Judy, do you have any hints on fabric selection for this quilt? I'm working in my sewing room and would love to start pulling fabrics for the quilt. Is it mostly FQ's or do we need larger pieces?


    By Blogger Carolyn, at 8/13/2006 09:19:00 AM  

  • Great idea to make a matching pillowcase. I have a hard time with backings... right now I am struggling with a backing where I bought 2 lengths of fabric and now need 3 - what to do, what to do? I think I have a fat back that might be big enough, but it doesn't really match. BUT, I have it, it is paid for, etc. etc. so that is probably what I will use. I like your pink back though - the 2 fabrics work well together.



    By Blogger Evelyn aka Starfishy, at 8/14/2006 05:02:00 AM  

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