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    "Stash Buster" Quilts

    So, I have stated before that I have been a piecer for years and making shirts and pillow cases etc. This has given me lots of 'stash' to work from. All the really great "stash buster" patterns I find require a large amount of white, or black, or neutral. Do you have a favorite true stash buster that I can use to actually bust my stash which is full of bright rainbow variety of colors, but not a lot of any one color at all. Thanks.
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    Look at the depression block on Quilters cache....I love it and you just use colorful scraps.

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    I have found the same problem. I will be watching to see if anyone can tell us what patterns to look at.
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    I did a scrappy in the Stretched Star pattern. I used white for the points. Easy pattern that looks difficult. Go to Autumn Stretched Star by Pat Speth.
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    Head over to Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville.com and her blog from there. She occasionally hosts live webcams as she works and demonstrates, and loves to use old machines. Also Maryquilts.com. Lots of free patterns, and you can also google the names of the patterns shown for more inspiration.

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    It's not so much a question of color, but rather one of value.

    If you divide your scraps/stash up into at least lights/med/darks and use the them in the appropriate patches, you can successfully make any block look great.

    Value is more important than color.

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    And if by chance they all happen to the exact same value (unlikely, but bear with me), you can break them into color categories - brights vs. darks., warm vs. cool colors, etc.
    There has to be some sort of contrast, otherwise you get ....mush.

    And sometimes that might be what you want.....mush. Makes a great interesting background for applique.

    The problem is when one doesn't want mush, and the fabrics used in a block don't have any, or very little, contrast - value or color.
    Or you want a mush background, but it's all over the place and the applique pieces don't stand out - they get swallowed by all the noise in the background.
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    Bonnie hunter has a ton of patterns that would be perfect.

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    Agree with MTS. Sort your stash by value. If you need help determining value, take black and white pictures of your fabrics by either changing the setting on your camera, or using photo editing software. One of the prettiest quilts I ever made was a scrappy pineapple that had been sorted into lights & darks.

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    I am making this scrappy which I consider my first true scrappy. I was being overwhelmed by scraps & needed to use them somehow. I did have to buy some navy for the stars & I like how the stars draw your eye from how different all of the fabrics are!
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    French braid will use up smaller pieces of your stash.

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    please pm me the name of this pattern or some simple instructions. I have seen this and NEED to get rid of some scraps !

    thank you and happy quiltin !

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    It's not so much a question of color, but rather one of value.

    If you divide your scraps/stash up into at least lights/med/darks and use the them in the appropriate patches, you can successfully make any block look great.

    Value is more important than color.

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    And if by chance they all happen to the exact same value (unlikely, but bear with me), you can break them into color categories - brights vs. darks., warm vs. cool colors, etc.
    There has to be some sort of contrast, otherwise you get ....mush.

    And sometimes that might be what you want.....mush. Makes a great interesting background for applique.

    The problem is when one doesn't want mush, and the fabrics used in a block don't have any, or very little, contrast - value or color.
    Or you want a mush background, but it's all over the place and the applique pieces don't stand out - they get swallowed by all the noise in the background.
    That is a very good response! You explained mush! And the importance of value. But also check out Bonnie hunters Quiltville.com

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    I love Katharine Guerrier for scraps. They always look amazing. We had a Guild workshop with her and she was lovely and so inspiring.
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    My favourite scrap/stash buster is the Disappearing 9 Patch, and variations, it is so handy for all sorts of fabrics and everyone comes out different.

    The pic is just one of many that I have made.
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    I really like the frugal block on quilter's cache. It takes 1 1/2 inch pieces. It does require a scrappy neutral but I am using anything in the cream/tan family for mine. I have a lot of muslin scraps that fit in this category.
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    I like the scrappy quilts like the 30's quilts. I think as long as it has a plain background the scrappy looks great. Or like purplemem said, in the same family.
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    I like any kind of scrappy, you can unite it by using sashing in one color coming from a main color in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
    All the really great "stash buster" patterns I find require a large amount of white, or black, or neutral.
    Another thing you can do is pick one color to use as your neutral, and avoid it in the rest of the quilt. For instance, make the quilt mostly reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, etc. and have your neutral be greens. Or blues.

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    I don't have a pattern for scraps but love the advice given.

    Maggiemay is there a pattern for your scrappy quilt that you can share with the rest of us. Thanks in advance.

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    I knew I could count on all the lovely people here to talk me off my ledge. I am new enough to quilting that I hadn't thought about using the value of the color to make distinctions and contrast. Of course I asked here right before I started searching for other scrap quilts. I found one called "attic stairs" I think, that I really like, it's all scrap all the time and I think perfect for what I have on hand.
    I don't have a link to the pattern, but it's pretty straight forward. Here is a link to the pinterest photo I found.

    http://pinterest.com/pin/13159023883398103/
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
    I don't have a link to the pattern, but it's pretty straight forward. Here is a link to the pinterest photo I found.
    Can't get easier than a Rail Fence pattern.

    Just FYI - the measurements of one rail in a two rail block is L=2xW FINISHED.
    So FINISHED 2"x4" or 1.5" x 3" rails (which translates into cutting measurements of 2.5"x4.5" or 2"x3.5" UNFINISHED).
    Two rails together create square blocks that are UNFINSHED at 4.5" or 3.5", FINISHED at 4" or 3").

    And if you have some smaller scraps that are the same value and want to get rid of them as well, you can certainly sew them together to make one rail.

    There are a lot of lessons in that picture you linked to - you can see some sections where the zig-zag is very prominent, and others where ....not so much.....where there's the mush..... because the contrast between the two is so low.

    Here's another interesting quilt that was posted on the board yesterday by JudyMN -
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...t-t211786.html
    Instead of going by value, she sorted her fabrics into cool and warm color groups.
    Even though there are darks and lights within each group, it still works.


    Have fun!

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    Ooh, and how about this one http://materialobsession.typepad.com...5b85f54970c-pi

    I have only once worked from a pattern for a full quilt, but it did turn out beautifully. Maybe I should try again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
    Ooh, and how about this one http://materialobsession.typepad.com...5b85f54970c-pi

    I have only once worked from a pattern for a full quilt, but it did turn out beautifully. Maybe I should try again.
    Wonky Rail Fence - also a great choice - adds a bit more movement to the quilt, I think.
    But for that rendition you obviously need more of each fabric.
    Since you're busting stash, not using scraps, it should work for you.

    Looking at the picture, those larger 9 patch blocks could be anywhere from 9" to 12" FINISHED , so the smaller
    Rail Fence units would be around 3" or 4" FINISHED.
    Just pick the number of blocks you want - or the size of the quilt - and figure out the other number.

    And again, there's contrast in every block, so the darker fabrics create the overall zig-zag.
    Actually, with that coloring and only two rails, you could probably use any Log Cabin layout - Barn Raising (as pictured), Streaks of Lightening, Sunshine/Shadows, etc.

    I did a (3) Rail Fence quilt years ago, it wasn't a stash buster or using scraps (even though there were small pieces used), and it did have an overall background fabric, but it was fabulous lesson in value, and it remains one of my most favorite quilts ever.

    Hope you post what you end up doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarynneStorm View Post
    I knew I could count on all the lovely people here to talk me off my ledge. I am new enough to quilting that I hadn't thought about using the value of the color to make distinctions and contrast. Of course I asked here right before I started searching for other scrap quilts. I found one called "attic stairs" I think, that I really like, it's all scrap all the time and I think perfect for what I have on hand.
    I don't have a link to the pattern, but it's pretty straight forward. Here is a link to the pinterest photo I found.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/13159023883398103/
    I think you can find that one free on Quiltvile.com

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    Love that quilt, but I REALLY love the three drawer dresser in the little cubby!!!

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