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    Been doing most of my projects from stash lately 😍

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    Quiltermomma, awhile back you wrote:

    "Well, I am still ahead of the game by 162 yards of fabric. I may have increased over 200, but still have busted that and some more. I am in the positive for it going out"

    Are you telling me that you actually COUNTED your stash's yardage???

    Here's a recent stashbuster I completed for my sister:
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    And here's my current work in progress made almost entirely from stash (I had to buy more background-- harumph) - Grandma's Fan (something I've always wanted to try; now that I have, not sure why I wanted to...) Trying to use up a BUNCH of floral fabric I purchased back when I must have been expressing another personality...

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    On this last one-- grandma's fan-- I'm going to try Quilt as You Go-- quilting each square. Will allow me to practice my FreeMotion Quilting on smaller pieces, not wrestling with a full size quilt, as well as helping me use up my "stash" of leftover batting... how's that for stash busting?!
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    Yes jillaine, I am counting what comes into my stash but my starting was an estimate of what I know I had at that time. Let us say I do not think I counted my scraps that will be on my list next year to use up and I have a crazy quilt star pattern that they will be going into. I hate to say I have added another 30 or so yards with 20 of it staying in a pile for my Argyle Bargello which I will be doing next year for my bedroom. I have made one Christmas quilt, a few tree skirts, some muggy rugs, napkins as you see in my avatar from the stash, then from my stash making a modern hexi quilt, with table runner and bed runner done from new stuff. Been busy, just forgetting to post on here. If I posted all my photos right now of what is done, will fill a few pages.
    Nice work Jillaine. You are moving along well. And by the way, I used up a whole bolt of 108" wide muslin as well. No not bragging, just justifying my fabric purchases.

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    ok we need to continue this for sure next year. I want to kill my stash before its outdated. no point storing fabric for years that no one would want anything made out of as its no longer the in style. I think I have 60 yrds of fabric give or take a couple.. it makes me very nervous. I need to kill it down a bit I know it. plus about 100 fq's.. yikes and of course four stacks of scrap smaller than a f4 but bigger than a f8.. they are18 inches tall each.. yikes. would make a killer scrappy quilt which I am about to get moving on.. rainbow colors. I can see it now.. bright colorful and well full of scraps phew. I know however I will have to add white or black at times to the stash so I can use it up. is that back peddling? should I quick run out go shopping and add it to the stash before I have to stop shopping? maybe say 10 yrds or so??? grin.. goody a shopping trip. lol no not shopping will just go to cream or blue if necessary. have lots of those. phew.
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    I am thrilled to say I did some stash busting from a swap we had, the snowmen this year and another from MyQuiltPlace.com. The blocks were the swap, but the sashing, binding, and the back are all from my stash of what I had collected over the years. On the dress quilt, I had all those fabrics hidden in a drawer, I did have to buy the pink background, but the rest of the fabric was from the stash. I bought a bolt of it and had this left, just the perfect amount! I have a little to stick in the scrap pile. Have to show the quilting on the back of the dress quilt. My niece is going to love it.
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    It's not a lot of "busting" but I did make this wall hanging from left overs of a quilt. I challenged myself to put together these off cuts and actually like how it turned out. My goal for this next week of vacation is to actually FINISH some things.
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    Nice job. That looks like it was a fun pattern to do. Sure you will have some fun this week busting some stash. I will be starting up again after the first of the year. I had to turn in the baby so it could get a maintenance check and repaired.
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    Martina, it looks wonderful.

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    ok made me go count it I have 42 yrds of fabric, plus 63 fat quarters and a bunch of between f10 and f4's. and its killing me so how you have 200 well I would flop over .. yikes big time.. I maybe should be not so worried about my fabric addiction? heck went to equilters new sale. omg.. in the 4.00 range there are so many blenders and such that I need lol oh yeah need them like a hole in the head but really wowsa. its tough to bust ones stash when your tempted with big sales right now. keep me from going over the deep edge and joing the 'dark' side.. I so want a few of those fabrics and no idea what I would 'need' them for.. maybe just one.. or fifteen..
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    Cool Dated stash

    Some beautiful posted quilts are on here. Leave it up to quiltermomma to know her yardage of stash. I think you are super organized. I love how to snowman and dress quilts came out. The backsides of the quilts are as beautiful as the front. Amazing quilting on the dress quilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
    ok we need to continue this for sure next year. I want to kill my stash before its outdated. no point storing fabric for years that no one would want anything made out of as its no longer the in style. of those.
    All my true stash is out dated. I have more then several boxes of fabric that are well past vintage. I received them from other quilters. My dilemma is that I have no real $ at the moment to buy new fabric and will most likely not for possibly forever. This is why for now I am hanging onto it. We, DD 16 and I, did make some stockings with it and I used the fabric to finish 2 quilts made of swap blocks. A lot of the fabric is from the 1970-80 and 90ies. Can I be hopeful that some of it will come back in? Just from the calicoes I have a whole bin filled.

    I really like the backing fabric from the blue quilt. My 15 yr old DD, the recipient of the blue snowflake quilt, thought so too.
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    Pretty quilts Anna!
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    Martina, your wall hanging is terrific!
    Be a blessing to others, as you may entertain angels unaware!

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    Anna, beautiful quilts and really awesome FMQ!

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    went to equilters new sale. omg.. in the 4.00 range there are so many blenders and such that I need lol oh yeah need them like a hole in the head but really wowsa. its tough to bust ones stash when your tempted with big sales right now. keep me from going over the deep edge and joing the 'dark' side.. I so want a few of those fabrics and no idea what I would 'need' them for.. maybe just one.. or fifteen..



    They do have some beautiful fabric on sale! I won't tell if you don't .
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    I don't necessarily consider the "age" of items in my fabric stash when choosing what fabric to use in a particular project. If it fits the color range needed and in general is an ok fabric for the usage it doesn't matter to me if its older than I am or brand new. In fact most of my stash is anywhere from five to ten years old and quite a bit is older than that. And I consider all of it fair game unless it is designated for a particular project.
    I am currently collecting fabrics for two vintage projects, a double wedding ring and a grandmothers flower garden variation, for which I want all the fabrics to be reminiscent of the fabrics in the ones I had once upon a time. So those will definitely not be using new fabrics. Will most likely use some that are probably really 70s/80s just because they look right with the older ones.
    And then there are batiks! Are they retro or modern or timeless?

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    I have some tops in the works. I will post when they are completed.

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    Maybe I'm old-fashioned, but, to me, calico is never out of style!
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    AngelinaRN and mom-6, thank you for your words and thoughts regarding older fabrics. I do like the look of calico and made the twins dresses out of it for Christmas. It reminds me of Little House on the Prairie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    Inspired by recent discussions about self- (or spouse-) imposed moratoriums on fabric purchases, I thought a stash-busting challenge would further support those of us seeking to shop (and quilt) from our stash. This challenge's purpose is to support us by celebrating every project that is born of one's stash. Photos are strongly encouraged.

    Anyone can play-- whether or not you're on a fabric purchasing moratorium.

    To qualify as a success, 90% of your finished project must be made from your stash. For quilts, this means 90% of your quilt TOP. (Although Challenge participants will receive extra points-- cheers and applause-- for projects that are 100% stash-produced.)

    "Finished" means all the way done and ready to use.

    Who's going to post their first "made from stash" photo?

    Any size minimum?
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    I'm going to do this this year. Need to reduce a bit--I have lots of beautiful fabrics, but they need to be used instead of stacked out of sight.
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    Just found this thread, and I want in I am determined to quilt from stash this year, and do something with the dozen or so projects on my wish list. And I just finished 2 tops this week completely from stash (New Year's mystery quilts).

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    current stash buster

    Here is my latest stashbuster. I was going to buy fabric (gasp!) for the setting triangles but found the blue in my stash. The pattern is from Bonnie Hunters Website. It's approx. 42 x 63 before adding a narrow border.
    I think the binding will be bright scrappy.
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    Anna I like all your quilts and smiled because I was recently gifted some remnants of snowmen
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