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    Stash-busting Challenge

    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?
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    Neat idea! I will be anxious to see what is created from our scraps!
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    I will be watching and planning on adding some of my stash projects.
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    Butterfly Block for Busting your Stash?

    Now I know that stash-busting does not necessarily mean scrappy, but for those for whom it MIGHT mean that, I just received the following link from the Quilt Inspiration blog. I've never seen this pattern before-- and apparently it's been around long enough that someone has an antique quilt made with this pattern. I like that it's a) simple (pattern is included, scroll down to the bottom); b) looks traditional enough for my tastes; c) is also "abstract" in that it conveys butterfly without being cutesy; and d) could also be made as non-scrappy.

    Check it out:

    http://quiltinspiration.blogspot.com...uilts-and.html
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    Count me in!! I like the butterflies. I think mine will be Asian inspired. . . .

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    Looks like fun.

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    I'm in for one, well maybe two - goodness knows I have enough stash. Will post a pix of the first - my Asian Scrappy - made entirely from my stash - its at the quilters now. Just finished it. I'm putting it in my guild's show next month.
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    Way to go Jillaine! I love this idea, and when the young 'un is back at school I'll start a quilt just from stash. Thanks for organizing it.

    Alison

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    Not sure where my post went. Jillaine, I clicked on the link below your name and posted. When I got back here, it isn't here? I'd like to be in the challenge in any case. Perhaps my post will show up somewhere, sometime......la la land
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    Oh, there it is.
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    How long must the fabric have been in our stash, before "finding" it? For a recent lap quilt, I bought "extra" because I'm really good at cutting wrong, if I don't buy extra (I consider it insurance). Turns out I ended up having enough, for a second top. Okay, guess that really shouldn't count, since it's less than a month old.
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    I just finished a quilt for a Habitat Mom using the 10-minute block and it was all from stash. My goal has been to use only stash to make gift quilts. Also will deliver 3 small quilts to foster sisters tomorrow afternoon--from stash.
    No pictures but wanted to get in on the stash project.
    Jan in MI

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    After doing a lot of clicking and scrolling around, I found the tutorial on the butterfly block. I don't know if anyone else had trouble finding it - - - maybe it was just me. Anyway, I'm posting it here for anyone who is interested. I'm looking forward to starting some butterflies!!

    Quilt on - - -

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    http://mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress...lock-tutorial/

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    Here's progress on my first entry. (this is also a UFO so I might post in that topic too). Top is 100% stash-"bought". Haven't figured out what the backing will be. I was amazed I had enough in my stash to make this big enough for a king especially the borders (and I may add one more border which may drop this to 90% because most of my stash consists of half-yard pieces).

    I'm waiting for the arrival of the batting.

    (This is also the quilt upon which Inspector Gryphon sits in my avatar.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    How long must the fabric have been in our stash, before "finding" it? For a recent lap quilt, I bought "extra" because I'm really good at cutting wrong, if I don't buy extra (I consider it insurance). Turns out I ended up having enough, for a second top. Okay, guess that really shouldn't count, since it's less than a month old.
    I'm not a very strict person. I'd say that leftovers from non-stash-"purchased" fabric becomes stash. Or do quilters distinguish their stash from their scraps/leftovers? I'm not sure I make that distinction myself.

    Oh, and btw, this is not necessarily a scrappy challenge. Guess it depends on a) the size of your stash and b) the size of the pieces in your stash. But we've all seen stash photos that reveal that some of us on this board have stashes the size of small (and not-so-small?) LQSes!!! Some stashers (is that a nicer word than hoarders?) purchase entire bolts!

    For myself, most of my stash collection is in half-yard increments because that was my "habit" for fabric purchasing for a good chunk of time. (Not sure why-- something about wanting to get as much variety as possible?) Somewhere in the last year, I shifted to full-yard purchases, and in some cases even two-yard purchases.

    All this gives me another idea. If you feel like it, post a photo of your "stash-store"-- what are YOU "shopping" from?
    jillaine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    I'm not a very strict person. I'd say that leftovers from non-stash-"purchased" fabric becomes stash. Or do quilters distinguish their stash from their scraps/leftovers? I'm not sure I make that distinction myself.
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    Cool! Of course, the trick will be to actually finish the entire project. Lately, I've just been having fun, making the (lap size) tops. I seem to have become addicted to that Warm Wishes pattern. It's just such a relaxing and easy pattern. No points to worry about; just zip, zip, zip, slash, slash, slash, zip, zip, zip . . . and there it is!


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    All this gives me another idea. If you feel like it, post a photo of your "stash-store"-- what are YOU "shopping" from?
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    Ahhhh! Just what I seriously need - incentive to finish organizing my stash, in order to take a picture of it!
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    Think I'll join in. I have recently been crocheting with narrow strips that I cut from fabric in my stash that is dated, less than pretty or lower quality. Will post photos when I finish the purse.

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    Stash busting Challenge

    Here is my Scrappy Asian - out of a magazine and I might just make another one. Bought the fabric for a quilt I made about 2 years ago. This has been sitting and a friend brought me the magazine in case I wanted to try - I did. This is before the quilting. Even the black was left over. I think I had to purchase the backing as I didn't like anything I had to use. Does this stil make it 90% or not???????????????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanogay View Post
    Here is my Scrappy Asian - out of a magazine and I might just make another one. Bought the fabric for a quilt I made about 2 years ago. This has been sitting and a friend brought me the magazine in case I wanted to try - I did. This is before the quilting. Even the black was left over. I think I had to purchase the backing as I didn't like anything I had to use. Does this stil make it 90% or not???????????????
    Which magazine and issue had the pattern?

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    Looking forward to this thread . I have not bought fabric for about a year . I have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many scraps probably 3-4 trash bags full . It is overwhelming ! I wish I had an accu quilt I would iron them and then crank away !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanogay View Post
    Here is my Scrappy Asian - out of a magazine and I might just make another one. Bought the fabric for a quilt I made about 2 years ago. This has been sitting and a friend brought me the magazine in case I wanted to try - I did. This is before the quilting. Even the black was left over. I think I had to purchase the backing as I didn't like anything I had to use. Does this stil make it 90% or not???????????????
    WHOA! That's gorgeous!
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    Here's a link to the tutorial:

    http://mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress...lock-tutorial/

    Quilt on!

    Jane

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    After I received 3 boxes of scraps, ufo's and orphan blocks from a good quilting friend, this is the project for me. I am in, although I don't guarantee I will be first or even 12th or 112th. Will post a finished project though sometime in the next year! Fingers crossed. I think there are going to be a lot of scrappy quilts in my future.
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    Beautiful! I think I recognize some of those fabrics!

    Quilt on - - -

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    Here's progress on my first entry. (this is also a UFO so I might post in that topic too). Top is 100% stash-"bought". Haven't figured out what the backing will be. I was amazed I had enough in my stash to make this big enough for a king especially the borders (and I may add one more border which may drop this to 90% because most of my stash consists of half-yard pieces).

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    What a gorgeous quilt! I love the colors and the design is very cool. I am currently turning most of my scraps into blocks like those, with the idea that eventually I will have a vast collection from which I can make interesting designs...and now I am encouraged that it will happen!

    Alison
    Last edited by alisonquilts; 08-06-2012 at 04:34 AM.

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