Thursday, March 12, 2009

Stashbuster Finish!

On February 23 Judy Laquidara issued a challenge to her blog readers to try a project made completely from stash. She also added an incentive -- a a chance to win a pair of Gingher "Glory" scissors for all who posted a completed top.

One of my goals this year is to try to work more from stash (well, actually to work from stash and "Hussies" (HSYs: Haven't Started Yets) since I've purchased quite a bit of fabric and have compiled quite a few potential projects in the last few years. Also I want to try to make more "quick" projects to have on hand to practice machine quilting. So this challenge was right up my alley. This is Judy's design for the project: http://www.patchworktimes.com/2009/03/04/stash-project-revealed/

And here's my finish:


O.k. so I strayed a bit (?!?!) off the design course. One thing I realized early on in my quilting journey was that I like shaded (black tinged) fabrics and the fabrics used for the blocks bore that out. When I put the blocks together, I found the colors to be very rich which made it hard to choose background fabrics. I liked both the red and rust used here so decided to use both as alternating setting triangles! That meant I had to figure out how to incorporate the floating corner patches -- I chose to just make blocks that followed the alternating sequence.

Then the challenge was to find a border print to go with all of this. The print I used was in with fabrics for another project but I liked the way it looked with these blocks. I had to add the inserts in the border since I only had a yard of the fabric and it is directional so I had to make it stretch.

This was a challenge but also a lot fun to do. And it gave me the incentive to start a blog so two for one!

11 comments:

Sue H said...

Congratulations on your fun and original finished quilt, and on your new blog as well!!!

Judy Laquidara said...

It looks great! Love what you did with your top! Thanks for doing it with us.

goldenneedle said...

I love what you have done with your quilt.......it really makes it your own. Your outer border is very unique....it goes with the fabric you didn't have enough of!!!! You deserve to win the sissors for the most creative use.

Karen L

Kucki68 said...

I think your quilt captures the spirit of stash busting very nicely. I am looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

katie z said...

I really like the changes you made! Very creative use of stash.

Quilter Kathy said...

Great scrap quilt... love the border!

Finn said...

Hi Vivian, I do love the impact visually...great job! Got your journal covers added to the Orphan Train blog today. Thank you so much for sharing your orphan with us. I've added you to the sidebar list of volunteers *VBS* Hugs, Finn

Elaine Adair said...

You may be a new blogger, but certainly are not a new quilter! Lotsa good and lovely projects! I'll be back for a better look-see at your lovely items. Hey, that banner ain't so bad either! LOL

KCQuilter said...

Welcome to Blogland! I found your blog through dear Finn. I absolutely LOVE your journal cover you made from orphan blocks!!!

Jeanne said...

Looks good, I was over checking out pieces from my scrapbag and she had a photo of your journal cover, I came over to take a look at it but couldn't find any posts on it, that is too cute. How did you make it? I want to make one for a gift. :)

Shasta said...

Welcome to blogland. It is a wonderful place. Your quilt looks wonderful. A great way to use up some stash.