Do you recall when you first became enthralled with fabric?
I shopped, collected, even hoarded and reveled in my treasure-trove of pretties. An abundance, a virtual stockpile, a true cache;
I had a stash!
Now, twenty years later, that stash has become a conglomeration of fabric, and not surprisingly, my tastes have changed. I am now passionate about reproduction fabrics and small scale precision piecing.
My name is Cheryl from So Many Quilts, So Little Time, and I manicure my stash one inch at a time.
Thank you to Madame Samm for inviting me to be a guest blogger today.
Not being a yardage girl, most of my surplus of fabric is in the form of fat quarters on up to half yards max. No true quilter can just toss heaps of fabric. There are no Goodwill boxes for cloth.
I will not be buried under a fabric avalanche; so my goal is to bust my stash, create space in my fabric closet, and blissfully organize my new fabrics so I won’t keep buying the same fabrics over and over again!
I needed a project that would be FAST, FUN and with NO FUSS!
A fellow quilter from Chicago recently showed up at the shop where I teach with the following strip quilt
project and I knew I had found my answer.
project and I knew I had found my answer.
I will make charity quilts!
I would like to share this amazingly simple project with the readers of Sew We Quilt and hope you will have as much fun with it as I did.
Yardage Requirements for a 3 x 4 block quilt measuring 38" x 50", without borders:
(This is the perfect size for donation to the Linus Project, one of my favorite charities!)
-a minimum of 1/2 yd for sashing strips
-a fat quarter for sashing cornerposts
-12 fat quarters OR 6 half yards of stash fabric (or any combination that makes 3 yds total of fabric. Any one piece of fabric must be a minimum of 21" long.)
From each piece of fabric, cut strips of varying widths from 1 1/2" to 4" wide x the length of the fabric.
Cut the sashing fabric into 2" x WOF strips for a total of 6 strips,
then subcut into (17) 2" x 13" strips.
(Remember to measure your blocks prior to cutting the length of the sashing strips and adjust accordingly.)
Cut (6) 2" x 2" squares for cornerposts.
Sew the strips (select varying widths) together into strip sets, pressing the seams open.
The number of strips needed will depend on their widths.
Sew as many together as needed to get a width slightly greater than 10" wide.
Lightly starch to help stabilize the fabric for you will be cutting these strips apart on the bias later on.
Now cut the long strip set into two squares measuring 10" x 10".
Lay them next to each other; one with the strips running vertical and one with the strips running horizontal.
Pair them in this orientation, right sides together, pin and then sew a 1/4" seam allowance on all four sides.
Make sure the strips are running in opposite directions!
Cut them apart twice diagonally (X-cut) to make four new half-square triangle units.
Now lay the four units out in any manner you want to make a large block.
Here is a collage of the various layouts I came up with.
I used the large one on the left as it turned out to be my favorite.
Assemble the four units together.
Don't worry about matching any of the seams. Just align the top and bottom edges of the units and pin heavily prior to sewing to help prevent stretching of the bias edges.
After constructing 12 blocks, I laid them out in a pleasing manner and sashed them, adding cornerposts.
Once assembled, my blocks measured approximately 13" x 13".
There is a lot of give in the blocks due to the bias edges, so I cut all my sashing strips 13" long and made the blocks stretch or ease into the sashing. If the measurement of your blocks is different, adjust the length of your sashing strips accordingly.
This top is now quilted and bound, ready to donate to the Linus Project.
The Linus Project is a non-profit organization, created in 1995 by Karen Loucks, to "Provide Security Through Blankets," to ill or traumatized children and teens. You can find out more by visiting them at their website.
I have started my second donation quilt using this method, but this time it is headed over to the Quilts of Valor. Hope you will join me in making one of these FAST, FUN, and NO FUSS quilts and donate it to your favorite non-profit organization.
Thank you again M. Samm for having me.