Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Stashbusting Sewalong anyone?

 A few years ago I decided to do a colorwheel stash assessment as part of my monthly sampler classes. I knew we all had plenty of stash and I had been intrigued by some colorwash quilts I saw others making, most notably Wanda at Exuberant Color. I started going through my fabrics and cutting 2.5" squares. I colorized them in groups, and started taking them to the monthly classes. I encouraged the students to cut their stash into 2.5" squares. They were cutting through their stash by color, and keeping the colors separated. They would then bring them to monthly classes and we would swap squares so everyone would have a nice assortment of colorful squares. Swapping is the best way to get many different values and tones of each color.  I talked about how to get that blended, colorwash effect by using many shades of each color. 

I played with them at home too, trying to get that perfect mix of colors. Eventually I had a class on using the squares we had been cutting, and making a colorwash quilt. It was a fun experience, and this is one that I ended up making using that technique. 

I made several smallish quilts, but used very little of my cut stash. They have been in the back of my mind for a long time, and I had an idea on using them awhile back and finally got around to starting it last spring. The quilt at the top of the page is the result. As you can see, I added gray/blacks to the colorized squares for the quilt blocks. I tried a few different ways to add them in and finally settled on one. It's easy to do and you can use up lots of 2.5" squares!

Since I'm not back teaching classes yet, I thought it would be fun to host an online sewalong making these scrappy blocks out of our stash. I will be posting more info about this sewalong soon, so stay tuned!



Kathy E. said...

Oooh, I love this idea and design! I'd be very interested in following along...sewing too!

Karen said...

Count me in!

Pris said...

Sounds fun