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Monday, May 14, 2018

Fire Pit

When I teach classes, I always introduce newbies to improv piecing with just a handful of scraps, which is a little easier to do when you're working with only one color at a time. Thus far, we've seen four quilts from Stash Statement that were all designed to help you dip your toes into structured improvisation by dealing with scraps of just a single color at a time.

It doesn't take very long to get comfortable with the process though, and then it's so easy to start mixing them into a free for all of color! The second section of Stash Statement includes four quilts with mixed color scraps that are so much fun!  The Fire Pit quilt is the fifth quilt in the book, and the first quilt in the Grab and Sew section.

I have always loved the look of warm/cool quilts, and when I started sketching this quilt, I knew I wanted to design a warm/cool quilt with some real wow factor.  Believe it or not, this quilt is made from a single, 12" block!  The hexagon shape in the negative space is so interesting, and gives the quilt the illusion of being much more difficult than it really is.

I used Kona White in the background, and I love how the fiery warm squares jump right out, while the cool triangles surrounding them recede against the stark white.  The Kona Coal solid strips give depth to the quilt.  They also add to the metal fire pit feel, and anchor the warm squares within the white space.  I decided to quilt this one with an allover dense paisley motif using Aurifil 50 wt. White.  The quilting gives a great impression of smoke swirls around the fire, and I love how well the texture shows up on the back!

On the back, I opted for a light gray tonal print, but added this awesome Art Gallery fabric.  This print is really awesome, and it compliments the front of the quilt so well (I just wish I could remember the name/collection).

Rather than choose a competing color, I decided to stick with a Kona Coal binding for consistency.  It really allows the pattern to shine, and I love that it is just a shade darker than the gray backing fabric.

This quilt is one of my favorites from Stash Statement.  In fact, even though it wasn't the first quilt I made (that honor goes to the Grand Bazaar quilt on the cover), it is actually the first quilt I designed for the book.  Like all of the quilts in Stash Statement, this pattern makes a big impact, and is a fantastic way to use up plenty of your own cherished scraps.

Preeti from Sew Preeti Quilts and Alison from Little Bunny Quilts each made amazing versions of the Fire Pit quilt, so hop over and get your scrappy eye candy fix.  Then, be sure to get a copy of Stash Statement for yourself.  What are you waiting for?  You know you have lots of scraps, and Stash Statement is sure to help you tackle them in a unique, fun way.  I promise- it's so much easier than it looks, and the book will walk you through the process step-by-step!

You can get your very own signed copy of Stash Statement in my Etsy shop HERE, including the FREE Take Flight bonus pattern.  Or, you can find it on Amazon, Connecting Threads, or even at your local quilt shop!

You can follow along with the blog tour every Monday, when I'll be featuring a brand new quilt from the book.  Check out this awesome lineup of quilters!

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                      Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                            Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                              Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                  Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
7/9- Take Flight (free bonus pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                             Paula @ The Sassy Quilter



  1. I really like the structured way you introduce improv to start with single colors!

  2. I cannot wait to start making several quilts from your book. It's the BEST book I've seen in my 40+ years of quilting, to use up scraps, and each is so totally different than what I've seen in the past. Your book has become my favorite, and I'm so thankful that I won the contest! Thank you again for the book - the patterns are MUCH easier than they appear, and will keep me very, very happy using up scraps shortly. I just have 2 more sets of twin baby quilts (2 boys & 2 girls) to make, and finish up the postage stamp quilt (15,876 pieces - 126" x 126" is a LOT of scraps). I'm holding out to start on the patterns in your book till I'm done....forces me to FINISH what I'm working on now. Thank you again!

    1. It makes me SO happy to read your kind comment, Deb! I am so glad to know that you have been enjoying the book as much as I loved writing it. You're so right! The method, as well as the quilts are so much easier than they appear!

      :) Kelly

  3. I am loving these quilts that you are sharing! So inventive and a great way to use those scraps. :)

  4. I've looked through the book, but every time I see a quilt, it's like the first time I've seen it. I love this!

  5. Kelly, I will repeat what others have been telling you. It is a fabulous book not only because it has great patterns but because it offers great applications. The book is a starting point for many quilters who have been wary of improv piecing but it also opens the doors to many more possibilities for those who are comfortable with scraps and improv. You should be so proud!!!

  6. This is such an eye-catching quilt! I purchased the book the other day and can't wait to get it in the mail. I haven't been this excited to dig into my scraps since I began quilting! Thanks, Kelly!

  7. I love the colors in this one. Great quilt.


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