Wednesday, April 24, 2024

A Spring Quilt and NTT

Welcome to Needle and Thread Thursday, friends!  This week, I've been working on a happy new quilt, and all the blocks are done!

All these fabrics are straight from my stash.  For the last couple of years, I've been trying really hard to use the fabric I have.  That's not to say I haven't purchased fabric for a specific quilt (like my son's Southwest Scenery graduation quilt), but I've really tried my best to shop my stash first.  And I've challenged myself to make whole quilts from stash without purchasing anything.  Pieced backs really help with that endeavor.  I'm happy to report that I've made a HUGE dent in it!  Here's all that's left of my prints-

Okay, so full disclosure- I do have a small stash of Christmas prints and school/sports team prints that are kept in a separate spot, but believe me when I tell you that those are very few.  And, I also have a small solids stash that I keep folded elsewhere.  But, wow!  My regular print stash is really small these days.  Each color section is so small that it's becoming more and more difficult to pull enough fabrics that feel cohesive.  I really want to see how far I can take this little experiment, though.  We shall see...  

Have any of you ever given yourself a similar challenge?  How did it go?  What did you find the most difficult?  Let me know in the comments!

Okay, y'all!  Because of last weeks big announcement, it's been two full weeks since the last NTT.  So, I hope you have double the projects to link up.  Just a reminder, there's no limit to the number of links you can add, so if you have more than one project to share, be sure to show off everything!  Our last party was full of awesomeness, as usual.

This sweet quilt is from DonnaleeQ.  I absolutely love birds, and this is adorable!

Andree' at Quilting and Learning- What a Combo! shared this beautiful little quilt.  Be sure to check out other photos on her post, but I couldn't resist showing the close-up here.

And finally, these scrappy churns from Maggie at Making a Lather are so fun!

Okay, y'all!  Party on!

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  1. Wow, you've really whittled down your print stash and it's going to be fun to see how far you can take your experiment. I personally don't stash many prints (each color gets one small box); the majority of my stash is solids, and I do keep a fair amount of those around. :)

  2. Hi Kelly, I always love your creations! Yes, I am also trying to 'shop my stash' first and foremost - I spent the Easter break reorganising it all and it reconfirmed that really I should not have to shop for fabric again (except maybe for solids to use as sashing/blenders) for about thirty years!! And as for using up scraps/strings/strips...

  3. I like your quilt, it's a very happy quilt and even better since it came from your stash! Happy stitching!

  4. Cute quilt and so, so impressive that you can use so much stash and make pretty quilts from it.

  5. Hi Kelly, it looks like you're going to have to go shopping if you keep this up :-) I mostly use my stash but since I don't make that many quilts, I could stop shopping for years, so now I only buy the cutest fat quarters or backing (although I'm going to try to piece them the next time!). Thanks so much for featuring my Spring Tulips. It's almost finished!

  6. Wow, you've made such a dent in your collection! I've been piecing quilt backs ever since your book came out--what a game changer!!!


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