Have you heard about the Red and White Snowball Challenge? Some of us are going to make a quilt from the Evelyn Sloppy book 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts, called "Leftovers Again?". It is the most perfect stash reduction quilt you ever saw. You can make it in one color (plus lights) or go wild and make it completely scrappy as Evelyn did in her version in the book. Amazon only has four copies of this book left, so if you don't have it, get it quick! Out of the 40 patterns in this book, I guarantee you will want to make more than 10 of them. Great book.
Well, I have to do reds. I love a red quilt more than just about anything, and have quite a stash of leftovers from previous projects. So, out to the garage I went, in search of my Red Tub. Once located, I opened it to view the treasure trove pictured above. Ah ha, now I am cooking.
I dragged the tub into my sewing room, and opened up my Primo Stash Closet and dragged out some stacks of red fabric that hadn't made it into the tub. Oh my. Well, I guess I could make several red and white snowball quilts with all this fabric, couldn't I? I sure do have the red part of this quilt covered. The lights are another story! Allyson at Fat Cat Quilts is organizing a swap of light fabric strips, so if you want to join in the fun, better contact her PDQ.
A sweet lady named Jan commented on my post from yesterday, saying that she doesn't have a stash! She just buys what she needs for the project she is currently working on. Wouldn't it be great if we all had one drop of her restraint and self-control? I might even have some money in my savings account. Anyway, after I wiped away my tears, I emailed her back to say that it takes some time to build up a stash. I started mine by saving leftover bits from projects and before you knew it, I had a tub of fabric scraps. Of course, then I started buying fabric for which I had no designated purpose, and the rest is history. Pretty soon I had to buy a dozen tubs and organize the stash/scraps by color. And you know something? I view my stash as a standby palette of every color in the rainbow, at the ready for any project I have going on. It is such a thrill for me to think, "Now if I just had a few more greens in that sagey color...." and go out to the stash tubs and actually find what I need, right there in my own house! A stash is a fine thing to have. So go rummage in your stash and see what you have on hand for the Leftovers Again? challenge!