Friday, June 11, 2010

More "Stash-Busters"

The unseasonably cool, rainy weather of May and June has been good for the trees, grass and quilters. With gardening put on hold - not that I do much gardening anyway - I've been able to complete three of the six quilt tops that I put together earlier in the spring in my on-going attempts at "stash-busting." (See photos.)

As you can see, they are each very different in colour and design, but all fairly simple, which they have to be if I'm ever going to use up my stash of 30-plus years.

On top is a burgundy and green "disappearing nine-patch" pattern. This has become one of my favourite patterns for a fast and easy quilt.

Beneath that on the left is one I call "Autumn in the Square" which was great for using up the pre-cut 2 1/2 inch squares which I had accumulated.

Next to that is a strippy purple, gold and green lap quilt. The strips I sewed onto muslin squares over a period of months, when I was between other projects. Eventually there were enough blocks for a quilt and the green sashing seemed to set them off nicely.

These three will be given to a charity Arts and Crafts sale, which my quilting friend, Linda, and I are organizing for next fall.

Also in the works is another larger (3 ft. x 4 ft.) "tropical" fish scene. But more on that next month, when I hope it will be done.