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Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts

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Oct 6, 2015
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Find fresh new ways to combine the scraps you've been collecting. Perfect for budget-minded quilters, these visually pleasing designs give a modern slant to traditional quilt blocks.

  • Discover three "scrap equations" that will make you fearless about fabric: neutrals + scraps = balance, value > color, and more = better
  • Choose from 11 appealing projects for confident beginners and beyond
  • Learn time-saving techniques for sorting and storing your scraps so you can easily transform them into fabulous quilts
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Oct 6, 2015
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Tonya Alexander is a quiltmaker, designer, and all-out fabric lover. Tonya lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family and travels to teach and share her love of quilting with others as much as she can. You can connect with Tonya on Instagram @stashlabquilts, and on Facebook as Tonya Alexander Quilts. Her website is stashlabquilts.com

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Stash Lab - Tonya Alexander

Stash Lab

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

for SCRAP QUILTS

Tonya Alexander

Stash Lab: Simple Solutions for Scrap Quilts

© 2015 by Tonya Alexander

Martingale®

19021 120th Ave. NE, Ste. 102

Bothell, WA 98011-9511 USA

ShopMartingale.com

eBook Edition: 2015

No part of this product may be reproduced in any form, unless otherwise stated, in which case reproduction is limited to the use of the purchaser. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, including informational storage or retrieval systems, for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser.

Attention teachers: Martingale encourages you to use this book for teaching, subject to the restrictions stated above.

The information in this book is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given nor results guaranteed. Since Martingale has no control over choice of materials or procedures, the company assumes no responsibility for the use of this information.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available upon request.

eISBN: 978-1-60468-682-1

Original Source ISBN: 978-1-60468-681-4

Dedication

To my family,

for making it all worthwhile

Contents

INTRODUCTION

STASH BASICS

THE STASH LAB EQUATIONS

TECHNIQUES

Stash Equation 1:

BALANCE

Pixie Sticks

Loose Change

Kaffe’s Garden at Night

Sunny Side Up

Stash Equation 2:

A STRONG DESIGN

Leaf Pile

The Big Spin

Jester

Sparklers

Stash Equation 3:

BETTER

Stamp of Approval

Brown Can Be Bright

Carpool

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

BALANCE

A STRONG DESIGN

BETTER

Introduction

Welcome to the Stash Lab. It’s all about our fabric stash, of course! As quilters, most of us have collections of fabric. We love them, and we’re always looking for new ways to make use of them. They can also challenge us. Sometimes we just need some ideas to organize what we have and new ways of seeing what our stash has to offer. Sometimes we need to consider adding that special something to make it work. That’s what Stash Lab is all about: experimenting with new ideas, incorporating a wide variety of fabrics into our projects, using it up and moving it out—making room for more!

No matter where your fabric tastes run, whether to homespuns, bright prints, or batiks, stash fabrics can offer a wide array of choices and design possibilities, even when nothing seemingly goes together. For fabric-loving quilters, it’s almost impossible to throw away a quality piece of fabric. The more you love it, the smaller the pieces you are willing to save, and the stash continues to grow.

Just what exactly is a stash? The dictionary calls it a secret store of valuables. When I first began quilting, I incorrectly assumed that quilters bought exactly the amount of fabric a pattern called for and that the project would use up every square inch of it. When the quilt was done, the fabric was gone. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the fabric leftovers aren’t the exception—they’re practically the rule! Of course, the longer I quilted, the more my stash and my scrap pile began to grow, and the more I came to value my scraps and want to make use of them.

As I consider the collection of fabric I have accumulated over my years of quilting, I find the fabrics fall roughly into three categories:

1 Fabric left over from another project.

2 Fabric I bought just because I loved it and had to have it.

3 Mystery fabric—I have no idea how it got there, and I can’t seem to find a home or project for it.

As a scrap quilter at heart, I seek out projects that allow me to incorporate fabrics from my stash. From a design perspective, incorporating stash fabrics into a project adds depth and interest to your quilts and makes each project uniquely your own. No two quilters have exactly the same stash. Using your stash in each quilt you create is an opportunity to make your unique and individual comment on the quilt, no matter what pattern you are following.

I also like the idea of a quilt lineage. I think of each quilt that I make as being somehow connected to one that came before it, because I’ve incorporated fabrics from other projects. It makes them related and brings them together, so to speak. A fabric stash can be sentimental, too. As I come across an old favorite while piecing or digging through the scrap bin, it brings back memories of an earlier quilt and feelings for the person who received it. Memories can be triggered by the senses, like the smell of your grandfather’s aftershave, or hearing an old song from high school. Fabric can do that in much the same way, and it adds to the experience and the specialness of a quilt I make, whether it’s a gift or for my own home.

Incorporating your fabric stash is also helpful in terms of budget. Fabric shopping sprees are fun, and while it’s a treat to be able to buy every piece of fabric for a particular project, it’s not always practical. Utilizing stash fabrics in projects can stretch your budget and make

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