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Stash-Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler

Hi Quilting Friends,

Do you have pretty scraps of fabric that you can’t bear to discard? Do you like working with a myriad of colors? Do you enjoy piecing? Do you want to learn how to make your piecing more precise? Do you get bored with making the same block over and over again?

If you can answer “Yes” to any of these questions, then you will enjoy participating in our “Stash-Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler” sew along. We’ll start the sew along in early January, so we decided to give you a sneaky peek today. We hope that you’ll be excited to join us!

We each made a “Stash Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler” quilt, using our preferred fabrics and color schemes to provide inspiration for our readers. It was such fun to stitch the blocks and play with the fabric colors for each one. This scrappy quilt would be lovely in your favorite fabrics!

Susan loves batiks, so her “Stash-Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler” quilt is made entirely of colorful batik fabrics. Most of Susan’s fabric was in her “extensive private textile collection”, although she purchased additional batiks to supplement her stash. This quilt is intended for the guest bed in her new sewing studio, so Susan added several pieced borders to enlarge the quilt to fit the bed. Isn’t it gorgeous!

Sharon loves solids, especially when paired with black, so her “Stash-Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler”quilt is made entirely of solids from our fabric stashes. (Well, except for the black background which had to be purchased to make this quilt. We always use up the black solid for our projects.) Sharon’s quilt will be used as a throw, so her borders are a simple low-contrast pieced frame to surround the pieced center. Isn’t it stunning!

These beautiful quilts are made with 26 traditional pieced quilt blocks in various sizes. Most of the blocks are suitable for the advanced beginner quilter who is confident with basic piecing and able to maintain a consistent seam while stitching.

The central pieced portion of the quilt measures 48″ by 66″, and requires around 2.25 yards of background fabric for piecing all of the blocks. The blocks themselves are made with scraps, none larger than a fat quarter, and some as small as a 5″ x 5″ square. (In case you want to start looking through your stash or shopping, in anticipation of the sew-along. . .)

Each blog post for the “Stash-Bustin’ Scrappy Sampler” sew along will feature a specific quilt block from the sampler, with the block pattern available to purchase. Sew your block and submit a picture of it before the posted deadline, and you’ll earn the next block, free of charge, as a reward. (That’s two blocks for the price of one! What a deal!!)

Does this sound like fun to you? We hope so! We’re getting SEW excited to begin our stash-bustin’ adventure, starting in early January.

Happy quilting,

Sharon & Susan


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