Stash Control in the quilt studio

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Stash Control in the quilt studio

Stash Control in the quilt studio

Last weekend I took a little time to straighten up my fabrics……you never know when you’ll find something you forgot you had. I also have a small basket that I keep scraps in and it was time to cut them into different sizes that I keep. The smallest is a 1 ½” square (crazy……I know). All the fabrics on the right side are batiks!

After doing all that my bin that I keep the 2 ½” squares in was overflowing so I decided to spend a little time sewing some of them together.

Stash Control in the quilt studio

There is nothing more relaxing than sewing 4 patches together. I used a ¼” seam allowance.

Stash Control in the quilt studio

After I made a bunch of these I cut up some 5″ squares of neutral fabrics and then cut them diagonally.

Stash Control in the quilt studio

I then added them to the sides of my 4 patch. I am using 2 different neutrals for each block.

You end up with a bunch of neat blocks and…..less scraps!

Stash Control in the quilt studio

I probably won’t trim my blocks until I’m finally ready to make something with them….for now I’m just clearing out my stash a little bit. Square up your blocks to 6 ½” x 6 ½” and make a quilt!

Stash Control in the quilt studio

I hope you enjoyed my Stash Control in the quilt studio.

Don’t forget to visit all the blogs taking part in the AccuQuilt GO! BIG blog hop!

February 23: Bea Lee, GO! Big Snails Trail
February 24: Haley Pierson Cox, The Zen of Making, GO! Big Circle
February 25: Lee Chappell Monroe, May Chappell, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
February 26: Angela Pingel, Cut To Pieces, GO! Big Churn Dash
February 27: Jodi Nelson, Pleasant Home, GO! Big Square
February 28: Connie Campbell, Free Motion by the River, GO! Big Snails Trail
March 1: Sherri McConnell, A Quilting Life, GO! Big Churn Dash
March 2: Belinda Karls-Nace, Blue Ribbon Designs, GO! Big Square
March 3: Karen Way, Sew Many Ways, GO! Big Double Wedding Ring
March 4: Elizabeth Evans, Simple Simon and Co., GO! Big Churn Dash

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  1. Please tell me that's not all the fabric you have. It seems you always have the perfect fabric for all those gorgeous quilts you make.

    Seriously though, if that's all your stash then I won't be able to let you come to my house and see the monster stash of mine. LOL I'd be way too embarrassed to let you see it all.

  2. Ada Kopitopoulou says:

    Great idea of keeping your scraps. I need to sort them out too! My scrap bin is overflowing!

  3. Ella and Nesta says:

    I love your shelves! And look at those quilts on the top! Thank you for this great block idea, I must try it!

  4. Oh the joy of getting organized! Look at all those lovely fabrics – and Look at all those quilts on the top shelf! You always inspire me to get going Connie!

  5. Can you come up to my house and clean up my stash bin!! It is overflowing! LOL! 🙂

  6. Carole @ From My Carolina Home says:

    Your 'resource center' is pretty to look at! Fun to get some scraps sewn up too. I keep telling people, those scraps cost just as much per yard as the fabric you used last time. Quilt on!!

  7. Sandra Walker says:

    It's amazing how doing something so simple and mindless gives us so much peace and a lovely tangible reward to boot! In case you don't about it, you should link this post to Cynthia's Oh Scrap! linky on Sunday!

  8. 1-1/2" squares make perfect sense to me. Your stash is lovely. What a happy place to play and let your creativity run wild!


  9. You have a fabulous stash! Love the block tutorial…perfect way to use those scraps and create something. Beautiful. The quilts on top of your stash look amazing too!

  10. Pamela Boatright says:

    Great way to use those squares!

  11. I'm making the same block but with my 1.5" squares for the 4-patches and then my 2.5" squares for the corners – two barrels of scraps being used.

  12. Kevin the Quilter says:

    Isn't it fun cleaning your scraps up??? Great tutorial! Perfect for the "Go Four It" challenge!

  13. I also cut 1.5" and 2.5" squares from scraps. Those do add up fast what I've been cutting fabric. I also have a box of 2.5" HST, a box of 3.5" squares, 5" squares, and bricks (3.5 x 6.5). I may a little too crazy!

  14. in a couple of weeks, I hope to be doing some stash sorting myself. 😀 I find making string blocks to be very relaxing.

  15. Wow that is a lot of fabric!

  16. Great idea for those patches. I can't wait to see what becomes of them.

  17. Thanks for sharing the block idea. It's a great way to whittle down the scraps/stash.

  18. you got me beat on the fabrics and I think quilts on top too!! LOL, great blocks