Planning to use the stash!

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Like most quilters, I have a stash of fabric and patterns.  Then comes the someday wish…someday I’ll make this quilt, someday I’ll use that fabric.  I’ve been trying to cut down on my quilty spending, but still I find patterns that inspire me, and I end up buying them, or fabric that I think will work for a quilt for this reason or that.

This past week, I realized I really have more than enough pieced quilts on the go – three, plus the Just Takes 2 project,  made up into my own kits for the quilts I want to gift over the next several months.

Some serious decisions had to be made about applique and handwork…I have three full size applique quilts on the go…one just needs a border, one is close to completion, and the third will take probably another year!  (Stars and sprigs has extensive border applique).  As I need as much variety with applique as with machine pieced quilts, I went through my patterns and stash, played on EQ, and came up with a couple of quilts to make that offer some variety in design.

I made some good decisions on what quilts I can make with my stash, made up fabric bundles, and pinned pics on the bulletin board to remind myself of these decisions, so hopefully I won’t be swayed by yet more designs!

A five-block version of Whitework Sampler, by the Rabbit Factory, is on the list, with a deep plum background.  Baltimore Bliss, a previous block of the month from Fat Cat Patterns, with mostly Kansas Troubles fabric leftover from A Whimscial Quilt Garden.  The small version of Jo Morton’s Prairie Flowers Encore. And, some Kathy Schmitz outline embroidery, once I finish the Herb Garden.

Along with the stack of tops I have to quilt, I should be busy for a couple of years with this list, lol.

Stitch  good thoughts!

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