Friday, January 26, 2018

A New Way to Destash

Those of us who are artsy/crafty people tend to collect things that may someday be used in a project.  Sooner or later, we all find ourselves in a situation where we simply must cull our collection of stuff.  It's time to destash.

I have hit this point, even though I disposed of all kinds of minuscule fabric and yarn scraps when we moved.  I still have more fabric than I have room to store.  So I am making a quilt out of it.  I'm calling it a Pioneer Quilt, since I am only using what I have.

Looking through my piles of fabric, I simply couldn't come up with an idea on my own.  My wonderful husband came up with the idea to cut it into squares.  This is exactly what I did.  I decided on 4 inch squares, meaning they would be 3.5 inches sewn.  Considering that I wanted this to be crib or lap size, I needed to cut at least 220 of them.

The cutting phase took a bit more than two days.  Then came the sew-them-together phase, or another two days.  Since I didn't have equal quantities of squares, I chose to sew them together in no particular order. Yesterday, I laid all of my strips out on the floor (17 of them!) until I was satisfied that no two identical squares were aligned with each other, and began the assemble-the-quilt phase.

And today, I have a quilt top.  Tomorrow, I will decide what to do for the back.  Then, all that will be left will be to quilt and bind it!

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