DISCLAIMER: I will say, though, I will never become one of those people who saves selvages, keeps pieces less than 2" in area, or dumpster dives at the retreat or workshop for other people's discards. I have my limits of cheapdom and those are mine right there.
This winter, though, I did raise (lower?) my cheap bar slightly with a project that turned into a pattern I am calling "Yankee Frugal," being that I am a Yankee descended from the Mayflower itself and the quilt was made entirely from scraps and yardage from my stash. I had challenged myself to make a quilt without buying any fabric, and I did it.
Why such a challenge? Because every January you know you all pull out your soapboxes to start your rallying cries of "I resolve not to buy any more fabric until I use up my stash!" and while yes, we in the quilting business laugh heartily at these statements and wait to see who will fall prey to our mischievous ways of plying you with pretty things first, this year I wanted to see if I could actually make something from just my stash.
I've never considered myself much of a pink lover, but fabric stash and scrap bins can bring out some truths about you that you can't deny.
|When it overflows, the penchant for pink is undeniable.|
My go-to coordinate color for pink is green. Call me a sorority girl, call me a child of the 80s - and well, you'd be right on both counts, so I guess that's my excuse. In any case, into the basket of ready-to-sew scraps went the pinks and the greens, looking like a little sorority rush party. Call Kappa Sig and find someone with a fake ID to get a keg!
|One would think the basket would keep stuff from getting all over the floor. One would be wrong.|
|Now that's some scrappy wonderment|
I knew I needed sashing, but in my design world, sash is often a four letter word. I just have never been drawn to quilts with a very traditional "block block block with sashing in between" layout so whatever sashing I decided on was going to have to spice it all up. The simplest way ended up being the best, cutting sashing strips into multiple widths. It amazed me how much that made me like the sashing concept for this quilt!
|Also at this angle it's almost hard to see what is sashing and what is not. I like that too.|
|A bit of the back and a cute roll of binding. Clara Barton would be lucky to have me.|
In the end, I discovered that yes, one can indeed make an entire quilt, ne an entire pattern without once going to the quilt shop. But is that really the ultimate goal we should be making for ourselves? If I am to pull out my own soapbox, as much as we all want to use what we have, and we should, if we were to be serious about not buying more fabric until we used what we had, or not buy any more patterns, kits, tools, etc the industry would truly suffer. So set those goals of using what you have, but be open at all times to the pretty new stuff that will make your quilts sing!