Yardage for Stash Buster BOM Quilt
Outer Border: 2 Yards
Inner Border: 1 yard
Background Fabric: 4 yardsNote this fabric touches all the fabrics in the blocks so make sure it coordinates
Cornerstone 4 patches and center of chain blocks: see belowThe two fabrics need good contrast but go well together and will show up well against your background fabric.
This tan will be in the 4 patches and chain blocks: 1/2 yard
This red fabric will be in the 4 patches, the chain blocks AND the outer pieced triangle blocks: 1 1/2 yards
Two piece sashing: 1 1/4 yards each of two coordinating prints (these touch the background fabric in all blocks and can be chosen after all the blocks are completed)
Scraps for the blocks: 3 1/2 to 4 yards of light, medium and dark value fabrics.
NOTE: all fabrics are based on 44" wide fabric
Chomping at the Bit...4/24/13
With just about 10 days from the Stash Buster BOM launch I have been getting a lot of questions about fabric choices.
I thought I would share the following tips with you on how I approach scrap quilts.
|Border print for my Stash Buster BOM|
- Find your focus fabric - usually for me this is the border fabric, or it can also be the dominate color. I find it often is easier to have the border fabric first rather than to try and find the perfect one after you have the center of the quilt all together.
- Choose your secondary fabrics from colors in the focus fabric - usually this is background and maybe one or more borders. The background fabric in this quilt should work well with all the other fabrics. I have not made up my mind about the two black choices - solid or a small print. Will narrow it down with my test blocks.
- Choose the scrappy fabrics that will make up the center of the quilt. These need to be varied in scale In my 28+ years of teaching I find that most people struggle with scrappy because of a few things:
- They focus on the fabrics themselves rather than the value.
- They often don't have enough variety, or enough variety in value of each color. Think about a paint chip - at one end of that color you have the darkest and at the other the lightest. That is what I look for when choosing colors/fabrics.
- The other thing is scale - you want a good variety, some small, some big and a bunch in between.
- My advice would be to start with the border print and then pull fabrics to match that. It is also good to toss in a zinger or two just to make it fun. My quilts are not always matchy matchy and I often find it more interesting if there is a wild card included somewhere.
Just Us Quilters Stash Buster Mystery Quilt
Just Us Quilters is a facebook group that anyone can join. I have designed a Stash Buster BOM just for that group and will provide patterns for a year long mystery BOM that will take place starting May 4th. Patterns will be posted the first Saturday of every month.
Here you will find photos of my process as I lead the BOM Mystery and you are welcome to join in the fun. Just search for Just Us Quilters on facebook and ask to join the group.
Let the fun begin!!!