I’ve discovered another reason why I love pulling from my stash: I change my mind. Using scraps and collected fat quarters from over the years makes me feel less guilty when I make a block and then decide not to use it. And it allows me the freedom to experiment with colors and sew some sample blocks without wasting my money.
If you read my first blog on making Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks, you’ll know why pulling from my stash became especially important. (Read my first blog here.) I started this quilt thinking that I would replicate the colors Tula used in her blocks. I started with reds and pinks and was planning the design of what would eventually become a rainbow-inspired quilt.
After a few weeks of making blocks, I realized that rainbow would not match my home decor OR my own aesthetic. Although I love the look of rainbow, I’m much more drawn to creams, blues, and greens. And after a quick look through my stash, it was clear that those colors were ones that I had been collecting more than others. I “scrapped” the blocks I’d already made and started over.
My new quilt (at least that’s the plan now!), will have two brown rows on the outside, will move through greens, teals, light blues, and end with a dark blue row in the middle.
Block numbers 13, 2, 10:
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