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Stash Rx

Designer Weeks Ringle of Modern Quilt Studio shared her remedy for those hard-to-figure-out-what-to-do-with fabrics in a quilter’s stash.

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Written by Jennifer Keltner, executive editor


We’ve all been there, right? Looking at a pile of fabrics from our stashes and thinking, What was I thinking I’d do with this when I bought it? Or, I love this fabric, but I’m not sure how to use it in a quilt. Or, I wish I could find more fabrics that match the shade of red in this one.

That’s why I was intrigued by the description for designer Weeks Ringle’s Rediscovering Your Stash one-day class: “Gain color confidence and plan creative ways to use your stash! Mix a big dose of color theory and color exploration with an in-depth discussion of combining patterns and a pinch of working with large scale fabrics, and you’ll end up with a plan for projects that you want to make from the fabrics you already have.”

Fascinated to learn how to better utilize a stash, I caught up with Weeks (pictured) at Stitcher’s Crossing quilt shop in Madison, Wisconsin. Wanting the exercise to be a real-life one, I pulled fabrics from my personal stash with a couple of self-imposed caveats: I had to own at least 1 yard of the fabric, and it had to have been a part of my stash for more than a year. With those two rules, I toted 40+ pounds of stash fabrics to meet Weeks.

I confess I went in thinking I knew how this exercise would go. I came out surprised by how much I learned and with a new respect for some of my most troublesome stash fabrics.


Want more stash solutions from Weeks? Get the American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014 issue, on sale now!