So, if you are like me you buy fabric at random, sometimes you have a certain pattern in mind for it, most of the time you just “love” the fabric and know that if you don’t buy it now, you may never see it again. Some people buy 2 yards if they “love” it, some buy 1 yard… I buy a half of a yard if I “love” it. I realized after stashing fabrics for awhile I bought a lot of fat quarters and soon got frustrated with my stash, there wasn’t enough of it when I finally decided to use it. So now if I “like” the fabric I get the half yard.
Now, the stash has been growing for the past few years. I realize it’s pretty small compared to a lot of my fellow quilters, but honestly… I don’t need more (who does?) I decided to embark on a mission to make three quilts from my stash. I’m not saying who they are for, but they are Christmas gifts, I have until mid-December to get them finished.
I’ve showed the beginnings of the “Americana” quilt, asking you what layout to use with my half square triangles. I decided on the zigzag layout. My friend Charissa said it is like a waving flag! Perfect right? I even had a nice flannel for the backing in the stash.
If you are interested in making a quilt out of half square triangles, I’ve found an excellent tutorial at the blog P.S. I Quilt on how to make them, they are so simple and leave no waste… which is why I love them.
This quilt top used A LOT of fat quarters I’d been stashing for years of Americana prints. I love Red, White and Blue quilts. There was also random yardage here and there from previous quilts I used up. So, this took up quite a bit of fabric (I am not sure on exactly how much, I didn’t keep track, I just started cutting) The quilt size is: 70" x 70" This is the bigger quilt I was doing the straight line quilting on. Love the grid! It also lays really flat, which is nice.
Quilt #2 and #3 are in the works, both tops are completed, now I need to baste and quilt.