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The Stash Busting Quilt Along 2010!

November 25, 2009

After much consideration, I’ve finally picked a quilt pattern and theme for my 2010 Quilt Along. Okay, you’ve probably guessed from the title that the theme is stash busting, but could you guess the quilting pattern?

Here’s a hint from From A Piece of Soul:

Certain basic quilt patterns such as the Nine Patch, [blank], Lazy Gal, and randomly pieced strip quilts were endemic to southern rural black households. Some persons would term the informally pieced scrap quilts, the [blank], as strip quilts… The [blank] quilt consisted of rectangular patches set in rows, each row staggered from the next, like masonry. How rigidly a quilt conformed to the general [blank] design concept depended upon the quiltmaker’s purposes, skills, and available fabric cache. For the most part, these scrap quilts were casually constructed. If a patch were square instead of having a rectangular shape, it would, nevertheless, be sewn into a row of the [blank] quilt because the size and shape of the [blank] patch was determined by the scraps available at the time of sewing. The overall visual impact of the quilt mattered most, not minor details, such as whether a brick patch in a row had a square or rectangular shape. Once placed on a bed, the completed scrap quilt with its myriad of colors and prints presented a pretty picture admired by the quiltmaker and her family alike.

Is it possible that I gave too much away? Ah well, if you haven’t guess it by now then I’ll tell you. We’re piecing and quilting a Brick quilt in January. What better way to make room for new purchases than to turn forgotten fabric and an abundance of scraps into a wonderful quilt? And best of all, this quilt has a 30day limit. Yep, one fully finished, quilt within 31 days or just 5 weekends! How’s that for fulfilling New Year’s resolutions and making room for new fabric goodies?

We’ll be completing a jelly roll friendly, stash-busting, scrap happy brick quilt. I know for some avid quilters this is well…simple. And you’re right — I was going for simplicity since this will be my first online quilt tutorial. Not to mention, quilting is not my full time job (yet) and I wanted to show others that it’s possible to create a beautiful quilt within 30 days and still fulfill life’s other obligations.

I’ve built a schedule that provides a full week to complete each weekly task. Since, people will be sewing at various speeds, I’ll post the upcoming assignment on the Wednesday prior to its official start day.  A schedule is below.

Dec 15- Jan 1 : Raid stash for 2.5 inch strips.

Jan 3: Cut fabric

Jan 4: Sew Strips

Jan 9: Sew rows together

Jan 10: Make a quilt sandwich

Jan 16/17: Quilting

Jan 23/24: Binding

Jan 30/31: Free weekend to catch up

As you can tell, I’ve included plenty of time for a time constraint, full time working parent. Since, most of the quilt work will not occur until after childern are asleep, I’ve tried to chunk this quilt into managable time frames spread through out a week. Hopefully, this will work out for my fellow quilters. If not, then I’ll try another method 🙂

Well, I believe this is all for now. I’ll be posting more details about fabric requirements, color combos and, oh yeah, the actual pattern as we near the Dec 15th.


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