It's a wet grey day here in Auckland, NZ today, so I put on some music, and got happily sidetracked in the sewing room for a couple of hours! I don't think its unusual for quilters to accumulate large stashes of fabric just so they have what they need on hand for that next scrap quilt, do you? Take Rita from redpepperquilts for example - to create the wonderful "scrappy" look she's so well known for, she uses many, many different stash fabrics, rather than just fabrics that have solely been rescued from the scrapbasket.
And that's me too, this year I'm trying to focus on sewing with what fabrics I already have, scraps and stash too! Hey, how about you... do you cut into your existing stash for a scrappy quilt too?
I've had a little collection of fabrics sitting on my shelf for ages now. They are a selection of Suzuko Koseki fabrics, soft to touch and very pretty all tied up together in a bundle! But no point in just looking at them! And besides, we have close friends who are expecting their first grandchild in August, so I need to get a wriggle on!
First I drew up my templates using this drunkards path tutorial. I've been wanting to make a Drunkard's Path quilt for a while, you know how some things niggle away quietly in your mind. It's a traditional pattern, with lots of possible settings.
variations of Drunkard's Path
Then I spent some time cutting into my stash... mixing everything up, 30's prints, stash basics, recent modern prints, along with those precious Japanese ones too! I'm simply teaming up the lights with darks here in the 'rob peter to pay paul' variation, lots of repetitive chain piecing, using the 3 pin method, and trying to keep a sense of scrappy serenity
... if that's possible!