Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Stash Busting Has Commenced

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

It is a constant battle. More new fabric that I cannot resist, more stash, more quilts, more scraps. I need to do some serious stash management and stash busting this year. After all, the use it or lose it mantra still stands in 2016. 

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

If that means that I have to make the occasional Checkerboard Quilt then that's ok, for doing so is not exactly a chore. I love making these simple quilts and get much satisfaction from the fabric play and the routine of the strip piecing.

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

QUILT STATS

A selection of almost 200 different quilting cottons make up this quilt.
I made 48 16-patch blocks ~  a total of 768 patches of fabric.
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
All cotton fabrics, batting and thread have been used.
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 80 inches.

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

I have chosen to work with a classic color palette this week: red, black, grey, white and a sprinkling of blue. It's hard to go wrong with these colors! I kept the overall palette fresh by using lots of predominantly white fabric (or low volume fabric) and generally alternating these fabrics with a more saturated color fabric.

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

There is much to see, from birds, cats, and dogs, to fruits, flowers and accessories. I have used many stash basics - small scale prints like dots, stripes, checks - and mixed those fabrics with floral prints, larger scale graphic designs, specialty Japanese imports, Liberty Tana Lawn and a few hand screen printed fabrics. I love to mix colors, designs, and fabric types and styles. It never gets old.

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

Ready for basting and quilting.

More soon,
Rita

Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016
Stash Buster Quilt 1 - A Checkerboard Quilt | Red Pepper Quilts 2016

RELEVANT LINKS:
Checkerboard Quilt and Strip Piecing Tutorial
More RPQ Checkerboard Quilts

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25 comments:

  1. You know I love this one. This is the year I start using instead of hoarding my precious kerchief girls.

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  2. I love this quilt, I love all the older collections I can recognise in it, like little red riding hood and I think its mormor. Such a great fresh palette :)

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  3. I always love seeing your quilts, they have a very fresh aesthetic which I really admire! They show such JOY !! and that is a lovely accomplishment.

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  4. You have such an eye in selecting great fabric. Want to come to my house and help me? Lol

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  5. Do you fussy cut any of these strips or is it luck when you get the square picture so perfect?

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  6. Lovely you are sew talented you really should write a book i'dbe first in line tobuyone

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  7. so beautiful! love how the fabrics really speak with the simple checkerboard quilt!

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  8. I'm currently decorating my kitchen and living room in red and aqua blue. Love this one.

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  9. I haven't seen the red and white stripe with Paris writing. It's like an adult eye spy quilt! Just lovely!

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  10. This quilt looked a little different with the black and red more dominant. I made a Checkerboard quilt changing a few things and I absolutely love it. I made mine with Kaffe Fasset fabric and plain white. You always give me inspiration.

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  11. Love this, as I do all your quilts!

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  12. I lust after your stash. :-) I'm still much more in the "stash building" than "Stash busting" phase. Which is why I love your Sunday Stash posts - and the vendor updates. It enabled quite a bit of shopping in my jammies this past weekend!

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  13. Although I still have Christmas decor here and there, and New Years is barely begun, I'm going to think like a retailer and gasp, "How perfectly lovely for Valentine's Day!!" Love the little snips of color. Inspiring as always.

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  14. Okay, I am gonna try to use up my stash too.... I will try.
    I absolutely love the colors of this quilt top Rita.

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  15. I follow another blogger and whenever she cuts one 2.5" strip (for example) for a quilt like this, she cuts a second one and puts it with others. Do you always starts from scratch or do you do some kind of pre-cutting like the other blogger?

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  16. You have an incredible ability to combine prints! This is so striking and unique! I love it!

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  17. It's wonderful! Make as many checkerboard quilts as you need! We love them!! I just ordered greys. Haven't had any. Thank you for your encouragement!!

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  18. I think a good post would be "What do you do with a stash." I see lots of pretty fabrics from a few years past. That cute little girl with the headscarf keeps turning up as do the black and white line art houses. Lovely quilt!

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  19. Another winner! As always I want to dive headlong into my bins ; )

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  20. I just adore your blog post. So beautiful and packed with great information. The links to your tutorial posts are priceless. Thank you.

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  21. I would so love to win the Cat's Pyjamas fabric! Adorable to the max. And as always, love RPQ's quilts!

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