I don’t think my stash is completely out of control (denial), but I was already declaring 2013 “the year of the stash” when Megan’s photos popped up on Instagram and Flickr and I fell really hard for her version of the Scrappy Trip Around the World. It didn’t take me long to pull out my scrap basket and start cutting strips.
I had enough for 18 blocks when I finished with my scraps. Then I hit the stash shelves, pulling stacks of fabrics and cutting into the wee hours. Four days later, I have this:
It’s actually larger than this, but only 30 blocks fit on the design wall. 36 are finished, and I’m planning at least 6 more. Assuming I can stop then, which will be hard. I really love this quilt!
Part of me wants to make another right away, but I think the secret is the fabrics from my scrap basket. Fabrics I loved and used. Even the fabrics I pulled from the shelves were intentionally those that I’d already chosen for previous projects. I’d need another year’s worth of scraps to pull it off.
Color/value placement for the center diagonal (either a strong blue or a red/fuschia/orange) was the only thing I tried to control, and even that had exceptions. All that and I used nearly 10 yards of fabric just on the top.
I’ll need to adjust the final layout a bit, but I think my first finish of 2013 could end up being my favorite. And if you want to join in the scrappy fun, or just marvel at all the variations, be sure to check out the Flickr group Scrappy Trip Along.
Now go make something beautiful!