It was so fun owning a quilt shop. Like most shop owners I got into it because I love fabric and every day the UPS man would deliver boxes and boxes of beautiful fabric. In all those years I think we only ordered about 5 ugly bolts which meant I did some serious stash enhancement! I still really like buying fabric but my newer purchases don’t play very well with the older stuff so I’ve been making a concentrated effort to turn over my inventory a little quicker.
Recently I pulled 40 yards of older fabric off the shelves. I used a variety of colors and prints but they all look pretty good together. I also grabbed a few yards of background fabrics that would coordinate with the prints.
Then I put a new blade in my rotary cutter and cut all 40 yards into 2-1/2” strips. I ended up with 15 sets of 40 strips each. Each bundle of strips is similar but not identical because not every fabric was a yard long so I just added in additional fabrics until I got enough for 15 sets.
With all the available books and patterns for jelly rolls I should have no problem coming up with enough ideas for these strips. After I add additional fabrics for backgrounds, borders, backings and bindings it should a fair amount of stash but there’s plenty more where that came from! I selected patterns for the first five quilts I’ll make with these fabrics and have done some cutting and and a little piecing for them.
Stay tuned to see some great scrappy quilts! Maybe you’ll be inspired to start your own stash reduction project.