According to Bing, “stash” is defined as “hidden store: a secret store of something such as money or valuables.” Can you believe they forgot to list fabric?! My personal definition of “stash” might go something like this: “the collection of fabric that I just had to have without any real plan or project in mind.” Yes, it’s valuable and, no, it’s technically not hidden from anyone. You just need to know where to look!
One of my goals this year is to use up some of my stash…I figure I need to use it up so I won’t feel bad when I buy more. What is the best way to do that? I’m so glad you asked!
Quilt Expressions has a long running membership club that meets in the store once a month. Members can come on either the fourth Wednesday evening or the following Saturday morning. (Occasionally, these dates may change due to holidays, etc.) Membership for the year is just $50. What does the $50 get you? Twelve new Quilt Expressions original patterns, the opportunity to earn “Stashbuster Auction Bucks” to be used at the end of the year on lots of fun items, a platform for showing us your finished Stashbuster quilts, inspiration through viewing the quilts that others have created, and quality time spent with your quilting friends and with Karen and Della!
Once the meetings are over for the month, most of the patterns are made available for purchase by non-members both in the store and online. This year, there were two patterns that were just for Stashbusters members.
During Stashbusters last year, our members shared 540 quilts! That’s a lot of stash busting going on! Take a peek at all of the gorgeous patterns they received as part of their membership.
Our first pattern was “Super Six.” It’s a super fast quilt that uses six yards of fabric.
February brought us a gorgeous Dresen quilt called “Spin Cycle.”
Our third pattern of the year was “Got Strips?” With a mix of precut strips and 1/4 yard cuts, “Got Strips” is a great way to use up scraps.
Besides bringing April showers, April also brought us “Morse Code.” I’m hoping that it’s okay to have a favorite (or two?)…this is mine. It’s both stash friendly and layer cake friendly. Two layer cakes plus a small amount of yardage make the entire quilt top.
Our most popular quilt for the year for show-and-tell was “Presto.” It’s fast, easy and the perfect size to keep on the couch for cool nights or to give as a baby gift.
The most unique quilt pattern (and another of my favorites) was “Neighborhood Association.” Not only does it use up a lot of scraps and result in a gorgeous quilt, but it doubles as a conversation piece.
July brought us our hot summer weather and a quilt that had us looking forward to Fall and cooler nights. “Cozy Cabin” is both yardage and fat quarter friendly…and oh-s0 cozy!
If “Cozy Cabin” had us thinking of Fall, “Snowball Stars” had us thinking even further to Boise’s clear blue sky that often comes after a snow fall.
Just in time for the holiday season, we introduced the “Potluck” table runner. It is a great way to use scraps and can be tailored to any holiday theme.
Chevrons are so popular right now, but they can be a bit of a pain to make. Our “Happy Chevron” pattern makes it easy. It uses the “Flip Flop” ruler and uses strips of fabric, rather than triangles. You may have noticed that there isn’t a link for this one…it’s one of the members’ only patterns.
November brought a quilt who’s name my spell check doesn’t like. You can’t imagine how many times it informed me that I was spelling “Almost Pefect” incorrectly. There it goes again! If you happen to run into Karen in the store, you’ll have to ask her for the story behind the name of this quilt. “Almost Pefect” is great for both scraps and charm packs.
Our last Stashbusters pattern for 2013 was “Showcase.” It called for a charm pack or 5″ scraps and a solid fabric. The solid fabric does a great job of showcasing the printed fabric. It’s the perfect size for a baby gift! And, yes, this is also just for members.
So, if you’re in the Boise area, have some stash to put to use and want to get some additional inspiration from your peers, give us a call or come in to sign up. Our first meeting dates for the 2014 year are Saturday, February 22nd and Wednesday, February 26th. We’d love to have you join us!
If you’d like to see some of our customers’ Stashbuster creations, visit us on our Facebook page and look through our photo albums. We have some very creative customers!
(Full rules and guidelines will be explained at the February meetings.)