Thursday, February 20, 2020

'Brick By Brick' Stash Busting :: TGIFF!

This will be a triple treat post!!  I have a stash busting finish, a simple tutorial and I'm hosting my first ever Link Party for TGIFF!  

Let's start with the quilt!  My goal this year is to work through my stash.  Fabric I love, fabric I like and fabric that isn't my style, but is worth using.  Stash busting.  So far this year I have worked through my Polka Dot fabric:  Wonky Baby & Polka Dot Magic.  

Next on the list is all my Kaffe Fasset prints.  What I love about Kaffe fabric are the bright, vibrant and bold colors.

46" x 61"
See what I mean?!  Many of my prints had small pieces cut out of them.  They looked like swiss cheese!  After wrangling the mess, I came up with a game plan. I went for the easy solution and cut every single piece I had into rectangles.  If the pieces were too small they became 2 1/2" squares for future use.

I'm calling this quilt 'Brick By Brick' for the simple fact that it was much like laying bricks.  Bricks and mortar or in quilting lingo, rectangles and sashing.

Each rectangle is 3 1/2" x 9".  For the scale of the prints, larger is better.  Once I got all the rectangles cut I placed them on my design wall and arranged them to my liking.  With the variety of prints it wasn't too difficult and there ended up being very little rearranging involved.  

Next up was sashing.  I used a solid that is called 'True Red'.  I believe it was a Free Spirit fabric, but I can't be sure.  In my opinion it isn't true red at all!  It's more like a Paprika to me.  It seemed like a good color to use and I happened to have plenty on hand.

Initially I was going to use solid scraps in every color imaginable for the sashing, but thankfully I came to my senses and kept it simple.

For me the easiest way to go about putting the quilt together was to make slabs.  Three (3) rectangles, three (3) sashing pieces, or sometimes two (2) rectangles and two (2) sashing pieces.  It didn't really matter either combination would get you where you needed to go.  I pressed all the seams open.

Once the blocks were together I assembled rows, and then sewed the rows together.  

This was a quick finish to be sure!  Which when you are stash busting it's important to and for me.

I quilted horizontal straight lines using orange thread.  Crazy color, but it worked.

It wouldn't have been a true stash buster without using more fabric on the back.  I had plenty of rectangles left and decided to add a vertical strip on the side.

Here is a quick reference if you are interested in making this design.

And I couldn't resist making a few options in EQ8!  There are just too many options!

Now it's your turn to share!  What have you been working on this week?  You can link from a blog, Facebook, or Instagram post.  Please share the love and take time to check out a few of the other links!  If you'd like to learn more about TGIFF and host a link party on your blog, you can read all the details here:  TGIFF!

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  1. That is a fun quilt with all of its intense color! Yay for your first linky! I don't have anything to link up, I'm sorry to say -- I haven't gotten much done in my sewing room this week, and what has been finished is secret for now.

  2. I like that pattern! Have I missed your link up before or is it new? I linked.

    1. This is my first link up ever! TGIFF has different blogs hosting every week and I decided it was time to give it a go!

  3. What a fun quilt. Thanks for hosting TGIFF.

  4. A wonderful use of all of those Kaffe Fassett fabrics, you definitely made the right decision with the sashing it sets off those glorious fabrics beautifully!
    Congrats on hosting your first link up too :)

  5. Absolutely LOVE those bright colors. Thanks for sharing how you made it.
    xx, Carol

  6. Gorgeous finish and what I great idea on how to use those large beautiful prints!

  7. Hi Jayne! Congrats on your first linky party. They fairly run themselves, don't they?! I was all nervous about my first one not too long ago and now they're old hat. I love how you wrangled all of those Kaffe prints together. Certainly for these prints a nice big size rectangle really lets them shine. And the red/paprika works well also. Who doesn't love a quick finish that's pretty as well?!! Great job. ~smile~ Roseanne

  8. What a fun quilt and those Kaffe fabrics are gorgeous!! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. What a great finish!! I mentioned your blog at my "Quilt Therapy" session today. We were talking modern and quilting and you are the queen in my book! LOL

  10. That is a wonderful quilt, Jayne! It certainly has the feel of a brick wall, so the name is just perfect. The back looks great too. Now you can enjoy the little prints you like so much.


  11. That is a great design to showcase those amazing prints, Jayne! Do you think something similar could work for a charm pack? That's what I have in Kaffe fabric, and I've never known what to do with it!

  12. Really like your Kaffe stash buster! I see something like that in my future. Thanks.

  13. What a fun quilt! and with all those amazing prints it is just so rich!! Congrats on hosting!!

  14. The Kaffe prints look gorgeous in this pattern. I love them with the red. I might have to give your tutorial a go. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  15. Great finished quilt from the Kaffe prints. I think using one sashing fabric really helped draw the whole quilt together. Great finish.


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