If it's a Boy - A Stashbusting Report

Monday, January 19, 2009

As we don't know the baby's gender, I thought I would get started with an “If it's a Boy” quilt. The blue drawer was pulled out and I got to cutting and stippling.

The pattern is “String Quilt with Sashing and Corner Squares” from Gwen Marston's Liberated String Quilts. After selecting about 15 different prints, I took two strips, between 1” and 2” from each and started to sew. The strips came together to make enough for the front and a few for the back. I couldn't bring myself to throw away the offcuts so any piece more than an inch wide was rescued to complete the stripe on the back, leaving 4 orphans blocks for later projects.

I adore the works of Gwen Marston. I have taken “Liberated Quiltmaking” out of the library an uncountable number of times and am still kicking myself for not buying a copy while it was still in print.

I have been adding up the fabric used to date. There are some grey areas in the accounting. Do I count it if it has been cut into to pieces but not used yet? What about small remnants? I have decided to count fabric as being used only when the project is completed. As I have just finished my first projects for the year, here is my first report:

Stash Enhancement – 4.65 m
Stash Used – 5.35m
New Fabric Used – 2.65m

While I am not planning to use exorbitant amounts of fabric this year, I am hoping to use fabric that I have already, more often than fabric that I have just bought. With this in mind, I feel that I am currently on target. This leaves me with a clear conscience to begin cutting into the pink fabric for the “If it's a Girl Quilt”.

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  1. I love the idea of having 2 finished quilts boy OR girl! What a fun way to use your scraps. Great job! Cheers! Evelyn

  2. Wow! Love the quilt! It looks stunning! Love the shades of blue you used too.

  3. Love the "If it's a Boy" quilt and I can't wait to see what you do for the "If it's a Girl"... I'm old fashioned and like the 'surprise' at the end of a pregnancy - so I'm on your side...

    I enjoyed looking through your blog - and had to stop and look at the date... then back to the top to see where you are from... your comments about the summer heat had me confused for a minute - now I understand. LOL It was actually warm here today... I think it may have gotten all the way up to 24 degrees!

  4. I love the blue quilt! And I also would wait to be surprised. It's like unwrapping a present.

  5. I think you've just inspired my next quilt!

  6. You clever thing!! I WISH I had quilted when my babies were due but I only knew how to x stitch and knit then.. Anyway this is just gorgeous and I look forward to the pink one.

  7. your 'if it's a boy ' quilt is gorgeous. love the colors.

  8. totally gorgeous....love the back too! great job...can't wait to see the girly one.

  9. The blue one looks great and would work for a boy or girl and the pink fabrics look awesome! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

  10. oh geez that quilt is gorgeous!


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