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Today is my stop on the Stash Statement Book Tour! I'm excited to be participating. I've long enjoyed Kelly's quilts on her blog and am thrilled to be helping to celebrate her first book! The book is filled with patterns to utilize your scraps with a little extra fabric. Kelly begins by walking you through her technique for creating a panel or chunk of fabric pieced from your scraps. From there, she has twelve patterns to utilize those panels.

I chose Beach Retreat, which you can find on page 26 of the book. The pattern is designed to use two colors of scraps.

If you've seen my work, you know I like bold, saturated color. I chose green first, but culled my green scrap pile to eliminate the limey yellow-greens. (I shared the beginnings of my green panels in a previous post.) Then I considered what to pair with green, and in a choice outside of the norm for me, I went with orange. I had some orange scraps (most notably from my Midnight Mystery quilt), but ended up gathering a few extras from my friend Mel. She brought me some great green scraps as well that made it into the project. Once my scrappy panels were done I chose the solid yellow and a black on white print.

I went with a simple large scale meander for the quilting. This motif allowed me to easily avoid the thick intersections of seams in some places. One of my favorite scraps in this project is the green mushroom print, leftover from pants I made for my son.

My binding is from my stash. I love stripes on a binding. This is the fourth green binding in a row that I've made. The first went onto Emerald Swallowtail which I finished last week and the other two are queued up for a charity quilt and for my Color Wash Mini quilt. I had nearly enough of this wild bicycle print for the quilt back. I added solid black to two sides of it.

I've gotten a bit lazy with quilt labels lately, but since I was making a quilt from Kelly's book, I thought it would be great to use her label technique, too! I found a scrap of my scrappy panel that had a solid section light enough to write on and trimmed it down to be my label. I had to write kind of small to squeeze it all in. Check out Kelly's quick and easy label technique on her blog!

My quilt, Citrus Beach Retreat, finishes at about 44" x 55". This is a smaller version than the 55" x 66" version in the book. Liz also made a Beach Retreat quilt for the blog hop, and Kelly is sharing a rainbow version. You can see the full lineup of the blog hop on my previous post.


Get yourself a copy! Stash Statement is available from the following:

I've linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday, TGIFF and Finish It Friday.



Some finishes are a long time coming. I participated in Cheryl's 2015-2016 Midnight Mystery Quilt and had a finished quilt top in March 2016 at the end of the the quilt along. My projects without deadlines often get stuck at this stage. In April 2017 I had it quilted, then it sat folded up in a pile... with the binding all made and ready to attach. Projects with deadlines, including challenges and patterns, took priority. Well... I finally attended my first sew day with Bay Area Modern last Saturday and brought my mystery quilt along. It was a rocky start with frustration and seam ripping, but I managed to get the binding on that day.

A little recap on my project. The mystery called for four fabrics and in order to pull my fabric entirely from my stash I chose for each of those colors to be scrappy. Orange and pink were chosen because at the time they were the most plentiful (and least used) colors in my stash. I chose the blue and light grey to round out the palette.

Tami quilted it with the Modern Curves panto. I asked her to load the quilt sideways so the waves would be vertical on my quilt.

The quilt is backed in Tula Pink Mini Owl in Pacific, one of the prints I used on the front. It's bound in Kona orange... except for one section of the right edge which used one of the orange prints from the quilt top.

I'm so glad to finally have it finished and am thrilled to add it to the pile of quilts that my family enjoys. It's sure to be used to make a fort in no time!

One of my favorite parts of making a mystery quilt is seeing how everyone else's versions turn out. Check out the Midnight Mystery Quilt Reveal Parade.



I really appreciate whoever came up with "quilting and collecting fabric are two different hobbies." While I actually have a very usable stash for the type of quilting that I generally do, I have been collecting Halloween fabric for quite a few years. And every year October 1st rolls around and I wish I had a Halloween quilt. Then I very accurately realize there's just not a high likelihood that I could start and finish a Halloween quilt before Halloween.

You've heard of Christmas in July, right? Many crafters who make handmade gifts begin making those items in the summer. Last year, I decided that if Christmas in July was a thing, so was Halloween in April... and I marked my calendar for April 1st of this year to start my Halloween quilt. Surely, if I began a quilt in April could have it done by October.

April came and went and I finally started the quilt in May. I chose the Strip It Down pattern by  Quilt Theory. It's a great pattern that could easily go together in a day, except of course that I work on many projects at once and I had to order my background fabric. I had a finished quilt top by the beginning of September, so I selected the backing fabric (which I didn't photograph, but you'll have to take my word is an awesome purple polka dot on black) and sent the quilt to Tami for longarm quilting. I chose a computerized spider web panto that I'd seen her use on another quilt, and a variegated orange thread. I'm thrilled with how her quilting jazzed up my quilt.

The large panels in each strip are a great place to feature fun prints and there are no seams to match up. The background panels are great for a solid fabric to feature an interesting quilting motif or a nice patterned fabric. I'm a firm believer in using a striped binding whenever reasonable and I'm happy I went with this black and white stripe. It made me a little dizzy to look at the yardage, but these skinny little strips are just perfect!


You can see my goal in this post. Linking up to OMG October Finish Link-Up and TGIFF at Anja  Quilts. I've also linked up to the 2017 Q4 Finish Along link up. See my whole Q4 list here.