Assembled

So, the scale is off on this one for me and the quilt doesn’t flow from block to block but I wanted to try a different 3 yard quilt and it’s another one that just doesn’t photograph all that well. I don’t dislike it, I just don’t love it.

Although, when looking at it closer up … it doesn’t bother me as much.

This is one I saw online when doing a search for 3 yard quilts and I debated what size blocks to use. I think I might have been happier with 8 inch finished blocks and a border rather than the borderless 10 inches finished blocks I went with. I did play a bit with the idea before piecing the top but I don’t think I’ll do this one again.

You might wonder what the appeal is in the 3 yard quilts – although let me say I always use more than 3 yards and adapt the borders, number of blocks and binding to suit my needs/taste. There are several reasons I’m enjoying making them.

  • First, it’s always fun to do a project with a group and see what everyone else is coming up with and my HeartStrings group started making them this spring.
  • It’s nice to work on a quick easy project in between scrap quilts which take me longer and involve a lot of sorting and cutting of fabric (not that I mind since scrap quilts are my favorites) but these are a nice break too.
  • They’re great projects for working with larger prints or novelty fabrics for kids.
  • They make cute kids quilts and nice lap size donation quilts for adults.
  • And finally, they’re great stash busters. Because I can typically piece one of these in an afternoon, I feel like I’m making a lot more progress using up my large stash than when I’m making scrap quilts and see no progress at all so it’s a good balance for me.

And in case you’ve forgotten what my large stash looks like … it’s still a bit of a mess with the bins everywhere. One of these days I’m going to have to take some time and get a bit more organized.

9 thoughts on “Assembled

  1. Mary, WOW! What a stash!
    Re: Quilt. I have this very same fabric from Connecting Threads! I used it in my guest (travel themed) room and made a bed runner, curtain, pillow cases and pillow shams, and three throw pillows for the guest bed. I still have some fabric and a FQ bundle left and will make a quilt for this room sometime next year.

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  2. Thank you–I no longer feel guilty about my stash! I do like the bordered quilt better, but I also believe that you made a very nice quilt and whoever receives it will be thrilled!

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  3. I like it with a border better and I’m not crazy about the 3 fabrics together but I sure like them separately. Yes, you have a great deal of stash but I equal you. Maybe not more, but equal. And I love most of it too.

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  4. Yes, you do have a lot of potential quilts in your stash. A friend of mine has a favorite 5 yard quilt she makes often. I have yet to make one but it is on my list. It is also fast and easy and I love the way it looks. It looks much harder than it is and that’s the kind of pattern I like.

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