Today is my first time to link up at Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story, a new (to me) blog I found, where you can link up anything you're working on that's fabric-related. (Button located in the right side-bar if you're interested.)
It's also Blog-Around Tuesday and I'm taking part in my first Blog-Around, as Beth from EPQD officially releases her new pattern, "Kickin' Stash", this week.
She has asked if I wouldn't mind writing about my experiences using her pattern, so here goes. This is what I've been working on..
Back at the start of the year I was able to help Beth test her new pattern by joining a block swap/group quilt project. Each participant made four blocks. She kept one for the group quilt, swapped the rest out, and mailed three back to each of us who participated.
Here is one of the swap blocks I received:
I will post the gorgeous group quilt in a minute, but first let me tell you how easy the pattern is. I whipped this up tonight to share in my post using my Swoon scraps:
And there weren't many Swoon scraps to use.. they aren't kidding when they say don't make cutting errors in the Swoon. (I even pieced some of my tiny scraps into small scraps.) But "Kickin' Stash" uses such small scraps, and manages to showcase them in a way that makes them look purposeful and beautiful. I wish I had enough of these scraps to make a whole quilt.
AND, this is how small the smallest scrap in the block is:
(that is even part of the selvage edge, it hides well in the block) The possibilities are endless! Its measurements are also friendly for leftover charms and jelly roll scraps.
If you have tiny scraps of your favorite fabric line that you can't bear to toss (Flea Market Fancy?), you could pair them with a FQ or two of a complimentary color and you would have a whole new quilt showcasing the scraps in a beautiful way! I just love it!
Or you could just do random not-matchy scrappiness. Or random scraps, but in the same color family (which is what we did for the swap).. it's very versatile.
I really do love it. And not just because Beth has become a very good blogging buddy, and is fun and hilarious, and generous, and kind, but because it really is great and fun AND easy! It is great for all skill levels, and is especially beginner friendly. Small pieces make for short seams, in case you need to rip one out. Also, trimming the small scraps to the right size would give one good practice with the rotary cutter. Plus, there is not a seam to be matched except at the center, not a point to be made, just straight seams. Very forgiving.
And I love it b/c now I don't feel like a hoarder anymore for keeping those small bits of fabric that I just can't part with. I now see their potential.
Here's the group quilt, as pictured at Patternspot.com, where "Kickin' Stash" can be purchased as an instant download for a discounted price this week to celebrate its release. :o)
The group quilt was used as the pattern's cover quilt. (my block is the aqua on the far left) Didn't it turn out so colorful and gorgeous? All made from random scraps from all over the country. I love what the pattern can do for scraps. They don't even look like scraps. There are three sizes included in the pattern, and here are two more photos: (I believe the one on the right is showcasing more group/swap blocks)
Of course, I like the pattern's sassy name, too.
So what are you waiting for? Go download the pattern and start kickin' some stash! :o) You won't regret it!
Haven't decided? Want to read some more reviews? Here's the blog-around schedule for the week:
Monday, March 12 - Deb Donovan (Aspen Hill)http://aspenhill.wordpress.com/
Tuesday, March 13 - Kelli Fannin (Seriously....I think it needs stitches)www.thatlookslikeitneedsstitches.blogspot.com
Wednesday, March 14 - Anna Dzik (West Third street Designs)http://www.westthirdstreetdesigns.com/
Thursday, March 15 - Marianne Nowacki (Hillside Quiltworks)http://hillsidequiltworks.com/
Friday, March 16 - Linda Pearl (The Patchwork Pearl)http://www.thepatchworkpearl.blogspot.com/
Saturday, March 17 - Terri Sontra (Purple Moose Designs)http://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/weblog/
Happy Tuesday! xo Go check out Fabric Tuesday, too. :o) I'll be back to sashing the Swoon on Wednesday.