22 June 2013

something else on a saturday











Once in a while it's good to do a bit of stash busting. Last summer I made a series of 7 triangle quilts. This summer I got inspiration from a quilter friend, Astrid and her lovely "chenille" pillow and throw. Probably not proper to call this a quilt, it's 8 layers of fabric that's stitched together and then cut through 7 of the eight layers. A true stash buster if you ever saw one! 

So, my drawer of brown Kaffe Fassett, leftover Cherrywood, a few homespuns and more, was turned into this 6 pounds throw. Yes, 6 pounds or 2.7 kg of fabric. That made some space in the fabric storage. 

Next up was the pastel blue with a bit of added orange.  A smaller size, it weights 4.5 pounds or 2.0 kg of fabric. Both using 12.5 " squares, the brown throw measures 60" by 60" and the light blue is 48" by 60". 

I had my first go at machine stitching the binding onto these. So happy to have my heavy duty Pfaff sewing machine for this job. Not all machines will tackle sewing through 16 layers of fabric!

Part of the process is washing and tumble drying the throw. Texture improves with every wash and dry. Softer with use...

Stash busting mission of 2013 completed. A sore thumb from cutting all the slits. And more room for rummaging through the remaining stash. Happy with the result, I might use this technique to make a few hot pads for christmas presents this year....

What's your best stash busting trick?






13 comments:

Frog Quilter said...

Love the throw. Yummy and I bet you could take an awesome nap under it.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

They look wonderful! So snuggly!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Wow, that looks fantastic and I love the colours! First I tried to look if it's knitted or what? Wonderful idea! x Teje

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! This is a great idea. Yours look so cozy. I love your colors. How did you back them?

Lilla dør said...

Kjempe!!! Du er bare knall flink.

audrey said...

Beautiful! Wonderful stash busting tip and so snuggly too. My sister used to make chenille throws, but she did them out of single widths of fabric. I had no idea you could make them with sewn together squares. Is is esp. hard to make the slits through the seams?

meg d said...

I love this! I never thought to do individual squares! I made a baby blanket in the faux chenille but did the whole thing in a single direction. Olfa makes an amazing tool just for the cutting of chenille! It seriously saves your hands. Thanks for the stash busting inspiration!

Rossana said...

It' s a beautiful idea for the stash and a special resut!!! But... how can you make it with a squares' top? Can you explane it or write a little tutorial....? Thanks so much.

Byrd said...

What texture! This is pretty special. Do you think you'll do more? Take care, Byrd

CitricSugar said...

Oh, wow, that's gorgeous! I have to learn that technique…

How visually satisfying!

Mary said...

My stash busting is not nearly this good! I love it! But 16 layers??? Yikes! Did you use the special cutting tool for making chenille or just scissors? Love it!

hannahwellens said...

I've tried some chenille work as well, did you first sew and cut the squares and then sew them together? Or did you sew piles of 7 layers on top of one big back, and then do the cutting? I own a pfaff as well, I had no idea it could sew though 16 layers, now I want to try.....
thanks for your beautiful ideas, Hannah.

Lynne said...

I saw chenille articles for the first time in March when I attended a demonstration. Love the look but haven't tried it yet. Did you use a special cutter? Isn't the quilt too heavy for use?