Even your ancient scraps will ❤ you for trying this technique (+ giveaway!)

Grab your bits, pieces, strings, strips, and chunks:

(Yes, even the ones that look like this—you’ve got them too, right?):

Slice and dice them into smaller scraps:

Sew them back together this way and that:

Keep sewing, keep going!

And before you know it, your bits and pieces begin to turn into something magical, right before your eyes:

never thought I’d use some of these fabrics again, but even those scraps I saved from my first year as a quilter—1997—are looking good!

Keep patch-working your way to the size you want (blocks, panels, or strips):

Square up the edges, and you’ve created a whole new fabric that holds all your scrappy memories.

I’d never done anything like this before, and I had a great time sewing the Stash Statement way—it was inspiring, liberating, a little crazy, and a LOT of fun. And today we’re thrilled to kick off Kelly Young’s blog tour for her new book, Stash Statement!

Stash Statement

With Kelly’s improvisational technique, there’s no such thing as a miscut. You can skip perfect ¼" seams. No need for perfect points. Start with a single color, and then progress to using multicolored scraps in Kelly’s quilts—she provides you with a plan. You get to simply play!

Quilts from Stash Statement
Quilts from Stash Statement

Use any fabric you have on hand—everything works and anything goes. These scrap-packed quilts will give a happy home to every piece of fabric you’ve ever saved.

You’ll find my finished quilt below, but first, meet Kelly Young and get to know more about her stash-busting book!

Kelly YoungI’ve loved quilts for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always marveled that quilting is the perfect blend of order and creativity.  Of course, making them means that I also get to pet all of the pretty fabric. And let’s face it—what quilter doesn’t love that?

As any quilter knows, making quilts means making scraps, and figuring out how to use them can be fun but also daunting. My new book, Stash Statement, is all about structured improvisation: using your scraps with a consistent background fabric. You’ll learn to sew your quilt scraps with three easy improvisational methods, and then use those scrappy pieces within the comfort of 12 quilt patterns. It’s a perfect balance of play and predictability, and the texture created in the resulting quilts makes a big statement.

To help you get the hang of improv piecing, the first four quilts in the book are all about color play and are great whether your scraps are full of bright colors or more muted tones.

Quilts from Stash Statement
Precarious and Beach Retreat

Once you’re familiar with the process, you’ll be ready for the quilts in the next section, which mix scraps into a free-for-all of color! These quilts show a variety of fresh styles, and you’ll have fun choosing the perfect background fabric for your scrappy masterpiece.

Quilts from Stash Statement
Fire Pit and Detour

The last four quilts in the book use improv units in the background with solid blocks, creating lots of depth and interest—almost like an impressionist painting!

Quilts from Stash Statement
Bloom Chicka Boom and College Prep

Structured improvisation is fun for novice and experienced quilters alike. Best of all, since there is no need to cut scraps into uniform sizes, it creates very little waste. I hope you’ll use your scraps with the patterns in the book to make your own stash statement!

We’re kicking off the Stash Statement blog tour today. Visit my blog at myquiltinfatuation.com for a full list of bloggers, and for a chance to win a copy for yourself. Happy scrapping!

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Thank you for sharing your new book with us, Kelly!

Grab the opportunity to press, piece, and play with your fabrics like you may never have before—order your copy of Stash Statement at ShopMartingale.com and instantly download the eBook for free.

And as for my finished quilt—here’s a mini version of Kelly’s Precarious design:

I do believe I made a little Stash Statement all my own. I was so addicted to the technique that I decided to piece together the background too. SEW FUN!

Stash StatementWe’ve got a copy of Stash Statement to give away to one random winner today! To be entered into the drawing, tell us in the comments:

Have you tried improvisational piecing?

  • Yes, I’m an improv addict!
  • I’ve dabbled, but I haven’t finished an improv quilt yet.
  • Not yet, but my stash is ready for a bit of improv!

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And be sure to follow the Stash Statement blog tour for more improv fun—the schedule is below.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Charlotte, who says:

“Have experimented and my stash & I are ready.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Charlotte—congratulations!

Stash Statement Blog-Tour Schedule (see lots more improv quilts on the tour!)

4/16: Grand Bazaar quilt

Shelley @ Cora’s Quilts

Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23: Louvered quilt

Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts

Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30: Precarious quilt

Jess @ Quilty Habit

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

5/7: Beach Retreat quilt

Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Liz @ Savor Every Stitch

5/14: Fire Pit quilt

Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts

5/21: Detour quilt

Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts 

Shelley @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

5/28: Murrina quilt

Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

6/4: Scattered quilt

Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

Christine @ Triangles and Squares

6/11: Bloom Chicka Boom

Chris @ made by ChrissieD

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

6/18: Regatta quilt

Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table

Christa @ Christa Quilts

6/25: Catch a Falling Star

Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Anja @ Anja Quilts

7/2: College Prep quilt

Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan

Lori @ Crossquilt

7/9: Take Flight quilt (bonus digital pattern from the book)

Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches

Paula @ The Sassy Quilter


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