Stashbuster: improv-pieced quilt blocks for your smallest scraps (127,000 views!)

Scrappy block from Stash StatementIf you need stash-busting patterns for your old, new, and upcoming scraps, you’ve come to the right place today!

Kelly Young’s book, Stash Statement, is perfect for using up scraps of all shapes and sizes. We sneak peeked her technique on Youtube and so far it’s been viewed more than 127,000 times! With that many people curious about how to use up their scraps in fast and fun ways, we figured you might be too—check out Kelly’s approach to stupendously scrappy improv-pieced quilt blocks:


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During Kelly’s blog tour for Stash Statement, she asked some of her blogging friends to try the technique for themselves. And boy did they! Here are just a few examples of what people created with their scraps:

Louvered quilt
Primrose Cottage Quilts made a version of Louvered from the book.

Scattered quilt
Twiggy and Opal started with Kelly’s Scattered pattern.

Bloom Chicka Boom quilt
Bloom Chicka Boom became a colorful pillow by made by ChrissieD.

Precarious quilt
Kelly’s Precarious quilt turned into a table runner (
made by me!).

Stash StatementInterested in learning more about Stash Statement? Check out more on our website—if you purchase Kelly’s book at ShopMartingale.com, we’ll instantly send you the eBook for free and you can start planning your scrapilicious quilt right now!

How would your stash make a statement in Kelly’s quilt patterns?

  • My quilt would be packed with my signature color, which is _____.
  • Mine would be 100% reproduction fabrics.
  • My quilt would contain every color in the rainbow! 🌈

Tell us more about your stash in the comments!


45 Comments (leave a comment)

  • My stash is out of control. I have a lot of reproduction fabrics, bright fabrics, 30s fabrics, and pastels. Of course they don’t go together so I need to get busy making some quilts.

    Red quilts are my favorites but I also like blue.

    —Phyllis on April 26, 2019
  • My stash is full of batiks, and I have this book. Love it for inspiration. A nice departure from strip quilting which was my fallback pattern to use up scraps (I’m not accomplished at applique which is another way) My stash is so all about rainbow colors (sorry reproduction lovers)and I love the "It’s your world, you get to create it" attitude of, you can’t do it wrong, then you use it like yardage. Yippee!

    —Sarah M Silk on April 26, 2019
  • My stash would make a quilt with every color in the rainbow! And I would love every minute making that quilt.

    —Ann West on April 26, 2019
  • My improve-from -stash quilt would have every color in the rainbow. It is a good opportunity to see how colors and patterns work together.

    —Mary on April 26, 2019
  • When it comes time to make a quilt just for me I love using orange.

    —sue atkins on April 26, 2019
  • My stash would be mostly blues, browns and neutral colors. Never have tried something like this before.

    —Jenny Spielman on April 26, 2019
  • My stash quilt would have every color in the rainbow. Can’t wait to try this technique, looks so fun!

    —Teresa on April 26, 2019
  • My stash has every different kind of fabric around. It would be crazy!

    —Delinda on April 26, 2019
  • I would use the bright left over from a block of the month project finished 3 years ago. They are still in the bin so I am all set to go!

    —Cheri Bergeron on April 26, 2019
  • My quilt would include every color possible. I love bright colors and just can’t make a decision to use one or two.

    —Mary Lou on April 26, 2019
  • My scrap quilts have every color in the rainbow!
    I love scrap quilting!!!

    —Barbara Wiggins on April 26, 2019
  • I have every color in the rainbow. I love scrap quilts and make them regularly, but it seems the scraps just multiply!

    —Kathy Timmons on April 26, 2019
  • I have 20 shoe boxes filled with scraps arranged by color. I’m guessing mine would be colorful.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on April 26, 2019
  • I would use all the colors of the rainbow. Purple would stand out on my project.

    —Denise V on April 26, 2019
  • My quilt would be all colors of the rainbow. I would love this book.

    —Rita Long on April 26, 2019
  • My stash would have every color in the rainbow – almost. I could really use this book as I have about a ton of scraps!!

    Gladys on April 26, 2019
  • My quilts would contain every color of the universe. Great looking book.

    —Becky in Georgia on April 26, 2019
  • I love this idea. I’d make "blocks" using shades from the same color family. The different quilts are very pretty.

    —gail on April 26, 2019
  • My quilt would have every color in it. My stash is totally out of control.

    —Stephanie Woodward on April 26, 2019
  • My stash has every color in it. Working with improv-piecing would be a little out of my comfort zone, but I said that about string piecing before I gave that a go and now I find it addictive. So now I’m excited to try Kelly’s technique!

    —Robbin Golden on April 26, 2019
  • Dang and I just gave away two big bags of scraps! I’ll start saving again- every color of the rainbow. Love these ideas.

    —Vickie Keith on April 26, 2019
  • My quilt would encompass a riot of colors, and I am eager to begin a small improv quilt – as soon as I finish those multiple projects already in the pipeline. Most of my quilts are scrappy. How does that happen?

    —SandyMay on April 26, 2019
  • I love scraps. I just keep getting bigger boxes to store them in.

    —Vivia Bernsen on April 26, 2019
  • I have every color in the rainbow.

    —Marty Askins on April 26, 2019
  • I have every color and pattern!

    —laura mitchell on April 26, 2019
  • My stash contains every color/pattern/novelty print you can imagine! My quilt would definitely be one-of-a-kind!

    —Teri D. Gailey on April 26, 2019
  • Mine would be primarily reproduction fabrics. My challenge now is to organize or begin to use them!!!

    —Patty F. on April 26, 2019
  • I am doing skateboard making scrapes fit the 5×10. Some all pink for a girl skater and blue or brown for a boy. It has helped get rid of my stash and think of child that would love the quilt. I do have rainbow at time but right now more green.

    —Linda Christianson on April 26, 2019
  • You name it, I have it in my stash! My scrappy quilts contain everything in all color families, styles, and types. The more, the merrier.

    —Cindy on April 26, 2019
  • Mine would surely have lots of blues and greens 🙂 I follow Kelley’s blog and love the wonderful ways she comes up to use scraps. Her designs are inspiring and so full of life!

    —Loris Mills on April 26, 2019
  • I think I have every color represented in my stash.

    —carol on April 26, 2019
  • I’m an "every color in the rainbow" girl. I’m mostly attracted to blues and greens, but I also love Scotties (usually Scottie prints are black and white and red all over, lol),30s reproductions, and bright batiks.

    —Donna on April 26, 2019
  • My quilt would contain all the rainbow colors. I believe Sharyn Craig was the one who said if 5 fabrics would do, then 100 would be better. I LOVE scrap quilts, or should I say multiple fabric quilts, because I will cut from yardage for all of those 100 fabrics if I have to. I have a stash for a reason! I really like the free form piecing from the video. I think I will have to try this.

    —Linda Garcia on April 26, 2019
  • I have every color there is, although I love greens, blues, and reds.

    —Linda Taylor on April 26, 2019
  • My collection has nearly every color, but I’m most fond of blues and aquas and they would be overly represented

    —Susan Brewer on April 26, 2019
  • Mine would have every color in the rainbow!

    —Jean Blythe on April 26, 2019
  • Mine would be every color in the rainbow and beyond — the scrappier the better!

    —Sue F on April 26, 2019
  • I would love every color in the rainbow. Nothing makes me happier than lots of bright color.

    —Pamela Jones on April 26, 2019
  • I would have a rainbow 🌈

    —Vicki Allen on April 26, 2019
  • My stash is eclectic – love those retro fabrics, though.

    —Betty on April 26, 2019
  • All sorts of odds and ends from over the years, though I do tent to love jewel tones.

    —Nancy Pontious on April 26, 2019
  • Most definitely every color of the rainbow!!! Thanks for your giveaways!

    —BarbL on April 27, 2019
  • My quilt would have every color of the rainbow, plus all the neutrals, plus 30s pastels and Civil War reproductions. I am trying to use up my stash, but it keeps multiplying.

    —Linda Towers on April 27, 2019
  • I tend to gravitate to blues and purples. However I have every colour in my stash! Currently working on 25 different blocks for a quilt and they are different not only in design but also colour.

    —Margaret Hynes on April 29, 2019
  • My favorite color is blue so my quilt would definitely have a lot of that color. However, I have been collecting lots of black and white fabrics to make a quilt- naturally at this point I could probably make three or four quilts using all those black and white patterned fabrics.

    —Wendy Bynner on May 2, 2019

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