Stash quilts - what is our/your/my goal?
Some people have no qualms about having a ton of fabric waiting around for inspiration to strike... "I liked it so I bought it."
Others view it as their Pallette & feed (feel) the need to have every possible hue and texture of fabric available. "I did not have that shade of green."
Some cannot toss anything that might be remotely useable. An example was posted by Lucy. I never would have found it possible to create that quilt because I don't save scraps that are that small. Bonnie has created a number of lovely scrap quilts, many of which I'd like to make as well. While others only make quilts that are comprised of a specially selected group of about 4 fabrics.
There are other types of quilters out there who have and use their stashes differently & in my book they are all o.k.!
From my POV - the idea really is to try to use what you have first. You already bought it - so use it. Some people actually want to "get rid of" or to "Use up" their stashes while more just want to use it wisely. I am in the use it wisely camp.
A specific example: I am currently using a moda marble in teal - becasue I have it more that becasue I want to.... I will like it a whole lot more in my project than in my stash. (It is going to be a solid background for an I Spy quilt.) Also I inherited that teal from a quilter friend who passed away several years ago. So the quilt that I make from it will have a special place in my heart. Besides Lynda really LOVED Novelties - so this will be a double pleasure for her too look down upon & smile about! I hope she finally has all the time needed to create masterpieces because her time on earth has passed.
Our Mini-group has created several name quilts, not sure what those are....
My name is AMY and a name quilt for my would include images that start with the letters A, M & Y. Lynda was a pro at creating lists of possible images that we could look for & her stash held many of those images.
My I Spy quilts are more just a jumble of images some I really like others not so much - but I am using my stash & including the less loved images. Since I am doing 4 I spy quilts right now - there is a quilt that holds more of my favorite images while another holds more of my less favorite images - it just works out that way... Meanwhile all 4 of the quilts hold some of the same images. Like "Witches Undies" which is far to clever to not be included in all of the quilts! (They all have a nice assortment of cats too....)