Today, both will be addressed to help you get that total scrappy look too.
How did I make my Oh Wonderful, Summer's Here? Where to begin on any scrappy quilt? Figuring out the quilt size is the perfect place to start.
For me, being near sighted, I was able to take off my glasses and if anything looked out of place, those pieces were either moved around or removed permanently. You can purchase a notion that will help you spot a fabric that is out of the range you want to use. A camera helps a lot, too. Often, I will take a photo of a section and then look at it on my computer to see if the flow of colour is there. In case any of you are wondering, pieces have been removed even after they have been sewn together. My quilts are not only for beds, but also for walls and anything out-of-place will bug the heck out of me. So, rip it out before it is too late. That is what I do.
Once it was confirmed on the look that I was going for, I started collecting FQ bundles of a line ... again small prints. That is what got me really started with this look. When I first started buying fabrics, it was mostly jewel tones and a yard of this and that and so on. Nowadays, it is FQ's or Fat Eights or Charms that are bought. My buying has slowed down and now I concentrate mostly on borders, backgrounds and backings.
What did I use in this top? Everything. Mostly small prints ... but everything. Look closely at all the following photos and you will see Moderns, Repros, Civil War, Asian, Feed Sacks .... everything. I didn't care what era was used as long as it fit in. Value? Medium with some brights and some darks. The brights and darks were placed in all the sections to even out the look. That is the key. Even out the look to make the colour and your eye flow over the quilt.
Storing my stash.
My stash is stored in bins and are labelled accordingly. When I need a particular fabric, it is easy to find it. The photos below are only a sampling of my bins of fabric.
My studio is very bright and my fabric bins, UFO bins, backings and battings are all stored behind the curtains that you see in the photo below. My precious stash has to be protected. :o)
So, have your questions about my stash and my scrappy method been answered?
Now, go forth and create your own masterpiece and have a blast doing it!
Have a great day!