Saturday, May 8, 2010


Anita over at Bloomin" Workshop is having a Wild Geese Quilt-along. Thanks Kathie for pointing this out. Which reminded me that l had made that quilt about 5 years ago from a pattern purchased from Renee Plains.

Nest by Renee Plains.

One of my sewing retreat groups decided that we needed to meet more regularly than 3 times a year to sew, so our Stashbuster Sewing Group was formed, and we started meeting fortnightly at each others homes. Our rules are simple. Simple quilts that don't take forever to make, fabric must be from stash, with large pieces for backgrounds allowed to be purchased if nothing in stash suitable. Swapping fabric with each other is permitted. Oh, and bring your own lunch!!

So for the last 5 years we have been getting together and sewing. On our first Stashbuster sewing day, l brought along a bundle of Renee Plain Patterns that l had just purchased, and we chose about 10 that we planned to make at the rate of one a month.We almost always worked on the same quilt together. Some of us finish the quilts all the time, others sometimes, and then there are piles of blocks waiting to be made into quilts. And thats OK to!! Because it's all about using the STASH!!!!Sweet Redbird by Renee Plains.

On the Playground by Renee Plains.

Vintage Stars by Renee Plains.

Wash Day by Renee Plains.

Raggedy And The Red Quilt by Renee Plains.

Over the years we have had block swaps, where you had to use your oldest crappiest fabrics, which we made into 3" 9 patch blocks. And those quilts look great!!! Other swaps have been more controlled, with certain colors and/or block sizes.

This is my nine patch made with swapped blocks.

l have more to share, but will keep them for another day.

Thanks for all the comments you have left. Its been a hectic week and l sure hope to be able to get to replying to you all this week coming.

And to those mothers amongst us, and celebrating tomorrow, have a great day!!
My daughter has planned a picnic in the park and we are taking the dogs!! And my 2 sons!!

Thanks for visiting.


  1. what a great idea for a group , sewing from the stash!
    Love the quilts, thanks for sharing the pictures.
    Do you hand quilt most of your quilts? Love the wash day quilt it has been on my list of quilts to make for a long time!

  2. Love all your "stash buster" quilts. Renee Plains is one of my favourite designers. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love these patterns and the quilts. I'm a big fan of using up your stash. I've got an idea on that same subject I'll be posting about soon. Thanks for sharing - it's always amazing what comes out of fabric that's been sitting in a drawer for years!!


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