Thursday, December 08, 2011

A Christmas Tumbler

Ta da!  Another tumbler quilt!

 

I sure do love the tumbler die!  This is the large tumbler die for my Accuquilt Go!  once again.  I love, love, love it for doing seasonal quilts.  It is so fast to put together, uses up odd pieces of fabric and it showcases larger prints without cutting them up too small.  I thought about saving this for SewCalGal's Christmas Theme Blog Hop (which i am participating in) but there were a couple of tumbler quilts on her Halloween Hop so I thought that I would just show you this one and offer a different tutorial on my day.

This quilt will be a gift in a yearly drawing I do so hopefully who ever wins will like it!

I love this quilt because it is completely from my stash - top, backing, binding - everything - yey!  I love using my stash!

I found that about 10 years ago, maybe less, it was all about building a stash and accumulating fabric for your stash.  I read articles in quilting magazines about how to build a stash; and, many of us, me included, did just that - we built a mighty stash!  Sigh!

Now, the big trend in articles and books and quilt shop clubs seems to be busting your stash, scrap quilts - and using pre-cuts like jelly rolls - but that's a whole different story LOL!

Why did this new trend start do you think?  Is it the down-turn in the economy?  Hmmm. . . maybe.  Or, maybe, a lot of us looked at the hundreds, if not thousands, of yards of fabric that we have and realized that we would HAVE to make A LOT of quilts to use up our stash!  I am seriously amazed, every time I pull a complete quilt completely out of my stash, at how little difference it seems to make.  It seems like I own a nearly bottomless supply of fabric that I might never get through - odd predicament don't you think? 

Don't get me wrong I get so happy when I pull a quilt completely out of my stash - but I feel like I should ALWAYS be pulling quilts out of my stash instead of buying some new and yummy fabrics.  So, now when people ask me about building a stash, I tell them not to.  I advise new quilters to buy for the project and not for the stash; because, at some point you will have to bust that stash.  Thank goodness for things like the tumbler block to make it all come together!

So what do you do?  Buy for the stash or bust the stash?

13 comments:

Mrs.Pickles said...

I find it hard to resist buying fabric if it is on sale and something i like. However for the most part I only buy for projects I am making....but that could change..lol

Mrs.Pickles said...

I forgot to say that i love the quilt too! I need to buy that die and make a few :)

Suzanne Neuhaus said...

This quilt has convinced me to get the large tumbler quilt. How many tumblers did you set for this quilt. Thanks. Suzanne. sneuhaus@hot.rr.com

ritainalaska said...

oh, my, i buy for my stash with one hand and bust with the other. can't resist some of the new collections!

Brenda said...

I do both, but I try to use up my stash and my scraps as much as possible. I find I'm shopping mostly for borders or backing, and I always peek at the sale bin.

susan said...

That is a very pretty quilt Katrina. You are sure getting lots of sewing done. Congratulations. I like that you are telling new quilting to buy for their projects. You still build up a stash but at least it isn't as huge as the fabric I ended up with. I am making placemats for meals on wheels (250) of them this year. It hardly makes a dent in my xmas stash. I should do a tumbler quilt too. Maybe if Santa brings me a GO....

beaquilter said...

that's so neat, I really want that DIE!! what blog hop are YOU talking about, can you send a link??

Lynnie said...

Well I love fabric, new, the latest fabric and am tempted to buy and I used to stash build.. but I have been busting that thing up lately making quilts! And guess what.. it feels GREAT to be using that fabric up! My dear quilting teacher (70) went through her sewing studio a year or so ago and pulled out two plastic garbage bags full of high quality quilting cottons and gave away.. why? because she was, all these years, building her stash. She still has tons of fabric.. but she did narrow it down some. I sort of took that as a bit of wisdom. Use what you have, but as you need. Or you might end up with stuff that no longer suits your taste.
Merry Christmas!

Agnes B Bullock said...

The stash is like extreme couponing- a MUST! my stash is my security blanket! ANd, since I started quilting this year, it has been going down, so I get to buy new fabrics next month and start all over again!

Kristen said...

I have such a huge stash I don't know if I can ever use it all or will want to use some of it. My goal for this next year is to use a lot of it up...purchase less, and then hopefully be able to purchase for the project. I worked in a quilt shop for about 3 years and I never brought home a paycheck...pretty much had to pay them to work there. :)

Shannon said...

Being a newbie, I say buy for the stash! Inflation hasn't really affected us too much, but it could, so we might as well add to that stash while we can still affored to buy fabric! :)

Jezebel said...

What a lovely giveaway :)

Jezebel said...

I'm a follower as well :)