Stash Statement – College Prep

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Statement blog tour! I was honored when Kelly asked me if I wanted to participate and make a pattern from her new book. That pattern is College Prep and has an argyle design incorporated in it with improv in the background. I love improv piecing as I am not a big planner and like to just create as I go. That made this type of piecing was right up my alley.

Kelly gives great instructions about how to best make your improv slabs. However, we have a different idea about what makes a scrap piece. She laughs at me every time she sees my scrap bins and it cracks me up. My scraps tend to be pretty small as I lean toward foundation paper piecing and sometimes that requires a tiny piece of fabric. The smaller your scraps then the more scraps you’ll need to make your slab. The texture is amazing with the smaller scrap pieces and gives the piece a whole different look.

I ended up making two argyles which sized up to the perfect floor pillow size. This was a ‘takes a village’ project as I have been going through some medical treatments that cause fatigue and lack of focus. Luckily my guild mates are super helpful and offered to help me finish up this pillow. I had the two argyles done at the time and supplied the rest of the fabric for them to use to finish it up for me. My friend, Camille, lovingly sewed them together, quilted it, and created the envelope closure for the pillow. I love how it turned out and the colors of blue and yellow together. It’s always been one of my favorite combinations.

Be sure to head to Kelly’s blog and pick up a copy for yourself. You won’t be disappointed. There are so many great projects in this book and definitely a few I need to make once I get my energy level back. I also love all the little tips she gives about improv piecing. Like the one about errors in cutting. There are no errors in cutting – just sew it to another piece! Also, check out all the stops on this tour to see all the great interpretations of her patterns.

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora’s Quilts

Connie @ Freemotion by the River

4/23- Louvered  Lindsey @ Primrose Cottage Quilts

Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Liz @ Savor Every Stitch

5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts

5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts 

Shelley @ The Carpenter’s Daughter Who Quilts

5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

Christine @ Triangles and Squares

6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD

Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

Debbie @ A Quilter’s Table

Christa @ Christa Quilts

6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework

Anja @ Anja Quilts

7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan

Lori @ Crossquilt

7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches

Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Brick Bazaar

I had found some great matching cotton fabrics in the remnant bin at a local fabric store and knew they would make a wonderful baby quilt.  I have put together this tutorial in case you wanted to make one of your own. To make this quilt you will need:

  • 1/2 yd of four different fabrics or 2 yds of assorted fabrics for a scrappy version
  • 1 yd fabric for backing
  • 1/3 yd fabric for binding

 Cutting directions:

  • From each of the four prints cut 12 rectangles 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (I cut 4 1/2″ by Width of Fabric then sub-cut the rectangles from the long strip)
  • From the main or focus print cut an additional 2 rectangles measuring 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
  • There is a total of 50 large rectangles
  • From each of the four prints cut 2 rectangles 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches
  • There is a total of 8 small rectangles


There will be 6 large rectangles per row alternating with a row of 2 small rectangles with 5 large rectangles in between them (I used a random placement of the fabrics trying not to get one color or pattern bunched up in the same area as you can see in the photo below.)

  1. Row 1 is made by sewing the 6 large rectangles short ends together
  2. Row 2 starts with a small rectangle – sew the 4 1/2″ side to a large rectangle
  3. To that section sew on 4 more large rectangles then finish the row with a small rectangle
  4. Sew Row 1 and Row 2 three more times
  5. Make one more row of 6 large rectangles – there should now be 9 rows
  6. Sew each of the 9 rows together.

Brick Bazaar by Lori StollYour quilt top should be 36 x 36″.  Back, quilt, and bind as desired.  I chose this sweet silver heart on grey fabric for the binding and had this floral in my stash that I used for the backing.0124dc92f785c2a7411005f5834db54c7062b906c1019cde2769aece39d88c7528238679950c9f7c4019I quilted straight lines across on both sides of the seams and then I wavy quilted organic lines from top to bottom using a variegated pink thread.014eb7aa1f5a0c4a6ba1859002d5716fde134b7bbc 019b154f2077597985473cf75c7615504c8cff7d10 0187dd795e9a97abbd15fda457a54bd45e8cb271d7This quilt is so versatile and I think I’ll make one in boy or gender neutral prints as well.  This one goes in the pile for my guild’s charity quilts that will be donated to the infant ward of LeBonhuer Children’s Hospital here in Memphis. 0151325bd761b3db02e40ea757638713de71523092