Stashbuster Hero Among Us!

by Ellen Mortimer

I’m at that point in my life where busting my substantial fabric stash has become a mission.  I’ve bought very little new fabric this year, determined to use all the wonderful fabrics I’ve collected over many years.  I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and patterns to make the piles grow smaller.

It’s a curious trait of quilters that we buy fabric and are then reluctant to cut it. We hang on to so many fabrics waiting for just the right pattern to turn up that makes it worthwhile to slice and dice it into a masterpiece.

As a chronic collector, I’ve realized that I need to lower the magazines piles, too. So, after getting my hair cut every six weeks, one of my current favorite pastimes is to stop in Barnes & Noble for a cup of tea and to peruse the quilt magazines for inspiration. Flipping through the magazines in the store, I can be more particular about which issues I buy. Even with the subscriptions I have, once I go through it, that magazine gets donated to the Guild or given to a fellow quilter.

I’m always on the lookout for patterns that tackle the many precuts I’ve collected, especially my basket full of jelly rolls. 

Recently, I received McCall’s Quilting for January/February 2020.  I immediately saw an intriguing quilt on the cover that would make a perfect stashbuster.  Glancing through the issue, there were several patterns that made this one a keeper. 

One quilt really caught my eye in the Table of Contents.  It was bright, colorful and reminded me of the delicate, intricate rainbows of stained glass I remember from my childhood church.   I flipped open to page 32 to take a look at it and started to read about this beautiful quilt called “Color Catcher.”   It was exactly what I needed for all the many colorful batiks and jelly rolls that are waiting for just the right inspiration.  Then I glanced up at the author and recognized the picture!

Turns out this new pattern is by none other than our own RRQ member, Jennifer Strauser! 

The “Color Catcher” quilt pattern is perfect for any fabric. I could immediately see it used for my many Asian leftover strips, but my batiks will be particularly happy in this pattern.

I was so surprised and pleased that chance lead me to this one quilt pattern made by someone I actually know. So, thank you, Jen, and keep on creating more patterns for us!