Brown and beige are two colors I rarely work with as they aren’t colors I particularly like. However, my stash seems to have an overabundance of both those colors. As far as I can tell that happened because I was in a fat quarter bundle of the month club and because when I see deals on fabric at the thrift store that is 100% cotton quilting fabric it comes home with me regardless of the color. The time has come to make a dent in the stash starting with these brown and beige fabrics.
As I do with nearly every new start, an extensive Pinterest and Duck Duck Go Go ensued. I found two patterns some of searching that I thought would work well for these quilts. I will talk about the first one in this post.
The first was this one from Patchwork Times. I can’t find the picture on Judy’s site so I linked to the image I found on Pinterest. She calls is the Brown Quilt and there are instructions on her site. I didn’t follow her instructions but rather cut it only from 2.5 inch strips. From each of a brown and beige 2.5″ strip of fabric I cut six 4.5″ x 2.5″ blocks and two 8.5″ x 2.5″ blocks. This was enough to make 2 8.5″ blocks. I made a total of 35 blocks to make a quilt top that is 40” x 56″ (actually I made 40 blocks but only used 35 – there were five light blocks that I didn’t use. I pressed toward the dark. Here is the quilt top:
It’s not set out how Judy’s is but Im very pleased with it! I’m glad I decided to try to make a dent in my stash and start working with these colors.
Update: This quilt thanks to Preeti is now officially known as Cinnamon Bars! Finished quilt picture coming soon
20 thoughts on “Trying to make a dent in the stash”
Your quilt is beautiful, even made with colors you don’t love! I like the way you set the blocks together in alternating light/dark rows. I’m saving this idea for a future jelly roll quilt!
Great job! I would have never been able to finish a quilt in colours I don’t love!
Oh, I know how you feel about brown and beige!!! Good for you, digging them out and using them up! I’ve been contemplating culling my stash of the what-was-I-thinking-when-I-bought-this fabrics… I could donate them to our guild for use in the outreach kits they make for charity, which would make more room in my stash for the fabrics that I DO like. You’re more sensible than me, turning the unloved fabrics into actual quilts! 🙂
I am with you on brown and beige. My stash is particularly deficient in those colors. Therefore it is even more commendable what you did with them. Simple, stash-busting with light and dark values makes for an eye-catching quilt. I hope you will name it Cinnamon Bars – something more fitting than Brown Quilt 🙂
Nice quilt block for scrappy 2.5 inch strips. I can envision a nice row of colors. I am also not a brown fabric collector but some less favorite colors can be used up this way. Definitely a pattern to save for the future.
Thanks for sharing.
Great quilt to use up some stash!
I don’t often use these colors together either, but I’ve started one like yours! I have 4 rows done and it’s going quickly once I get the fabric cut. Thanks for the idea and I’m looking forward to your next one!
I like it!! and! you are making a dent… go you!
I love the proposition of name made by Preeti 😉 Cinnamon is what came to my mind too. I like this pattern, and making a dent into the stash is always a good think 😉
Ooh, Cinnamon Bars, what a great name for this quilt. I really like warm browns and creamy beiges. Our quilt guild has lots of donated fabric. I think this would be a perfect block to make for charity quilts.
Great use of your unloved brown fabric. It turned out great. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
Just what I love, a design that is simple but so effective! Thanks for the idea, I love working with 2.5 strips, anything much smaller is not for me. Your brown beige quilt would be great for a boy, or young man. Thanks so much for sharing
I like it! And you found a good use for those colors you don’t like.
Beige and brown. . .those colors worked together great! Good for you to use that part of your stash!
Spotted your quilt on the SoScrappy linky party. This quilt is so pretty. Atta girl for diving into the stash.
Congrats on making a dent in your brown and beige stash! I actually really like that color combo. It makes a super cozy quilt! Best of luck with the finishing and I’ll be looking forward to the next quilt in the series.
Well, I love how it tends to red, which makes it rich and warm (and no I don’t like brown either much). Cinnamon is a great descriptor as Preeti says. Thanks for linking to Colour & Inspiration Tuesday.