Juliann at The Cure for Boredom posed a very good question this morning that I felt deserved a post of it's own rather than just a comment on her blog. Her question is basically, "What's the difference between a stash quilt and a scrap quilt?"
To me scrap quilts ARE stash quilts but stash quilts aren't necessarily scrap quilts. A stash quilt is simply a quilt made entirely from fabric you currently have on hand. And you could argue that if you purchase it today and make it tomorrow it technically is a stash quilt. But I don't see it that way.
My personal definition of stash fabric is the odd piece of fabric bought on a whim without a specific project in mind. Or a group of fabrics I might buy because they look great together but with no specific thought of what I might use them for. So I bought it, brought it home, petted it and looked at it for maybe a month without finding a pattern that I feel I want to use it in so I blend it with the other fabrics in my stash cabinets. That's what stash fabric is to me. So with that in mind a stash quilt would be one made purely from fabric I've had on hand a little while. Remember this is MY PERSONAL definition. Please feel free to use whatever definition works for you.
Then we get to scrap quilts. Would you really call it a scrap quilt if you bought 50 fat quarters or pulled 50 pieces of fabric from your stash and cut pieces for a specific quilt? Or to be a scrap quilt does it truly have to be cut from pieces left from other projects. One could argue that the first scenario is not really a scrap quilt but a multi-fabric quilt. Or maybe a scrappy-type quilt.
Now you know me. I don’t give much store in what the quilt police have to say so I say call it what you want to call it and don’t worry about it. To me a scrap quilt uses many different pieces of fabric, mostly left over from other projects but maybe cut from stash if I don't have a good enough selection in my scraps for the look I'm trying to acheive.
And, at least for the purpose of the challenge this month, I’m going to say anything in my possession at 12:01 central time this morning is stash and fair game for the challenge. And for the purpose of this challenge I'm extending my "stash" definition to include all materials and tools used in the making of a quilt. So no thread, batting, books, patterns, magazine. AND none of the latest handy-dandy-gotta-have-it-right-now quilt gadgets. Nothing whatsoever related to any step in the makings of a quilt from conception to completion. It's time I took my out-of-control spending in hand and use what I've already spent THOUSANDS OF $$$$ ON! Can I do it? I say yes and if you're honest most of you can too if you really want to bad enough.