We certainly accomplished a LOT with the "Stash Buster and UFO Basher" last year, so I will be organizing a similar activity this year! However this year, we will be focusing entirely on shrinking our stash. An additional change this year is that we will be doing it on a MONTHLY basis. There will be a small prize for each monthly winner. But...there will also be a GRAND prize for the gal who is the overall monthly winner at the end of the year! So this year, it will be little steps (monthly) to master a huge accomplishment: BUST THE STASH!!!!
In 2012 we will be focusing on trimming down our stash. You know how many resolutions involve weight loss and slimming down?! Well, instead of working on our body...we are going to work on our stash!!! lol To be a member of this group you are encouraged to USE THE FABRIC IN YOUR STASH that was purchased prior to January 1, 2012. You may start new projects or finish old projects- but choose the fabrics from your stash. (Anything purchased during this 2012 year canNOT be counted as part of your stash!) You will need to keep track of how much fabric you use out of your stash each month. The easiest way to do this is measure your fabric piece before you use it in a project and then measure your fabric piece after you are done using it. That will help you determine how much fabric you have used! Even easier-if you use only fabric from your stash for your quilt, the pattern you are using will tell your yardage. Who wants to join me on this quest to shrink our waistlines...er, I mean stashes???
I know several of you who have that competitive edge and will be enticed by this challenge! Sometimes a task (e.g. shrinking your stash) can be better accomplished with a 'support group' cheering you on! "YOU CAN DO IT!"- yelled while shaking my pom-poms (how's that for support?)!!!
So, let's take it one month at a time! Tell us about the project you are working on that is helping you deplete your stash. You are encouraged to post pictures of your projects! And remember to post the yardage you use from your stash each time you complete a project!!! (YES, a quilt top will count as a completed project- even though it is not quilted! Oh- and don't forget to count the yardage you used to prepare a backing for the quilt top!) Remember: you cannot count any newly purchased fabrics for your project....ONLY what you use from your stash.
If you need to buy some fabric to complete a project...we promise we will not bully or intimidate you! Our goal is to see how long we can go without purchasing fabric and to see how much fabric we can use up from our own stash!
GO, STASH BUSTERS, GO!!!!
STASH yardage used during the 2012 year was an amazing 1,179.67 TOTAL YARDS:
Andrea- 11.02 total yards
Betty- 196.15 total yards
Deb S.- 42.6 total yards
Diane- 333.86 total yards
Froggie (Linda)- 4.5 total yards
Jan- 177.75 total yards
Lynne- 89.2 total yards
Marcia- 111.75 total yards
Pat A.- 117.99 total yards
Peg- 64.75 total yards
Shirley- 13.5 total yards
JAN. Stash Busting Queen- Betty (33.6 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 178.7 yds
FEB. Stash Busting Queen- Diane (38.5 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 88.94 yds
MAR. Stash Busting Queen- Diane (70.46 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 135.21 yds
APRIL Stash Busting Queen- Diane (29 yds)/ TOTAL yardage for group: 73.72 yds
MAY Stash Busting Queen- Lynne (39 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 86.65 yds
JUNE Stash Busting Queens-Jan & Peg(34.25 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 99.68 yds
JULY Stash Busting Queen- Diane (54.54 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 166.69 yds
AUGUST Stash Busting Queen- Diane (25.63 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 53.63 yds
SEPT. Stash Busting Queen- Betty (36.04 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 84.17yds
OCT. Stash Busting Queen- Diane (36.38 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 91.18 yds
NOV. Stash Busting Queen- Betty (35.92 yds)/ TOTAL yardage for group: 59.47 yds
DEC. Stash Busting Queen- Diane (22 yds)/TOTAL yardage for group: 61.63 yds
Formula to help you figure yardage of your project: multiply number of inches for width times the number of inches for length and then divide it by 1,296 inches (which is a square yard: 36" x 36").
WIDTH x LENGTH divided by 1,296 = your total yardage!
I am in! I expect that we can use PIGS that were already kitted up,since they are now in our stash? Some I bought fabrics for,but that was a while ago! I counted and have 12 of those,plus 4 that just need binding and 10 that need to be quilted. Still working on the courage to do a big quilt on my DSM-taking a class again next week! We will see how that works out.
Yes, PIGS will work, Pat! If it's in a grocery sack, it obviously is not done...which means it is part of your stash!!! Just let me know when the top is done and approximately how much yardage of fabric you used! :)
The idea of this challenge is to get quilt tops (and other sewing projects) DONE so that fabric gets removed from your stash! We need to pare down our stashes, Ladies! Right?? Right!! So....let's get to it! :)
I'm in too. I really need to use up some of these lovely fabrics residing in my sewing room. If we make quilts from kits we've had for a year (or two or three or . . . ) do those count too?
Also, if we need to buy fabric for borders or backgrounds can we still count the stash fabrics used in the quilt even though the whole quilt is not from stash?
Great idea Marcia - thanks.
Yes, you can sew up your kits and count the fabric in the kit as part of this challenge. After all, the fabric in the kit contains a portion of your unused fabric....which is what a stash is, right?! :)
Yes, you can count the fabric yardage you used from your stash that is sewn in the quilt even though the whole quilt is not from your stash. You just can't count any fabric purchased after today (January 1st)!!!!! So if you have to buy fabric for a border, backing, background, sashing, or whatever....you cannot count it in this challenge! :)
Good questions, everyone! I hope this challenge is becoming easier to understand...and perhaps enticing more of you to join in! ;^)
Oh Marcia, I wll try, but I might not have so much time if you know what I mean. I am also a sucker for fabric sales, but I promise I will not count it "from my stash" - your method of counting the stash stuff makes it a little easier to keep track for me. Now I want to go start another quilt from my stash. I have been mulling ot over on my head for a few weeks now. I always want to make a queen/king sized quilt for our bed, but I am always changning my mind on either pattern or fabric choices. If I can just settle on a pattern, I will try to make it scrappy- how's that sound?
Marcia here is my January project all from my stash. I'm calling the quilt barcode, it will/ should measure 66 by 84 when completed. It is kind of like a rail fence except it has a 2 inch white square attached to one end of each of the three rails, alternating. Then I am sashing that unit with white (it was the only way I could live with it, way to scrappy for me otherwise) if I throw in the seam allowance I think it figures out to be about 4.25 yards of fabric. I'll have to wait and see what the final size actually is to determine if I have backing in my stash that will work, and how much binding I need.
Andrea......I forgot how you taught me to sash, do I sash the side of the block first or the bottom? No cornerstones on this one.....well at least yet.
Deb- I will keep it even more simple by telling you gals that you do not have to report what you will be working on each month...but rather let me know when you get a project DONE and how much yardage it took! That way if you change your mind sometime during the month and want to work on something else, you certainly may! I really don't want to lock people into projects; I just want them to tell me the yardage they use (after the project is completed)!
This challenge is to keep a monthly tally of how much fabric you use from your stash. I will keep a running yardage total for each person every month! :)
Happy sewing, everyone!
I'm in! I'll try it again this year. I did get some things done last year so this is a good thing for me. Can I count that blasted little twister quilt that I started in 2011? It's all stash and scraps and I had one row and borders to add when the holidays set in. Haven't been to my sewing room since!
Right now, your Lil Twister quilt is a UFO...so if you get the top done, it will count! That's because you are getting some fabric moved out of your stash! :)
Marcia, count me in also. I have quite a lot of scraps and I truly want to get them pared down. This challenge will help encourage me to get 'r done!! Thank you for heading up the discussion again and keeping us on track. I have 2 quilt tops in the works right now and a couple more on the cutting table to be assembled. Now if I can just have some time to actually sew!!!
Wow, I didn't realize that this was a monthly thing that we had to sign up for every month- I don't know how predictable my life will be soon, but I'm still gonna try. Tonight I got closer to having more blocks finished for my strippy octagon quilt. I hope to finish the blocks tomorrow and get on to the sashing/putting it all together. Then I have a question Marcia, I have fabric coming for a quilt for Alex, but some of the fabric is also going to come from my stash- does that count?
Andrea did you buy the fabric before Jan first? I think you did it just didn't arrive yet. IF I am reading the rules right you can count any fabric that was bought prior to January 1. If I'm wrong you just tell Marcia how much of the fabric in the completed top came from your stash each month......even if it is only a FQ. LOL
And don't worry about it being monthly, we are all just in it for the support, or at least that is why I'm in it.