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!
Our October Stash Busting Queen is.....DIANE who used up 36.38 yards of her stash last month! Congratulations! As a group we used a total of 91.18 yards from our stashes during the month of October! WooHoo! Gotta give Diane and Jan a lot of credit for helping us out with our yardage this past month!!! They really got a lot quilt projects completed and out-of-their-hair! :)
Now it is November and you gals will probably be working on all sorts of Christmas gifts! I am hoping the yardage we use from our stashes will be really HIGH this month! Let's get sewing, Ladies!
I completed the Hawkeye quilt, but since it was all new yardage, not from my stash, I can't count that. However, the mystery quilt (5.5 yd), table runner backing (.5 yard), mattress covers and pillows (.8 yd), and doll coverlet (.5 yd) will count for November. Seems like I did more, but I can't remember anything else.
Congrats to Diane for getting more stuff done!!! Way to go Girlfriend!!
WooHoo I finally have something to turn in! 12.25 yds for the scrappy triangles plus back
Hi Marcia sorry I have waited till the last minute again this month. Here goes I have been a busy little bee.
Fish Quilt 81 x81 10.83 yds, round quilt 4.53, 3 bags 6 yds, 9 snap bags 1.5 yds, baby quilt raggedy Ann and Andy 3.24 yds, 4 chemo hats 2 yds, National Quilt finally finished 7.82
Hopefully in Dec I can get some other things done as well. been working on cleaning the sewing room and organizing again. ALSO BEEN PLAYING WITH MY NEW TOY. FINALLY.........
So far for Dec. I have the doll bed linens: fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcase, and comforter. I'm guessing 1 yard from my stash, some was new. Working on the baby quilt now, but most of it is new. I'll count what is from the stash when I finish it.
Hey Marcia, for next year, why don't we do a 'stash ignore' and use only newly purchased fabric? I crack me up.
You crack us ALL up, Froggie!!!
What a creative idea, Froggie!!!!!! You always seem to be able to think of reasons why we should buy fabric, right?!!! Well, this plan is a very CLEVER one indeed!!! lol
YES...you crack me up, Froggie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with Jackie!
I'd be really good at that one - lol
Oh my goodness -- that is gorgeous! And really big; what a wonderful wonderful job!!!!