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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! 



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!

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Fabulous, Diane!!  I've always liked that pattern.

Geesh- I am falling behind on my duties!!!!  I just realized I did not get the results for the month of NOVEMBER posted!!!!!!  So here it is:  Betty is our NOVEMBER Stash Busting Queen!  Congrats to Betty for a third time of being our queen!  She used a total of 35.92 yds from her stash!  Way to go, Betty!  As a group we didn't use as much fabric as previous months (59.47 yds), but I think the reason for this low number is that we were using 'charity fabric' to make up projects for the holidays (baby blankets, lap robes, placemats, etc.)!  Anyway, that's my story and I'm sticking to it!  :)

Diane-your 'Weaver Fever' quilt is awesome!!!  I got my vote in for your border and glad you went w/the green fabric!  :)  Even though you mentioned it was a tedious quilt to work on, the end result is worth it!  Well done, Diane!  You are the first to add any yardage to the month of December!  WooHoo!

Well here is my yardage so far this month,     .33 for 2 snap bags,  1 1/2  yards for my Christmas tablerunner, and 6 yards for the 6 pillowcases I made the grandkids.  That is it for now, I will post more later when I am done.

Marcia you can add another 1.5 yards for a Christmas tablerunner paper piecing I did in class, finished it yesterday.   Next time I go to my friends I will try to download some of these projects for everyone to see.

snow snow go away---stayed in the sewing room all day today since the doors were frozen shut and was able to use up 3 more yds of fabric by making a small disappearing 9-patch.

Woo-hoo I actually have some stash busting to report this month - 6 yds for snap bags.  I made a bunch for gifts and they're all finished an under the tree.

I'm such a slacker!   Way to go gals for keeping up your stash busting ways!


Marcia, put me down for 2 yards for 2 pillowcases that I sent to CT.  Count on 2.5 yards for the baby quilt that I made - some of it was new.  Doubt I'll have much more as I seem to have hit a lazy streak!!

Okay,i guess I can start counting what I have used from stash for Christmas projects. for the place mats-1.5 yd for top,back and binding,not counting the part that was in the kits that I split between 6 place mats.Then the BQ2 which is not quilted yet,but top and backing are sewn together and are from stash-that measures 54" X 62"-pieced the backing as well as the top. The flannel for the Pjs was bought on Black Friday in 2011,so 9 yds for those-can't count the robes as I bought that this year. I get 16.8 yds-hope that is right. Hope we do this again next year-it really helps to focus on getting things done.

I have some of that floral fabric!


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