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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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When I first looked at it I thought, "That's NOT the Merry Mayhem Mystery Quilt!!!"  but then I read your message explaining that it wasn't!  I remember you buying the brown fabric with the roses at our mini Shop Hop because you said you had liked the fabric you had used in Patricia's b'day quilt!  The fabrics you used in your quilt's border are very rich looking!  (I love the paisley print!)  What a great use of your stash fabric, Pat!  (Said while patting you on the back!)

Now- you just have to measure it (width x length) to get total inches and then divide by 36" for an estimate of the total yardage in this quilt.  If you have the backing prepared to add to this quilt top...you can include that yardage also!  :)

WooHoo!  That oughta be a lotta yardage, Pat!!!  

Pat what a lovely quilt. I am working on my first on of the year as I write this. Coming along pretty well with it. Be a little dent in the stash when I get done with it.  Marcia I love the football pillowcases.  I should of thought about that when we were at the show this year. Darn it anyways.  Well maybe next year.

Here's a pic of my first quilt for 2012.  I bought the pattern quite a while ago and then found the fabrics in Portland last fall.  I was hoping to have enough fabric to piece the back and use some more stash but no such luck - at least not enought that I'd like with it.  I used 7 1/2 yds for the front.

Oh thats so pretty! I love the colors

Oh,Peg,that ia a masterpiece as usual!  Love those colors. I got started on the "chips and strips" of Merry Mayhems mystery this afternoon. Then got a call from a friend who was stranded-seems the nuts came off one of her front tires and she had to call a towtruck to take it to the dealership-when I picked her up there was only 1 left on her left front wheel! Then she was due to pick up her DS from his Dad-an hour drive away and no time to deal with renting a car without being late-so I took her there,too!Fortunately I do not work until Tues night. LOL-happy quilting,everyone--try to catch up with Peg and me (teehee)

Peg your quilt is very pretty, nice colors as well.  Good job on the quilt and using your stash.

Pat I think you and Peg are going to be the ones to beat too.   Good job ladies.  As Marcia says it  " While patting you both on the back!!!"

Ok Marcia  so far I have 16 FQ's out of my stash and that   takes up 4 yards   I tried my best with the yardage for my bags and so far we have a yard with them.   I will post yardage for the star quilt tomorrow hopefully.  So I got a good beginning.     


I just have to catch up to Pat and Peg,   JUST HAVE TO!!!!!      Said while laughing///////////////

Got your message about your bags, Betty, and according to my calculations your 2 small (6 1/2" x 11");  4 medium (8" x 13 1/2");  4 large (9  1/2"  x 16"); and 1 extra large (7 1/2" x 18 1/2").....plus doubling these measurements for the lining inside equals 2,697.5 inches.  I divided it by 1,296 inches (which is a square yard-36 x 36); so your yardage used is 2.08 yards...but that did not include your bags' straps so lets round it up to 2 1/2 yards! 

NOTE:  Ladies, when trying to figure out approximate yardage used in a quilt I had told you to take the length times the width and divide it by 36 inches.  OOPS- that 36" figure is incorrect.  Since you are doing square yardage measurement for your quilt top you need to divide it by 1,296 inches (which is the number of inches in a square yard)!

Thanks Marcia for figuring that out.  I will do better with this next project. Please change my yard to 2 1/2 yards.  Thank you so much.      Happy Birthday

Hey Marcia I have a favor to ask.....could you put the note above in the actual discussion above.  That way we won't have to search for the formula each time... Thank you.


PS do the bags have two sides at those measurements?  I'm practicing my math skills today and so far I am failing. LOL

Good suggestion about the formula, Deb.  Got it done!  :)  

AND...you are correct about TWO sides for each bag!  I used Betty's measurements and didn't double it to include BOTH sides!!  Silly me!!  Thank you for catching that error!

So, Betty- I need to double your yardage to include both sides to your bag & lining!  Instead, you have used FIVE yards for all those bags.  Does that sound like better math, Deb??!!!  Thanks for pointing that out!  

BTW- If Betty's bags are 3D instead of flat...those measurements do not include the side panels!  Guess it's a good idea to measure the fabric before you cut it for a project.  Then if you measure it after you are done cutting, you will have ALL the fabric yardage included that your project uses.  


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