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!
Just trying to help Betty out in her quest to BEAT Peg and Pat this month.
Sure doesn't look like I'm going to be anywhere close to those kinds of numbers. :-). Maybe if I ever get around to cutting up those practice pieces of quilting, and get the binding on them, I can count that fabric yardage as kitty pads for the local vet/shelter.
Peg- that is one GORGEOUS quilt! The pattern is beautiful and the fabrics are yummy! (Don't worry...I promise I won't lick your fabrics!!!) You really are a quilter-extraordinaire, Peg! I bet if you entered any of your quilts in a show you would get "BEST OF SHOW"!
We have sooooooo many talented ladies in this forum group! I sure enjoy seeing what everyone sews up; as well as the advice ya'll share with me! Thanks bunches, everyone! :)
Betty- what have you made (or are making) with your 16 FQs?? This curious mind want to know! lol
Peg, that quilt is just wonderful. I love those colors - reminds me of Southwest colors. And batik is always a winner in my book.
I'm working on some stuff, but not ready to do any measuring. Thanks for the formula - I had no idea how to go about figuring it out when I use scraps. Now I know!!!
Marcia there is 24 ladies in the Birthday Swap, I got 16 of the fabrics from my stash. That is where the FQ's came from.,, The rest of them I have to buy.
my quilt is 80X80 inches and I have the backing ready--so that is 4.9 yd X2 =9.8 yd. I have about half the blocks for my "chips and strips" done,also. Finding the block sort of addictive,LOL "I can't make just one"
That a girl, Pat! You figured out your own yardage...and according to my calculations, you did it correctly! (However, I've been known to be wrong on my measurements before, right Deb?!!) lol
Want to start the "Chips & Strips" quilt but disciplining myself to get some UFOs done! I'm afraid if I start I won't be able to 'just make one'!!! ;^)
Ah-now I know what you were referring to when you said 16 FQs, Betty. I don't want to burst your bubble...but in all fairness I think you should be making a project from your stash in order for it to count! I'm thinking if you just give your fabric away and want to count what you give away...then all my ugly fabric in my stash can be given away to Goodwill and I'd be the Queen of Stash Busting (without doing any work)!!! I really think there should be some work involved in some kind of a project for a gal to be able to count it towards the yardage! So, sadly I'm going to make a 'judgement call' on your 16 FQs, Betty, and not give you yardage credit. :( Sorry. Hope you understand the reasoning for this decision. The goal of this challenge is for all of us to work a little harder to use our stash in projects...not just give it away! ;^)
OOPS- guess I did not do a very good job of explaining that the yardage would be earned when using it to complete a project. Poor Betty was my guinea pig and helped me realize I needed to explain our challenge better. Any more questions or concerns that I may have overlooked? I am hoping I have all the bases covered now! :)
No Problem here Marcia, I have lots of fabric and lots of projects I want to do this year. I understand about the FQ's . Yes in all fairness they should not count. Im' COOL
Thanks for being so understanding, Betty! I'm sure we ALL have lots of fabric and lots of projects to do this year!
With that being said: LET 'R RIP, TATER CHIP! (one of my favorite phrases- giggle, giggle!)
Okay, Ladies- here's another 'judgement call' regarding those of us participating in the FQ Birthday Swap. As much as I would love, love, love to count any projects made from our b'day FQs, we have to realize that these FQs were NOT part of our stash prior to January 1, 2012. :(
So....my 'judgement call' is this: you can count the border yardage, sashing yardage, and backing yardage IF it comes from your stash!!! But you canNOT count the b'day FQs as fabric yardage in this challenge. I know, I know...like all of you I am anxious to start a project using these FQs; but it does not go along with the terms outlined in this challenge. Sorry! :(
BTW-I realize many of you will try to get something made with your FQs prior to our AQS get-together and that's wonderful...you just can't count the FQs!!!!
Signed, the Discussion Dictator ... the Wicked Witch of the IQ Forum... the moderator who is trying to be fair :)