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!
Here's an easy way to know whether fabric yardage will count or not: only the fabric in your stash PRIOR to Jan. 1, 2012 will count. Any fabric acquired (whether donated or purchased) in 2012 does NOT work for our stash buster challenge!
Hopefully, this is a simple way to clarify it for you and everyone else! I just want to make it as easy as possible; as well as FUN!!! :)
In regards to signing up monthly....I am going to assume all of us will remain signed up for this challenge all twelve months (unless you let me know differently)! I decided to do a monthly challenge in case anyone else wants to jump on board sometime later on in the year! I also chose to have a monthly challenge so there will be more winners...which may mean more incentive for us to use fabric from our stash (instead of buying more)!!! ;^)
Marcia-I am such a scrap saver! I have very little in the way of larger pieces in my stash. How would I determine how much I used? In fact I have 4 grocery sacks now that have pieces for crumb quilts.
The easiest way to get a 'close proximity' on scrappy quilts which use small pieces is to measure the completed top. For instance- if the top is 70"x85", figure out how much total yardage it would take using one large piece off a bolt to make that top.
I know that doesn't include the total yardage (because some yardage is taken out by the numerous seams you have in a scrappy quilt), but that's a close estimate.
I am in the same boat as you, Melzee, since I have several scrappy projects started using 2 1/2 squares; as well as 2 1/2" strips. (I have 4 unfinished strip quilts that need to be squared and then a border or two added on!) I have a beautiful Four Patch quilt in the making (using the leader/ender process) and will have to just 'guess-timate' the yardage of this quilt also!
If you get close in the yardage, that's what counts, Melzee! That...and all the fun you have emptying out a grocery sack filled with scraps!!!! lol
Hope you & your four grocery sacks of scraps decide to join in on the fun!!! ;^)
WooHoo! Betty messaged me to let me know she is joining in on this Stash Buster challenge. She already has several projects in mind: baby quilts, bags, Lone Star, etc.
Oh, oh-the Energized Bunny is joining us, so I'm sure she'll keep us hopping!!!!! lol
Well,Marcia, I have started 2 NYD mystery quilts on NYD,but only got work done on one of them-spent all day yesterday sewing and found myself short a few squares-since it is all from stash,I will have to try to buy 6" of fabric that matches or blends or else figure out how to make a quilt with 13 squares instead of 16! I laid it out with 12 and I could make an arty,off-center quilt,but would really rather find some fabric,LOL. The other one "Merry Mayhem's NYD Mystery" uses jelly roll strips and I have boxes full of them in my stash-hope to get both tops done while I am off work this week.
Pat, what is NYD? Does it mean New Year's Day? Just curious. Well, I for sure didn't accomplish much today, it was an early out day for Seth at school 1:30. I dropped him off at school this am, came home, took a nap, showered and went to pick him up. Yep, I slept that long. Hope I get some energy soon. Think I'll need it for the baby. Still going to try to get two tops done before he arrives. we'll see...
Yes,New Year's Day- I had the day off,so I wanted to get a whole top done,but I had to sleep and the top was more complicated than I thought it would be-started out with 144 half square triangles! I found my leftover fabric and there is enough to finish--just lost it in the pile! Will post a pic here when it is done.Merry Mayhem's probably could have been done in a day,it is precut jelly roll strips,but i started the other one first,so will finsh that one first. Will post pic of that one,too when finished.
Pat-I downloaded the Merry Mayhem's NYD mystery quilt and it it an easy one using 2 1/2" strips. I plan to get some scraps out to do that one since it is a fun scrappy one! This could be a really fun one to do at a retreat! Hmmm...maybe our August retreat???!!! ;^)
Marcia where did you get the download from????
I think we should have a project for all of us to work on at the retreat, maybe we could help each other out if one gets stuck on something. HE HEEEEEEEEEEE
Betty,you can go to Planet Patchwork,Merry Mayhem's Mystery, Chips and Strips. She gave the instructions New Year's Day and I also printed them off and have not had time to sew it t0gether,even though I had all the pieces cut before Sun. LOL. If you can't get it,I can copy and snail mail it to you.
What's this Merry Mayhem quilt? I guess I should google for it, and find out.
I have cut about 1/3 of my scraps into pieces to make a quilt and some to make a dog bed. and I am saving whatever is too small to stuff the dog bed with! I could make some Melzee crumb quilts, but at that rate, I would never get to big pieces of stash, like 1 yard pieces! Hehee.
That's right, Froggie...go for the BIG pieces of fabric!!! It will help you earn a higher number of yardage used in our stash busting challenge!! lol