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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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Marcia-just finished my 2011 birthday block quilt top using just from my stash-so I want to put 3 yds on my count-not much I know but all I had to do was the center medallion, sashing, prairie points and final border. Now on to cut out a quilt I've been waiting to do for a year -since before we started the last challenge-it will be fun cutting actual yardage again for a new quilt instead of doing nothing but scraps and UFO's. This quilt takes 8 1/2 yds just for the background!

WOW, Diane- you are the first one to use yardage from your stash this month!  YOU GO, GIRL!!!

You're off to a good start Diane.  I just have borders to finish on my first quilt of the year.  It's from fabrics i bought at the huge quilt store in Portland last fall.  I might even have enough to piece a backing.

wow   Diane   your are going to be hard to beat this month.  I better get to going.  LOL


Marcia how many fat quarters in a yard of fabric??????  Just checking cause We can use that yardage for our stash busting can we not????????????

4 fat quarters = 1 yard

Yes, you can use all the FQs you have in your stash and count it towards this challenge, Betty!  Just sew your heart out, Girlfriend!  But remember to use what you already have in your stash!  :)

Oh I plan to Marcia,  I got allot of fabric I need to do some things with. Thanks

Well, the fabric I bought for my infinity scarves was purchased prior to 1/1/12; but....they were sewn up TWO DAYS BEFORE Jan. 1st; so I can't count my infinity scarves as yardage for this month! Oh well....at least they got done!  lol

The two pillowcases I made for my DN's son (Max) was NOT made from my stash since I specifically wanted football fabric...and I did not have any football fabric in my stash.  Thus- these two pillowcases did NOT count as yardage for this month either!!!

However, I have been cutting out and sewing up a gazillion pillowcases yesterday and today...and am almost done with this batch.  I plan to post my completed pillowcases tomorrow! :)

Hurray - my first quilt of the year is finished.  I'll figure out yardage and get some pics tomorrow.

Peg,you beat me!  I just finished my first top of the year--the About.com New Year's Mystery. All but 1 piece from my stash,but I bought that before the first-had all the pieces cut in anticipation.  One piece I bought on the Dec Shop Hop! Will post pic tomorrow afternoon-I measured it at 80" square.

And here it is!  The brown with pink roses is what I bought on the shop hop-and I bought the green as I did not have a big enough piece of anything else that I could use. It ends up looking Christmas-y with all the red and green,LOL. this si not Merry Mayhem's Mystery,but Janet Wickell on About.com Quilting Forums.

Pat - you must have been up late too since we both posted about the same time - lol   DH doesn't know how I can sew so late but if I'm close to finishing something I just have to keep going :)


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