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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! 

 

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!

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Marcia--here is a progress report on my "chips and strips"   (cover your eyes Sandy!)

Oooooo- I can see it coming to life, Pat!! :)  Are the strips that you plan to sew beside the six squares going to be white...black...or another color?  I can see where this is an addictive pattern!  Just like a potato chip:  you can't eat just one chip... nor can you just make one 6-squared block! lol  Can hardly wait to see your finished quilt top!

I have a cream tone-on-tone for the strips. there are 58 of these 6 square blocks-have 44 done=I am  eginning toi feel like i will finish!

should have signed it "YOUR FAVORITE CHEERLEADER"! LOL

They will make wonderful projects for next year!  Got my list made I have 8 things on it, and no birthday FQ's project.

Hope I can still get in the Stashbuster group because I have to use up somethingthis year. I have already made two bags for my nieces for crayons and paper. I'll figure out the yardage.

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Pat, I just tried to get that mystery quilt but it is unavailable. Is it possible to get a copy.

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Linda,which mystery quilt? Chips and Strips? or About.com ?  Let me know and then let me know your snail mail addtress and i will mail a copy.

Gotcha on the list, Linda N!  Welcome to this challenge!  Now sew, Girl, sew!!! lol

Marcia, I agree - we shouldn't be allowed to use our b'day fqs in our stash busting! Mine won't be here 'til Oct. So it won't bother me a bit - lol!

By the time I get to use mine, they will be legal for next year's stash busting!

1 more set of borders and I can list my first stash buster for the year.

Pat,

Both would be great.

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Hello Ladies here is my Star Quilt all done, the top at least.  I will have to go through my stash to see if I got backing for this one.  Sure hope so, I could use up some more fabric.  Marcia I calculated 3.85 yds for the top. I still have to cut the binding.

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