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!
we had 9 sewing machines going
Since Betty doesn't have a working computer right now she asked me to report that she made 5 pillowcases with her stash and please add 5 yards to her total.
Linda Hiatt doesn't have a total....just to make it perfectly clear! Ugh....but, I'm working on UFO's so it's all OK!
I'll get back to making things sooner or later.
While spending nights at the hospital I decided to make mug rugs as gifts for all those who helped take care of DB: his doctors, nurses, CNAs, and cooks. I made 57 mug rugs! Each one used five 5" squares of fabric. I had to draw these 285 five inch squares out on a piece of paper to help me figure out how much yardage I had used! I was amazed to find out I had used 5 yards to make all those coasters! I ended up making more mug rugs than I needed, but decided to share the extras with my family members. Now when they see that coaster....they'll think of my brother Dave. :)
Will upload a photo of the mug rugs (and the 14 pillowcases I had made earlier this month) as soon as I get the pictures downloaded from my camera.
BTW- the 5" squares I used for these mug rugs were from my tub containing all of my precut 5" squares that I had cut up after getting done with a project. Cutting my scraps into commonly used sizes of squares really paid off for me on this project! :)
Here is a photo of the 57 mug rugs I made while doing 'night duty' at the hospital:
Here are the 14 pillowcases I had made earlier in the month. Some of the fabrics I had picked up when on the Shop Hop with Lynne, Pat, Jody, & Viv. Two of these pillowcases have already been used in theme-baskets I made for a community fundraiser for a one year old girl with health problems. (I had this toddler's mother as a second grade student several years back.)
Marcia you are amazing!
Marcia,the mug mats are such a good idea! When we have a loved one in the hospital for so long,we kind of get to know the staff and it is nice to show appreciation for all they do. The pillow cases are really nice,too.
Question for the Head Stash Buster Marcia - Do tops that were finished before January but not quilted count once they are officially finished in 2012?
Lynne- For this challenge we are counting yardage used from our stash starting JANUARY 1, 2012. I'm all about keeping it simple so my answer is YES! Here's my reasoning for that reply: the quilt top was a UFO in your stash just taking up room, so if you take it out to complete it...then you are depleting your stash (especially if you take the backing and binding from your stash). I'm being a very lenient "Head Stash Buster" because I want to encourage you gals to deplete as much yardage out of your stash as possible!!!! Sew, Gals, sew! :)
Marcia, the mug mats turned out really colorful. Good job. I'm sure it helped to pass the time at the hospital to be actually "doing" something. You are a good person to donate so much. Hugs to you.
I love those mug rugs! THey are sew fun and quick. I will take that blue one, right there....