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!
I need to learn to make pillow cases. I have never tried, but the center could use some. They are still using the ones from 20 years ago. EEWWWW!
I'm on it and I think Betty is too Deb. Just so you know, pillow cases are really FAST and EASY. I'll see if I can get you some info.
These are the directions I use for pillow cases - very quick and easy as long as you actually follow them. I might have missed which sides needed to be sewn together last time I made one since I was so sure I knew what I was doing lol
Just what I was going to look for Peg---before life got in the way. Glad you were able to post these for Debra. I'm sorry I didn't get to it sooner.
Okay, fellow stash-busters: It was a close contest in January between Betty and Lynne, but Betty edged Lynne out by a little over three yards! Congratulations to our January Stash Buster Queen: BETTY! (I will email you a note about your prize.) Hooray for this group of Stash-Busting ladies because we used a total of 178.7 yards out of our stashes during the first month of this challenge! WooHoo! I can only imagine what our total yardage used will be at the end of this challenge!!! Oh my...won't we be surprised if we keep this pace up??!! ;^)
Marcia, Betty's computer isn't working right now. She's trying to either get it fixed or she'll check in at the library and go on line. Just wanted you to know--in case you don;t get a reply.
Marcia,i have finished the top of the mystery quilt for guild's spring retreat,but won't post a pic until after the retreat. It was done with material bought before the first of the year and the smaller pieces came from stash. I quilted it on my DSM-first time I quilted such a large quilt on my DSM I think it will end up about 72 X 90". Still have to put the binding on. Will give you dimensions when I have it finished.
Wow!! You ladies are AWESOME!! I wish I had time to sew to use some stash! Someday. Keep up the good GREAT work!!
Marcia, that is a lot of yardage!!! Yeah for us!!! We continue to inspire each other to use that stash!!! I just resisted purchasing more fabric this morning. It was not for a purpose, just pretty and thought it would be good to have. Then I remembered that I'm supposed to be using up my stash, not adding to it. Deleted the order without purchasing a single FQ!!!
Hi Marcia you will have to send me another email and hopefully I will not delete it this time. I cleaned out my box of 667. WOW You can put me down again this month.. To start the month out right please put down another 7 pillowcases. I will post a pic of them and the last months pillowcases when I get my computer back up and running. I am at a friends house right now. WOW I cannot believe I won. I thought Lynne had me.
Deb there is a free pattern for Hotdog Pillowcases on line. Just google Hotdog pillowcase pattern and there it is. They are so easy.
Way to go, Betty! You are the first one on the stash-buster list for February!!!
Ladies- Betty had mentioned something to me that I was already aware of, but want to share it with you so that all of you are 'in the know' also. When you take the measurements of your completed project and use 'my formula' (width x length divided by 1,296) to figure out the total yardage...this figure will be considerably less yardage than what you actually use. The main reason for this is due to all the seams in your project. Also a pattern requires you to buy that little extra bit of fabric you need for some of the bigger pieces (yet you'll still have some 'scraps' left over). To make a long story shorter: use the actual yardage the pattern lists (if at all possible) when you are reporting the yardage used for a project. Otherwise, if you use 'my formula', you might just be shorting yourself in yardage. Only use my formula if you do not know the yardage; or if you are making something scrappy and no yardage is given! My formula is just a way for some of you gals to be able to get a 'ball park figure' for yardage used! In the world of geometry, it's an easy way to figure the area of your quilt top using a math equation! ;^)
So, please....use the pattern's yardage whenever possible!