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 is a quilt that I quilted for the shelter this week. Although all of the fabric came from my stash, I did not piece the top and don't feel I can take credit for it. But the backing and binding also came from my stash and since I quilted it I don't feel bad about claiming that fabric. Quilt backing 74 x 85 = 6290 Binding 338 = 6528/1296 = 5.19 yards of fabric.
Sometimes simple designs make up into the most beautiful quilts and this quilt proves just that! Hooray for you, Deb, for sharing your stash with an individual who really needs to know that someone cares about her and supports her! CLAP; CLAP; CLAP; CLAP; CLAP; CLAP! (That's my round of applause for you, Deb!)
I reread that post and want to clarify. The brown fabric was all in my possession on the first of January, and therefore in my stash. But the brown squares were almost all donated fabric, prior to Jan. 1rst.
Carol and Nancy both donated brown squares.....And I am very appreciative of that! That is another reason I did not claim yardage for the front of the quilt.
I completed the flannel baby quilt this evening. I'll get a picture taken and post it later. The yardage according to the pattern is 4 yards, including 1-1/4 yd for backing. However, I used the left-over scraps to make a scrappy back, so just put me down for 2.75 yards for the quilt. I have another scrappy quilt sandwiched and pinned, so hope to get at it tomorrow.
Jan I think scraps are still stash.....you didn't throw them away. JMHO.
I agree with Deb! The pattern said 4 yards so that is what I am giving you credit for, Jan! :)
(Read my previous post about going by the pattern's yardage whenever possible!)
O.K., Deb....you're starting to give Betty a run for her 'Energizer Bunny' tag!!
Ooh I like that one, I might steal it for our church quilts.
Lynne I actually have 2 of those patterns.....would be glad to ship one off to you. The pattern actually ends at the middle border to make it a large lap. I added the outer to make it a twin.
Should be able to figure it out without the pattern. The geometry teacher in me tends to do that any time I see a quilt. Pattern designers probably don't like that!
Just love those colors,Deb--have been collecting some black and red florals-this would be perfect! I have a red Minkee backing that i had planned to use with a flannel quilt,but the top was too big for it. I could probably do that one during the guild's quilt retreat.how wide are the center strips--5"? Thanks for showing it!