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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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Diane, OMG... I'm  speechless...bless you for finishing that ten year quilt.  WOW!!!  I admire you and your quilt.  I know I'd never have the patience to do that!

Diane- what an AMAZING quilt and what an awesome accomplishment!!!!!  I bet it feels so good to get this quilt checked off your UFO list!!!!!!!  It may have taken you ten years; but I don't think I would've gotten a quilt like that done in a lifetime!!!! lol  Well done, my friend!  :)

Truly awesome Diane.  What an accomplishment.  So happy for you to be able to check that off your list.  It will be beautiful on a bed!!!

I have to admit that finishing that quilt became a matter of principle after getting a couple of those blocks sewn,i was going to finish it no matter what! I worked at least 6 hrs every blasted day until it was done.now that it is I don't even like it

Oh Diane, I think your brain is still fried or something (not trying to insult you)- your quilt is awesome! !!!! If you don't like it, I'd be happy to take it off your hands!! I have beenthinking about it all day, how I would quilt it!!! You did a beautiful job with it!!!! Do you see how excited I am with al thee exclamation points!!! Oh,it is just beautiful-you should be proud of it, really. It is like no other quilt I have seen.


That quilt is so beautiful!!! What is it that you don't like.

Diane the quilt is beautiful.

Marcia hope things are good with you and your brother is doing good as well. Please send me the email again my friend about last months stash busting winner. I will come back to the library next week and check in again.

You ladies have fun stash busing that is what I am getting done while I have no computer.
Marcia I will probable not be on before the first of March so please sign me up for March's stash busting. I have a whole lot of things to get done so my as well keep going.

Happy Stash Busting Everyone

Marcia, the ironing board cover was a total of 3 yards of fabric.  It is a bright addition to the sewing room.  I'll try to post a picture later on.

Marcia-forgot to have you add the wallhanging I pieced-4 1/2 yd. That includes the backing and binding. I've almost finished hand quilting it. I'll post a picture when I'm done.

Diane, do you have some time-altering device or do you not sleep at night? You are getting so much done it makes my head spin!! Hopefully I'll get something done sometime soon so that I can post some yardage. Almost done with a quilt for Alex -no quilting, just piecing the top and backing. Then borders for another quilt(will have to buy backing for that one), then put together sections of another and piece the backing. That would be three quilts if I could get to them some more. Maybe I'll get more time this weekend.
Not sure I'll get to go to hickory park in tames Monday. We'll have to set up another time to meet as a group, hopefully I can bring Alex then.

Wow, Diane! I'm speechless - what a fantastic accomplishment! You make me feel like a real slacker - but that's my problem - lol!


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