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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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How big is your quilt Diane?

Its 100X115 so a narrow king?

Yay, i can't wait to see what it looks like! Hopefully I'll get to quilt it sooner rather than later. :o)

In case you ladies haven't figured it out yet, I am rewarding the monthly stash busters with PATTERNS...instead of more fabric!!! lol  Of course, last year's stashing busting queen acquired a tadbit more than just a pattern for all her efforts!  :)

So, keep sewing ladies!  I am so impressed with all the stash that has been depleted so far this year!  It's amazing what we have gone through in our stashes these past two months (said while patting all of you on your backs)!!!!!!

OKAY, I have put the last stitches in the binding on my 2010 Round Robin quilt--now if I could find the label that was signed by all the participants.... Anyway,I am going to claim yardage-quilt top measured 79 X 71 and the backing came from stash also,so with the binding,I am caliming 9.16 yards. Now I am going to cut the last borders for my birthday quilt and get it quilted.

Ohh, very pretty spring like colors Pat

thank you,Diane

Now I am going to post a pic pf my birthday quilt-it is 67 X 95 inches-kind of long and narrow. and the 2 blocks of the month from Craftsy and a pic of one of the name tags for retreat. I guess I can claim them as stash busters as they all came from my scrap collection and used the tiniest pieces. I made 32 of them and they were 3 X 4 inches. I made a pile of cloth dust as I was trimming them and I don't care if I never put narrow binding on anything again!

Okay,I hAd to get my calculator-4.9 for quilt top+backing makes 9.8 sq yds and .59 for the name tags,front and back. You can't see it,but the fabric surrounding the center blockj has sayings about friends.

VERY NICE, Pat, on ALL of your projects!!!  I just finished my first craftsy block for January last night.  I'm going a little 'out of the box' on my color selection, so will be rather bright!  I'll try to get a pic posted on the main page.  Your b-day quilt turned out SEW nice!  I love your colors. And the round robin is great, too.  I like the border corner triangles.

Jackie,I think the Craftsy block is supposed to be bright! The patterns are so wild. I chose blue as I have so many blues in my stash--but they are coming out kind of bright.

Very nice Pat!  I had to do a double take when you said the one was your birthday blocks.  I didn't recognize it right off the bat.  I love how they all look so different.

 

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