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 the latest stash buster from my sewingroom. Along with the yardage used for the top Marcia I also took out 6 yds for backing and binding. I had so much fun making this one that i accidently made too many blocks so am now making a 2nd one and this one will be many in greens since that seemed to be the predominate colorway that is left on the floor-yes still working on that pile!
took another quilt top from my stash to the quilter today so add another 26 7/8 yds along with what i used for this scrap quilt---these king-sized quilts can really put a dent in the stash (and the wallet)
I love this pattern, Diane! Did you follow a pattern or make it up yourself? It's really pretty!
I posted earlier where did it go????
It looks like it is a nine patch...with the 4 patches going on the diagnal???? Am I right?
What size block does it finish at?
Diane you are so clever and creative....
not quite-it's 3, 4-patches ,2, 3 1/2 sqs. and 2, 3 1/2 X 6 1/2 " rectangles they are 9" finished
I think I've got it! Thanks, Diane! I'll print off a picture and the info on the squares & rectangles. That's going to be a scrap project in the near future. It reminds me of Irish chain which is one of my favs!
At this rate Diane, you are going to have to spend next year stash building instead of busting!
I can't let my name go with no yardage at all for the month. So I am showing and counting yardage for the doggie mats that will be donated to Heinz 57, no kill dog shelter this month. The pictures show mats made by both Nancy and I. but I am only claiming yardage for the ones that I did. I have four mats completed and one pillow for the shelter. Total yardage was 6.26 yards.
I'll also be able to claim some yardage for a comfort quilt that I am binding this afternoon. I pieced so I figure I can claim it. I'll figure that tomorrow and get a pic up of it.
Here is the 2nd top using the same block I did used before. This one is much smaller only crib size so only used 4.75 yds. I'm still working on that pile of scraps on my floor-so far I've gotten a king, 2 queen and this crib out of the pile and still have more to go-I'm going to do by golly!! I don't care how long it takes or how many quilts I get out of it but I'm going to use up that pile!!!!!
Diane, I recognize some of those fabrics. They have visited my house in quilt tops/backings!! You really are using up leftovers! I too want to make one of these quilts someday. We should start a discussion page with photos and instructions of some of our group's favorite quilts. This quilt would be a great starter as so many of us like it! (Hint, hint.) Even just a place to post pics of our favorite quilts. What does everyone think of this idea?