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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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Nice quilts! like the model on the other page,too.

Very pretty quilts Andrea. I really like the setting on the last one.  Cool design.

Yes, think he is a keeper!

Pat, love your birthday quilt - such soft colors.
Andrea, two nice quilts!
I'm such a slacker!

Pretty quilts Andrea, I like them both. Good Job.

Hooray!  Look at all the projects getting done this month!  And a special pat-on-the-back to our new mommy for getting some quilting time squeezed in between feedings, changings, and cuddlings!  ;^)

Deb- your dinosaurs will truly delight some young child!  What happy and colorful dinosaurs!

Pat-every time you snuggle under your quilt, just think of all of us singing "Happy Birthday" to you before you go to bed!!!!!  That's a rather unique lullaby, don't ya think??!! lol

Andrea- love both of your quilts!  The quilting you did on your Twister is eye-catching! :)  I also loved the fabrics you used in that quilt.  And what an adorable quilt for Mr. Personality!  I bet this quilt brought even more smiles to his face!  I'm impressed you are finding some time to spend with your sewing machine!  That Alex must be a good napper!  ;^)

Alex is becoming a napper, don't know if he'll be a good one or not we'll see. Right now daddy is a good babysitter...if you know what I mean! Actually, I think he just prefers the sain version of me rather than the crazy me!! He knows the hum of a machine, smell of a hot iron and feel of cotton is soothing to me. What a good daddy.
Thanks for your comments on my quilting...gotta get back into practice for my customers! I want to make sure i am all nice and warmed up before I start Diane's "pieces of baltimore" quilt! She spent 10 years on it-I better make sure I do a good job on it! (No pressure.)
The fabric I used was part of a jelly roll from a few years back, I think it was "portabello", butnnot certain.
Now to decide what to work on next. I have several works in progress, but new ideas aee calling to me also. Decisions, decisions!

Marcia, would you be so kind as to "delete" my name from this list.  I am finishing things but not busting stash right now.  I'm sure this sounds strange to you, but it actually makes me feel pressure and therefore "stress" to see my name there without numbers behind it!  :)  

Your wish is my command!  (Even though there really shouldn't be any pressure, Linda!!! You, silly girl, you!)

{{giggle}}  thanks for understanding Marcia.  I feel better already.  Now I can get a good nights sleep! LOL 

Marcia  you can add to my count, I have done 12 more bags which comes to 3.5 yards and my tablerunner which is another 3 yards and I have done some infinity scarfs as well and that came to 3.54 yds.   Not much but just have not felt like sewing. Want to do more though.  I have big plans anyways. HA HA

I didn't get anything turned in in April because I wasn't done with anything!!  Now I have completed a few items.

Marcia please add 4.5yards for the charm square donation quilt.  I am only counting background fabric, borders and binding as that is all that came from my stash.  Also, add 2 yards for the bow tie purse - a kit I've had for over 2 years.  I'll have more to add this month, but wanted to get this listed before I forgot about it.  Senior moments, you know!!!

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