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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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Marcia-I want to put down 4.5 yds for this  quilt top and 2.9 for the little bassinet quilt I did for the new grand daughter. This blue and white is made from the last of the pile of scraps that I had been working on all winter, this is just a twin, I could have gone larger but I was sick of all the little pieces so once it got to a usable size I quit and cut all the remaining scraps into sizes and put them in labeled containers-yes organization here we come!

Gorgeous! And I am not surprised that you got tired of the little pieces!

Wow.  That's a crazy log cabin.  Beautiful.

 

Gorgeous Diane! I could send you a new pile of scraps if you're running out. ;)
Peg this is just from what was on the floor-you don't even want to see what is organized by color into bins! Now that they are full I'm starting new ones and sorting by size!

Diane-once again you are Royalty!  You earned the Stash Busting Queen title for the month of April!!  Betty was nipping at your heels, so guess you could say Betty is the Princess for the month of April!  Way to go, Ladies!

Altogether we used up 73.72 yards of our stash.  Not as much as the other months, but....delighted some of you managed to put a dent in your stash!!!  lol

Keep plugging away at your stashes, IQ'ers!  You can do it!  Rah, Rah!

Beautiful quilt, Diane!  Is this pattern called Milky Way or is it the Snail's Trail?  Great use of your stash scraps!

This is called shanendoah log cabin and is a judy martin design from her cookies n quilts book
Beautiful guilt, Diane! I still want to know what kind of vitamins you take!

Marcia please put my down for 12 yards for 2 baby blankets, 2 wall hangings and a table runner gone from the UFO pile.

You go, Girl!!!  There goes 12 yards out of your stash!  Well done, Lynne!  (said while patting you on the back)  :)

well I was able to empty the latest container that I unearthed with 1 1/2" squares in-the quilt is called best friends and it's from Trudie Hughes book On Point-I've made it at least 3 times-I guess that's why I had the container of 1 1/2" squares! It's a take on a puss in the corner block and can be set in any log cabin setting. This one is king size it has 8 yds in it. I haven't added any backing or binding for this or the blue and white one-I'll add that at another time when I get closer to quilting them, for now it's just the tops.

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