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!
Well, ladies, December was our final month in this Stash Busting challenge for 2012! Once again, Diane is our Stash Busting Queen! She used up 19 yards of her stash in December. The total yardage for our group this past month was 58.63 yards! Congratulations, Diane!
Marcia -I added one more -didn't get it posted till just now
Okay- make that 22 yards used by Diane for the month of December! I just now read your post telling about your last project (corn/pumpkin quilt) and have the three yards included in your total for the year and the group's total for the year! :)
one last item to add to my tally for 2012- didn't use much yardage , only 3 yds for top back and binding, but the top came completely out of my scrap bins!! sorry it's sideways
Check out the main discussion at the top of this page and you will see our total yardage of fabric used during 2012!!! It was an amazing 1,179.67 yards!!!!!!!!!!!! Blow me away! That is a LOT of fabric, ladies! (And I imagine we have even more still sitting in our stash begging to be used! lol)
I also broke the yardage down by person! (You didn't know I kept tabs on everyone and the amount of fabric they used up each month, did you?!) Well, it was a 'no brainer' to find out that DIANE is once again our Stash Busting Queen for the Year by using up 333.86 yards of her stash! Betty is our Stash Busting Princess this year by using up 196.15 yards of her stash! (Jan, you gave Betty a run for the Princess title as you were not too far behind her by using up 177.75 yards of your stash!)
It was an absolutely AMAZING year for stash busting, ladies! Congrats to all who put a dent in their stash and here's hoping you continue to "bust your stash"!!! :)
Diane, that is gorgeous!!!! Love, love, love it and to think it came from free (well it seems like free) stash fabric!
Thanks Marcia for keeping all the stats for us. We did make a good dent in our stashes. Congrats to Diane and Betty. Outstanding totals.
Thank you,Marcia for running this for us. I am amazed at how much I was able to finish for the year. Next year should be even better since i am retired now. I have started 3 mystery quilts from stash,plus all the blocks waiting to be made into quilts. LOL. Love that corn and pumpkin wall hanging,Diane-you are so talented! You should really try for the Scrap Squad!
Marsha are you goingto continue the Stash busting this year?