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!
Lynne when you are ready to learn to Panto come on down....whatever time works for you except Tuesday mornings. I'll make sure I have nothing on Lenni ( and since we both have the same machine) I know that after a little time with me you will be sailing right along.
Doing panto's is the only thing I know....but I do do it well.
Lynne - I was thinking of shingles in the roofs ( straight lines or use a circle ruler for curved ones), siding on the houses (straight lines), small stippling in the white backgrounds, maybe wavy lines in the pinwheels going from center to edges, one or two lines of echoing inside the green parts of the trees. Of course it's easy to have all these time consuming ideas when not actually doing them - lol
Lynn, I made that quilt several years ago with Thimbleberries fabrics. I call it my Christmas quilt and put it on the guest bed in December!!! Love the homey feel of the pattern. You did a great job, taking it from your stash.
I think we inspire each other to just get stuff done!!! It is easy to flit from one thing to the next, but then we have a whole pile of stuff we don't know how to finish. I have tried to make a rule in my sewing room: mending gets done before fun things (thankfully there isn't much mending or I wouldn't have that rule!!); and I try to finish a project if I can. Right now I have two tops hanging on my sewing room door waiting for backing. If I keep them where I can see them, I am less apt to forget about them. I try to get the binding done and put it in a baggie that goes on the hanger. This method seems to work for me.
Lovely quilt Lynne, good job, nice and showy.
Another top with stash fabric - hurray! This group is such good incentive to use up my stash. I had different fabrics for my borders and just wasn't happy with them and thought I'd need a trip to the fabric store. I decided to take another look last night and tried these darker borders and it looked so much better. The final border is more green than it looks in the photo and includes about every color in the other fabrics. I used 5.5 yards of fabric including the bidning which is all made and ready to go.
Beautiful,Peg! As usual.
Very pretty Peg. Now how many tops do you have to take to your LA? Don't get behind, or you"ll never get caught up! Ask me how I know that one...
I have about a dozen hanging up there waiting to be quilted - lol Too late to tell me not to get behind. Actually it's fewer than I had before I got the LA so that's progress :)
My table topper is made with all stash. Also my placemats. So, probably 1.5 yards for the placemats, and 3 for the table topper. YEAH! IT feels good using stash. It's still as gorgeous as the day I bought it. hehee.
hmmm still no completed tops for me.......I feel like such a slacker next to all of you!
Great projects everyone! I might get barcode done yet this month, I'm down to putting the bottom sashing on the blocks.....one step closer.
So I decided to try to sash my blocks today. I have all 72 of them sashed. The sashing was suppose to be on the right side and bottom of the blocks. My blocks are sashed on the right and top.
Tomorrow when I am more awake I will determine if I can still make the blocks work.....since it is a made up pattern, scrappy and a donation quilt.
Tell you what this quilt will look nothing like the quilt I designed in EQ5 when it is done.