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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! 



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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It's your design so you have creative control - go with the sashings on top.  Who will know?  :)

I have heard so much about the strip quilts that today I could not stand it any longer so I made one. Here it is. Got the backing and binding all cut ready to get quilted. Marcia we can add 6.59 yds to my total now.

That is a very pretty quilt,Betty/ Love the pink and black combo.

Looks great Betty.  Isn't it fun to see what they look like once you're finished - never know at the beginning.

After the first edge sewn together I was getting to wonder what it would look like. I thought it would end up very ugly.  Maybe its the way I sewed the strips together. I alternated them plain and print but maybe I should of used all prints it would of looked a little more better. But I am satisfied with this first one. Thanks for the comment.

Betty when people are actually racing, they don't iron the seams after each pass.....shoot from what I saw they don't even cut the quilt straight....LOL

Did you use 40 stips?


Yes I did Deb, 8 colors, 5 strips of each one.  I was going to say 45 minutes does not give you time to press or cut correctly. That is not my way of quilting.

Betty I love all the colors together-the black really makes it pop! Great job!

Very nice quilt Betty, and love your table topper, Froggie! Now Froggie gets to have yardage behind her name!

Deb, It'll be a while until I have any amont recorded so don't think you're the only one! I have plenty of stash, just really slow!

GORGEOUS quilt, Betty! I really love black in a quilt. Two weeks into the year, and people are really using up that fabric! Wowee!

~HOpppy quilting~

Marcia I get to add all of 3/4 yd to my count for binding on a quilt I took off the frame today whoopie!

Betty, i like your colors in that quilt.  The black does make it pop!  Maybe sometime after little mister is born, I'll have a jelly roll race, but it won't be against anyone else sewing, I'll see if I can get one done while he is napping!  I have a jelly roll pack that I was just looking at today wondering what I was going to do with it.  There goes my list getting bigger everyday. 

How do you get a jelly race quilt to lay flat if you don't press each row?  That would be a pain to quilt in the end!  Sorry, just thinking from an LAer's perspective!


I think I might come in last for January, I hope I can at least get my one block done for the guild BOM!  I was going to go back down and work on it tonight, but my steam ran out....nto the steam in my iron either.


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