Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Like many of you, I still have far too much fabric in my stash, and, though I didn’t achieve my stashbusting goals for 2016, I really did try. I’m game to continue the journey, and hope that you will join me.
Consider joining the group, whether you’ve been a Stashbuster in the past, or not... whether you reached your goal, or not... if you are serious about reducing the amount of fabric that is on your shelves, in your bins and in your favourite hiding places.
As a group, our goal is to get the size of our stash UNDER CONTROL.
I know that I will purchase fabric this year. Being a Stashbuster makes me much more conscious before I add to what I already have. Do I really NEED it? Having to publicly declare a purchase makes me think about it... well for a few seconds, anyway! I am getting better. Little steps, right?
1. There is NO NEED to count the yardage in your stash!!! (it would be way too scary, anyway!)
2. You can sell, donate, or give away yardage to count toward your total.
3. You are allowed to purchase new fabric. Just report that as yardage 'IN'!!!
4. Though it is not necessary to report in every week (you can, though!), regular reporting is encouraged.
5. We are always glad to see pictures!
The routine has been that I post the previous week's reporting early Monday morning in a chart. Participants respond to that post with their yardage IN and yardage OUT for the previous week. That information then gets posted in the following week's chart. You don't have to respond every week, but please respond regularly, even if just to report that there has been nothing IN or OUT.
The date to start your count of Yardage IN and Yardage OUT is January 1, 2017, or anytime you want to join in the fun.
Some people count fabric as busted when the fabric is off the shelf and cut, others count once the top is together, and, I would guess, that others prefer to count once the top is quilted. Whatever works for you!
I hope that you have thought about your goal for this year. Realistically, how many yards of fabric do you think you can use up, sell, donate or give away??
This week, all you need to do is say “I’m in” and state your goal for the year. Your responses will show up in a chart. Participants will indicate their yardage IN and yardage OUT for that week under that post. The chart is always a week (or two) behind.
Membership is open to ALL. Join in at any time you like.
Joy, I love your ideas. You might want to also join the scrap busting class along with this one to use up those scraps. I haven't done it yet as I think one group at a time is good for me. I have tons of scraps I need to deal with. So I am considering doing that, too. Riana had some good ideas for busting. Beth is also leader of that group. It is also part of the quilting bee group. Have fun with your scraps.
Jan, Claiming fabric "out" of stash is more of a "guesstimate" than an actual measurement. If you start with a known amount of fabric and you use it all, that's easy. If you start with pieces of this and that, it is more looking, thinking about how many seams were involved in, say a block, and multiplying however many blocks/parts you sewed for your project during the week. I figure large (12" & up) blocks with lots of parts and seams can be anywhere from an 1/8 yd. to 1/4 yd. Does that help?
Great Pic! Go Pack Go !! Great game on Sunday against the Giants. I think those are fans that were frozen at the tundra!!
Joy, I measure my finished project and figure my yardage out that way. seems to work for me.
Thank you! Beth, you are a wonderful hostess. I am in again this year for 35 yards. Ready Set GOOOOOOOOO!
Have fun everyone happy sewing.
Gayle, You are so enthusiastic!! I love it!!
Thank you, Barbara, I try!
Hello All. I am in again for 25 yards. This year I have a list going of all my started-but-never-saw-the-end quilts (already on the second page, sigh) and really hope to get at least a few done! This will help me. Thank you, Beth, for doing this.
Oh my, Jan, you have a wonderful list of UFOs, but you will shorten it soon, I am sure. They will all be beautiful as well.