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 stash busting goals for 2018, 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 Stash buster 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 favorite 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 Stash buster 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, 2018, 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??
The update chart will be posted once a month.
Membership is open to ALL. Join in at any time you like.
Thank you, Gayle.
Beautiful center piece of fabric, Jan, and the kitties add a lot of style. Please tell us more about the center fabric. Looks like the beginning of a gorgeous medallion setting quilt!
I don't know where I picked up the fabric in the middle. I just loved it and had to have it. This pattern originated from an old magazine (1986?) that I have kept because "I'm going to make that quilt some day." Figured now was it. The original pattern has different blocks in the middle and I was all set to do that when I came across this piece and thought how perfect (and what a time saver!). The original cats are appliqued on. I have updated this. When I'm done I will post the magazine pic that gave me the inspiration and the new modern quilt. Other than the 8 cats I don't know that it will look anything like the original.
Beautiful block Jan. Would love to see it again when enlarged.
Good job Gayle.
Thank you, Barbara. I'll post again when I'm done. Really should go work on it today.
Thank you, Barbara
Those had to take some time, such detail.
Yes. My biggest problem with the cats was getting them centered in the right place. It was certainly a learning project!
That center is gorgeous. Are you up to piecing clam shells? Or kitties like spools.
Hadn't thought of clam shells but that's an idea. Thank you, Mary. I have another embroidery package of outlined cats and I was thinking of making each one of those a block. I also have some block patterns that I've been collecting and never tried. Lots of ideas. Need to go play!
OMG!!! I did this quilt top in a day, Sunday, then I got it quilted last night. The binding is on this am, waiting to see if my binder can get it done for me quickly. It is for a cancer patient. I am so excited with how this turned out. It is a jelly roll and background fabric. I used the whole jelly roll, including for the binding. It is a free pattern from Jordan Fabrics. You can also watch the you tube video how to make it. Out = 9 yards.