Sunday Stash Report – on Wednesday

Whose idea was it to bust the stash anyway? Not a very good idea if you ask me! 🙂

Stash Addition

Stash Addition

Yes, I know Sunday was several days ago. Yes, I’ve been dreading this report. Yes, I could’ve posted it on Sunday. If anyone has noticed my stash figures at the top of the page, you might have noticed that I seem to be going in the wrong direction. Yes, I know that I’ll probably not reach my stash reduction goal of 150 yards by December 31. Yes, I’m sad. No . . I’m really not too sad. I had fun and I love my stash and I love having everything (well . . almost everything) I need right here on my shelves.

There are some quilters who have had worse (or better . . depending on how you look at it) weeks. Oh well — I can only go forward and make the best of it, right? All the fabric has been washed and ironed. Some has even been cut up and will be used as soon as I get off the computer.

I mentioned that we stopped at Merrily We Quilt Along in Springfield on Saturday. We also stopped at The Quilt Sampler. Both shops had a good selection of sale fabric. Everything I bought was good, name brand fabric and it was $4.99 per yard or $5.99 per yard for a couple of batiks.

Monday at our local quilt shop, I bought a few yards of a greenish background fabric that I’ve just loved. She was almost out of it (I think I’ve bought the entire bolt — a couple of yards at a time!) so I bought the rest of it.

And, I ran out of a green fabric I was using for my Star Sampler. It’s a Michael Miller Krystal and because so many of the greens looked the same on the web pages, I had to order several of them in hopes of getting the right one . . which I did get. But, it took 12 yards just to get 2 yards. I love how things work around here! 🙂

Let’s just get it over with . . I bought 67 yards of fabric last week! Since I got lots of sewing done and quilted a couple of quilts and bound four while I was gone, I used 21 yards of fabric last week.

Now I only need to use 226 yards to have a net use of 150 yards for the year. Darn it! I know that I can do it, but I also know that I probably will not. Somewhere along the way, I’ve lost track, accidentally of course, of the total amount of fabric I’ve used/purchased for the year. Oh well . . I’ll do better in 2009. Maybe! 🙂

Net Stash Reduction Goal for 2008 – 150 yards
Net Used to Date – <76 yards>
Net Yards To Go – 226 yards


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    I’ve decided that the real benefit of the counting that we have been doing is that it makes us appreciate it more! A worthy goal on it’s own! I am sooooo wanting to buy fabric – it’s killing me! Mom and I are checking out a new fabric store next week and I’ll probably buy whatever jumps in my cart.

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    Why not go for even – use as much as you buy this year ?
    Be kind to yourself Judy !
    We are in this for the fun, right ? 🙂

    This year I will be happy if I make it even, or if the diet will show just a little bit.
    It means that I have a little control, right ?
    As long as the stash does not grow this year I will be a very happy camper 🙂

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    Lemme make you feel better – I just got the credit card bill showing my purchases of 150 yards. 😛 It’s all white, so not photograph worthy at this point… but next week I’ll start dyeing it with my mom. And thankfully, she’ll be paying for half of it! 😀

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    Although it true you’ve added some, you do make lots of quilts. 🙂 You’ve made us aware of our stash and that’s a good thing. For me, I’m not just buying everything that comes along. I’m trying to use up what I have and be aware of my purchases. You have helped me to do that and besides….we’re having fun! Love your new fabrics. 🙂

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    Evelyn says

    I like to think of it as “stash management” not stash busting! I live soooo far away from the stores that I really do need to have a working stash in order to sew. I like to use fabric so I can buy fabric! Nice purchases – can’t wait to see what you make them up into!

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    Mary Ann says

    I’m not in on this stash busting (with age comes wisdom, LOL) but I do have a theory. If you had kept track of things last year, most of you would find that you are doing MUCH better this year, just because you are aware of what you are buying and using. Don’t you feel better now?

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    ROFLOL, a kindred spirit. I figure if you’re going to buy fabric, then by golly, BUY FABRIC!! Good looking stuff, Judy, destined for gorgeous quilts!

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    I am SO HAPPY to see this tonight. I just came back from Rossville Quilts block of the month and………drum roll here………..I bought fabric. Not 67 or 150 yards mind you, but $43 worth. That’s a chunk for me, who has only bought 30 yards total the first half of the year. As long as we are happy with our purchases, that’s what counts!

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    pdudgeon says

    well so far i’m even for the week and a half.

    (we won’t talk about the month, right???)

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    Diane says

    My kind of gal! My thoughts are, if your gonna gamble, go all in. If your gonna go to a quilt shop you should make the workers earn their pay! 🙂 To be perfectly honest the only reason I thought about stash busting was to try and not spend money (and add to the stash) until after our move. But I work at a quilt shop. I have added TONS of fabric, I just haven’t spent any money out of the checking account. I just cashed my checks at work! LOL

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    Oh, how I love reading these stash-busting reports. Some of you are on such a different level than I am as far as stash. It really tickles me to see all that fabric that comes in and goes out. I plan to start keeping track of what comes in and goes out, but not until after the 1st of the year. So I have a free pass til then! Thanks for sharing.

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    Tricia Sagen says

    You crack me up! My 4 kids and I have been following your stashbusting adventure for a while now and it just delights us to no end! They get a kick out of MY fabric-buying habits(My 13 year old son quipped ironically to me the other day as he stood by holding bolt after bolt of fabric for me: “Ah, there’s nothing like mother and son time!”) but you all take it to another level! After I read this post I just HAD to go into their rooms(they were all in bed) and let them know the latest scoop…you are my fabric hero! Keep up the fabric-shopping and quilt-making…we love it!

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    Sandy says

    All is not lost, Judy. Judging from your stash report of June 8 plus the 21 yards you used last week, I’d say that in order to meet your goal, you only have to use as much as fabric between now and the end of 2008 as you have used from January until now. Think positively!! You CAN do it!

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    Yayyy, Judy, I’m with VickiW–if you’re gonna buy fabric, then, by golly, BUY FABRIC! I’m in for 18 yards this week!

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    Hi Judy,
    I love both those quilt shops in Springfield and love to go to Branson just so I can go there! I drop my husband off at Bass Pro and go to the quilt shops and we’re both happy. 🙂 My sister lives in Jefferson City and we usually drive up to the shops in Mexico when I’m there. I don’t know where in Missouri you are but I’m sure you’ve probably found them – both are great. Blessings, marlene

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    I’m still struggling to find room for all my sewing stuff so I really need to use more stash and not replace it or get rid of some other stuff in that room because I don’t plan to move again anytime soon. Unfortunately having just gotten home tonight and leaving Tuesday morning for VA I doubt I’ll use any stash this week.