Week 14, 2009 Stash Report

Nothing in and I used 5.75 yards.

Still can’t tell one bit of difference in the stash.  I can tell a difference in the credit card bill each month though! 🙂

How’s everyone else doing?  Noticing a difference in the stash yet?



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    I notice a difference not in size but in makeup. At the beginning of the year, I had a serious lack of yardage over 1 yard. Now I have a growing pile of 2+ yards, which makes it much easier to make quilts entirely from stash.

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    I’ve noticed a couple holes in my bin, but I just fill them back up with fabric that hadn’t fit in the bins before. I might be able to see more floor space by the end of the year!

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    I haven’t seen a decrease in the stash, but since organizing, I can see the entire stash in one area – not scattered around! In the long run, it will be easier to use the stash, or at least keep rotating and using up the older stuff.

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    I am really enjoying stash busting. I don’t see a significant difference, but love the fact that I KNOW I am using up my fabric. The stash is neater and I don’t have as many piles of fabric laying out with no where to put them. I usually use muslin for the backs of my quilt and the bolts are getting pretty lean, but I’m not going to buy any unless I really have to! I’m going to utilize the stash for the backs. I know there’s yardage in there I won’t mind using for a backing. Thank you, Judy!

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    Angie says

    Judy, I come here and read most days, and I know you are on blog leave. But, I never did get what the Stashbusting postings are about. Is there someplace you sign up. I’m assuming the point is to be ridding yourself of fabric, not buying more. Right? Or is it about organizing what you have? Giving it away, making more quilts with it. I’ll have to investigate more about this topic and project. Thanks.

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    Hi Judy,

    I can see a bit of space on my shelves now, especially after Bears in the Farmhouse and the Stash Project (which I am also still working on). I’ve also organised my fabric better since starting the Stash Reports with you, and I can find things more easily. That’s a big timesaver. Take care, enjoy your blog vacation! 🙂

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    I don’t notice a dent because I keep filling it up. But I am very aware of my buying and the size of the stash. One thing for sure, I hardly buy anything “Just because I like it”.

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    Pam says

    I seem to be going backwards this week. It’s almost as if I was participating in a 100 yard purchase instead of use. But, on the other hand, 1/2 of that fabric was given to me. As for my pocketbook likes me better, I’m not sure. But I’m tracking the money I’m spending on my quilting (books, notions, classes, retreats, etc.) and it is an eye opener.

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    forget the stash–it’s the credit card bill that counts! I did notice that I had to buy some fabric this week, I simply didn’t have enough of one TOT to make the quilt I had promised for a raffle. I had enough background and backing, but not enough enough to do the pattern. I have found fabric I’ve forgotten I had in the quest to “find something that will work”. I’m more aware of my stash. And it’s changed how I look at patterns and ideas too. Although I’m in the hole yet, I’m pleased with WHAT I’ve bought, and what I’m getting done. And I’ve noticed more room in my stacking cubes. Uh–does that mean I should buy some more fabric?? ;~)

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    Susan ~ Patchkat in TX says

    What I’ve used this week was minimal and I don’t have a photo of the project yet, lol…so I’m saying

    Purhased – 0
    Used – 0

    my year to date totals haven’t changed. But the Bonnet Girl quilt is finished!!!

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    Evelyn says

    I’m at the point that I need to buy yardage for backgrounds/borders/sashings. I keep using my fabric on hand and look specifically for patterns that will use the fabrics I have. So far this year I’ve only purchased 1 fat quarter for someone else, but I do have a list of “needed” fabric for when I get to the fabric store!
    Cheers! Evelyn

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    MissaB says

    I can’t say I’m seeing a difference, but then I’m losing ground right now. Not enough time to quilt with other obligations, so I’ve been satisfying my quilting craving by buying fabric. But at least everything I’ve bought was for a specific project and all but one will be gifts. Can I call it early Christmas shopping?

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    I have noticed that some of my bins and tubs are lighter than when I first started this challenge but then I go and find another box to pull fabrics from to fill them back up. Oh well! I am using from my stash and loving it!
    thanks Judy for keeping us on track!

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    Brenda says

    Hi Judy.

    Hope you don’t mind that I add my report on a Wednesday. It was the day I strated keeping track and it is easier for me.

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    Thinsulate is an awesome batting!. I’ve used it for several years, and even my hand quilter friends (I have a long-arm) are in love with it. You can find it by the roll on ebay.

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    Since my goal was to use up old stash and fat quarters and replace them with large cuts of new prettier stuff, I’m feeling quite successful. I’ve used almost as much of the old as I have purchased so far this year so my stash has taken on a new look and the larger cuts make for neater stacks, too. I do have some definite holes colorwise, blues especially. The new shades just don’t grab me, I guess and my old stash of 1980’s era country blues is about gone.