Three more Stash Report Sundays and three more Design Wall Mondays and then 2009 is history. That means it’s seriously time to start making plans for 2010. For those who have no desire to report your uses and additions, skip this post. You don’t need to write why you don’t do it or why you think we’re wasting our time doing it.
Stash Reports have helped me tremendously and as long as there’s anyone out there wanting to track your usage and purchases, I’ll keep doing them but I’m not going to number the weeks this time. I think twice about fabric purchases because I know I’m going to have to report them.
Here’s how it works for those who have asked. Each Sunday, I host the Sunday Stash Reports link box. On your own blog, you make a post about what you’ve used for the week or what you’ve added, then in the link box you post a link to that specific post.
How do you know how much yardage you’ve used? If you’re using a pattern, just go by the yardage requirements listed. If you’re using Electric Quilt, use the yardage listed there. If you’re making a scrappy quilt, just guess .. if you’re using 100 – 4″ squares, you know you can get 10 squares across the width of the fabric. You need 10 – 4″ strips so that’s 40″ of fabric. Rough estimates are good. There are no quilt police checking your totals. No reason for anyone to cheat . . these reports are for our own good and for us to encourage each other.
This is truly not about not buying fabric. It’s about using the stash. If you need fabric to finish a quilt, or if you can use 5 pieces from your stash and you need 1 more piece to make it work . . buy that piece and get on with the project. If working from your stash doesn’t thrill you . . then this isn’t the project for you. For me, I’m so energized to be able to pull fabrics from the stash and make a quilt. It feels good to know that the fabrics I’ve been buying for years are working for me and that I’m reducing the stash. Quilting is about fun though! Really . . if using the stash isn’t what makes you happy, then don’t torture yourself.
You can join any time. If you miss a week . . or a month . . no big deal. No one’s keeping track.
If you don’t have a blog . . get one! 🙂 No, if you don’t want one, you don’t have to have one. You can leave your numbers in a comment. Whatever works for you is just fine with me.
Any questions about the Stash Reports?
About Design Wall Mondays . . it’s helped me and many of you have reported that it’s helped you get things done and get something new up on the design wall. It’s ok if you post the same picture weeks in a row. It’s all about what’s on your design wall! No one expects anyone to have something new on the design wall every week but if you’re going for weeks and weeks without any changes, we may need to encourage you a bit.
For Design Wall Monday, all you have to do is take a picture of your design wall (or bed or floor . . whatever you use), post it on your blog or on a photo hosting site, share the link in the link box on Monday.
Questions about Design Wall Monday?
Both of these will send blog traffic to your site and that’s a very good way to make new friends in blogland!
Think about joining us if either of these sound like something you would like to do.