Stash Reports

Purely out of curiosity, I decided to review a few years worth of stash reports.

2012 so far:

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 188.75 yards
Added this Week: 23 yards
Added Year to Date: 71.75 yards
Net Used for 2012: 117.00 yards
2011
Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 281.25 yards
Added this Week: 3.5 yards
Added Year to Date: 28.5 yards
Net Used for 2011: 252.75 yards

 

2010
Used this Week: 8.50 yards
Used year to Date: 572.5 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 195 yards
Net Used for 2010: 377.5 yards

 

2009
Used this Week:  8 yards
Used year to Date: 464.50 yards
Added this Week: 0 yards
Added Year to Date: 457 yards
Net Used for 2009:  7.50 yards

In 2012 I changed the way I count the used stash.  I’m counting the yardage for the top when I finish the top and counting the yardage for the back when the top is quilted and then counting the binding yardage when it’s made and set aside.  In previous years, I counted the yardage as out of the stash when I pulled it for a quilt and started that quilt.   My thinking was that it as no longer available to use for other projects but then I switched to the new “accounting” method in 2012 and I like it better.

My fabric used numbers in previous years were higher somewhat because of the accounting change but also because there were a couple of those years where quilts were being made for books and I was teaching and doing lots of sewing in hotels and making class samples.

Look at the fabric added in 2009 and 2010.  Those were years when I went wild in Paducah at Hancock’s and at the quilt show.

This year I really haven’t done as much quilting as in previous years.   There were three quilts where the fabric, including the backing fabric, was provided and didn’t count in my yardage numbers so that’s about 45 more yards that were used than what’s in the accounting.  There are a lot of quilts started and not finished – the Christmas Town Sampler, the Stars & Stripes Sampler, two quilts for Nicole and probably at least that many more.  Plus, anything finished in 2012 that was counted in previous years when the fabric was pulled . . that cannot be counted again.

My plan, which is probably the exact same plan I’ve had every year, is to get lots more done in 2013.  I want to get the “used” numbers way up and the number of finished quilts way up.  The garden area is established and will require less work in 2013.  The sewing room is complete so I don’t have to deal with that in 2013.  Even though Vince could transfer any time after May 1, 2013, I really don’t think we’ll ever move again so, on so many fronts, I hope there’s not a move in our future for 2013.  I want 2013 to be a year of accomplishing a lot — a lot of quilts and a lot of socks!

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I always heard that folks from south Louisiana loved to tell stories and I guess that’s true because I never seem to be able to get to the point without telling a story.

One of my favorite blogs is Karin from Lovin’ Life At The End of The Dirt Road.  The address for her blog includes “Dirt Road Scrapper”.  When Karin first began leaving comments on my blog, my brain read that address as “Dirt Road Stripper”.  Folks make strip quilts so I didn’t think anything about it but the blogs I read . . Vince knows as much about the folks as I do because I’m always talking about them.

But, when I talked about Karin and their ranch, I always said “You know . . the Dirt Road Stripper”.  Poor Vince . . he thought I had made friends with a real life stripper.  I think he was hoping some of the stripping desire/technique might rub off on me . . ok . . let’s not go there!

One day, I looked at her address and I said . . that doesn’t say STRIPPER but she’ll always be known around our house as the Dirt Road Stripper.

If you want to be friends with a stripper scrapper, check out Karin’s blog!

Friday, Karin posted a recipe for Sweet & Sour Chicken with Peppers and I immediately wanted to make it.  Oh . . now I remember where I’m going with this story!  We were in Kroger and I was picking up red and yellow and orange peppers and Vince said “Why are you paying that price for them when you can just buy the green ones?”  I said “The recipe calls for red and yellow and orange peppers!”  He said “But . . they all taste the same and these cost twice as much as the green ones!”  After all . . I needed ONE of each so I can see how this was turning into a huge financial crisis in his mind.  I said “The Dirt Road Stripper said to use a RED, a YELLOW, an ORANGE and a GREEN pepper and that’s what I’m doing!”  Vince turned to walk off and he said “If the stripper says do it, by all means . . DO IT!”  I then realized that there were several white haired grannies who were hoping there was more to this conversation.  They were all coming closer . . I think they wanted their own red, yellow and orange peppers! I started to explain that Karin is really a scrappy quilter and not a stripper but then I figured that sometimes, it’s just best to walk away from a situation such as this.

So, I made Karin’s recipe but I added a can of drained pineapple chunks and I added the liquid drained from the pineapple to the cooking liquid for my rice, along with my usual cup or two of chopped cilantro!  Not actually that much but I love cilantro!

Since I added the pineapple, I only added 2 tablespoons of sugar to the sauce and it was plenty sweet and  . . plenty good!  Thanks Karin for a great recipe!

We also had a bowl of borracho beans and beet greens, and . .

 . . a salad made from a variety of lettuce from the garden, roasted beets from the garden and fried goat cheese, which is simply slices of goat cheese, dipped in panko and fried in butter.  There’s more than one way to make a healthy salad unhealthy!  :)

Stash Report – Week 49, 2012

I’ve already confessed to buying a bit of fabric this week . . 23 yards . . so that’s just more sewing I have to do to use it up! A few step backwards but at least it’s almost the end of the year and I can start over with a blank slate soon.

Used this Week: 0 yards
Used year to Date: 188.75 yards
Added this Week: 23 yards
Added Year to Date: 71.75 yards
Net Used for 2012: 117.00 yards