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Sunday, January 1, 2012

A new year, a clean stash report (week 1)

Happy New Year to you all!

Doing the weekly stash reports has been quite an eye opener for me.  Who knew FQs could add up so quickly?!  It has been very helpful to count just how much fabric comes in and goes out of my stash. 

In 2011, I won several giveaways in blogland that included fabric, approximately 16.25 yards.  They were lovely wins including a layer cake, lots of FQs, and even some half yard cuts.

And quilty friend Joyce donated some polka dots to my recently found hexie habit!  Even by cutting larger pieces into smaller pieces, I still came home with about 9 yards of lovely fabric.  

Then, Joyce generously brought another bag of lovelies to our retreat and I came home with another 3 to 4 yards, including a jelly roll!  

Then my mom gave me about 49 yards of fabric that she bought at an estate sale.  I started off really well just taking a few pieces or cuttings but ended up taking almost all of it last week!

While I didn't have separate categories for the "in" source - at least I can say that I didn't buy all of the almost 170 yards that came into my house in 2011! That's about 67 yards that I did not purchase.  That makes me feel better - lol - but I did purchase about 100 yards!  WOW!  I would never have dreamed that I could purchase 100 yards of fabric in one year.  I mean, I'm not a prolific quilter and I rarely spend more than $25 at the LQS but I did a bit of online buying of Civil War fabrics, which were new to me.  (Guess I should start DH's CW quilt, huh? Now that I have the fabric.)

So for 2012, I plan to buy less than 100 yards of fabric!  Counting the yards as it comes and goes really changes one's perspective!

That said, here's my purchase this week - 10 FQs.  However,  since it was purchased in 2011, I'm not counting it in this report, it's part of the 170 yards.

Counting the yards also helps me to look at what I have and try to fill deficiencies when I shop, so that when I start a project I do not have to go buy more fabric.  It is much easier to select fabrics at home on my work table than it is to do so it in the shops.  Fewer opinions and time to let the selections "stew" together and see the colors in different lights.  I love playing with the colors and scales.  It's amazing how I can put together a bundle of fabrics one morning and change them around the next morning and then again in the evening. 

Without further ado, here is my first stash report of 2012:

Used this week: 0
Used year to date: 0
Added this week: 0
Added year to date: 0
Net used for 2012: 0

Please click over to Patchwork Times and see other stash reports.

Have a wonderful New Year!!


  1. Stash reports are eyeopening. It's made me pay a lot more attention to what I'm buying. Good luck on filling the gaps in your stash. It's harder than it looks sometimes.

    Have a great 2012.

  2. Nice blog and it's great to meet you. Nice winnings too from last year. It does help to build the stash and the creativity. It'll be interesting to see where this stash report year will take us. Good Luck!

    PS: With your Aunts blocks with a bit of brownish colorations perhaps instead of removing them you antique the whole quilt. Tea or coffee staining will let it shine in it's dinginess if you are unable to remove the stains completely. Just a thought to let it shine for what it is, a vintage quilt in the making. {smiling}

  3. I love the first stash report of the year! You are right...the fabric does add up quickly!

  4. I have to agree the stash report was quite a learning experience! I had no idea I could buy so much fabric!

    Looking forward to seeing your progress this year!

  5. You have some beautiful fabrics added to your stash, still love that black layer cake! Have fun this year!


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