Time to check in! I hope you’ve been keeping track, or can at least estimate what has come in and gone out since the January announcement post. For me, I am starting out pretty good, now will see if I can keep it up all year. I’m not a stickler for the exact days you use, use only a calendar month, or use from first Friday to first Friday no matter how many days that turns out to be. Whatever works best for you. We’ll post on the first Friday of each month the totals for the previous month or weeks.
I am keeping a pad of paper to track my fabric in and out as it goes, so I don’t have to remember what I did the past four weeks. I’ve got mine on a clipboard set aside out of the way, but easily found when I need to make an entry.
I spent my gift certificate at my favorite local quilt shop, Beginnings Quilt Shop, and came home with six yards of chicken fabrics and a Lori Holt Chicken Salad Calendar. It was just a chicken day, I guess. So far, with the 42-inch table topper, only the equivalent of 2.5 yards went out. I’ll have to use up some of the rest of those prints in a throw sometime soon. I finished the binding last week. The fabric is called Home to Roost designed by Susan Winget for Wilmington Prints, available at Fat Quarter Shop.
Five yards went out in backing and binding on this Safelight quilt. Quilt delivered.
And another five yards out for this Rainbow Quilt for Safelight. Quilt delivered.
I’ll count one fat quarter out for this little mug rug for the Color Challenge. It is finished, and I am keeping it. It still counts as ‘out’ as it is done, not a UFO.
So, my totals –
February In = 6 yards
February Out = 12.75 yards
Year to Date Balance = 6.75 yards out
Remember, the idea is to encourage you to complete your quilts, use up yardage as backing and binding, finish the projects. We have enough UFOs. For everyone who participates, I’ll draw a name at random to receive this wonderful collection of 10 spools of 50 wt quilting threads from Sulky Threads called Blooms and Breezes!
Enter every month for the monthly drawings, and all participant reports (from one month to all twelve) will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Yes, they are giving away a collection every month of the challenge, PLUS a large Cotton and Steel collection as a grand prize at the end of the challenge next January!! Do check out Sulky Threads for their fabulous threads and stabilizers for embroidery, quilting threads, and super clearance deals.
No, you do not have to do an inventory of what you have, only report what came in during the past month and what went out in yards. Estimates are fine, whatever makes sense to you works for me. Totals ‘in’ should be reported at + (plus), and totals ‘out’ as – (minus). The goal is to have a high minus number at the end. Count precuts as yardage. I’ll try to get estimates done for you, but for now here’s how I would do it. Take a layer cake, 10 inch squares mean you could get 4 from 10-inches of fabric. So to get 40 squares, you’d need 10-inches x 10 = 100 inches. There are 42 in most layer cakes, so I’d count a whole layer cake as 3 yards. Is it precise? No, but it is close enough. Same thing for jelly rolls – 42 strips x 2.5 inches = 105 inches of standard width fabric. Close enough to 3 yards, or count it as 2-7/8 if you wanted to be more precise. I’ll let you all do the math for the other precuts.
Now it is your turn. Leave a comment with your amounts in and out, and a running balance anytime before Sunday evening. I’ll draw a winner from the participants Sunday after 5 pm, and send an email to the winner. You’ll have 24 hours to claim the thread prize. How’d you do this month?