Time to check in! Whether you’ve been with us from January’s post, or you are just starting today, all are welcome. We’ll post our totals for the previous month or weeks on the first Friday of each month. You can use a calendar month, or count from first Friday to first Friday no matter how many days that turns out to be. Whatever works best for you. Every comment with a Stashbuster report will be entered into the monthly drawing, and in the final grand prize drawing at the end of the year. The February post had 63 comments, a great start to a year of finishing projects. Congratulations to Rheanna who won last month’s drawing. If you can’t remember what you posted, just use the Challenge category on the sidebar to find the previous posts, and scroll down to find your comment. Since we only have one month of reporting, here’s a link to February’s challenge post.
This month, my totals went in the wrong direction, but that is OK. Remember, it is the total at the end of the year that counts. After all, we still need to keep our local quilt shops in business. I needed a backing for my next Quilt of Valor, and I got this beautiful blue wide back at my local shop, Beginnings. I bought 2-1/2 yards of 108-inch wide fabric, and I’ll count it as 7 yards in as it is three yards wide. Then my friend Didi went to Foust Textiles and we split a bolt of tone on tone white stars for more QOVs. Eight yards for me.
So, my totals for the past four weeks –
March In = +15 yards
March Out = -5 yards
March Total = +10 yards
Year to Date = +10 in for March – 6.75 yards out for February = +3-1/4 YTD.
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 special sale available until 3/7- 20% off $50 purchase with code QUILT20, 25% off $50.01-99.99 purchase with code QUILT25, and 30% off $100 purchase with code QUILT30!!
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. 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 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?
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