Time to check in! I almost delayed this a week as today is April Fools, but it is the first Friday, so here we go. This month, my totals went in the right direction again, but not a lot out. But, 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 realized that for last month, I should have reported the totals as February. So, today, I’ll call these March numbers, even though we are posting in April. The actual fabric in and out occurred last month.
Last month, my year to date total was +3-1/4 yards. The only fabric I can count out for today is the three yards in the raffle basket I donated. Yes, you can give it away and count it out. This raffle basket will be at our local guild’s show on May 20-21. If you are within a day’s drive of Flat Rock, NC, make plans to come to the show. If you stay overnight, show your hotel key to the front desk for a goodie bag! Follow our Garden of Quilts Facebook Page for lots more info on the vendors and more. And check out the Western NC Quilters Guild website if you’d like to enter a quilt.
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. Congratulations to Kathy W 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.
So, my totals for the past four weeks –
March In = +0 yards
March Out = -3 yards
March Total = -3 yards
Year to Date = +1/4
Remember, the idea is to encourage you to complete your quilts, use up yardage as backing and binding, and finish the projects. We have enough UFOs. For everyone who participates, I’ll draw a name at random to receive this wonderful collection of 6 spools of 30 wt threads from Sulky Threads called Luck of the Irish Poly Sparkle in metallic and sparkly greens! These shades of green are great for embellishing spring projects.
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 quilting threads, rayon embroidery threads, and new sales each month.
To review for those just joining, 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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