On Thursday I decided to buy some bins at the dollar store to keep above my quilt rack in the craft room. I got this idea from Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework. She stores some of her scraps in cute fabric buckets above her cutting table. I originally looked for something I could sew a cover for, but when I saw these bins I brought some home to try it out.
Turns out that I love them! I can stack them two high and the lids keep the dust off the fabric. (Don't ask what the shelf was like when I cleaned it off.) I need to go back to the store and buy some more.
This decision led me to separating my "new" scraps from my "old" scraps. Now all of my smaller scraps which are from fabric purchased after 2012 are in those cute bins. There are some of my old scraps which are pulled together to make doll quilts in a few of the bins. And some of my newer scraps are still in boxes on the expedit: Christmas, dots & stripes, and I spy.
Then I started wondering why I was keeping all of the old scraps. The thing is that I am very grateful for the stash that I have, but I love modern fabric so much more. I am trying to use up my stash and am ready to be DONE with some of the fabric. So I decided to give away most of my older scraps to a local friend. (I am keeping all of those light 2.5 inch strips for a scrap quilt.)
I stopped doing stash reports in May, and was curious how much fabric I have really used this year. My main goal for 2014 is stash busting. It is always good to check on how you are meeting your goals, right? So I spent the morning going through my blog posts to figure it out. (It's wonderful having a record!) Are you ready for the totals? I was shocked.
January: 53.5 yards used, 0 yards added
February: 33.25 yards used, 0 yards added
March: 51.75 yards used, 6 yards added
April: 9.75 yards used, 1 yard added
May: 30 yards used, 20 yards added
June: 13 yards used, 3.5 yards added
July: 7.25 yards used, 12 yards added
August: 7 yards used, 37 yards added
September: 12.5 yards used, 1.5 yards added
Year to Date: 218 yards used, 81 yards added,
Total: 137 yards less
I can hardly believe I have used more than 200 yards. As my husband would say, that is two football fields! And of the 81 yards purchased I won two yards, I added 15 yards to my general stash (mostly Kona White), and the rest were purchased for specific projects.
This stash study has made me realize that I am really a project person, and I know how I personally use my stash. So I spent the day going through my stash, deciding what I would use, and separating the rest. I now have 4 WIPs (my sneaky sewing), 1 WISP (hand piecing), and about 50 potential projects out of stash and scraps. Plus, I have a very large pile of yardage and scraps to give to my local friend who has a very tight quilting budget.
Because I inherited almost my whole stash, I am not attached to all of it. It feels great to do this destash now that I know what I really will use. I feel so free. :D Here is what my stash looks like now (4 cubes with room to spare):
For reference, this is what it looked like in January (8 full cubes):
I think that once I use up my older stash that I will mostly buy per project, but I will maintain a small stash. However, I know I can always change my mind if I want to. ;)
How are you doing with your goals for the year 2014?
P.S. I am linking up with Can I Get a Whoop Whoop.