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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year End Stash Report 2016

I don't think I've done a stash report since October, but there wasn't much to report in November, and actually in most of December - I did use a little fabric as we got closer to Christmas as I decided to make a few gifts. 
First up, the usage in November and December: 
- Used a little for borders on my kaleidoscope top
- Made a few blocks for a friendship quilt
- Made a tote back, three Watcha Got bags, and an apron for Christmas gifts (pics to come when I post my accomplishments for December)
- Gifted a fat quarter bundle

And then, the additions...about half of which were gifts and half of which were impulse purchases :) 
- Cardinal kit - a belated birthday gift from my brother - love that this will be something I can put up after all the Christmas decorations come down when the house looks really bare. 
- Christmas quilt kit - a gift from a fellow quilter and co-worker, and a total surprise. I think the colors from this quilt will look great in my house! 
- Aussie fabric from Capitol Quilts in Maryland, courtesy of my mom - a fat quarter from her, and a kit to make a tote that I asked her to pick up for me
- Charm pack and 1/2 yard of Eclectic Elements to make pillows for my couch - picked up at The Back Door when I went with my mom for her birthday shopping
- A couple wool kits also from The Back Door - one of my goals this year will be to work on some of the wool kits I've bought from them! 

Whew, that was a lot added, so my totals for November and December are: 
Fabric added last two months - 11 1/8 yards
Fabric used last two months - 5 3/8 yards

And now the totals for the year - I am overall very happy with the year end stash report, especially given how little time I spent in the quilt studio this year and how much I used scraps or finished up things that I already started (and counted). 

Fabric added in 2016 - 28 yards
Fabric used in 2016 - 86 5/8 yards

Net fabric used - 58 5/8 yards

This was my 7th year to record my stash usage, and I bought more than 2015, but less than 2014, 2012, 2011, and 2010.  I used more than 2013 and 2014, but less than the other years. This ranks #4 of 7 years for net usage.I plan to continue in 2017. 

Stash reporting has been a good way for me to focus on using what I have and shopping stash first, and also has me think twice before I buy fabric. It doesn't mean that I buy none, but I am (usually) more intentional now.  

Whether you track your stash usage or not, I hope you had a great 2016! I'll be back over the next week  or so with my year in review and goals for 2017. 


Kalicocreations said...

Looks like you had a great usage year! I ended up barely breaking even because of some end of year shopping. Have a great New Year!

Donna said...

Love all the kits. They are handy when you want a project and don't want to spend time pulling fabric. Good luck in 2017.

Terri in BC said...

I'm back on the stash reporting wagon as well. It definitely helps me curtail my purchases and makes me use what I have.

Kate said...

Congrats on a great year of stash busting. I agree that keeping track does help you be more mindful of what you purchase and helps you shop your stash before looking for something new.