It was a good year for stash enhancement, not so good for using fabric. Looking back at this year, as well as the previous two years, the big difference was not finishing as many quilts. That means fewer backs were required and it's those quilt backings that really boost the "out" totals. Though I didn't meet my stash goals for this year, I did learn a few things about my stash habits:
1. Start more projects. Even if they get put aside at some point, a pipeline of started projects yields more finishes per year, which in turn means you use more fabric.
2. There are still a few holes in my stash in terms of color (no teal, burgundy, or gray).
3. Need to buy a few 5 to 6 yard cuts for larger projects. Though I have a lot of fabric, outside of white, beige and black there aren't many larger cuts of fabric in the stash. My default purchase pattern seems to be to buy 1 or 2 yards, maybe 3 yards if I really like it.
So how does the report look for this last week of the year? As has been typical for me this year, light on the out and a bit heavy on the in. I couldn't resist the post Christmas sales.
Used last week: 0.40 yards
Added last week: 34.5 yards
Used for 2012: 38.79 yards
Added for 2012: 413.39 yards
Net stashed for 2012: 374.59 yards
I think 2013 is definitely going to need to be a stash diet year. So what came home this week? I did my part to help the local quilt shop clear out their Christmas fabrics;
as well as some of their sale fabrics.
The blue and white stripe will be the backing for the Coffee Cup quilt, the other two were just because. And finally, I couldn't resist all of the sales over at the Fat Quarter Shop. I have a whole collection of cardinal fabric, so I couldn't resist Moda's Winter Elegance when it was offered for 50% off at The Fat Quarter Shop.
Hopefully 2013 will be the year of finishes in my sewing room so I can start to make a dent in that stash of mine. What are your stash plans for 2013?
Check out all the other end of year stash reports over at Patchwork Times.