Sunday, April 3, 2016

Stash Management for the 14th Week of 2016

It was nice to have a weekend at home with no where to go.  The taxes have been started, but are far enough along that they should finished this morning.   I was able to get in a good afternoon of stitching, which was a treat after so many weeks of being gone or just busy.  I don't have much to show in terms of fabric going out this week.  Just one block for Alietare and three of the narrow borders for the Midnight Mystery quilt.  But every little bit adds up.

Used last week: 0.89 yards
Used in March: 1.21 yards
Used in April: 0.89 yards
Used year to date:  17.72 yards
Purchased this week:  0 yards
Purchased year to date:  7 yards
Net Used for 2016: 10.72 yards

No fabric in this week, but there will be another addition to the stash next week.  I ordered fabric for the second of four graduation quilts.  Thankfully I should be able to start on the back for the Midnight Mystery quilt this week, so that will be a nice chuck going out of the stash to help balance that purchase.  

Last year I started piling up all the fabrics that are currently dedicated to an ongoing project and measured the height.  It's one way to visualize progress of using up the stash.  

Stack of in-use fabrics as of 4-2-2016

The stack has grown by about  0.75 inches since January.  Since I finished the McCall's Mystery quilt, those fabrics got pulled out, but I've added the backing fabric for the Midnight Mystery quilt.  Still I'm down 2 inches from the first time I did measured the stack back in February of 2015.

In use fabrics as of  February 2015 and January 2016

Hopefully by the end of 2016, this pile will be a lot shorter!  The more days I make it to the sewing room for 15 minutes the faster that will happen. This was a good week for stitching. 

Days with 15 minutes of stitching time this week:  7 days
Days in March: 23 out of 31
Days in April:  2 out of 2
Days this year: 77 out of 93  

That's it for me this week on metrics.  You can check out Judy's Patchwork Times for more on stash management.  

6 comments:

  1. The more you sew the taller the stack or is it the other way around? As long as you know fabric is being used.

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  2. Love your measures - all of them, but especially the measure of WIP fabric. Good luck getting into your sewing room each day this week!

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  3. Interesting way to track your progress. As I organize this month I will consider your approach.

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  4. I really like this way of tracking in use fabrics!

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  5. That's a pretty big stack of fabrics but when you start finishing those backs, the height will plummet, right?? Glad you got in your sewing room this week.

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  6. Congrats on your stash numbers! I like your visual of measuring the in-progress fabric piles. Good luck with the graduation quilts.

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