The No Buy Pledge

If you’re not a quilter, you may hear quilters talking about “stash” and “no buy”.   When I walk through a fabric store, pretty pieces of fabric just jump into my hands and I take them home.  And I create a stash.  Pretty pieces of fabric waiting for me to use them.   Of course, that’s both a good and bad thing.  It enables me to make lovely quilts without buying much, if any fabric.  But I seldom do that… because….I like buying fabric.

A few days ago, I decided to take the “no buy” challenge. These things have “rules” as most challenges do.  Legal to buy is backings, borders, and backgrounds.  And while those are legal, I’m going to try to make do without purchasing them.  Because one challenge to myself is that I will go “no buy” for a year–or until I reach 100 yards, whichever comes first.  Since I have a full-time job, and have other things in my life (running, dog rescuing, family, and home), I would expect that I won’t be able to use 100 yards of fabric in a year.  And since I have set this up with legal purchases, my yardage count will be NET.  So if I buy 5 yards of backing, which is entirely legal, I’ll have to use up 5 yards elsewhere to offset it on that 100 yards.  And, I won’t count as yardage things I’ve already committed–like completed tops.

I don’t buy a lot of pieces 3+ yards.  Heck I don’t buy a lot of pieces over a yard.  So, if I want to not end up in the hole, I’m going to be piecing some backings.

I made this wonkly log cabin top before I got distracted last year.  The top, obviously won’t count toward my new pledge.  BUT,  I pieced this interesting backing, and of course the binding will.  So I will end week 1 with about 2 1/2 yards used.   I’ve been a bad blogger this last year, but I’ll try to check in at least once a month with how my “no buy” pledge is doing.

What are you doing to simplify your life?

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De-Stashing, December 2014

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I have continued to work on the Bonnie Hunter Grand Illusion Mystery. I have made it to the final clue, but due to being out of town until last night, I only had part of today to work on it. Here are 4 blocks with sashing. The rest of the blocks are made, but not pressed, sashing is made, not pressed, border is still in the units made during Clue 4.  The Grand Illusion mystery accounts for most of my fabric usage in December.  The remainder is a little more of  binding and finishing touches for other projects.

To see more Grand Illusion mysteries, visit http://quiltville.blogspot.com/2015/01/mystery-monday-link-up-part-6.html#more

I didn’t purchase any fabric this month, but won a basket of goodies that contained some fabric.  So there went my count.  I would have almost made my 50 yard goal had I not won.  Not that I didn’t want to win.

De-Stashed this Month: 12.50
De-Stashed year to Date: 118.00
Stashed this Month: 3.00
Stashed Year to Date: 73

Net De-Stashed for 2013: 45.00<<Goal for 2014: Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

De-Stashing, November 2014

I guess I really should name this report the stashing report.  Once again, I have gone backwards.  It was black Friday at TWO local quilt shops.  At least I am still in the de-stashing positve for year to date.

De-Stashed this Month: 14.25
De-Stashed year to Date: 105.50
Stashed this Month: 15.75
Stashed Year to Date: 70

Net De-Stashed for 2013: 35.50<<Goal for 2014: Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

De-Stashing, October, 2014

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This month has been singularly horrible as far as accumulation is concerned.  I bought about 6 yards to make a quilt top at retreat (right), but then was gifted some (to make some backs for upcoming charity quilts), and won some as a door prize.  I threw myself into making a bunch of quilt backings and as of now have almost used up all the excess stash that came in.

De-Stashed this Month: 18.00
De-Stashed year to Date: 91.25
Stashed this Month:  20
Stashed Year to Date: 44.25

Net De-Stashed for 2013: 37.00<<Goal for 2014: Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

De-Stashing September, 2014

September was a lot about the quilt show again  😦
But I did make a baby quilt for the a coworker.  I might make it to 50 yards, but will have to use about 3. 5 yards per month!

De-Stashed this Month: 5.00
De-Stashed year to Date: 73.25
Stashed this Month:  0
Stashed Year to Date: 34.25

Net De-Stashed for 2013: 39.00<<Goal for 2014: Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

De-Stashing August, 2014

In August, I was mostly preparing for our quilt show.  Quilt get turned in this week and the only “buying” I did was a 1/4 yard that I was given at the quilt show in Charlotte.  I did a binding as the only de-stashing.  Surely, I can make some progress in September!

De-Stashed this Month:               .75
De-Stashed year to Date:           68.25
Stashed this Month:                       .25
Stashed Year to Date:                 34.25

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  34.00<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.

De-Stashing: July 2014

Not much has gone on in July as I did a lot of work getting my son moved, getting his condo cleaned, painted, took a few days off and visited mom.  But what little I have is here:

De-Stashed this Month:               3.5
De-Stashed year to Date:           67.5
Stashed this Month:                      2.75
Stashed Year to Date:                 34.0

Net De-Stashed for 2013:  33.50<<Goal for 2014:  Greater than 50 yards De-stashed>>>
Additionally, I want to limit my purchases to no more than 5 yards per month.

For more stash reports, visit Patchwork Times.