Q4 Wrap-Up and Year-End Stash Report

WARNING: There are graphs ahead! You non-mathy types may want to avert your eyes.

First up, the summation of the Q4 Finish Along Goals.

  • Dresden Garden – Not done.  It’s been hanging in my powder room waiting for the center applique to be stitched down.
  • Jingle – DONE! Huzzah.
  • Royal Garden – Top and back are done, but are waiting on some long-arm time to get it quilted.

Oh well. 1 for 3. I’m not disappointed since Jingle was A BEAST to quilt.  I’ve made progress in lots of projects, although many are quilt-alongs which move at a slower pace than I usually sew at.

For the year-end tally, there’s a couple other small entries from the last few days to throw in the mix before the Official-Official count is closed.

  • Used this last few days: 1.25 yards
    • 0.75 yd for a vest for my son’s play on the American Revolution
    • 0.5 yd to make a mailbox for my daughter for Valentine’s Day
  • 2013 Used: 405.75 yards
  • Added this last few days: 0 yards
    • Woohoo!
  • Net Used for 2013: 211 yards
  • 2013 Used for Charity: 150.5 yards (37% of total used)

The most common question I got asked at the beginning of the year was if I was going to try to beat my 2012 usage in 2013. In truth, I didn’t really set a goal for 2013 usage.  I wanted to use more than I brought in, and I did that.  Likewise, I’m not setting a 2014 goal either.  There’s a very good chance I won’t get to do as much sewing in 2014 as I have the previous years since I start my new job (which is a promotion with more responsibility) in mid-January.  I’m still working at home, but the demands on my time might shift.

I did surpass my charitable usage this year, which is always nice.  There was a lot of top-making that was giving to Quiltin’ Jenny for her prayer group to use up a lot of stash in colors that just aren’t part of my normal palette, and that helped tremendously (both my stash and the recipients!).  I’m starting 2014 off with a charity finish, too, since I need a demo quilt for the January meeting of the AMQG.  I expect charitable sewing will continue to be a part of my quilting, but again, I’m not setting a 2014 goal as I might have less time for personal sewing as well.

So, a good year with nice projects finished, and poised for progress in 2014.

9 Replies to “Q4 Wrap-Up and Year-End Stash Report”

  1. You did great this year again! I think your charity percentage was higher this year than last, right? It’s funny how your net usage was more than last year all year round, then you had more projects finished at the end of last year than now. But that’s okay, you went through a TON of fabrics which is good! Thank you for all you do, and wishing you the best of luck with your new job, Pam! I hope you’ll like it as much as you like the one you had until now. Have a Happy and Successful New Year!

  2. Congratulations! I started tracking my stash usage last year but mid year the wheels for of the bus. I will begin anew in 2014 with the same goal, to use more fabric than I collect. Happy New Year!

  3. well done! Love the graphs. I am going to track my usage this year. Starting off with a bang as I have 2 big quilts needing the binding done on them. I do have some fabric on order so it will come in … but I don’t have to count the stuff from my shopping on Monday 🙂 Your charity sewing is very inspiring

  4. Pam, I have loved getting to know you this year through your (funny) podcasts, blogs and tweets. I look forward to many more. Thank you for sharing, I’ve been happy to know you!

  5. I took a look at all of your Pinterest boards and it is clear to see the progress that you have made since 2009. Your quilts have gotten more interesting and you have moved beyond the square, which I think we all knew. Great work!

  6. I made a worksheet to track my In & Out this year and mentioned it to a friend who told me about you. Do you have an excel worksheet you could share with me? I’d be glad to share mine, but it’s pretty basic.

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