Sunday, May 27, 2012

Mother's Day Surprise and Stash Report - May 27, 2012

For mother's Day I asked for a cd tower to hold some of my fat quarters. I had the perfect space 12 inches wide by 5 feet tall. I showed Bill what I found online and left the rest up to him and if he decided not to get it for me I would get one later. Bill had told me on Mother's Day that my gift was coming soon. Mother and I left for a week to Pennsylvania and New Jersey, when we got back my cd tower had arrived and was all set up, even had a few fat quarters in it. It was not the one that was about 7 inches square and five feet tall. This was a huge spinning tower, 5 ft 4 in tall, as tall as I am,  and takes up 38 square inches of floor space (it spins). He was so tickled with himself for surprising me with this gift. The spinner holds 1600 cds!

After a bit of rearranging to accommodate my new tower,  I went about emptying my 14 bins and drawers of fat quarters and putting them (some might be 1/2 yards and others are fat 1/8th) on my new fat quarter spinning tower.

I never thought that I would be able to fill this spinning tower full of fat quarters, but I did! There was also room for 7 jelly rolls, 23 charm packs and 3 rolled up layer cakes and if I were to scoot everything together I would have 4 empty shelves.

I counted 1558 fat quarters ( some are 1/2 yards and some are fat 1/8ths). I was curious to see how much fabric the tower holds, this is how I calculated the yardage.
1 - I rounded the number of fat quarters to 1525
2 - divided 1525 by 4  (4 fat quarters per yard)
3 - 381.25 yards - not counting the jelly rolls, charm packs and layer cakes

WHAT!?!?! Please tell me I miscalculated the numbers. Never did I think I had that much fabric in fat quarters. I can't imagine how much fabric I have stacked on shelves and on bolts. No more fabric shopping for the rest of the year, maybe the next three years. There is no way I am going to be able to use up all this fabric in the next 25 years.

I so enjoyed making the Carpenter's Star QOV a few weeks back that I decided to make another one, in pink, for Ronald's House.

The background is white with tiny red and pink dots.  It is such a sweet quilt, just perfect for a teen.
This would make a cute baby quilt without the borders. This one uses 6.5 inch squares. I just might have to make a few more of these quilts.

Finally, I finished a quilt that was started a few years back - Tile Tango by Atkinson Designs. This will be a donation quilt. So nice to have this one done.

That plaid curtain that you see behind most of my quilts is there because it keeps the cooler air from going into my mother's living area, she likes it warmer than we do.

Used since last post - 17.15 yards
Used YTD - 219.39 yards

Added since last post - 0
Added YTD - 87 yards

Net Used YTD - 132.39 yards

Quilts finished in 2012 - 21

My goals for 2012 are simple~
1 - make one QOV each month. 
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec
2 - make one quilt for Ronald McDonald's House each month
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec
3 - finish one already started quilt each month (have about 20 of these, some more than 3 years old)
Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May  June  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec
4 - if I complete the above 3 goals each month I can start one new quilt
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Donna said...

Just out of curiosity, one year I counted up how much fabric I had in my UFO bins. I leave it there so I don't use it by accident. I think it was about 70 yards.

I don't even want to know how much I have all together.

Cathy said...

What a GREAT idea for efficient fabric storage!! All out where you can see it, and remeber what you have, so it can get used.

Kathaleeny said...

The way you have them arranged looks like art. It would make me happy to sit there and look at it. Bill is a keeper.

Deanna said...

That is an amazing storage idea.

Amy said...

Your husband is sweet! I love all of your fabrics stored in the spinning CD tower. I put several of my fabrics in a glass case this year. I think seeing the colors in the room on a daily basis is inspiring. It was easy to forget how much I had and what I had when most of it was stored in plastic tubs. I did a physical inventory this past week so I could be on the lookout for backing and binding fabrics. Yikes! I'm right there with you.

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

What a great way to store your fat quarters - I can see hours of staring at the rack and dreaming.... so sweet!

Judy D in WA said...

What a fabulous gift! It looks great with all your fabrics. Very artsy!

The quilts turned out great!