Saturday, June 05, 2010

"Who goes through 240 yards of fabric in a year?"

That's the gist of the comment that got me going this morning. Was twenty yards a month really that much?

So I did some rough estimating -- twenty-six baby quilts at 2 1/4 yards each...Seven yards for the madder snowballs....eight and a half for the blue sawtooth more for the courtyard steps...another seven to back two tops I had already finished...a yard for the two bags I've made...

That's ninety yards so far this year, two hundred and sixteen if I keep it up. I've already taken some breaks, so it's not like I've been on an extended quilting binge here. My estimates were all low.

My stash suddenly feels a lot smaller, and I'm back to another question that occurs to me now and then. What would it cost to keep this up if I didn't have the thrift store bags? I could make some wild guesses based on the fact that I almost never spend more than four or five dollars a yard for my best fabric, but a lot of my quilts wouldn't exist if I hadn't had disposable stuff to work with, so who knows what I'd actually be doing.

It also makes me think that it would be interesting to keep track of the yardage I do use up. I seem to be using a lot more fabric than I would've given myself credit for!

Ten more blocks on the new quilt done, fifty-seven more to go. This is not the most fun project I've ever worked on.

1 comment:

Helen in the UK said...

I've kept a rough tally of how much fabric I buy and how much I sew into finished projects for a few years now. It's really fun to go back and look :)


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