Tuesday, January 3, 2023

2022 Fabric Usage

Well, 2022 has drawn to a close, so let's see how I did working through my fabric stash. 

November brought in an unanticipated indulgence in the form of an Entwine bundle by Giuseppe Ribaudo, which I purchased at Quilt Festival. Plain and simple, a treat to myself, which I'm really looking forward to breaking into this year.

And then there was the 'necessary' purchase of some Kona Black and Pepper to finish my Quiltober quilt, and a few yards of Kona Petunia to make a pair of pillowcases for my grandgirls. Plus I was running really low on stashed Christmas giftbag fabric, so I included some odds and ends for those. That all made perfect sense, and I've already used up most of it for its intended purposes.

November Fabric Usage

Used up: 16.93 yards
Brought in: 14.0 yards 
Net: -2.93 yards

So in December, I grabbed a bit more Christmas giftbag fabric, which honestly, I've just begun to cut into, and a few yards of the new limited edition Kona Crush. I always purchase just a bit for my daughter Rachel @snippetsofsweetness and I so we can check it out.

December Fabric Usage

Used up: 11.45 yards
Brought in: 7.0 yards 
Net: -4.45 yards

Soooo.... here's what it all boils down to:

2022 Fabric Usage Totals
2022 Used up: 191.147 yards [vs. 199.47 yards in 2020 and 135.24 in 2021]

2022 Brought in: 99.75* yards [vs. 73.2 yards in 2020 and 88.25 yards in 2021]  - *I looked back to check - and yes, nearly 42 yards of fabric was generously gifted to me this year - between a retirement gift from my former coworkers + a destash from a friend. So my actually purchases were closer to 58 yards rather than 100.

2022 Net: -91.397 yards [vs. -126.27 yards in 2020 and -46.99 in 2021]

That all feels like a pretty good year. I think I'll just continue on with the record-keeping, maybe sharing about it less often? But it's good incentive, and I've enjoyed seeing how my stash has evolved.... definitely more solid choices than a year ago, and organized in a new way - solids and prints together by color. Scraps are still a wild mess, but I've already dug in and begun a new project with them. Now back to sewing!


  1. I am fascinated by the numbers but a bit terrified to track them for myself. I know I brought in well over 400 yards of fabric in 2022. No sense beating myself up over that. Time to get to work, right? Haha!

  2. Seems like you have been constantly reducing the overall stash amount over the last three years. How do you feel about that? Any days you feel like "I do not have enough fabric!" or does it still feel like it did not even make a dent? I love your reports - it actually triggered me to do my own. So I am good with monthly - but I can understand that you might want to bundle them. Pick what you feel like! xo

  3. It's always interesting to see your numbers. Gifted fabric or not, you did a great job of using what you have! I can't imagine starting to record yardage at this stage of my quiltmaking life. Seems like it would take days just to come up with a base number! And though Feel Good Fibers is always talking about getting rid of unused fabrics, I'm not there yet etiher. I keep finding reasons and ways to use stash, even bits I thought I might never use. So I'll hang onto what I have and just keep working with it. You are doing a fantastic job of using-up. I wish you continued success in 2023!