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Subject: Stash Contest 2008 Date: 5/16/08 11:43 AM

This is the 'official' Fabric Stash thread for the Spring 2008 contest. It will be managed by Lady_Mame. The rules for the contest this year has an added twist! There is a prize for oldest piece of stash used. (See below for more info on this.) The stash contests are always popular!

Note that last years contest total was a whopping 1919.51 yards. So there is your target, everyone: every yard will help bring the contest total to more that 1920 yards, so don't think your contribution won't count, even if you don't have a chance to 'win' this contest.

Description and Rules:
The objective of this contest is for each contestant to reduce the size of his or her fabric stash.

1) Make an item (useable or wearable) using fabric in your stash. It counts as stash if you had it in your possesion on December 31, 2007 or earlier.

2) Points will be awarded based on the total yards sewn up by each contestant during the contest. Each yard sewn earns the participant One point.

3) Any item entered must have been made entirely in the contest timeframe (no earlier than June 1st 2008, and finished and reviewed by the end of July 31, 2008 Eastern time). Item must be completely finished (ok if you have to press or wash it still) to count.

4) Definition of Age of Fabric: The age of stash yardage is determined from the date the fabric came into your possession.

5) Have fun! We all love seeing how much fabric gets sewn up during the contest, and at the end we are all winners, whether we sewed one yard or one hundred yards!

Winners - First Prize: Most yardage used. ($100 gift certificate) Second: Oldest stash used ($75 gift certificate).
Prizes are sponsored by wwwearables.com (which has ways to help you continue using up your fabric stash).


Q&A:
1) Can I do anything beforehand?
Patterns can be ones used before, or you can make muslins before hand. Fabric can be pre-washed before hand. Any other work with that fabric must wait until the start of the contest.

2) What if I don't have enough fabric to make my item?
You may purchase fabric to complete a project but only the yardage that was stash yardage may be counted. For example, if you need additional fabric to cut out sleeves, and buy another 2/3 yard, that 2/3 yard is not included.

3) What types of things can I make?
Clothes, home dec, costumes, doggy beds, Linus blankets, anything that can be sewn from fabric counts - as long as it is useable or wearable by the intended person or object. This mean muslins do not qualify (unless actually useable).

4) I bought this 1908 fabric last year; is it's age 100 years old?
No; it's stash age is only 6 months or so. Another example: If it was your grandma's and she had it for 20 years, then she gave it to you for the 4th of July last year, that fabric has only been in your stash 10 months - not 20 years plus 10 months.

5) Can I count these old pants that I want to make into a skirt?
No. Stash is fabric in it's natural state only (so to speak). Recycling garments, curtains, or other items does not fit with this contest.

6) Does my 2.5 yards count as 3 yards?
No, it counts as 2.5 yards and 2 points. When you sew another 1/2 yard up, it will be 3 yards (and 3 points).

7) But someone can make a big home dec project using oddles of yards and I'm making this compex...
Don't knock it 'til you've tried it. Home dec isn't as easy as you might think. And the goal here is to use up YOUR stash in the way YOU want. So if home dec is what you need, great! If a tailored jacket with welt pockets and hand-stitched lining is what you need, great! Everyone has the choice to make anything they want for the contest, as long as it uses stash fabric.

8) I'm using this stash fabric to finish something, does this yardage count?
You betcha! Only count pieces that are cut from stashed yardage. I.e. You were making a patchwork skirt and need another yard worth of patches, so you cut up some fabric you found in your stash. Count that yard you cut up.

9) What counts as a yard of fabric?
Fabric is any material that is wider than 24 inches. Everything below this width is a trim.

Get ready, and have fun!!!

AnneM, starting the contest thread which Lady_Mame will take over later.

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-- Edited on 6/1/08 11:02 AM --
-- Edited on 6/6/08 11:26 AM --

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Subject: Stash Contest 2008 Date: 5/16/08 11:43 AM

Useful contest links:

Tutorial on how contests work
Form for adding a review
Composite picture tutorial

-- Edited on 5/16/08 11:49 AM --

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Date: 5/16/08 12:14 PM

In addition to yardage used, could you all just tweak the rules to allow 1 point for each piece? It would level the playing field so people sewing garments would have just as much of a chance of winning as those who sew yardage gobbling home decor.

I'm not planning to enter, but thought I'd throw it in here before the contest starts, since it was mentioned on the other thread that a point for each piece in addition to yardage used to be rule before last year.


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Date: 5/16/08 12:18 PM

Sorry Em, rules are set.

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Date: 5/16/08 1:21 PM

I'm very surprised that my second post summing up the situation in one benign succinct sentence was removed.

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Date: 5/16/08 2:24 PM

Thanks Debbie! I fixed that. Trying to do too much on my lunch break.

I also added a line addressing the home dec concern. As Marji said, the point rules are set at this point for this contest.

I'm looking forward to seeing everything that the creative folks here on PR create. Hopefully this contest will blow the overall yards sewn record from previous contests away! (I'll have to look up what that was.)

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Date: 5/16/08 2:30 PM

I had SUCH A BLAST in last year's stash contest! I'm entering again this year just for the good times. I bet I can dent my stash a bit...

And for the record: The rules from 2007 were:

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POINTS: The contest report template is one that is used for all contests, and previous contests had different scoring systems. For this contest, you may enter the number of points based on the full yards you used in your project/item. As your partial yards add up I will edit your points to reflect your total yardage. This contest will be based strictly on total yardage sewn without regard to number of items.


I saw that the year before, number of items was factored in as well, but the most recent model has been to use purely the yardage.

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Date: 5/16/08 2:37 PM

I don't expect to win, but I'm hoping that this will motivate me to sew up at least a few things that I bought fabric for *last* summer and never got around to sewing...like the drawstring cargo shorts that I was supposed to make for my boyfriend and a handful of skirts and sundresses for myself.

It'll be nice to clear out at least some of the stash that's in my plastic storage bins...so that I can move the newer stash that's on top of my dressers *into* the plastic storage bins.

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Date: 5/16/08 2:41 PM

dumbo question - if my length of fabric is 3 yards, but I make something that uses a pattern lay of 2 yards, thats 2 points?

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Date: 5/16/08 2:55 PM

LOL, Michelle, that's funny.
In a truly twisted way that only someone else who stashes can really appreciate.

And Yes Petro, that's exactly right. That last yard of flat fabric you have left can go back into your stash to become an accessory or contrast fabric for another project. In order to count as used stash, it must be "used".

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