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Friday, January 1, 2010

The Annual Reckoning, 2009 edition

Since 1998 I have tracked fabric used and acquired. Since 2004 I have also tracked how much I have spent.  (None of these figures includes the expense for thread, batting, books, patterns, etc.)  This is the third year I've posted (confessed) the Annual Reckoning on my blog.  I have all the calculations in a spreadsheet available upon request.
My quilting (and sewing) accomplishments this year included:
* 11 quilts begun and finished (crib-sized to queen-sized)
* 7 wallhangings begun and finished
* 6 UFOs finished (begun in previous years)
* 6 flimsies created (a flimsy is an unquilted top)
* 150 Care Bags (
* 5 tissue box covers (holiday gifts)
* 1 tote bag (for a community project)
* 3 jackets, 1 dress, 1 pair of slacks, 1 shirt
I used 301 yards of fabric (that includes yards given away to HeartStrings sew-ins, the NLCQG White Elephant exchange, etc.).  I acquired 353 yards of fabric (that includes purchases and gifts) and spent $1371, or $3.88/yd.
Though I didn't use as much as some years, I acquired a LOT less. The used/acquired ratio is 85%, the best yet.
I sold 2 quilts, 1 wallhanging, and 5 flimsies.  I sold many quilt books, patterns, and magazines.  I sent a box of flimsies to a church quilting group (thus removing them from my UFO list).
What's in store for 2010?  Stay tuned!


  1. Great accomplishments. It's great that you keep track of everything so exactly.

    I'm planning on keeping track of my fabric bought and used and all my projects finished this year.

    Thanks for such a good example!

  2. You go girl. Where do you sell your quilt-related stuff??

  3. You continue to amaze me, Nann! I wish I had your fortitude with my room full of projects - quilting and otherwise! I did give a lot of fabric to my Mom this year, since she just got her new Bernina and is learning how to quilt. She asks me all sorts of questions as I'm the "Expert" - isn't it supposed to be the other way around?! :)

    Good job and keep up the good work!

  4. Wow. Impressive - good work Nan! I think i may keep track this year as well, although I don't plan on buying much.


  5. You finished a lot this year -- I do count fabric used but don't track what I purchase. This past year I bought more than usual and until I went to the quilt shop today, planned to do better this year...oh well, starting NOW!


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