Fabric Track Friday
So, like most quilters and sewists, I set goals for myself every year. This year, I have been working on stash management, one of my goals was to use more fabric than I bought. Seems simple, right, but it required me to put a fabric tracking system into place. I knew it couldn't be really complicated, but I had to have a way to track how much fabric I was buying and using, or come December, I may have just fudged it and said I completed the goal, without really knowing.
My tracking has evolved a bit over the course of the year, but what has remained constant are Fabric Tracking Fridays. I'm going to go into the very basics this week, and every Friday for the rest of the year, we will dive a little deeper! Sound fun, yeah, I thought so too!
So about once a week (or every couple of weeks if I'm super busy), I have a spreadsheet where I put in the amount of fabric I used, bought, the total for the week, and the running total for the year. As you may have guessed, I'm a nerd, so there is also a line graph. There were a couple of weeks where I got confused, missed a week somewhere, so mid year, I also started involving my Quilter's Planner (The 2018 edition is ready to order if you don't have one already, I love mine, and I buy it with my own money, so that's an unbiased opinion!), I write each project and how much fabric I used for it in the weekly "Notes" section. I found this way, I had the total all set ready to go in the spreadsheet on Friday when it's ready to track.
I only take the fabric out of my stash when I finish a top, backing or binding. This is mostly a little more motivation to get things completed, and not procrastinate making backings! What can I say, it works for me! Next week, I will talk more about how I calculate totals and some of the nerdier stuff, but I PROMISE, it's simple, you can do it! And in my opinion, you totally should!
Until then, keep quilting away, and...