Stash Report

When I was through town I hit up the thrift store.  Lately that 15 minutes while I run through the store is the most time I do anything frivolous.  That’s all okay…I honestly am not complaining, I’m more saying that I was thankful for that simple 15 minutes.

I had Carver with me so it was only a quick stop.  We looked at toys and found him a John Deere tractor….50 cents, which was enough of a bribe for him to let me peacefully look at whatever I wanted.  I headed to the fabric of course.  Just because I haven’t had much sewing time, doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming about sewing time.

Two bags came home with me….One was $1.50- the other was $2.  I wasn’t sure about the $2 one until I flipped it over….

John Deere fabric.  Yep that one came home.


I opened it up to find this….
..and this.  Kelli has nieces and nephews that love John Deere so this might go to her.  There are two larger cuts that could make pillow cases so that might happen too.  We’ll see.  The $2 was a good deal.

The other bag was my favorite.  SCRAPS!!
I got them all sorted out into piles of how I would use them.  I have all the piles stacked up and ready to be put away…the batiks are fun.  I’m also excited about the grays.  I’m going to make that quilt in Bonnie Hunter’s String Frenzy book that calls for grays.  PERFECT!


I’m doing pretty good.  I’ve touched the sewing machine a few times.  I have learned it truly is like riding bike.  I’ll always remember how to sew just like I’ll always remember how to ride a bike.

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7 thoughts on “Stash Report

  1. Toni Wood

    This helps to keep you grounded. Just knowing that one day you CAN sew is what keeps me going at times.

  2. Sally

    John Deere is always good….toy or fabric! My late father was all about John Deere! He wasn’t a farmer, so his only full size John Deere was his riding lawn mower. Had a child size tractor for them to ride with wagon to pull behind it, and collected the little metal toys for them to play with. He gave his daughter JD Christmas ornaments. So glad you find simple pleasures just thinking/dreaming about sewing. Maybe put a quilting book in your busy bag for hospital/doctor visits? Praying today will be better.

  3. Donna

    Happy hear you made a little time for yourself – especially since it involved bribery…;-) Who among us hasn’t done that? :-D

  4. Jane Hill

    Jo I read your blog all the time it is my go to place. I read with sympathy and love the journey you and your family are on with your husband, and you are constantly in my thoughts.
    You write with truth, honestly, warmth and love of all aspects of your life and I realise that it is a life based on the joy of love in all its incarnations.
    I enjoy your tales of thrift shop patchwork as I believe that it is the true meaning of patchwork to use scraps and left overs. I am lucky to have two 2nd hand shops in the vicinity and I love going in for a poke around for fabric whenever time allows.
    You are an inspiration for me and I am sure for many others on what it means to live an authentic life. You are always in my prayers even from New Zealand.

  5. Judith Fairchild

    One of my nieces husband had not grown up with toy trucks/ tractors etc. So now for his birthday and Christmas she gets him some. Of course his grand sons love going to their house. I enjoy the thrift shopping you do. I’ve got to do more of it. Thanks for reminding me.

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