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Stash Report

A bit ago I told you all that I wanted to make a quilt using this fabric….


It was a Walmart fat quarter only fabric.  I originally bought it because I thought it was so stinking cute…and I love dogs.  My intention was to make a quilt for the Humane Society benefit with it.

Then I got thinking about making a graduation quilt with it….

Then I thought of this pattern.

The problem was I didn’t have enough of the dog print fabric.  So…I said something to all of you and WHAM.  I got more fabric just like that.

Someone messaged me and said someone on Ebay had 4 fat quarters.  I immediately went and bought them.  Then some came in my mail….

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Ask Jo: My Fabric Stash

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days. Today’s question is about organizing my sewing room closet.

Judy B asked:
Would you please share what totes you ordered and from where? I’m looking for some new ones.”

As many of you know, I’ve been tackling my sewing room.  Most people might call it cleaning but not me.  I’m all into this so I’m calling it tackling!

One of the places I’m putting all of my efforts into is my closet in the sewing room.  Here’s a rough layout of my space.

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The upper middle of the picture is the hallway.  Our upstairs bathroom in on the upper left.  If you come all the way down the hallway, my sewing room is 14 x 20 room at the bottom of the picture.  We designed it this way as down the road, most people would use my space as a master bedroom.

On the upper right in the picture is my closet off the sewing room.  It’s 6 x 11.  I love the room and it’s a lifesaver for storage.  It allows me to keep more things than I probably should.

In the five years I’ve lived here I’ve updated the closet and time and time again when either time or finances allowed it.  My last big cleaning session had me buying these shelving units (Find them HERE on Amazon) for my closet.  I love them.


They really helped things get better a lot….but still I wasn’t completely satisfied.

At the time I had enough money for the shelving but not nice matching totes that were the correct size.  I made due and that was perfectly okay.  I knew a day would come when I’d afford good totes.  So this time around, it this cleaning session, I’m getting the totes.

What I’ve found that is working best for me are these…. Continue reading

Stash Report

You might remember a bit ago I told you that I was finally going to use this fabric.  
I was making a graduation quilt for someone and thought this fabric…and this pattern would be perfect together….


The problem….I couldn’t find the pattern in my house.  I’ve made it several times.  I know I wouldn’t have gotten rid of it.  I thought I borrowed it to Kelli but she said no…UGH.  So I bought the pattern again.

At the time I thought I would have all the time in the world and not be sewing masks like it was my full time job.  I was so excited about a new project.  I thought I might use black where the cream fabric is…I thought those little boxes would really POP if I did.

So…I ordered the black fabric.


Now that the pattern is here and the fabric is here.  I got it out and read through it all.  I was thinking I wouldn’t put a border on the quilt and make extra blocks.  UGH.  I don’t have enough dog fabric.

I bought the fabric as fat quarters from Wal-Mart probably five years ago.  I bought 8…but alas, it’s not enough.



I searched a bit and can’t find it online. I was hoping Etsy or somewhere might have it but so far… Continue reading

Reinforcements are HERE!!

You might remember that I was working on the Quiltville Unity Sew Along.


On Thursday I got completely caught up and am now to this point.

Well as I was finishing up and putting the last little narrow border on, I checked the 1 1/2″ scrap bucket but there was nothing- no width of fabric strips…so I went to my fabric.  UGH.  I was pretty much out of white based neutrals except for one piece.  Oh my.

If I didn’t get some light (not tannish) based neutrals, I was in trouble.  Seriously, there really were none.  I had already raided everything there was left to raid.  I really needed more.

As is, the top is only around 42″…so there is a lot more quilt left to be made.  Lots of background print has been used so I really thought I better get more fabric.  It was time for me to find a place to order some fabric from.

In my area the best place for batiks is Forest Mills Quilt Shop near Postville.  I know the gals pretty good.  The quilt shop is based out of one of the gals’ homes so I emailed her late that evening.  I sent a picture of what I was working on and asked what she had for fabric.

I didn’t expect a reply until the next day but a few minutes later I got an email with these pictures…. Continue reading