Stash Report

Yesterday I told you about the quilt shop Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Kelli and I had stopped there on our shop hop/Elton John concert.  It was nice to get out and see the many shops….but we did learn, we probably shouldn’t hit so many shops as it makes my debt card “smoke”.

The only thing I picked up here was batiks.  These were for the mystery quilt and have already been cut and used….


But…I didn’t cut this tiger print….isn’t it neat?inspired-to-sew-1

I was so tempted to buy LOTS of this but I didn’t know what to do with it and really, no one I know is into tigers….oh but if they were….

At the beginning of the post I made a little joke about our debit cards “smoking”.  I thought I’d tell you a little bit about how things work here on the blog and between Kelli and I.

Long ago Kelli and I wanted to sew.  We wanted to make quilts.  We wanted to buy fabric and goodies.  The sad news….quilting is an expensive hobby and on our salaries it was really hard to afford.  We didn’t want our addiction to interfere with our family budgets and we didn’t want to explain any of our purchases to our husbands.

We ended up deciding to start submitting quilts to magazines and writing the blog so we would have our own “mad money”.  It’s worked out wonderfully.  If we submit a quilt and it gets accepted, we have some mad money to play with.  Many of things we’ve done lately like the sign class, the Elton John concert, the Dirty Dancing play and the fabric shopping we paid for out of our account.  We LOVE that arrangement.  It works perfectly for us. Our husbands can’t say a single thing about the money we spend.  It’s so nice.

…but being we’ve been spending quite a bit of money lately, it’s time to get those machines fired up and make more quilts to submit.  People always encourage us to keep designing…don’t worry, we will be.  We want some “mad money” to play with.

10 thoughts on “Stash Report”

  1. Please keep quilting! Your family is a creative force and always, always enjoy reading and seeing your creations in quilting and life! Merry Christmas to all!

  2. I really like the tiger batik, hope you find a good use for it and share it with us all. The shop tours have been wonderful and hope you do more in the future.

  3. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jo! I wish you a wonderful and fruitful and Blessed 2018. Hope to see you again in the new year! Hugs! Cheers!!!

  4. Merry Christmas, Jo, Kelli and family! I haven’t been following for too long, but I love reading your blog. Love seeing your quilts and following your daily fun!

  5. Happy Holidays Jo to you and your wonderful family. Thank you for sharing with us readers day in and day out with your very busy schedule. I love this information about the Mad money that you and Kelli share and thought I would selfishly offer another suggestion……you could sell some of the wonderful quilts you make to your readers. I for one would be interested in purchasing. Just a thought. Thanks again for always being an inspiration.

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