I just wanted to channel my excitement somewhere!
A very dear friend of the family lost his wife to cancer about four years ago. They spent the last several years going all around the country in their RV, even with her failing health, so it was very sad but also not unexpected.
Not long after she passed, he came down to visit us again in MD (he lives in CT) and the two of us got to chatting about her stash. Oh yes, she was a quilter. Was she ever a quilter! I had only just started quilting at the time, so I didn't really appreciate the magnitude of what we were chatting about - quilting, embroidery, machines, etc.
Fast forward four years - he has since remarried a wonderful woman and they're living together in her house while he slowly fixes up the house he shared with his first wife. Her stash remains entombed, larger than life. The two of them came down for his 70th birthday and we all went out to dinner, where the subject of fabric and machines came up once again. As a direct result of that conversation, I am now planning a road trip somewhere in the next few weeks or months up to Connecticut with my mother and best friend, both of whom quilt.
When we discussed the fabric, he said: "Let me put it this way. Do you want 100 cubic feet of fabric? 200 cubic feet? Just let me know." He also said that he had a Janome 10001MC sitting all by its lonesome, and he would be happy to send it to a new home on the condition that its new owner make the time investment to learn how to use it.
I'm just falling all over myself with excitement right now. It's ridiculous.
I need to get back to work!