Sunday Stash #49 – A Hundred Thousand

The Shinkansen speeds next to my window
So fast my eyes see only the blur of blue
and white. Carrying a hundred thousand ghosts
up and down the abbreviated coasts, not knowing
they’re being watched in flight.
Turned around through wireless wires
A hundred thousand looks create a constant craving
of the stage. Written words try to convey
the stitches left to be made, but the eyes on me
freeze my hand to the page.

My week in Japan has left me in an odd creative space. I desperately miss my sewing machine, and the creativity that it has afforded me over the past year and a half. So this week I decided to return to poetry–one of my earliest creative outlets.
To deconstruct my verse, I celebrated my 100,000th page view this week. This event has left me awestruck, and terrified at the same time. So without too much fanfare, leave a comment to enter to win this 1.5 metre bundle of Echino fabrics I picked up in Japan. International entries are always welcome. 

Linking up with Fiona at Finding Fifth Lisa in Port Hope for this week’s Sunday Stash-a-thon!

You should do the same.  
Must watch Lost In Translation again.

87 Responses

  1. Hot damn, pick me! Congrats on the big milestone but also for loving quilting and fabric so much. I love that you are part of this awesome community.

  2. Congratulations!! Your blog is absolutely fantastic. I am so glad to have found it in recent months! That bundle is droolicious as well!

  3. wipgirl says:

    Gorgeous collection of fabrics – can't quite imagine that you're going to give it away 😀

    Happy 100000!


  4. Caroline says:

    Wow! Congrats on the views and resparking that creative poet inside!

  5. Am L says:

    You know I'm a fan! Thanks for bringing your special sparkle into the quilting blogosphere. I hope you get to return to your Juki soon, and I'm sure she misses you as much as you miss her. Thanks, Molli!

  6. Jane says:

    Congrats on your milestone! And that fabric is seriously too gorgeous!

  7. Lynda says:

    when I need to be creative, I pick up a pen and/or pencil and start drawing on anything at hand – one of my best drawings is on a brown paper bag – I was at the airport on a 2 hour delay – surprising how many people will watch you draw – some day I will find a use for that drawing – or my kids will find it and wonder as they toss it aside – such is life.

  8. Mel says:

    I just rewatched Lost in Translation last night, by coincidence. Such a tender movie. If only they'd had quilting to comfort them – could have produced one hell of a quilt. Congrats to you – you deserve it as you clearly put a lot of thought into your blog. Mel. melanie99[at]

  9. MsMidge says:

    Congratulations Joshua! Fabulous milestone! xx

  10. Hannlib says:

    Nice giveaway thanks! Congratulations on your blogging accomplishments

  11. craftykat says:

    I hate being apart from my sewing machine as well !

  12. DeborahGun says:

    a great milestone – congratulations 🙂 I love popping in to your blog from time to time (usually from Sunday stash link ups!) – always brings a smile to my face 🙂

  13. Vera says:

    Congrats! Echino? Yes please 🙂

  14. Esther F. says:

    Japanese goodness, please travel on ocean further to my house!

  15. Wow, that's fantastic Molli! And what an awesome, awesome prize :o)

  16. Paula says:

    Happy 100,000! Go Molly go!!!! xx

  17. Celia Gibson says:

    Enjoy your blog…did you ever blogged a review on the Juki? I am thinking of getting one…

  18. A hundred thousand. What a fantastic achievement. Here's to a hundred thousand more.

  19. Julie says:

    Fun fabric. I liked your poem and congrats on the sparkly milestone!

  20. charlotte says:

    Wow! I am so impressed with your abilities. I could never write poetry. That is really cool. It has been my experience that so very many creative quilters are also creative in other ways as well. creativity is not limited to one particular genre. Thank you for all the great reasons to bring my eyes here to see you.

  21. Auntie Pami says:

    Hello! Wow 100,000, if I had a nickel for each view. That's a lot of fabric!

  22. Lovely verse … don't freeze up, just imagine us all naked 🙂

  23. Congratulations Molli! I wish I had more talent as a writer as this would be the perfect occasion for an anniversary haiku for you!

  24. Jenny says:

    Whew. As I clicked over from Feedly, I crossed my fingers I wouldn't be faced with poems in the comments. I was going to give it the old college try, but I am relieved to see it is not necessary.

    Congratulations on your 100,000th page view! There are so many things to like about your blog, and I imagine you will get to 200,000 very quickly. Now get back to your machine and sew! P.S. I don't have any of those Echinos. (rhyme!)

  25. Kacey says:

    Congrats, Molli! I very much enjoy your brand of sparkle and fan-fare – thanks for sharing it! I hope you had a great trip!

  26. Cheryl says:

    Congrats on your bloggy milestone! Your blog is awesome.

  27. memmens says:

    I can't imagine being separated from my sewing machine, 4 days has been the most and then I took hand stitching with me! Glad you had a great trip (again!)

  28. Beautiful fabric – congrats on your views!

  29. Beautiful fabric – congrats on your views!

  30. Beautiful fabric – congrats on your views!

  31. Joy says:

    I recently found your blog and really appreciate your style. I'm so jealous you are traveling in Japan! Love the fabric there.

  32. Fran says:

    Your poem is lovely & haunting (in a good way!), it seems that you truly are a creative soul. Thanks for the chance to win these Echino lovelies.

  33. Reb Thack says:

    I'm in awe of your creativity – it keeps me returning to your site for more. Keep creating for you inspire me to do more, too! (Sorry if this is a second comment, seems my browser has gone wonky)

  34. Congrats on your success! And thanks for the chance at that fun fabric.

  35. diegoagogo says:

    OMG I so have Japan on the "one day" list!! I have a friend who has gone every year for the last 20 or so years. She knows all the good places to buy 2nd had kimonos & such. Hope you are having loads of fun, or is it a business trip?
    Lush x

  36. Leigh Anne says:

    Congratulations on hitting another bloggy milestone 🙂 And welcome home!

  37. Mara Cockman says:

    Congrats on hitting 1000. I really enjoy your blog!

  38. audrey says:

    Gorgeous! But seriously, who is surprised that you've reached 100k? You're fabulous! 🙂

  39. Patti Smith says:

    Poetry too? Is there anything you don't do? Congrats and I love those

  40. Congratulaions–and that is a beautiful but kind of haunting poem. You're the best there is, and we're all so lucky that you're writing about fabric and quilting. 🙂

  41. susan says:

    Congrats on your accomplishment! Thanks for the giveaway!

  42. Paula says:

    Wow, what a great post. I'm so impressed with your poetry. You really are a truly creative person. A huge congrats on reaching 100,000. It doesn't surprise me in the least that you've reached that impressive milestone and thank you so much for a wonderful giveaway to celebrate. Loving those fabrics, and really hoping that lady luck will shine on me.

  43. Liz says:

    How can you give that fabric away? Not that I'm complaining. Congrats on being so sparkletastic!

  44. QuiltCandy says:

    What an achievement, congratulations! I love poetry too, but hardly have the time these days to read or write it, I'm too busy quilting! Adore those fabrics, thanks so much for the chance to win.

  45. Misty Bowie says:

    Simply said: woohooo!

  46. Heidi says:

    I am not surprised you have so many visits in such a short period, you are such an upbeat and humorous writer, a talented quilter, and your giveaway's are to die for!

  47. Congratulations on this accomplishment! Your poetry was lovely (and I don't even like poetry).

  48. Katy Cameron says:

    Happy anniversary! I was starting to think you'd got haiku fever, then I realised there were too many lines and things, so I crawled back into my poetry illiterate hole ;o)

    Congrats on the views, you want to watch those things, they breed…

  49. juceyj03 says:

    I guess everyone finds your blog as sexy as I do…*wink *wink!!
    I have been in the same place as you are right now but trust me we love fabric and quilting way to much to stay away too long 🙂
    Y-U-M-M-Y fabric!!!

  50. What a milestone! So glad to have found you and connected! Looking forward to our shared year ahead.

  51. Salley says:'re a breath of fresh air! Well, thats why I tune in, anyway.
    Congrats man! and warm those clever fingers up…we want more!

  52. WOW – 100,000!!
    Thanks also for the chance to win the gorgeous fabric bundle!
    I look forward to contributing towards the next 100,000 🙂

  53. Stephanie says:

    What a milestone – congratulations!! I've loved the extra sparkle that you've brought to the quilting blogisphere 🙂 Totally crossing my fingers & toes for this one – I'm trying to collect various echinos for a future project!

  54. Liz says:

    Beautiful poem :). I enjoyed following your trip on IG. Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. rrjane011749 says:

    Congrats on the 100K! I would 'sew' love to win that beautiful fabric!

  56. Thanks for the giveaway

  57. Speeding homeward bound
    Hoping to glimpse Mt. Fuji
    As the train flies past

  58. Sheryl says:

    100,000 pageviews is quite the milestone! Hopefully you'll get some good time in with the sewing machine soon.

  59. Catrin Lewis says:

    Massive congratulations! I just can't imagine 100,000 page views! But then I'm not a creative genius like you!

  60. Jeneta says:

    Well, is there anything you're not good at? Congrats on such a fab milestone!

  61. Nathalie says:

    Not at all surprised that your blog is so successful. We all need a little sparkle in our day! Congrats on your 100,000th view.

  62. Gill says:

    Congratulations on your milestone!

  63. You truly are a charmer,that's why you've got the 100K. Congrats and welcome home-were you also changed by Erin Wilson's quilt? What a great bundle. Hope I win.

  64. Lovely blog! Your creativity sparkles….please keep sharing your journey! It's inspiring!

  65. Ellen says:

    Ohh, you know I'd love to win one of your giveaways again! I've even got a plan to use all of those wonderful brown scraps you sent last time!

  66. Wow! What a landmark. Congratulations. thriftstorecrafter at

  67. fun fabric collection and great poetry!

  68. Chelsie C says:

    Congrats on so many views!!! And a great bundle of fabrics 🙂

  69. bee says:

    congrats on the milestone! how exciting.

  70. Congrats on 100,000! That is amazing! mls.bartholomew [at] gmail

  71. Congrats! What a milestone. You rock. 🙂

  72. Wow 100,001 yep thats me the next one lol

  73. vjwildman says:

    100,000? No surprise – you're delightful. Congrats!

  74. Rebecca says:

    Love your blog so no wonder you are at such a milestone!

  75. LizzyClips says:

    Just came across your blog, it's fantastic! Congrats!

  76. 100,000! Well done! Before you know it, it will be 1 million!!

  77. Adrianne says:

    many eyes on you
    fueling the creative fire
    poetic stitches

    Congrats on the 100,000 pageviews and enjoy my really terrible haiku!

  78. 100,000 page views! Congratulations. I would love to visit Japan (again – it's been a very long time), and would also love to win this bundle of Echino fabulousness.

  79. Well done on 100k page views… that's impressive!
    Glad to hear I am not the only one who gets quite upset being away from my machine… even if it is in other most wonderful and even exotic places… I still want my machine !!

  80. Aww, thanks for sharing your poetry and your stash!

  81. Emily C says:

    Congratulations! I love milestones and that one is always the best. The fabric you are picking up in Japan is gorgeous. Love the giveaway.

  82. Congratulations! I'm quite happy to be a few of those 100,000 clicks. 🙂

  83. msbookleaf says:

    Congratulations Molli dear! You've earned your place among the quilting glitterati.

  84. Elif Eres says:

    Many 100,000s to come!

  85. Deb says:

    I wish I had been a quilter when I was in Japan…I would love to go back now and visit some of the fabric shops you have been exploring.

  86. Emma says:

    Congratulations on your milestone 🙂

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