If you live in this area, you might want to get in on this little bit of fun. I'm hosting Wooly Wednesdays at the shop on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 - 12:00noon. Kaaren from the Painted Quilt is going to be there each Wednesday morning to inspire and share her beautiful work. Approximately once a month, we'll have an original design ready to share with you in kit form. For those living out of this area, you could also get the kits by mail. We start Wednesday, Dec 11th. There is limited space for the workshops, so if you think you might want to join us, let me know. You can call the shop at 902-378-7845 or email me at email@example.com
I've had a bit more sewing time again this week, love that! I got these cute little patterns by Sweetwater in at the shop for this Snow Pail and just had to give one a whirl. They make up quickly and for only $2.99 for the pattern, you can't go wrong. The first batch has sold out already and there are more on their way to me now. They have a great line of fun patterns if you're interested in checking them out.
I've also been making a couple of Christmas gifts. I'll post pictures of them when they're finished. Thanks for stopping by, I'll try to post again in the next few days!
I've been busy, but it's a good busy! I'm enjoying the life of shopkeeper very much! One thing that amazes me is how fast the time goes by! Never a dull moment, that's for sure!
Yesterday I was able to sew for a bit. On Tuesday we had our first sew-in at the shop, Kaaren, Gail, Deanna, Debra, Lisa, my mom and myself had a great time together sewing and sharing! Kaaren shared some pictures on her blog. I worked on that black, red and tan free blog pattern from Lisa Bongean that I had started last year. The blocks were finished and it just needed to be put together and have borders added. So yesterday afternoon, I was able to finish it. Can't wait to see it quilted!
I was also able to finish this little cutie by Kim Diehl.
I'm having fun, stop by if you're in the area to see!
Yup, we did it!! We opened the shop on November 1st. It was lots of work, and of course, thousands of last minute things that had to be done. But when we opened the doors on Friday morning at 9am, we were so pleased to have shoppers waiting outside. The weather was not on our side, with high winds and heavy rain, I thought some people might decide it was best to wait until another day, but we were so pleased with how many of you made the trip to see us!!
Thursday night, my hubby and I were there quite late, putting on the finishing touches. Once he got the sign on the front of the building, I had to take a picture. It was raining and dark, but just couldn't wait any longer.
One of the best things about the two days, was getting to meet some of you! Several ladies from around the province made their way here to be a part of my big day! Thank you so much.
And I've been promising pictures of the shop, so here are a few. My daughter was here to help us out on Saturday, as an artist, she gets shots from a much different perspective than what I think to do, so these are her shots from yesterday. Hope you enjoy the pics, get inspired or even better, I hope you decide to get in the car and come see me!! Be sure to introduce yourself if you do!! :)
Oh my, I'm absolutely exhausted!! LOL I've been quilting with Kaaren, Debra, Gail and Rose since Wednesday evening. I got home yesterday afternoon, and have been trying to catch up on my rest ever since. I think I'm finally feeling a little like myself tonight. We had a great time, lots of laughing, lots of great food, some good heart to hearts and not a lot of rest! Did I mention the laughing?? Oh my, there was a lot of that. I had to leave for a bit on Thursday afternoon, and while I was gone, I thought to myself, this probably isn't a good thing, hard to tell what the others might get into while I'm away. Oh yeah, not good, they certainly took advantage of that time to set up a few pranks for me. All I can say is, I'll never see a Kit Kat bar in the same light again in my life!! lol All good, lots of fun!
So I took a few pics, but they were taken with my phone, so not the greatest quality, I forgot my camera once again!
Along with the pranking and laughing, we did get lots of sewing done.
Kaaren's applique projects
Gail's Flying Geese
Rose's Star Happy
Debra's take on my mystery quilt
Kaaren's Ollie came to visit
And a couple of the things that I worked on, a lot of little things for the shop.
Speaking of the shop, there's only four more days until the opening, it'll be a busy week I'm sure. If you're in the area, I hope you're able to visit!
I'm planning some fun things for the fall and winter for the shop. One is a trunk show by a wonderful quilter from Amherst, Nova Scotia. I've never been to a trunk show before, but have seen lots of pictures from bloggers all over blogland. Looks like lots of fun. I would love to hear some suggestions for the trunk show, and some ideas of what to include in the day from those of you who've had trunk show experience.
My friend, Kaaren from the Painted Quilt, dropped in to the shop for a visit this morning! She's lending me some of her beautiful quilts to display in the shop. She had a stack of them on the counter, and as we went through them, there was this treasure about two from the bottom!!
Oh my, it's absolutely awesome! She and our friend Debra, made this beauty for me! I'm so thrilled! The picture just doesn't do it justice, I wish you could see it in person! Kaaren designed to reflect the shop logo and she ROCKED it! Thank you so much Kaaren andDeb, it means the world to me.
I'm so blessed with great friends. Gail has been helping almost every day to get things ready for opening, my mom has been there cleaning, organizing and quilting, her husband Terry has been doing some electrical work, Rose has come to help paint and give suggestions and of course there's been my hubby, working like a crazy man to get things ready! I know there are others too, my sister, my Aunt Linda and Uncle Vernon and so many that have offered this and that, and leant a few things! It's all coming together! Less than two weeks!
I'm a quilter, love everything about this great craft. I've been quilting since I was just a little girl, blessed to have both of my grandmothers influence and teaching to start me on my way. The first quilt that I remember working on was a Grandmother's Flower Garden. My maternal grandmother, Fanny, helped me get started, I was around 7 or 8 years old. I still have that work, never did finish the quilt though. My maternal grandmother, Dot, often had a quilt in the frame when I was a little girl. I spent many wonderful hours playing under that quilt frame, in my world of imagination. And I was so blessed as I grew a bit older to have her teach me the fine art of hand quilting. Today, I still love hand work, but also love the convenience of today's modern techniques.
This is a place for me to share the love of quilting with you!