It wouldn't be right if I let Mother's Day go by without some dancing to this tribute! It's my favorite iconic "mother" of the silver screen! Joan Crawford. I can't help but gravitate toward this montage each year. The dramatic faces combined with "Mama Mia" make for some good stuff. Get up from that sewing machine and shake that Charm Pack! And uh... if you need to organize your wire hangers or scrub a bathroom floor...feel free! No judgement from me...the girls will be cleaning chandeliers tomorrow night seeew um...let that OCD out!
BA HA HA HA HA HA. Oh-the-drama of it all! Love.
Anyway, the "Mothership" was able to remain home today and enjoy the simplicity of life. I hear she's even been sewing up some cute little projects in her sewing room. I'll be joining her later. Not really to sew but you know...chat it up...snack. Gnaw on a cube of cheese. Prick my finger on a spinning wheel. Clearly I'm stressed.
A few people have asked me about the term, "Mothership." Well...if you're new here, just know I don't like creating sentences with phrases like, "My mom did this...my mom did that." It's just...odd for me. Calling her "Jan" also freaks me out. I've never called her by her name. Add to it that we've had many customers refer to us as the "Cadillac"or "Mothership" of Quilt shops, I thought, "Why not?" Seeew, the next best thing was to give her an identity...and she doesn't mind at all. So there you have it...the origins of the "Mothership."
*Sigh* I have lots to do in preparation for this week. In fact, see that spot of beige in the upper left in the picture below? It needs something and I've been stumped as to what to do with it! I don't do displays when the Shoppe is open anymore seeew I use this time to think and try 100 different things before I make up my mind. Our staff member Nancy tries to offer assistance whenever possible, but much like Joan Crawford, I flip over Fat Quarters. "No more FAT QUARTERS...EVER!" Seriously, sometimes when we go to move a display we open a drawer and it's like..."really?" Must we have 18,000 Fat Quarters at any one time? Good for all of you...but for me I'm counting them in my sleep.
As a little gift to all of you, I finally found the pattern for the Morris Dance Nine Patch Quilt shown on our table. I know. You can thank me later. Since I have no control over Pinterest and what people place on it from my blog, I know I will get emails and I more than likely will have forgotten the name! Seeew it's a good reminder for me too! It's a fabulous versatile pattern that can be done in many looks.
On top of everything else this week, we got four new quilt tops back that are just waiting to be quilted! Here are two of my new favorites....
Trailing Stars (the blue one) using a pattern by Planted Seed Designs with fabrics from Minick & Simpson's Independence Trail and the new Chateau Rouge (red) quilt using fabrics from the collection of the same name by French General!
So yes, we've been busy around here. The boys from Laurel Hedge, who created that wonderful Christmas forest this last holiday season...stopped by to jump start the Summer by adding new plants and flowers to the front porch (love them) and we've been inside creating a few new displays! I'm still here though! Still kickin' it. Breathing. All of the above.
If you are traveling for the International Quilt Market this week here in Portland, Oregon...WELCOME! Oregon is a beautiful state and we hope that you get to enjoy the beautiful weather we've had. If not...oops. Sorry.
The Shoppe has extended hours this week and one day in which we will be closed seeew that our staff may attend Quilt Market with us....
Tuesday, May 14 10am-6pm PST
Wednesday, May 15 10am-6pm PST
Thursday, May 16 10am-6pm PST
Friday, May 17 CLOSED
Saturday, May 18 10am-5pm
Sunday, May 19 12pm-4pm
Monday, May 20 10am-4pm
Alright...off to work I go! Lots to do! Remember...we've got this surprise gift to unwrap too! All will be revealed when things calm down a bit!