Merry Christmas ladies (and gentlemen). Due to technical difficulties I am blogging at 3am. I know. Insanity, right? Where am I getting this energy? In order to tend to my other responsibilities during the day, I have to blog at night. That's ok though as I have Michael Buble and the Puppini Sisters cranked up to keep me awake! In fact, I've even included a timer to make sure I don't go over my alotted time!
I do have the names of the winners of our three Charm Packs from the other day...but first, let's talk about Jan's Breakfast Club! The next club date will be Saturday, January 24 and everyone is welcome to register now. For those who are late to the show, the "Mothership" is Jan, my mom and fellow owner. I refer to her as the "Mothership" as it is not natural for me to say, "Jan" and I get annoyed with, "my mom...." Are we golden? Good....Oh and btw...I'm a male. Shocker..right?
The Breakfast Club is the "Mothership's" monthly club that meets one Saturday per month from 9am until 11am. During the club she provides a kit of her selected project and a catered breakfast snack. Tips and techniques to complete the featured project are shared and everyone is invited to bring their favorite project for a "share and tell." Afterwards an Open Sew is held for participants so everyone is encouraged to bring their sewing machine.
For November, the "Mothership" selected a simple project using the enchanting Solstice collection by Kate Spain.
This month was a little different. Instead of providing a kit, the "Mothership" decided she'd switch it up and have the participants select their own fabrics. With the help of our staff member Deb, she began cutting several strips of reds, greens and whites! P.S. Remember how I've told you in previous years how everything in a quilt shop is labor intensive? This is one of those examples...
Aren't they enchanting?
The ladies from Table 1 were soon given the task of selecting their reds for their project...which they have not seen at this point. Decisions...decisions. The great thing about this process is that the "Mothership" made sure every print was workable. Seeew even if it appeared to be challenging, the reality was that anything they selected would work. Don't you love the creative process?
The ladies from Table 2 soon joined the selection process and as you can see it was quite the study. Observations, equations, formulas, calculated planning, the advance study of color coordination...it was all being done before our very eyes!
Somebody came to class today.
It was clear that the ladies of Table 3 had this project in the bag as they selected their whites. Unforunately I wasn't able to catch anyone gathering their greens.
May I just add how lovely it is to have one store and one store only? We definitely love having our Event Room and Sewing Studio on the main floor. It's bliss. It really is.
After one and all had gathered their fabrics, the "Mothership" revealed the project they would be making.
Isn't it cute? The "Strippy & Bright" Table Runner was designed by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way (and um...Camille Roskelley's mom) for allpeoplequilt.com. You'll have to register to the website to get the complete pattern.
Of course, we couldn't just make one.
The "Mothership" was enjoying this project seeew much she made two (and a third one ...just for her....is on the way)! Here is the second one and as you can see it is far more scrappy! Cute and simple....what more could you want during this busy time of year?
For the scrappy version she used a variety of our Mini Christmas Novelties (which are getting very thin P.S.), Not Even A Mouse and Home For The Holidays by Riley Blake. No kits were made seeew I'm afraid you will have to do just what these lucky gals did and select them...yourself.
"Oh no he didn't!"
Mmmm...yes I did. Ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Remain calm...I was kidding. I get a little sassy at 3am...and I am totally going to feel this tomorrow around 2pm. I will literally be sprawled across my desk which will horrify our staff.
Look at how cute the Mini Novelties and Not Even A Mouse are....perfect for the little ones! And of course we have Fat Quarters available in all of the prints both in-store and on our website.
Now for the moment you've all been waiting for! Who will the lucky winner's be from our contest on Day 2?
First let me say this...We both read every comment and I have to say, they are very entertaining! It definitely allows us to get to know you each a little better. Seeew, thank you for that! We appreciate the dedication many of you have for the Shoppe!
The winners are selected by the Random Number Generator and they are...."Amy", "Patty Davis" and "Wendy In NH!"
Congratulations to each of our winners and thank you again to everyone who participated and shared their obsessions! Winners, please contact the Shoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange delivery of your prize!
I should add, we are looking for two new people to join our team. Our little Niki (who started here when she was just 16 so long ago) has graduated college and is stepping into the "real world." Congratulations to her! Another member is going to have a surgery that will keep her out for at least six months and we send her many positive thoughts! Seeew if you are passionate for details, exciting, can multi-task, have quilting knowledge and know your quilting product, send us a resume to email@example.com.
I will leave you now by sharing with you that our original Jovial Trees Quilt sample is up for sale. We have since made a new one and well, we don't need two! The quilting on this one is phenomenal and attention to detail Melissa Hoffman used in manuevering those three dimensional trees is impressive. It's a visual stunner! I even showed you a little "leg" - by folding up the backing seeew you could see. All fabrics in the quilt were from the Jovial collection by Basic Grey. It will be on the website by end of today!
I'll be back soon to the jingle of a few bells ~ Brian