Yup, it's been a long time since I've posted on the old blog. In fact, it's been so long that the last thing I planned to post was a picture that Aimee, at the the West Center store, emailed me of several adorable Christmas stockings she made for the holidays. It does seem a little late to post it now, though. (A thousand sorrys, Aimee!) It's not that I've been eating bon-bons and watching Oprah - quite the opposite!
Here's the short list - yes, there's a longer one - of the excuses I've compiled for my tardiness. FIrst, I made it through Christmas (Barely, it was no easy task this year.); then we cut thousands of fat quarters and held our annual Fat Quarter Frenzy over New Year's; then we FINALLY got through inventory (a BIG snow storm really screwed that up); we've got all the classes (dates, times, places) planned for the next newsletter and wrote the class schedule; then...I wrote the rest of the newsletter; in between all that, I helped find a last minute apartment for my college age daughter and got her moved in (why is everything ALWAYS last minute with college kids!); last week I reworked some of the website and added new pictures and products (no small feat for the computer illiterate); in the past week or two, we redecorated both of the shops taking down all of the Christmas models and changed 'em over to spring (another HUGE job); meantime, Carol and I are working on the details for our BIG Spring Fling Bus Trip (hotels, buses, etc); and now I'm doing the last of the edits for the newsletter and writing up the hand outs that have to go with it - all so that it's done and out the first part of February. (And yes, I put it all into one sentence on purpose because it seems to look more daunting and impressive.) For anyone who thinks that owning a quilt shop - or two - is just sitting around quilting and chatting with customers; come follow me for a day or two - PLEASE... I could put you to work!
But enough whining, I'm back on track now (sort of) and PROMISE to do better in the future. Okay.... I can't promise that, but I'm certainly going to try. Big sigh.
Anyway.... I did get A LITTLE quilting done over the past month --- dang little, but it counts. I stitched up these two little models, from the Count On It book, by Art to Heart (Get it?? They "count", from the Count On It book??? I know -- really lame, huh?? Another big sigh.). We've got models and kits at both stores and some day soon, they'll be on the web site.
Here's the book...
I do have December and March finished and up too, but of course, I don't have pictures of them. Admittedly, they're small but sometimes you have to take baby steps and be content with that.
I have a lot more photos to share with you in the coming weeks. Great quilts from the gals at Country Sampler, new clubs, great displays from both stores - so stay tuned!