Keepsake Cottage is like many small businesses, the employees become family and the customers become friends. It is one of the things I love most about the shop.
Saturday was one of those days when it felt like we were all family. There is a group of ladies who come for a little class, show and tell and friendship two Saturday's a month. We just call them the Saturday Girls. We love it when they are there. It's like our fun cousins coming over to play on Saturday morning.
One of the Saturday Girls has been dealing with cancer. So what does a family of quilters do, why the make a quilt of course!
Colleen was selected to say a few words, and present the quilt to Janet.
I have the best customers in the world!!
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
What's not to love about a sock monkey? They bring back fond memories for many 'baby boomers'.
Besides, you just have to smile when you see one. I found this big fellow in the Moda offices a few years ago. My Buddie, Bobbi, from Sisters Quilt Shop in Chehalis took this picture of us.
If you've been in the shop, you know that I use them as props in the Kid's Room. A few have snuck into my office. This year for Christmas, my son, Cameron gave me a sock monkey hat. I have to admit when it was 16 degrees, I didn't mind dressing like a monkey.
I made them for my boys when they were young. I was trendy, and made them with blue socks, instead of brown. We have sold the socks in the shop for years, so I know someone is out there making them.
Did you know there are other sock animals? I have an elephant, a unicorn and a bear.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
You may have read about the rising cost of cotton, this fall.
It was big news when I was in Houston in October. All of the vendors were talking about it.
We are all about to feel it.
I thought I would take a little time to try and explain what I understand, about the increases.
There is a real cotton shortage. Both China and Pakistan had major flooding in 2010. There were droughts in India. Those things were unexpected. The United States and Russia both under planted their cotton crops.
Clothing will be increasing also. As well as bedding, cotton handbags and canvas shoes.
I have been talking with shop owners around the country, we hope this will be unlike other increases, and when the crops are better, the prices will come down.
I love fabric as much as all of you do, so my plan is to continue buying. I hope you will feel the same!
Maybe this will be a stash buster year, but we all know that scrap quilts always need a little something extra. At least mine do! No matter how hard I try to sew completely from my sewing room, I always need the 'right' green, or an inner border. Sewing and fabric sooth my soul, so yes, there will be new fabric in 2011! J
Monday, January 10, 2011
Gene Wilder was an amazing Mr. Willy Wonka in the 1st movie. My boys watched that movie over and over.
Wouldn't it be great to win a Golden Ticket. What if the Golden Ticket wasn't to win a trip to the Chocolate factory. What if the ticket was to win a trip to a fabric company. What if you had the winning ticket was for all expenses paid, for 2 people to go to MODA!!
Here is your chance!
Our boxes of Moda Candy Bars just arrived.
Each box contains 4 fabric collections. 2 1/2" x 5" Candy Bars. They are $26 each.
We were only allowed to order them at Quilt Market.
If your box contains a Golden Ticket, you will win a gift bag full of Moda 'sweets' ($150 value)
Each Golden Ticket holder will be entered in a chance to win the Grand Prize
A tour of Moda Fabrics
(3 days, 2 nights for 2, to Dallas, TX, November 2011. Transportation and accommodations for the winner and a guest)
I would love for the winner to come from Keepsake Cottage!! Wouldn't you? J
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
During 2010 I designed a Block of the Month quilt for this charming magazine. Today was the big reveal.
The blocks each have 'farm' inspired names. Country Farm, Hens and Chicks, Country Bud. You get the picture. The 3 appliqued blocks represent Country Village. The barn is very reminiscent of our shop, the Giant chicken, bunnies and scarecrows. The name of the quilt is Life on the Farm.
It was a fun project to work on, and to see it on the cover of the Magazine, makes my heart skip a beat!
It is beautifully quilted, by a very talented friend, Pam. Go check out her blog, and don't miss the slide show she posted on New Years Eve! You will be inspired to make many of the quilts she has quilted and photographed! http://quiltingsquareone.blogspot.com/
I want to wish each of you a wonderful start to 2011. I hope you have lots of fun projects on your list, I know I do. Some to finish up, and lots to start! I look forward to seeing you and your projects in the months to come. And, if you are not a local follower, send me pictures of your projects! I love show and tell! J