Sunday, February 27, 2011
tonight, at this very moment, a large crowd has gathered at fort campbell waiting for an aircraft to arrive. soon frank will be getting off that plane. thank you frank for a job well done. i know there are going to be some very happy girls in tennessee.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
each time a customer brings a bolt to the counter, i can just imagine what kate was looking at while she strolled through central park. kate tells it so well. to read more about her days in nyc click here.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
we decided to make a pillow. using kate's very first collection verna, sarah got right to work. first she stitched up her signature nine patch. then she did some criss cross quilting. next we talked about what we would put on the front of the pillow that would tell the story of kate.
Monday, February 21, 2011
as lynn eyed the store for a perfect angle from which to shoot, the pillowcases seemed to be a good backdrop. the moment i clicked on the website for the first view today, i was struck by how perfect and beautiful it truly was. for so many reasons. the shared collection of hands that helped create them. the loveliness of so much moda fabric in one place. the light that shines so brightly in memory of kristen ann kirton. thank you to everyone who helped make this possible.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
today, a blog post came our way that is accepting donations for this beautiful hand stitched quilt...
Monday, February 14, 2011
as i sat in the corner chair in the parent lounge, waiting for the next hour when we could visit again, i felt a great need to do something. with my hands. the idle time was unbearable. my mind often wanted to veer off course. to imagine the worse. i needed an outlet. i needed to create. so i started a quilt. a teeny, tiny, little quilt. with hearts. not just for valentine's day...
but also as a reminder of the valiant fight sarah was demonstrating. i didn't have much time, or much fabric. but then my six month old daughter was a mere eighteen inches long and was loosing weight faster than she was gaining it.
i needle turn appliqued four small hearts onto a square of muslin. i embroidered four hearts with red floss. and then i chain stitched her name in the center. during my next visit to her bedside, i tenderly placed the quilt upon her bruised and limp body, being careful to not disturb any tubes or wires. soon after, the machine monitoring her heart rate beeped. the nurse told me that meant she was happy. and that meant for a moment, i was happy. that tiny little quilt meant something to my girl. and that gave me a new sense of hope. sarah's quilt continued to give her comfort for the many months of her recovery.
for a few years i carried it with me when i would talk to groups about having a medically fragile child. i took it to a few needle and quilt guilds in the early 90's, then i tucked it away for safe keeping. until last year december. the fat quarter shop was doing a giveaway for l'amour by sandy gervais. they asked for a letter to be written to santa to explain why you would like to win, so i did. unbeknown to me, one of sarah's nurses from so many years before had been reading her blog. she left a comment asking if we still had the quilt. so i went searching.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
did you catch their pillow...the airplane is so cute...the apple is oh so clever...the doggie just adorable. laurie and polly also included a flag. why? they call themselves the americana designers of moda...we would agree with that. lots of new red, whites and blues arrived too. stripes, swirls, plaids and cherries:)
Friday, February 11, 2011
a bright and cheery design by me and my sister. you can read all about how clementine caught sarah, "hook, line and sinker" here. and speaking of me and my sister, no not my sister, i am an only child, i'm talking about barb and mary, the fun loving sisters who design for moda. their pillow is showcased today in the moda pillow talk and it is sooooooo cute. click on over to their blog for a view and a chance to win a quilt. oh and don't forget to come into the store to see pieces parts of their newest collection...dilly dally.
p.s. we are not responsible for that tune being stuck in your head all day...you know the one...oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my darling clementine...
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
the sun newspaper ran a story today telling of a job fair i participated in. sitting next to me is audrey, a great customer and friend who has also worked tirelessly throughout her career to support the efforts of hiring young adults with developmental disabilities. we are interviewing brittany, a young woman who i have had the pleasure of knowing almost as long as i have known sarah, as their birthdays are just nine days apart. we interviewed several students that day and would have hired nearly all of them, especially the young man who asked us what the benefit would be to working in our store. audrey quickly replied, "you get to play with this wonderful fabric all day" to which he enthusiastically replied, "awesome!!!" and that's exactly how we feel every day. click here to read the entire article.
Monday, February 7, 2011
words found in the dictionary to describe bliss and they seem like such a perfect description of bonnie and camille's collection appropriately named...bliss. it seems everywhere i turn lately, there is a new magazine featuring something beautiful made with bliss. it's been a great seller for valentine's day too. which means we are starting to sell out of several bolts. so please hurry if you need a bit more to finish a project before it is gone. we have a few flannels left too and just for our blog readers...this week only...bliss flannels will be 50% off. just mention you read our blog.
oh speaking of bonnie...have you been following the moda designers pillow talk? i love bonnie's pillow...click here to see it. oh wait there's more...thursday update...the darling adorable camille has posted her pillow...click here to see it and a sneak peak of ruby.
Friday, February 4, 2011
so we really do take the month of february to heart. and this year we ask you to please join us. come to the store. not only are all red fabrics and notions 50% off on 2.4.11...
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
...subscribers started to receive their copies early last week and they came to the store for sarah's autograph. fun. then we started to receive congratulatory comments on sarah's blog. nice. then came a comment from a reader whose unborn baby was recently diagnosed with down syndrome. we gave her hope, she said. amazing. i wasn't prepared for a quilting magazine to act as a catalyst for connections to that part of our story. thankful. today, the story brought joy to a grieving mother. priceless.
ps...i guess i should mention...sarah's pillowcases for kristen story is featured on page one of this april 2011 issue. under the heading quilting changes everything. yes indeed it has. for so many of us. an interesting tidbit...our first empty bolt...the one on display in the store...was from edyta sitar's let it snow collection. do you see who's studio is featured in this magazine?
i would like to thank maria charbonneaux for taking the time to interview sarah and for writing this story. she captured it just perfectly. for sarah. for kristen. and for me. we are so very grateful.