in less than twenty four hours our plane will hopefully be landing in houston, texas...
...for quilt market 2012. sarah and i are so excited to have a chance to see our quilting buddies from around the world. and of course to do a little shopping for the store. this time we are so lucky to have katrina coming with us.
the real reason for this post though is to give a shout out to penney, teri and carol who will be keeping theSHOP OPEN during normal business hours while we are gone. be nice to them...please...i need them to come back again so we can play some more. ok see ya'll real soon. yee haa!!
if only i'd dropped a coin in a jar each time i heard the word west as in...i see you've come to the westside this weekend. it is such a cleveland thing...eastside, westside, southside, northside. well, truthfully there isn't really a northside unless you're a fish...
in all seriousness...i had such a great time at the quilter's legacy of lakewood quilt show this weekend. i had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful new quilters and seeing friends who regularly venture over to the eastside where our house of fabric is located.
an additonal bonus when doing shows is spending time with other shop owners. it was especially fun to get to know rosanne of anna's sewing center a little better. she and i are going to collaborate a little more to make sure your shopping experience in both of our stores is unique.
thanks to all the ladies and gentlemen who worked so hard to make this year's show a success. i so appreciate being included.
this post is the complete opposite of what i usually present on sunday, but time is of the essence...this fiber creation was stolen...yes STOLEN...
it was hanging in the quilter's legacy of lakewood quilt show at the rocky river, ohio rec center this morning. it was discovered missing this afternoon. the quilt belongs to artist bev fawcett. please pass this info on to your contacts in the hope that someone brags or shows it to someone else. or even worse, tries to sell it on an electronic format. please help bring this quilt home. if found, please call anna's sewing center at 440-716-8884.
and courage. from the day we opened our store, we have had the pleasure of meeting some very tough women. they come in and share openly their daily struggles. some are currently in treatment. i've watched hair thin. i've sold fabric to make into turbans. i've helped some out to their car, almost too weak to walk. i've high fived those who have been told they are in remission. i've felt the thrill of introducing survivors. i've offered a shoulder to those mourning a loss. our quilt shop is a place of refuge. an uplifting environment i've been told.
this month...we honor the strength, the courage, the fight...
...of all those touched by breast cancer. our hope is with awareness...you will have a mammogram...that you will support those around you...that a cure may be found.
today and tommorrow (fri & sat) we are vending at the mayfield village community center...
...located at the corner of wilson mills and som center road. hours are 9:30 - 6. there are many quilts on display as well as our new friend marty from the quilted thimble in chesterland is also vending. hope you can join us!
have you ever thought about working in a quilt shop?
we are currently looking for a few creative souls to join our team. candidates must be trustworthy, capable of wearing a smile all day long, and have some knowledge of the quilting industry. must be able to work all day saturday and occasional wednesday or thursday evenings. if interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
it was around 3:30 or so and the happy stitchers were growing tired. you could just feel the energy in the room slowly but surely declining. then all of a sudden in walked a mom with her two boys. young boys. oh the look of horror on a few faces. no need to worry we all soon learned. beth jumped right in and started with her instructions and soon excitement once again filled the air...
and that my friends is what sarah's sewcial lounge is really all about. fabric + fun + friendship. thank you, thank you, thank you!!
i had a post already to go today. it was going to talk about these two gals...
sarah with her blogging friend kristen
and the pillowcases sarah made for her
while she was waiting for
a bone marrow transplant
and how kristen's light shines so brightly
in the hundreds of pillowcases sarah
and our friends in the store made
to give to kids in the hospital
in memory of kristen
who unfortunately lost her battle
with the dreaded cancer
i was going to tell you about the day kristen's mom polly and i
had a chance encounter with
jennifer keltner the executive editor of american patchwork and quilting
at quilt market in salt lake city
i was going to mention the day that news anchor kristi capel
selected sarah as her hometown hero
for her dedication to the
one million pillowcase challenge
i was going to tell you more about the day the television cameras
followed us to the cleveland clinic children's hospital
for a delivery of fifty cases
to the very floor that
sarah spent so much of her life
following her open heart surgery
and the placement of her permanent trach
and the many months following
because of severly damaged lungs
and then i was going to talk more about the excitement we feel
that jennifer keltner is coming
to our little house of fabric this saturday...
but then i read this comment that
polly kirton, a grieving mother
left on a facebook posting yesterday
and nothing, absolutely nothing
i say can come close
to defining the difference that one pillowcase can make...
"Wish I could come. A simple pillowcase can mean so very much. I have slept with Kristen's pillow and the blue princess pillowcase that Sarah made every day since Kristen died. She took her last breath with her head on that very same pillowcase. I will treasure it forever."
Today begins National Down Syndrome Awareness month. From the day we opened our store, there have been so many amazing and divinely lead connections that it would be hard to articulate them all. One of the most rewarding for me though, is watching Sarah interact with the little ones also born with T21, who come in to see her...
For one it's like looking into the future, for the other it is like looking into the past. The common ground is pure joy.
Little Delaney came in with her Grandma and Grandpa and golly does she have herself wrapped around their hearts. Thank you Carol and Jerry for sharing your precious granddaughter with us. Your enthusiasm and love for her is heartwarming for sure. A testimony for the extra love that is shared by the presence of one additonal chromosome.
Our happy little cottage in the city has a new home...
We are now open in our NEW location at 2171 S. Green Road in University Hts, Ohio an eastern suburb of Cleveland just minutes from Legacy Village, Beachwood Place Mall, University Circle and I-271. We are on the southeast corner of the Cedar & S. Green intersection behind the BP gas station directly across from Heinen's. Our new phone #216-860-4116
i received my first sewing machine for christmas when i was just seven years old. it started a life long passion for stitching and a love of fabric. i started a custom design company nearly 20 years ago named creations by jellen. it has been a dream of mine to own a fabric shop one day...and that day has finally come...the mission has changed somewhat...yet oh how grand it has become with my daughter, Sarah Ellen, by my side. her extra chromosome has been a blessing from the day she was born. we hope you will be able to stop to visit us one day. JEllen's house of fabric is located on the eastside of cleveland in ohio.