Can we believe it – only 5 sleeps til the big man comes…. eeeek, where did that year go?
I of course have had a huge year…. trips to Bright, Salt Lake City, Houston, Victoria x 3, NSW x 3, SA for AMQF – and too many others to mention – whilst also opening a quilt store, a
café and lastly a learning centre – The Shed!
mmmm what was I thinking…….
Meanwhile, two fabric lines, a new book, several Magazine commissions and many new patterns…. but that keeps my creative juices flowing and the dopamine levels high….
I couldn’t have done this without so many special people in my life and I want to take this minute to publicly thank them…so please bear with me as I do…
Firstly – Jo!
Jo stepped in for me at an emergency moment and I bet she had no idea where her offer would take her.. So much for just folding a few patterns, a few bits of fabric and getting lots of inspiration to stitch – she now runs me, my business, runs the wholesale backend, the retail shop, the ‘shed’, the cutters, the folders, the café staff – and yes she even makes coffees. .. all with a smile and never a fluster… how could I be so lucky……
Judy is the most kind, caring genuine lady you’d ever meet and I'm so glad she asked for something to do. She cuts all of our kits and just jumps in where something is needed. She keeps me looking forward, on track and organised for the future so there are no last minute surprises.
Kat, is our Kona solids coordinator and has been our ‘Saturday girl’ this year. She is an extraordinary quilter and designer and has taken on our first batch of classes this year teaching her amazing skill set with great results from her students. Kat won’t be continuing in the shop Saturdays next year but will be teaching many more amazing classes to very lucky students, focusing on her designing and teaching – you need to follow her on FB to keep up with her amazing work. We are lucky to call her our teacher.
Abby and Lauren have begun the café journey with me. With various experiences in hospitality they have gotten us started, pout up with my lack of coffee knowledge and together we are learning daily to bring a café with quality, friendly service, a great atmosphere of support and community… and I’m told they make a great coffee!
And of course I cannot forget my family. Rohan has taken on café responsibilities – yes he can make a mean coffee and woo the ladies and has even made a few quilt shop sales.. he is my barista backup.
Tess has been my backup baker when she can fit it in between uni studies and work, Molly has been living away working her grad year for nursing and Miss Matilda, well she’s my little right hand.. again I thank them all for their support holding the fort while I am away visiting with all of you – my last people to thank – those of you who stitch my designs, make my quilts, join in with me to inspire, create and give to make a difference to yourselves and others.. You are the reason I do this…
so, this is a big Christmas thanks….
next year is not looking any less busy but I’ll cover that in the new year.
I wish you all a wonderful Festive season, may you make good memories, have quality time with those you love or just be at peace…
and see you all in 2017!
Oh – we will be closing for a short break between Saturday 24th December, reopening on Tuesday 3rd January.. that's Quarter Inch and Hugs ‘n Kisses. Feel free to place online orders still and they will be processed in order on our return.