Monday, August 16, 2010

Awesome Saturday @ JEllen's House of Fabric

Ah I finally have the pictures loaded from my fun Saturday!
I had the pleasure of attending a short business meeting in Solon, Ohio.
A bit after that I made my way up to Lyndhurst, Ohio.
There is a brand new quilt shop there called JEllen's House of Fabric.
It was the finale to her Grand Opening week.
If you don't know the story of JEllen or her lovely daughter Sarah, you can read a bit on Sarah's blog, Kate's blog or Joyce herself.

From the outside, the first display was all Frolic.

There was definitely a great deal of time and planning in all the decor. I was floored by the beauty.

A display of Fandango....

The notions and basics room.  Giant rick rack, latest books and simple notions.
The entrance, you can see Fruitcake and 12 Days of Christmas.

Some baby colors and basics in this corner.

Did I mention the decor?
these colorful bowls were everywhere....

cheese anyone?
no, but I'll take a Moda cracker please.

And of course, there was Sarah, and Kate Spain.  Kate Spain is a Moda fabric designer of the Verna, 12 Days of Christmas and Fandango fame!
When Kate arrived everyone flocked to her. She was the celebrity of the day after all.
She had a sweet meeting with Sarah and gave her a cute little Verna bag with goodies.

And of course, I chatted with Kate too.
I have met Kate twice before at quilt market. This was different.
I was fortunate to meet her husband Pete this time.
I quickly realized how awesome our husbands husband stayed with my girls so that I could travel 75 miles for my meeting and go to a quilt shop! Kate's husband traveled to meet everyone and be supportive, and JEllen's hubby and son were on sight for this occasion. You could see the pride and joy that they felt that their mom/wife had opened her own quilt shop.
I just met them and I felt pride too, and joy for them.
The support of their other family and friends was very evident.

With little competion for Kate's attention ( well not as much as market, I should say), we chatted a bit.
She's every bit as sweet as her smile.
She and I chatted about quilting things, the industry and we chatted it up with Moda Mark, the rep for Ohio.
I love to hear his take on the industry.
Yes, I am saying "industry".
Once you go to quilt quickly realize the business side of quilting.
The good, the bad and the ugly.
But that's a deep subject for another blog or maybe never.

Anyhow, the shop owner's landlord brought her this AMAZING cake.
(I can switch topics at the drop of a hat!)

yep, it's cake, with fondont.

A quilt,
thread...and a tomato pincushion...?
So while others were chatting with Kate and Pete, I shopped for fabric, ah what else is there?
I have pics of the fabric I picked up.
It's yummy..
1. it's Moda
2. It's all new lines
3. it was on sale $8 a yard
4. I helped a brick and morter shop get started
5. I 'needed' some snuggle for backings

Hopefully I will be able to load pics and show you some tomorrow.
If you are ever in Ohio, I hope you visit JEllen's House of Fabric,
 you won't be disappointed.



PamKittyMorning said...

Looks like fun!

Sarah Craig said...

What a beautiful shop! How smart to make all the walls, shelves and fixtures white, which allows the fabric to shine and be the star!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Thank you for introducing us to Sarah and her mom. It's nice to be introduced to another family that supports Reese's Rainbow!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

What an awesome way to spend the weekend! Loved seeing your smiling face again (&Kate also)!

BTW-that cake looks devine :0)

Kate D. Spain said...

Vickie, it was great to see you and to have a chance to chat! Thank you so much for coming out and supporting Joyce, Sarah and her family. And please thank your hubby for making it possible too :) hugs, kate

Needled Mom said...

Oh my gosh....what a great shop and that cake is absolutely amazing!!!!! I want that for my birthday!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

What a wonderful shop!! Awesome Saturday indeed!

Sandy said...

Whoa....I see a trip NE in my future. Wonderful colors in her shop!

Sandy said...

P.S. Just spent an hour over at Kate's, Joyce's and Sarah's blogs!!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Looks like a fun day, what a cute cake.

tisme said...

Wow, you had me reading blogs about the shop and Sarah for over 2 hours. What a wonderful story, and then I went to a blog of En and read her story. Thank you.

momawake said...

I am definitely going there!

Cris A said...

That has to be the cutest fabric shop I ever seen!! I could spend all day there!

Natalia from Piece N Quilt said...

I am so jealous that you got to meet Kate! She is my hero, someday I'm going to meet her! :)

Joyce said...

Thank you so much Vickie for the wonderful review. It was such a pleasure to meet you. I hope you can make it up our way again soon.

Sherri said...

Looks like a really great fun to meet Kate Spain as well!