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....
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 are...my 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 market...you 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.
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.
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.