Archives for September 2012

The family from the forum

The family from the forum

Hey everybody, this is Al.  I had a pretty cool experience today I wanted to share.  A little while ago I mentioned on the forums that I was in Salt Lake City for a few weeks, and Kathy, from the forums PM’d me and said she and Meli (another forum-ite) were both SLC natives and would love to meet up if I had time.  Of course I had time, so yesterday, Kathy and her daughter Melissa (Meli didn’t make it, she got held up in traffic 🙁 ) and I met up for some Dairy Queen and to get to know each other.

Meeting up with Kathy and Melissa from the forums

The thing that impressed me the most was how much like family we were.  Just because we had the forum connection, we had so much to talk about.  The different swaps Kathy had been in, the different people we both “virtually knew” and all the great things we both had to say about Mom (Jenny).  She said several times how she wanted me to understand what this place (the forums) have become, how much meaning they have for everyone in them, and I think I do, sort of, I try … but actually, I don’t think I can fully appreciate the impact they have for our online family, because we all get something different out of it, and that’s awesome.

I wish I could take credit for all the good that has come of it, for all the people who have connected, who pray for each other, who help each other, who laugh with each other, but I can’t.  We started the forum, back in the early days, to provide quilting support, so if you had a question, we thought it was a good place to ask it.  Fast forward a few years and we could never have predicted that it would grow into this thriving community of incredible women (and men) who lift and support each other every day of the year.

So I have to say, thank you!  Thank you all for being a part of my life, and for loving my family so much.  You are the kindest, most wonderful people, I know I speak for all of us here, but I am humbled every day to be working on building a company that serves people like you!  And thank you Kathy for your kindness and desire to meet up, you were so complimentary of all the work I’ve been doing, thank you so much!  Seriously, you all are the best!

*read Kathy (bkthomas)’s thread here for a few more pics

Spooky windows..

Spooky windows..

What is the scariest thing you could think of as a quilter!??!?  Well, us girls talked about it and we came to the conclusion that the scariest thing we could think of would have to be not having enough time to sew that your machine had spider webs all over it!  **GASP**  So, we recreated a scene right out of our very own horror movie…. We call it “The lonely machine” and we almost shed a few tears in creating this scene for you.  I hope you realize that we would never want this to be a reality in your life, cause the pain would be too much to handle.  So, please for the love of all us quilters DON’T TRY THIS AT HOME!

Please keep your machine in good working order, with only the dust from all the fabric you are pushing through it!!


One more thing…If your gonna go all spooky, we feel like a pink glittered skull is the way to go!!

Hope you enjoyed the little peek of our windows in progress!!  Come see them for real, if you can!  We’d love to meet you!

It’s been a while.

It’s been a while.

Hey there, hello, how are you?  I am so sorry it’s been so long!!  What an insane summer we have had.  My head is still reeling from having surgery, moving, starting school, sports and all that jazz.  Plus, we threw in a magazine deadline.  Can I just remind you all about how crazy we are!  Hahahah!!  I know, we just thrive on chaos I guess!

So, I am not really supposed to talk much  about the magazine thing, but you guys can keep a secret, right?  This is exciting stuff folks.  Like, we keep saying things to each other like “really?? pinch me, this can’t be real” and NO WAY, we never dreamed we’d be in a magazine” and on and on.  We really can’t wait to share all the fun things and news with you guys!!  Just be patient with me.  I am not really supposed to say too much.  🙂

On the flip side, we’ve got to play with new fabrics (which is one of my favs) and we’ve been doing some rearranging in the store already!  The windows in the new shop are so fun, and we have had a blast changing those up for the season.  My little guy (he’s 11, so he wouldn’t like me calling him little) has started football, my daughter started high-school (gasp) and is playing volley ball, my other girls are in gymnastics, so we have something (sometimes two or three things going on every single night of the week) I do love sports, so I don’t really mind. I enjoy watching them learn and grow and improve.

I hope you all are safe and happy!  I will be better about checking in with you all! I have lot’s to share, show and tell!

Have a great day!


find that gorgeous new fabric here

New fabric ‘Birds and Berries’ by Lauren and Jessi Jung. Isn’t it beautiful!?