Posted in Getting Out of my Studio, Teaching, tagged Batiks, Bernina, Bernina 830, Fairfax, Quilt Patch, The Quilt Patch, Virginia on Friday, August 29, 2008|
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Okay, I want you to picture your favorite quilt shop. Got it? Now, imagine two inches of water on every floor with more cascading down the walls from a broken water pipe. Awful, right? Well, that’s what happened to the shop where I teach art quilting, the Quilt Patch in Fairfax, Virginia.
The Batik Room at the Quilt Patch
I’m thrilled to report that the shop is back up and running after less than two weeks! The floors have been refinished, drywall has been replaced, walls have been painted, and the fabric and notions have been restocked. Wow! And not a single batik was lost…
Of course, not all the repairs are complete, but the shop is open for business. The classes are still being held next door (check www.quiltpatchva.com
for details) and the upstairs office space leaves a lot to be desired, but the basics are in place. You can fondle fabric, choose thread, browse patterns and books, and take the Berninas for a test drive.
- The Bernina Room at the Quilt Patch
The Berninas remained dry and the Bernina Room looks as if nothing unusual happened. There it sits, waiting for the new 830s to arrive.
Leslie (the owner) and her crew have done an amazing job of pulling everything back together and reopening the store — brighter and better than ever.
No one ever expects major damage like this shop has seen. We take a lot for granted. We assume that we’ll get up every morning and things will be as we left them. We assume that we make plans and we’ll be able to keep them. I’m glad the shop was able to reopen so quickly.
Welcome back, Quilt Patch!
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100 Tips from Award Winning Quilters
I’ve never been a fan of the whole “Happy Dance” thing, but here I am — doing the happy dance. Today’s mail brought me a brand new book from AQS: 100 Tips from Award Winning Quilters by Ann Hazelwood. It’s a tiny thing, no larger than a travel postcard. But somehow, it’s huge. And there, on page 9, is my tip!
When Ann first contacted me to participate, I was excited and skeptical. In fact, I didn’t actually believe my tip would show up until I opened the book and saw it for myself! Woo hoo!
If you buy the book, check out Mary Kerr’s tip on page 39. Lots and lots of good stuff by lots and lots of amazing quilters.
Okay, I’ll stop dancing now. But I’m still smiling…
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