Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.
The Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop 2009 is just a memory now – memories of mud and drenching downpours and thunder and lightning, and even a little hail at times! This event was proof positive that quilters are an intrepid lot. Record numbers of shop hoppers braved the horrid weather to make the trek to the nine Atlanta area quilt shops participating in this year’s shop hop event. We had a terrific time visiting with old friends that we only get to see infrequently, and meeting lots of new friends whom we look forward to seeing again soon.
Here’s a photo of our back parking lot after 3 days of non-stop rain
We’re expecting more rain starting today and after that I’ll have to get back there with a rake or something to try to smooth out some of the ruts! YUCK!
Many thanks to my wonderful employees and a couple of brave friends who volunteered to help out this year! They all put up with my “vision” for Grandma’s closet and cheerfully dressed in the 40s style aprons and vintage hats and jewelry I had amassed over the last couple of months.
I realized too late that I never did get a photo of my dressed in my Grandma’s finery. But Becky (who started laughing the minute she saw me – what’s up with that?) did take a great picture that she shared on her blog. Thanks Becky!
I am really thrilled with our Shop Hop Quilt this year. One thing I have always done is incorporate black and white into our Shop Hop Quilt each year (last year it was just black with brights, though). While working on this design in EQ6, I started playing around with adding a little color to the black and white prints. And as luck would have it, I’d been collecting black and white and green fabrics for a couple of years with the intention of making a quilt one day. This seemed the perfect design, so I brought my stash to the shop and Mellie, Becky and Pam set about making the quilt. Funny story, the initial design had 870 two-inch half-square triangles. The looks on their faces when they first realized that were priceless – wish I’d had my camera! Lucky for them, sanity prevailed and I re-worked the design to eliminate most of the HSTs. They did a super, super job of piecing the top, and Judy Lockhart applied her longarm quilting magic to it with the most beautiful freehand quilting. We received many kind compliments about the quilt during Shop Hop, and everyone deserves a big pat on the back for their part in making it happen. It was difficult to photograph because I couldn’t get a good angle, but hopefully you can see it ok. Oh, and I named the quilt “Everything’s Not Always Black & White!”
I tried to re-create a real Grandma’s Closet feeling in the shop foyer with antique furniture and vintage accessories. I had one customer walk in who exclaimed “Oh, I’ve just been transported back in time to my grandmother’s house!” So apparently, I hit the mark. It was fun collecting all this stuff – a lot of it came from my antique collection at home (which now has to be moved back!!!) and some I picked up over the last couple of months at area antique stores.
Here are a couple of photo collages of Shop Hop activity and a couple of shots of the shop in general showing the many new samples.
Now that Shop Hop is over, I’m hopeful I will be able to get back on track and get caught up soon. I’ve got a list of blog posts half a mile long that I want to get to, so keep checking back over the next few days as I work through the backlog.