19 days! There are only NINETEEN days until our grand opening. Between picking up fabric, ordering notions, planning greatness, and so much more, I have barely had any time to sit at my machine and have a sew date. “Soon” I keep telling myself… soon.
Soon the shop opens. Soon I will be able to sit and sew with many fabulous quilters. Soon Quilter’s Hideaway will be an actual, real life shop and all of the hard work will have been worth it. Soon seems all too soon.
I have tried to enjoy each moment. Looking back it has all happened at warp speed, but each moment seemed to take years. File this then wait, sign this then wait, order here wait for a delivery, the doing and the waiting have gone hand in hand.
There was a period of time when everyone kept asking how things were going. I knew it was the calm before the storm, so I wasn’t quite sure how to articulate my response. Normally “things are going well, we just keep chugging” was my answer. It is even truer today. We just keep chugging. Something comes up, we find a solution, and chug along. Inventory seems like this daunting, never-ending pile but we just keep chugging. We are exhausted but beyond exciting. We chug along, pause for lunch, chug some more and then collapse in bed at night. The Quilter’s Hideaway helpers are like The Little Engines That Could.
The ginormous pile of inventory might seem daunting right now, but it means that there are so many options for you. We kept hearing, “make sure you get things that are out of your normal taste”, or “don’t only shop for you [when picking stock].” We took this to heart and found ourselves picking our extreme opposites. My mom who doesn’t care for flowers and loves earthy tones kept picking up flowers, while I kept picking up earthy tones and historic type fabric even though I like bright colors. We would laugh each time we saw one another putting another bolt into a cart that wasn’t anything like what we would normally pick. We did manage to get past this after quite the giggle. Having other sets of eyes shop with us also meant that many different tastes were able to help us pick fabric and choose a wide variety. I just can’t wait.
Boxes are being delivered every day. We had two trips-one to Arkansas and one to Tennessee, and then my mom and mother-in-law had a little road trip to Dallas. I had to work and was beyond jealous, but they did a great job picking things and even remembered to send me several pictures so I could share with you.
They were gob smacked when they entered Moda. It was set up a little differently than the other two warehouses that we had visited and, of course, it was much larger than the others. Had I gone, I don’t think we would have stayed on budget, but they did a fantastic job! I was impressed with what they collected and they even left a little room in the budget for me to “play” online. I’m expecting a few more boxes this week. 🙂
This weekend flew past but we were able to cross items off our to-do list. We might have added a few more, too. Let’s not focus n that.
We now have quilts hanging on the wall, fabric in shelves, and ironing stations finished. The boys even made a notions station that I love! Thank goodness for an amazing husband and father-in-law who turn my jumbled thoughts into actual things and make them so much better than I first imagined. They are the best!
I even quilted a couple quilts this weekend. The first was one of the craigslist quilt tops I found a few weeks ago. They were in rough shape, but I wanted to practice a couple new patterns so it was perfect. This pattern is called “Raindrops on the Pond” and it is possibly my favorite so far.
The other quilt was for a customer. The fabric had flowers on it and she chose “Spring Flowers” as the pantograph pattern. I LOVE how it turned out. The pattern matches the fabric so well and the combination was fabulous
Tomorrow starts another week with more fabulous things to come.
See you at the machine,