When you're fast asleep....
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru...
It all started many years ago, in an old run-down five-and-dime on Mission Street in San Francisco. I remember the day so well. I was probably somewhere around 10 years old and my absolute favorite part of the store was upstairs – the fabric department. Mama would shop and I would stand there and just watch the ladies flip those bolts and cut, cut, cut! I was awestruck.
Time went by, 16 came and went. I was busy in high school, playing the piano for youth choir, and yes, ALWAYS sewing. Seventeen came, so did 18, a boyfriend, a wedding. Nineteen, 20, 21, a son. Well you get the idea. So 35 some-odd years later, a couple of houses and 5 children ….. The Quilt Shoppe was born.
There is no way I could thank everyone, but there are a few that I would like you to meet. They have been here since the beginning of this part of the journey and are each still an integral part of all the goings on.
The kids - all five of them! These poor souls have sacrificed so much over the last year and have been such an inspiration. They've worked their little patooties off helping out, too. They have been wonderful helpers, each enjoying a special job here and there. I couldn't have done this without them.
These are two of the most wonderful women I have ever met. Joyce is the owner of Cottage Collections, the company that designed our fabulous website. She is also the Mama Bear at Make Mine Pink. She has been such an incredible inspiration.
Katie is the "angel" from Cottage Collections who held my hand through the creation of our website. She is always there with a kind word and a willing heart to make me happy.
Thomas - Thomas is our website "techy." I suppose without him, we probably wouldn't exist. He is one of the most patient people in the world. I am always filling his email with notes starting out with, "Thomas, can we do this?"
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
When The Quilt Shoppe was in its infancy, we contacted several people to put on paper the vision we had for our logo. What an educational experience. Just when I thought this whole endeavor would go south, God sent Marci. Actually, she was already there, I just had to remove a few blinders so I could see her! From our logo, to our magazine ads and everything in between, she provides us with outstanding artwork that defines who we are.
It will be fun to see where this blog takes us, the roads we will travel together, and the skies we will soar. One thing I know for sure: the quilting community is built on love, laughter, and a deep sense of commitment to provide and care for those less fortunate than ourselves. What a privilege it is to be a part of this wonderful community.