Friday, August 16

So here’s the scoop….  Last January I sat down and wrote that I had taken a job away from the quilt shop and I would let everyone know what would happen as time went on and we approached August.  Well, August is half gone now, and as I have prayed, God has continued to show me the way on my new path.  Over the past couple of weeks, it has been very disappointing to both Lacey and I as we listen to people tell us they have heard this, that, and the other thing about our shop!!  Human nature is for people to talk, even though they really don’t know the true story – I guess that is called fiction in the book world!! 

So, the reality of what is happening at our shop is this, we will be closing on Sunday, August 18th at 5:00 pm and will be closed the remainder of August.  We will be open on Mondays in September, excluding Labor Day, from 10 am to 5 pm.   We will no longer have our Wool on Wednesday group as we have had in the past, but invite you all to join us on Monday, September 30th for open stitching from 1:30 pm – 5 pm.   (We will post at the end of September what our hours will be the month of October and into the month of November)

We will be open for the Art Meander on Friday, October 4th from 12 noon – 6 pm, Saturday, October 5 from 9 am – 6 pm, and Sunday, October 6 from 9 am – 4 pm. (Remember this is the one time event when we sell samples that we can no longer use in our shop!) We will also be vending at the Willmar Quilt Show September 20, 21, & 22nd.  The quilt show will be held at the Willmar Civic Center.  (Look for our quilt show vending locations to expand into surrounding states in 2014)  We are also continuing to do guild presentations, teaching and trunk shows. 

We are NOT quitting as we have both have a passion for the quilting industry.  After nearly 11 years of working as a retail shop, we are moving away from the commitment of the long hours 6 days a week.   I have found that the design portion of my quilt shop is what I love to do and what we want to concentrate on.  We have an amazing opportunity to design patterns with Marcus Brothers and are excited to have our Pumpkin Pie pattern in the large edition of the Fall Keepsake Quilting catalog.  This pattern uses the suede solids by Marcus Brothers and we are eager to begin designing with the latest shipment they have sent us.  We are also very excited about our “Crazy Little Thing called Love” which will be in the winter issue of Primitive Quilts coming out later this fall.  We may even have a little party when the magazine arrives at the shop so watch for that on our website and blog!

We are also working on our 2014 bus trip which will take us to the Amana Colonies in Iowa.  We are planning to do this trip during the later part of June 2014.  Mark your calendars and watch for further information to follow after the 1st of the year!!!

  We plan to work towards setting up an online shop so that you can continue to buy our patterns/kits/fabrics, etc on the internet.  You can stay connected to us through our blog and facebook page for the shop and hope that we will be able to keep this more current once again as we settle into our new chapter.   Our monthly hours and events will be posted on our website, so use that for a reference for our availability and schedule. 

So, there is the real scoop about the next chapter in our journey of life.  We have enjoyed getting to know all of you as we journeyed down our retail quilt shop road.  We look forward to our new path and hope you will continue to journey along that path with us!!  May your ears and eyes be open to the path of life that our God has in place for you!!  There is great peace to be found when you are walking that path!!  Darci

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