Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Peggy's story...




First time on the blog in a very long time...
Not sure anyone will even see this it has been so long.
But I still want this place to be where I record life...
and my life has been very busy since last November!

For those that don't know, or remember,
we opened a little Quilting Studio/Fabric Shop
last January.
Since then, we have been learning a lot...
and more importantly, meeting some really wonderful quilters.


Today, I wanted to share Peggy with you.


Peggy's story began when she came into the shop one day asking
if I could teach her to quilt. I asked her what she would like to learn
and she told me a story about a few quilt tops she'd had for over 40 years
left to her from her grandmother.

The first one she brought in, wasn't even a top yet. It was in the form of 4 /12 inch squares
stored inside a Tupperware container - probably from 40 years ago!
It measured 25 blocks across and 25 blocks down.
We decided a time to begin and marked our calendars.

When the day came to start, she showed up on time 
with Tupperware container in hand along with her daughter,
their sewing machines and a very old sewing kit.

Over about 3 weeks time, we were able to piece the top.
It was HUGE.
We loaded it on the Handi Quilter Avante  
and after her orientation for the longarm,
Peggy began quilting. It took 8 hours.
But she finished.




In two weeks, she brought another top in.
She quilted that one too.
It was only a mere 80+ years old...but in great condition.






Finally, two weeks later, she brought in a third quilt.
It was a simple pattern, and bright. It was about 30 years old.
The youngest in the bunch.
And she quilted.




We celebrated each quilt with postings on Instagram and on 
the shop's Facebook page and lots of high fives and hugs!

But then...something unexpected happened.
Peggy came into the shop with her daughter,
and two sweet little grand daughters.

She was carrying a huge stack of quilts.
You see, she said wanted to gift them to her "girls"
in the place that helped her finish them.


Wow.



What a great moment to be there and to see each one 
of them receive their quilts.
They were thrilled and I don't think there was a dry eye
or a face without a huge smile!

Peggy is a quiet lady, with a sweet spirit.
She was committed to finishing these 
and took several of her days off to make sure it happened.
What a legacy.
I hope those littles remember this moment...
and their grandmother....
and the great-grandmothers that created those lovely 
quilts, ultimately for them.

Each day, we meet some of the sweetest customers.
I could write stories of all of them.
One thing I have realized is this...
Sometimes you wait a lifetime to find your purpose,
but when you do, it is so worth it.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Our cup runneth over...

Mr. Hudson.
We celebrated his first birthday in January...and couldn't believe the year had flown by...what sweet soul this baby is...always smiling, always chasing around his big brother Grayson.
Love.


Little Miss Magnolia McCall joined an all boys club a few weeks ago with her appearance...and we are so in love with her! She has blessed us so much in the short time she's been here and we are just thrilled to have this little beauty in the clan...

And then again, on Friday night we welcomed our 7th GB...
Knox Huston...

It's been an eventful couple of years for us as a family to say the least.
We have welcomed four beautiful grandbabies and sadly, kissed one goodbye.

These babies are a blessing beyond words for us. God is ever faithful to restore us when we are hurting and little man Hudson, baby Maggie and Mr. Knox Huston are the real and tangible proof of God's faithfulness.

As Easter approaches, we will celebrate not only the resurrection of our Savior, we will also have celebrate His goodness in that our little grandbaby Kase is safe and is living still, with Jesus...and we are rejoicing today in the fact that we do indeed serve a living Savior that hears our cries, sees our tears and restores our hope.

These precious Grandbabies are a reminder of His love toward us and his trust in these new parents of these precious souls He's granted...
Our cup truly runneth over.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Opening success...


It was a wonderful and busy day, and we loved meeting
everyone that came out to visit us at our Grand Opening!
We met so many sweet quilters...what a blessing!

oh...and...

Thank you couldn't even convey how we feel for all our
family and friends that helped us out!
We could have never done it without you!

We are looking forward to what's to come
and so grateful for where we began
in this tiny little shop full of new quilty friends...



Tuesday, January 26, 2016

And you are invited...



If you live in the Houston / Sugar Land area and even if you don't...
and need an excuse for a Road Trip with your girlfriends...

YOU ARE INVITED!


To join us for our

Grand Opening 

of
It Seams To Be Sew...

Saturday, February 13th, 2016
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

We will have so much food, fun and giveaways...
You won't want to miss it!

I will also be having an 
online 
Giveaway
on 
Monday, February 15th 

for all my out-of-state quilty friends...

Please join us, I'd love to meet you!




Friday, January 22, 2016

It's a GIRL y'all...


UPDATE:
Thank you to everyone...we do love her so much...

Lana



It happened so quick, and she's graced our lives forever...
Magnolia McCall Dillender arrived this morning weighing in at 8 lbs 4 ozs...and BEAUTIFUL!
After 5 grandsons with still another one on the way, this little doll baby has us all AMAZED!
Our daughter Jennifer is doing great, as is our SIL JD and big brother Riggins!
Welcome to the world little Maggie...we ADORE YOU...


Thursday, January 14, 2016

This door is to remain unlocked when occupied...



Two clear sentences continued to be set before
us this past couple of months...

First...
One of the most notable quotes history...

"If you build it, they will come..." 
from the movie
Field of Dreams.

And then...
Believe it or not, this one from 
the bottom of the shop door.

"This door is to remain unlocked when this space is occupied"

We will talk about both and 
I will try not to lose you.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Everything you see from here on down...
WAS BUILT BY HAND
 and I wish I could take credit for it all, 
but I can not.

My husband jumped in with everything he had
 on this one and even as my list kept growing,
he kept working. 

For example:

I needed shelves. 
He Built Them.



I needed a little sink area with a table leaf on the 
side of it so I could have a coffee / snack table.
He Built It.

(disclaimer: this one is not finished but 
only needs the sink and faucets now...I will
update it later)



I needed the shelf he built me at home
for my online shop 
painted and altered a bit.
He Built It Out.



I saw a cutting table on Pinterest months
ago that I had pinned from
and I showed it to Bill.
I bought the shelving units from IKEA and
put them together, but...
He Built that top.

To tell the truth...everything in this space 
he fixed, replaced, cleaned or re-tiled 
BEFORE 
He BUILT everything else.
(including putting together my Handi Quilter Avante')

All that hard work led up to this....


These shelves with beautiful fabrics...


A place secured so I could display my favorite 
virtual rabbits from


It led up to a perfect Studio feel...


An even better classroom, all bright
and cheery...


A cutting center to make me never want to
cut anything anywhere else...EVER.



more displays of many, many colors...




Finally, it all led to this door.


My entire life, I've walked in and out of doors
because I was either told to 
 or I knew I had no other way out.
I spent a lot of time 
 looking in from the outside.

This time, the door opened.
I walked in.
I heard it silently drift closed behind me 
 and I thought...

"This door is to remain unlocked when this space is occupied"


The important doors in my life will remain unlocked 
as long as the space in my heart is occupied
with faith.


Thank you Bill 
for all the hard work, late nights, and hugs.
It Seams To Be Sew...

Lana













Saturday, November 21, 2015

It Seams To Be Sew...Taking a leap of faith


To say this is a change of plans....
is an understatement.

A simple decision to leave the corporate world
and open an online shop was the plan.
Then in a couple of years, after the house 
in the Hill Country was finished, we were 
going to move and open a brick and mortar shop.

That was the plan.

Then Quilt Market happened and it's been 
a blur since then!


At Market, I found myself dreaming of owning
a longarm quilting machine...so I stopped by the 
Handi Quilter booth to take a look.
I left that booth, phone to my ear,
asking my sweet man if we could attend
the Handi Quilter dinner that night.
We went. We talked to other shop owners.
We talked about the machines.
We talked about a LOT of things.
We left that night, (in the pouring and flooding rain)
and drove around at midnight looking at
available retail rental space.


Two weeks ago, we signed the lease on a 
former Cupcake shop.
We wondered if we had lost our minds...
But, we haven't. We are just too excited to
go back now...



There is a lot of work to do removing the former
tenants equipment and oh my, cleaning and repairing
that floor...but we are not easily dismayed and plans
are already in the works!





We were able to start a little cleaning up before we left
to attend the Handi Quilter training in Utah last week.
However, this morning, we are back at it! 
Balancing this and those Christmas quilts that I have in my
studio at home is going to be tricky, but I KNOW if nothing 
else, I will find the time to fit it all in.

My friend said to me this morning to not over-do it
and try to find some "me" time in this process.
I love her optimism! I assume I won't have any of that
until after the new year and frankly, I couldn't be more happy!

Have a great weekend all!