20 Feb Sew Happy to be Home
Aloha!As many of you know I have just spent a couple of weeks in Waikiki with my mom, sister Debbie and her husband Joel. I went for the first time last year, with my mom. My parents snowbirded in Hawaii at the Hale Koa Hotel for the past 20+ years, happily skipping the winters, here up north. With my dad’s passing almost 2 years ago, he asked me to travel to Hawaii with my mom. It truly was paradise and we spent some very precious time there enjoying the ocean and so much more. Last year my sister and I hit the shop FabricMart..and I needed to buy an extra suitcase to bring home fabric! I recommend you visit one of their stores, if you visit the island. I also found it sew lucky that my hotel had traditional Hawaiian quilts displayed on each floor, under glass. I have posted them on my Instagram ‘ Ohsewsallyshares2’. So take a look. They were under glass, so I photographed them as best I could. I started on the top floor and went down, one floor at a time, to photograph them all!
I arrived home this morning @8, having left Honolulu @3:30 yesterday afternoon. When I opened the door to my home, I was greeted by 2 very excited dogs, who licked me without missing a spot! Even though I came home to snow, I didn’t mind. Entering my home, with sunshine pouring in through all the windows and quilts hanging everywhere …I was sew happy. The house was filled with color and sun, Having been away a couple of weeks, I approached with fresh eyes. We quilters are so blessed to create beauty to surround ourselves and our lucky friends and family- we are accustomed to this and I think it is good to walk away and see our colorful worlds with fresh eyes.
While I was in Hawaii, I did need to deal with quite a hit of unexpected business. If you are not aware yet, FreeSpirit will be closing it’s doors, as of May 1, 2018. This was unexpected and has turned the lives of many upside down. Coats, the parent company decided to stop selling fabric, after a 20 year relationship with FreeSpirit.
I am hopeful that another company will pick up all of the amazing staff and designers. I began this venture as a quilt shop owner because of FreeSpirit. I retired in June 2011 from my career as a Speech Pathologist and was happily teaching and selling my quilts, bags and embroidered items. I attended Quilters Take Manhattan, the year that Amy Butler was the Keynote speaker. Her amazing FreeSpirit fabric representative Liz Dougherty, was at the event previewing Amy’s fabrics. Liz and
I spoke a few times, I remember, she said to me”oh you could do this”, “just let me come out and visit”…and so my journey began! Liz has provided so much support along the way, educating me and sparking ideas and suggestions that have ensured my success. The FreeSpirit designers have made this exciting and ensured my success, with their beautiful fabrics. So many other staff members at FreeSpirit also helped me and showed so much support. I am very grateful.
How lucky was I to host the Artisan Trunk Show by Kaffe Fassett! And I am so glad that I was able to share it with so many local quilters,especially now. I have a slide show that I am happy to share, if you missed it. I also posted it on my Facebook page, Ohsewsally Quilts. Take a peek.
Finally, I want you to know that I will continue to sell fabrics from all the FreeSpirit designers that you love- The shop is still quite well stocked. Do not despair. Our spring orders will arrive and Mystery Quilt kits will be delivered, as planned. We have Kaffe Flanel grid fabric, Tula, Kaffe, Tim Holtz & Amy Butler Wide backs too!
Next blog…I promise to tell you how I became Sally!