I cashed in the last of my Marriott points for a free room and we made it an overnight jaunt. It was the perfect little getaway. We started our adventure on Friday. We headed down to Portland and made a stop on the way.
Sister's Fabric Shop. It is one of the friendliest shops on the planet! They carry a little bit of everything from holiday fabrics, traditional repros, feedsacks, to modern. And they have tons of bolts just full of color! And like I say they are a very friendly shop. We always leave with a smile (and some fabric).
Sisters is my go-to shop for traditional repro fabrics. Primo selection of colors and prints. They make up the cutest little FQ bundles. It was difficult to choose just one. Their traditional repros are always full of gorgeous color. This one is a good representation of the wonderful colors they put together. Wish I had gotten more, but I needed to save my money for some other stuff. I also got these cute modern feedsack hexies by American Jane.
That was some else's shopping cart.
Friday's order of business was to fill Kathy's orders (and a bit of shopping for me) so we could get a head start on the Saturday portion of the show. The folks at this place were so friendly. I had a nice time chatting with one of the E.E. Schenck warehouse guys. It's good to see the faces behind the orders. I stocked up on some small assortment boxes of Aurifil thread.
Saturday was the day we were waiting for. Mark Lipinski was the keynote speaker for the event. I adore this man's spirit. And for what it's worth, he gives the best hugs. He spoke about the Slow Stitching Movement. I'm sure he got tired of seeing me in the first row just nodding in agreement and smiling. His talk really hit home with me and what I've been thinking about the last month or so away from my sewing room.
This will be discussed in the next few posts. I didn't realize it, but I've been quietly thinking about what he was talking about the last few months myself without his prompting. I've touched on it myself in this post, as well as a few others. I need to be more mindful with my sewing. I feel like I'm already doing that. I'm glad I'm heading in the right direction.
I sat next to a young lady from Japan who reps for Lecien. She was very nice. I know that many Japanese already practice the slow stitching movement. She seemed to be enjoying the talk as much as I was.
What I loved most about Mark's talk was that he ended it with an touch on what shop owners can do to support the movement, and how it can help increase their growth a profitability. Smart retailers already incorporate some of his principles.
For example -- the LQS that serves as my home base, Gathering Fabric, is a great shop that has built a great reputation for quality, education, and serves as a good "Home-base" to the quilt community. She cherry picks the best of the best lines, patterns and notions. Her staff is friendly, helpful, supportive of the quilt community. Her classes and events are second to none. She firmly believes in educating her customers whether it be through free demos, clubs, or classes. She gives her customers the tools to give "meaning" to their projects. Kudos to Susan, the shop owner for that. She's a good businesswoman. I consider myself blessed to have this shop near me. It is important that we continue to support our brick and mortar businesses. They are integral to our community and serve as a great home-base for the slow stitching movement.
(I'm totally crushing on the brick-ish floral and the pale grey toile)
So I'm a little bit poorer, money-wise, but much richer idea-wise. Lots of stuff to work with and think about. I call this a productive weekend.
Big huge thanks to E.E.Schenck, Mark Lipinski, and the other folks behind the slow stitching movement for inspiring me. Thanks also to the wonderful local quilts we visited along the way. I'll be talking more about my reflections on Mark's talk in the coming days. and big huge thanks to Kathy for allowing me to tag along!!!!!