Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fringe Benefits

I had the good fortune to attend a meeting of the Land 'o Lakes Quilt Study Group in Minneapolis yesterday. (Traffic on the Expressway was reasonable and I did not get lost!) The presentation was by Greg Winter (photographer for Minnesota Quilts). He happened onto the Pilgrim/Roy quilt exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston this summer. His pictures and commentary were just wonderful.

My friend, Peg, who lives in Boston visited 7 times while the exhibit was open. I was prepared to see some great quilts...and was not disappointed.

Afterwards members showed their favorite quilt..and explained why it had that status.



Machine quilted on the diagonal

Chintz Applique by Gail Bakkon


Delightful Cathedral Windows Variation



I have never seen anything like this..for sure not in MT! More ears than I can count.





 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Open for business

With the help of some new friends here in Northfield, I was able to be Open for Business for walk ins on Wednesday Aug 6.  Customers were excited about the space and the fabrics!


Coming in the door

Lots of 1930s
 
 
Big Civil War Era Selection
 

http://www.reproductionfabrics.com/lines.php?subcat=1193
A college student at Carleton College here in Northfield is scanning for me! New Dutch Heritage Chintzes

 
 
It has been a long long road since we left Bozeman on June 17th. We are now geographically closer to our daughter and her family. She will be 40 on Tuesday August 12!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Fabric Emergency

Today I got a call from a costume designer in NYC. They had a 'fabric emergency' and could I get 6 yards of FS312P out today with a Saturday am delivery in Brooklyn? I got it cut and shipped..and loved the idea of a fabric emergency. I think we have all been there!

My recent relocation of the store from Bozeman, MT to Northfield, MN started out well. We visited Northfield over Easter and found a great space for our business, ReproductionFabrics.com, and on the last day a house! Our Bozeman house sold very quickly...and we found ourselves on the road in just 6 crazy weeks. My great crew in BZ ran the store until June 27th..packed everything up, loaded a U Haul truck and friends of Ron drove the store to Northfield on June 30. We had a crew of strong young men ready for the truck's arrival on July 1. Suddenly we were surrounded with lots and lots of boxes!

Not much has worked since! I have struggled with setting up support services...UPS, Fed Ex, US Postal Service...and basics like a working business phone ( the tech that installed the internet and phone services mislabeled the 2 phone lines..switching the phone and fax numbers. It took a long time with technical help to get that challenge figured out) and a scanner.

Then Ron became very ill and the local ER shipped him off to University of Minnesota Hospital...at 11 at night. I followed the ambulance in with our 90 # dog in back. Ron is doing much better...he was released after 5 days. I drove in to pick him up...took a wrong exit and got really really lost in rush hour traffic.

We are all back in Northfield and some of the support services are now working. I still have a wonky business phone and no scanner but some PEO sisters of mine here in Northfield heard of my situation. The very next day the Cavalry arrived. The space now looks like a real quilt shop...not much blank wall showing...and I should be ready to open to the public on Wednesday Aug 6th.

So having been through a very difficult month I loved that I could solve someone else's fabric emergency!!

Margo

ps Sunday we are invited to our youngest grandson's second birthday party...just 50 miles away. This makes it worth all the troubles.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wood Block prints

Winter's Work....Broken Dishes using Wood Block prints combined with Essex in Linen (the color). I prewashed both the Wood Blocks which are printed with vegetable dyes and the Essex which is a cotton/linen blend and does shrink a touch resulting in a great texture!

I really enjoy working with the Wood Blocks but have had some customer resistance....'they don't go with my stash'. So...the next project will combine 'regular' prints and Wood Block ones.

The Move

We are going to do this in three stages. Not as young as we were when we moved West! Ron and I are leaving next Sunday with some racks and computers to begin set up in the new store. We close on the NF house June 24, the moving van arrives on the 25th.  Thanks to our wonderful employees the store will continue operating in Bozeman until late June. Friends of Ron's have offered to drive the loaded U Haul truck across South Dakota to Northfield. We hope to have 'the wires twisted back together'...and begin shipping July 8-10.

 Yes I started blogging again because of something else going on in my life. Last winter I signed a contract with Andover Fabrics and made my first presentation to the Art Director this May at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I hope to keep you informed about progress...Northfield and new Dargate prints!!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

In the style of

Dutch Chintz.


Quilt Market in Pittsburgh last month was good although Peg and I were buying cautiously...not knowing when the store would be moving.( That date is now set for late June. Our house sold very quickly. Ron and I are leaving mid June.)  I did find some wonderful Dutch Style Chintzes. They could be the first arrivals in our new location, Northfield, MN.

A new experience scanning for the website. Sadly, I am leaving behind in MT three wonderful employees! Two of them, Lois and Lauren, have each been with me for more than 20 years. It is Lauren's job to teach me how to scan before I go!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Minnesota Bound

A little announcement! Ron and I will be relocating Reproduction Fabrics.com to Northfield, MN some time this summer. We have leased retail space in the First National Bank Building....right on the downtown square. The move is inspired by the historic town of Northfield plus the proximity of our daughter, son-in-law and three little grandsons in the Minneapolis area.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bus man's Holiday

I recently spent a week in Minneapolis caring care for my youngest grandson while the rest of the family went on Spring Break. One day I went to lunch with a friend there...and then onto the Flower Show at Macy's. What a delight. Susan told me I would smell the flowers once we got off the elevator...and she was so right! The 'layout' of the flowers/shrubs was wonderful and it was being enjoyed by multiple generations. Very nice.

We then visited Glad Creations. It is always good, as a shop owner, to visit other stores. I got a chance to met Nancy, learn about their line of patterns (see Union Star) and see some of her mother's quilts. So...a Bus man's Holiday. The tricky part was explaining this term to the Spanish speaking exchange teacher staying with my daughter!