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Newsletter 11-15-19

For the Love of Fabric
My passion for the stuff runs deep. Thus lies the eternal question, was it in my nature or through nurture? Textiles have always held my attention with their color, pattern and texture. Born to a mother who finds joy in sewing and knitting, I was surrounded by it through my growing years. I knew from a very young age I wanted to work in the interior design industry and so immersed myself in the history and beauty of textiles. In college, my textile and weaving classes were among my favorites where I learned first hand how fabrics are literally woven into culture and industry world wide throughout the ages. Fast forward a bit through some (stressful) years as an interior designer and here I find myself in a career consumed by the love of fabric at my favorite local quilt shop. Pinch me! It's a dream come true! One of my favorite parts, as you might imagine, is seeing what's up and coming. I have the honor of meeting with fabric reps who reveal new collections each season. I love learning about new textile processes (have you felt the new bamboo rayon baby flannels or seen the depth of digital fabric printing? It's getting better all the time). The hard part? I want it ALL! It's a challenge narrowing down the choices for our shop. What will everyone want six-eight months from now (did you know we've already purchased Christmas fabric for 2020!? It will start arriving in May). What provides the most variety to our local makers? What's essential? What's unique? We want to be sure we have something for everyone, yet it seems there is never enough room. The bi-annual Quilt Market just wrapped up and boy have we been overwhelmed with incredible new options! New fabrics are arriving daily so we've been doing a bit (ok - - a lot) of rearranging to make room. It's an endless process but I have a feeling I'm not the only one here who is never disappointed to see MORE FABRIC!
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