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May 17, 2013
It’s spring, finally! We have had a long drawn out winter here in Wisconsin; and it’s so nice to hear the birds singing, look out the windows and see green and flowers rather than snow. Rosemary and I had fun creating several new patterns (the long winter made for more sewing time). With Rosemary’s guidance, all the preparations, patterns and samples are complete for Spring Market! In fact, we have four new bag patterns. Plus, we are introducing a new line of ‘Little Sis Patterns’- five easy quick projects – the pattern retails for $4.00! That’s a total of 9 new patterns! Many of you love the “Snap Happy” bags that Rosemary introduced a few years back. Now we have come up with an easier, quicker technique for making the casing – see “It’s Personal” bag pattern. Check out our catalog for all the latest patterns! You are welcome to e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or comments. Enjoy your spring and remember to set aside a few minutes a day to stitch – try a new pattern!
Heading down a new path . . .
December 6, 2012
One day earlier this year, I received a telephone call from my dear friend, Rosemary. We chatted a bit as usual before the real reason for her call came forth: Rosemary had made the decision to sell her business, and wondered whether I would be interested in taking over for her. Wow – how honored and privileged I felt! After reflecting on the possibility, praying for answers, several calls back and forth, and the encouragement of my family and friends, the decision was made. Yes, Rosemary, I would certainly be interested in starting a new journey with Stitchin’ Sisters. However, I asked, will you continue to design and create with me, at least for a while? Indeed she would, and since that time, we have created a few patterns together and have enjoyed the special time we share in doing so, wishing we had been designing together for years rather than months.
As I venture forward with Stitchin’ Sisters, Rosemary and Alvin graciously guiding me through the day-to-day operations of the business, I often think of how blessed I am to have Rosemary as my stitchin’ sis and dear friend. I know it was a very difficult decision for Rosemary to remove herself from this ‘baby’ of hers but I assured her that I would do my best to continue to create in the spirit that she began. God has given all of us expressions of creativity that I believe are meant to be shared. Just as Rosemary will continue to create in her own time, I, too, will share my expressions of creativity in this extraordinary art we call quilting. My ultimate goal is to help bring the joy of quilting into other’s lives as it has brought joy to mine. Please know that I welcome your input – comments and stories both – and I look forward to meeting more stitchin’ sisters like you!
A bit about me…
Wisconsin is my home. My husband and I have been married for over 30 years and we are proud parents of two fine young men. Both sons are married and we have two beautiful daughter-in-laws. We have been blessed with and now have three grandchildren – a 2 ½ year old granddaughter, her baby sisters recently joined the family (identical girls!) and another grandchild expected in March! What fun it is!
My passion for quilting began more than 20 years ago when my sister-in-law and I took a beginner quilting class. As our youngest children entered school, we felt we now had time to pursue a new hobby. After merely one class we were hooked! The two of us then enrolled in more classes locally where friendships were formed, and in a short time five or six “stitching sisters” gathered on a regular basis for “therapy.” That therapy included stitching quilt blocks, a table runner, wall hanging, bag, etc.
Over the years I have bought many books and patterns which I have enjoyed. However, I found myself scratching out notes on paper and piecing together my own designs as my interest and creativity grew. Eventually I began writing patterns for a local quilt shop and have been doing so for nearly eight years. It’s hard to know when an idea will come forth – it could be in the middle of the night (notebook nearby on the nightstand), driving down a highway and enjoying the surroundings we have been blessed with (oh, another idea!), while shopping, etc. I love teaching new patterns and receiving feedback from students but more so watching the joy and excitement in their eyes as they complete a new project! Cheryl
As you can tell by the amt I blog, I seem to be one busy or distracted women! Life is so full, something had to change to allow me to fulfill my so called bucket list. My amazing children have given me 5 little reasons to make a big leap! Stitchin’ Sisters has a new sis who will now call the business hers and share her passion and designs to connect with women and allow them to use their God-given talents. I, with a big push off the branch, decided to sell the business with an option to still design and promote the mission of Stitchin’ Sisters. It will allow me to travel during my retirement from nursing, and spend time with my grand children, aging parents, and hopefully make a trip or two to Africa to encourage and teach new skills and designs to my sisters there. Your new Stitchin’ Sister, Cheryl and I became acquainted years ago at a quilt retreat and knew we were kindred spirits from the start. although our lives only touched briefly throughout the years, I knew she was the right person to take over SS and give it her spin. It was a most difficult decision as this little cottage business has enriched me by the wonderful people who bought and sewed my patterns and shared their stories,by the partners who helped me learn the ropes and supported the distribution of my patterns. The biggest blessing however was the way God used my littlest pattern Snap Happy to bless my African sisters at Amani Ya Juu. Seeing how God can even use a measuring tape to bless and change lives! So with sweet memories of all the blessings and the enrichment Stitchin Sisters has provided I pass it on to another who will in turn enjoy all it has to give,even sitting up at night stuffing patterns and having a mistake slip by on a pattern and finding out after printing! Please welcome Cheryl enjoy her wonderful designs and creativity,and on occasion find something I just couldn’t help creating. Rosemary
Sew, how’s retirement?
Wow it’s been forever since I have blogged and even had forgotten how! Retirement brain. It is amazing how long it takes to adjust to a new routine! After 40 years of nursing and juggling time ,having it can cause panic! So much I want to do and how do I do it all! Of course I miss my wonderful nursing colleagues but oh how I love sleeping late,enjoying a long morning coffee, traveling to visit friends and dashing off to be with my grand babies! Now I know why they are called grand,just can’t get enough of them and now my oldest daughter and son in law are blessing us with another!
I finally dug into cleaning my sewing studio,uf da. It took a week! Where did all those unfinished projects come from?
You know it is very freeing to give away fabric you no longer love and even projects knowing they will become charity quilts. I even shampooed the carpet and changed the room around. Love it!
Then tackled the office,fun to find a lot of archives of my pattern business.
Then for an adventure,I bought an I-pad with my retirement bonus who would have thought! But I love it for pictures, checking e-mail, web surfing,face book and music. It has a nice hard case but a quilter needs a handle ,so to the studio to design. I used a great fabric called Roc- lon multi- purpose fabric for the batting and made a snap happy closure and a grab it handle. It turned out terrific if I say so myself. It met approval at quilt club and now it is in the test phase. Coming soon,anyone with a cool name? Till later, going to brave the heat of 90+
Time flys when you are having fun!
Wow, how the time does fly! Since the web site went live, I have been one busy girl. I have celebrated my 40th wedding anniversary in Costa Rica, swinging from the trees on a zip line. Then home to await the arrival of grand baby number two, Henry Mason weighing in at 8# 7,with a cute little head of black hair. I absolutely love being a grandparent! The birth must have stimulated my creative side as three new patterns are being released this next week. A second version of Snap Happy called Snap Happy II, a 7″x10″ little bag with french seams, an inside pocket, and boxed bottom. Also Grab & go, a quick and easy drawstring bag with a “Snap Happy” pocket. The Case Closed a 15″ tote with lots of pockets and a cool piped edge. Needless to say,I really need to get that Owl quilt done too! I hope you are all enjoying the weather and will soon be catching Snap Happy Fever !
Wow, two new adventures for a small town girl. A first web site for Stitchin’ Sisters and a blog.
Being I have never done this before it,this really is an adventure. I have been busy either making or selling Snap Happy’s. So I thought my first entry should be on ideas how to expand your pattern usage. Here are some great tips shared by others. You can cut your Snap Happy length measurements a few inches longer and then box the bottom. These make a great cosmetic bag. Another great idea is to make them with oil cloth and seam them on the outside. These are really fast and fun. For guys use camo fabrics and line with polar fleece for their GPS. If you have other ideas it is always fun to share.
Coming soon will be a new quilt pattern with the cutest owl ever, I originally designed it for my first grandbaby and it turned out so cute,I just have to share it. Look for it this spring.
keeping you in stitches, Rosemary