We Have Been Sew Busy!

Where to Start?

October 5 –

springfield quilt show

We had a booth at this show.  Such nice people and I had a great time.  I liked that it was an unjuried show, so everyone entered their quilts just to share.  And of course I spent money.  I hope to go again next year!

October 11 & 12 –

franklin quilt show

Cumberland Valley Quilter Assoc Show in Franklin TN, held in historic church on the downtown square.  More lovely people, beautiful quilts and fun vendors!  I brought one of our vendors Jean to help me (she volunteered), we had a great time and of course both of us spent money!  I bought some wonderful vintage grandmother’s garden blocks which we sold to one of our regular customers.  I can’t wait to see how she finishes them!

They were talking about having a larger venue next time, so I really hope we are invited again!  Although, larger venue probably means I will spend more money, well sacrifices must be made for the sake of the store I suppose.

October 26 –

Diane’s granddaughter Jessica got married! to a great guy!  So Diane took time off to spend with all the family that came into town.  Of course I rearranged some furniture while she was gone.   I don’t have any pictures, but it was a wonderful day for them.

November 9 –

Open House

We had sales throughout the store, snacks and a good time!  My sister, Dianna and her husband came up from Florida; my other sister Debbie came from West TN so that was very cool.  Of course we took the day before to go to our favorite fabric shops, Choice Fabrics in Springfield, Psycho Grannies and Whittles in Smith’s Grove KY.

We also held our first annual quilt contest.  Some of our customers submitted a 5×7 picture of their favorite quilts beforehand.  Diane made a display of them and our Open House customers voted, also our followers on our Facebook page.  We had 16 entries and this is the winner:

contest winner

made by Rosemary Warren for her friend Barbara Carroll from Barbara’s husbands ties.  Bowtie pattern, and I know it is sideways.  I really have to figure out editing better.  But you can see how classy the quilt is.  Here is Barbara Carroll with her prize basket:

barbara carroll

Diane had put together a jar filled with safety pins so customers could guess how many.  Sybil Hull was closest with 531!  How so many pins fit in the small jar is amazing.  Here is Sybil with her sweet mom, we love when they come in to shop!

sybil hullmichelle nichols

Regena Jewell with Jewells 2nd Time Around donated a prize and Michelle Nichols won it!

November 30 –

Nationwide Shop Small Business Saturday was also a good day with lots of sales and snacks.  You just can’t go wrong when there are snacks!

Upcoming Events

January 23, 2020 – Thread Painting Class                                                                                         thread painting

Nancy Knaus with Anna Bella Quilting will be here to show us how to color with thread!  The class will be $70 and that does include your kit, just bring your machine and have a good time!  (we probably will have snacks).  We do have 4 spots left , so let us know if you are interested!  Go to our contact page to reach us.   We do have 2 people who cannot make the January class, so I am going to get with Nancy about a date in February.

Sharon with Coyote Quilts & Specialties will continue to hold classes here at Leola’s.  She is certified to teach with Kay Wood and Marti Mitchell rulers.  Please go to her Facebook page for scheduled classes.  She does teach one-on-one classes, so you can arrange those there also.

And Finally:

Diane and I would just like to thank everyone for their support this last year (in September!).  We feel so lucky to have an opportunity to have the kind of store we always talked about, some of this and some of that but lots of quilting!  I enjoy hanging out with Diane, she is a special person.  My family has also been a big part of the store.  Having my sisters her for the Open House was important to me and I think we had a good time.

Dad just shows up with his tool box and goes around fixing everything.  Diane and Dad discuss Nascar, which is a whole different language for me.

Anywho, if anyone is around White House TN, (just north of Nashville), be sure to stop in and say hey!  and if you have a quilt you would like to show off, bring it, we love Show and Tell!

Happy Holidays!    Happy New Year!

Donna & Diane

2 thoughts on “We Have Been Sew Busy!”

  1. Could you would you take an up close picture of the doilies that are hanging from the ceiling? I have quite a few doilies and am trying to figure out how y’all fixed those? They look cute..thank you!!

    1. Sure! I will email a picture to you. The dreamcatchers are made by Deborah Everette, a local artist. She uses vintage doilies, beads and lace. Thanks for following our blog!
      Donna Rioux

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