Thursday, January 28, 2010

You just Never Know What you Will Find

When I jumped at the offer to travel to San Antonio, Texas with my husband, Larry to the National Cattlemens Conference little did I know that I would discover a totally AWESOME quilt shoppe! It wasn't in the Travelers Guide or "Quilters Bible" as we call it, I didn't see any advertising and no one had told me about this shoppe. I simply started walking down what is known as RiverWalk with my trusty iPhone and simply typed in "quilt shop". Viola! About 2 miles from my current location was Las Colchas. The blurb said "Welcome to Las Colchas, a unique quilt shop located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, Tx. We are dedicated to the preservation of the art of quilting!" I was completely intrigued so I set off on foot. Not a good choice! Totally lost, but following the pinging dot on my iPhone, I finally gave up and called the shop. I was greeting by THE NICEST woman (I would totally hire her to work in our shoppe) she told me I was almost there, keep walking etc. I turned the corner and there it stood, sun shining, yes I said sun shining with the temperature about 70 degrees in all its glory. It was historic! I walked up the front steps to a charming porch draped with quilts of many eras. They were beautiful! I opened the door, the same lovely lady greeted me, asked if I would like some tea or water, I was in heaven. Then I spotted it...Tula Pink Fabric! Unbelievable! It brought tears to my eyes!
The shoppe has been in the same location for about 30 some years. It was a Sears Catalog House! The interior is all original hardwood floors, original windows and the most charming and wonderful place to spend the afternoon! Their fabrics were all beautiful, quilt shop only fabrics, Moda, Windham, Westminster etc. and Tula Pink! So impressed was I! I was introduced to the owner and I am so mad at myself because of course I have forgotten both of these wonderful ladies names :(. Those of you that know me aren't surprised! Anyway, you all MUST go there. We talked about adding Las Colchas to our next bus trip!!! A big Yeah! It was a totally wonderful morning "hike" that turned out to be fantastic. A new shop and new friends!
Now...a free yard of fabric for the first person with the correct translation of Las Colchas.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Help Me Mr. Wizard!

Remember that great show? I don't recall the name of the actual show but if you do give us shout. Whenever the character got found himself somewhere where he did not want to be he could just say "Help me Mr. Wizard" and the Wizard would pull him out of the situation and return him to his wonderful, warm, sunny life...oh wait that's me.

This was the view from my bedroom window when I awoke the other morning and somehow all I could think of was "Help me Mr. Wizard". By the time I slid my way to daycare to drop off the Twinkies, then to the Shoppe I discovered that the front doors would not open from "the ground swelling". Now I'm not one to curse mind you but what the #$%$ is "ground swelling? I am very familiar with "Ground Shaking", "Ground Slipping" but...nope, nothin on "Ground Swelling"

In California on say "Earthquake Days" much like snow days here, we would just go to our favorite restaurant, which of course would open early for those of us that needed to calm our nerves, the girls would gather in our finest, lunch would begin and we would discuss the condition of our nearest and dearest, praying that our real estate listings had not completely crumbled to the ground, putting us all out of business! Which brings me back to "Do I Miss California?". YES, I miss the Weather and the Restaurants! That's It!
Thank God I moved to the Midwest!

Friday, January 1, 2010

January's Quilter of the Month Is...Janet

RONCZKOWSKI! Yeah Janet!!!!!
As our very first Quilter of the Month Janet will receive 25% off ALL purchases during her reigning month, her own parking space, a Free Class and a basket of goodies! We here at The Quilt Shoppe want to thank her for her participation in numerous classes, her enthusiasm for all the crazy ideas and events we seem to come up with, her organization and concern for taking care of Linda on the many bus trips she has taken and most of all...her friendship, smiling face and unwavering cheeriness! Thank you so much, Janet you are truly a part of the family.
Kathy, Marie, Linda, Mary, Tula and Diana