Thursday, January 13, 2011

an era ends

It is so long since I have posted but life has been a bit more than hectic, with getting ready for summer school and I have been ill which has lead Christine and I to make the decision we are going to close the shop at the end of March. It has been sad telling everyone as they have arrived for summer school but Christine has wanted to retire and be free to visit her family a little more often, and at the moment I need to retire to deal with my health. But as we have told everyone, I will still do some teaching, I will still continue to make new quilts and I will still sell patterns and there will be hopefully some more time for blogging! Christine tells me she will be my "roadie" so we hope we can still get to see so many of the dear friends we have made in the shop over the past 11+ years.
Summer school is underway at the moment, Karen Cunningham arrived last night with some gorgeous quilts, old and new and the show and tell from the girls was wow! I hope to get some photos from one of the keen photographers, so maybe some show and tell on line in the next few days.
I have been teaching classes with my clamshell quilt, Swan Lake, Bird on a Wire and my new quilt "Little Sparrow". I managed to get it joined in the nick of time, all bar two sides of the sawtooth border.  I love it so I am looking forward to a few weeks of applique to complete it.

16 comments:

  1. I am sorry to hear that you are ill. Take care. I hope you enjoy the time you will have free now. Looking forward to getting to see what you create.

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  2. Susan
    I am sorry to hear you have been unwell. My bucket list consisted of a visit to your shop, maybe I will need to bring that trip forward. I always look forward to your posts and to see what you are up to, I love your work.
    Good luck in your future endeavours and to Christine also and hopefully we will meet sometime somewhere

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  3. Will your patterns be available for purchase anywhere soon?

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  4. I too am sorry to hear, but your health comes first and guess you and Christine have worked very hard the time your in business.

    I loved your shop and was lucky enough to come and visit twices as well as coming to summer school.

    Take care
    Christine

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  5. Oh no now im sad.

    Will send you a PM when i can. Im stuck in the floods at the moment and luckily i haven't lost much.

    Adele xx

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  6. I wish you both much happiness and good health in the months and years to come.
    I hope you recover quickly and happy to hear you will continue to blog and hopefully sell your patterns thru your blog as well,maybe an etsy shop ?
    Kathie

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  7. Sorry to hear your health is not the best Susan. Hope all goes well with you in the future. So sad to hear that you have to close the shop -I've loved getting your Fabric Club Parcels every couple of months (I'm no.29) - will miss those - it was a great way to keep up my stash of reproductions.

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  8. I just found you blog and now see that you are going to close your shop. Can you tell me how I can buy your patterns?
    welkom@quilt-it.nl

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  9. such a hard decision to make, but i hope, susan, that your health will benefit! that is the main thing! both you and christine will be able to spend more time doing more of the things you love. i too have been going to visit your shop, maybe i will meet jean there, and sharyn and carolyn p and sue-anne etc.

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  10. Sharyn from MelbourneJanuary 14, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Oh dear, such a big decision to make, but of course your health must come first, like all the previous comments, I too have enjoyed Fabric Club and your blogs,and am currently working on the Cotswolds Quilt and loving it. I visit the shop each time I come up from Melbourne to see my Aunt, and will be up later this month as it is her 60th Wedding anniversary and I was the flower girl !! You will now have so much more leisure time to enjoy some quiet time and stitching for pleasure without working to deadlines. I wish you both all the very best for the future.

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  11. I would love to know how to order your patterns. Your quilts are amazing! Do you have a website or etsy shop?
    Carla Bowlin
    csbowlin@cableone.net

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  12. I gave up my career due to my health and I can say that was a graceful post. I had a little melt down on my blog. I and I know a few others who would be happy to purchase your patterns. Wishing both of you all the best !

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  13. So sad to hear that my favourite patchwork shop is closing. A trip to Albury will be in order very soon!

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  14. that is sad news girls but I wish you all the best.

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  15. Oh sorry to hear you have been ill. But what rotten timing for me! I"m finally coming to Australia in April and your shop was on my list of places to go! Glad I saw this now though! Best wishes for both of you.

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  16. Hi Susan and Christine it was a sad day when Jo came home from summer school and told me you were closing the shop. when she told me the reason why my heart went out to you as I know where you are at as I was in the same position five years ago and life must go on.Now I know why I havent received my news letter for this year. Both of you take care and enjoy your time free from the worry of running a business. hope to see you on your blog often.Cheers and good luck in whatever you do Noeleen number 282

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