The first location was in 2003! We moved after 4 years and then again to our latest location which is now 5 years…
It is always our goal that our customers feel comfortable and welcome in the shop so they can get busy being creative. Everyone is happy to help with borders, backings or binding math and in selecting fabrics. We try to have lots of tools and resources as well as an exciting range of feature fabrics.
Service, creativity on tap and fantastic staff.
If I worked alone in my studio, I’d never get the massive amount of input that I get living vicariously through my customers and teachers.Being in the shop amps up the amount of exposure I get to creative outcomes. Every customer brings a different style or outlook to projects. All the talented teachers add levels of design. In addition, the shop demands lots of projects so there is never a shortage of things to do. If a new range comes in, we all jump at the chance to use it and the same with new tools or techniques. The variety is the spice of life so it NEVER gets boring.
The most important thing is that they are able to leave their ego at the door. Being creative means you need to feel safe and secure with those around you. It also means that emotions are often near the surface so we have to be appreciative of how others are feeling. We often share our projects and critiques are for the betterment of the project. In that I mean we don’t just say things to be nice. If we can’t be honest, we can’t get the best outcome. So trust is really important.
ABSOLUTELY. We as a team work together in the shop but we also hold positions in our local groups and the Quilt NSW committee. This is important as it helps us stay in touch with what the movements are in quilting, it allows us to contribute the growth of quilting and in addition we learn of areas where we can promote our brand…all great things. We build relationships with other people committed to quilting and are engaged leaders in the community. Quilting is such a beneficial activity as it gives us space to exercise our creativity and while doing that we are able to build relationships on an individual and group level.
Yes. There is no doubt that it is a bit different here. The influences created by being so far away from the hub mean that things filter and get interpreted differently. Its like playing telephone! Also, the cost of doing business is so great that we have to make choices more carefully. Fabric is expensive, shipping and postage is expensive and rent is through the roof so all that means we have to work hard…not that all shop owners don’t have to work hard! Working hard is the only way to survive in this industry.
Our on line business is growing very fast. I think it is about 60% as it includes our block of the month programs which go around the world.
I am releasing a new line called Celebrate this market in Houston. I am also starting a new book but really, the last one is still so new it really needs more exercise!! I am in the process of creating new workshop plans working with shapes and fabric mixtures….and I am also going to take a big break over the holidays so you’ll get some quiet time thoughts!!!