Over the last 3 days, we hosted a Serger Retreat, produced by #SueGB Events. Our Educator, RoseMary Keene was so awesome. She is an Independent Baby Lock Serger Specialist, and believe me, she knows sergers!
Most of day one was spent learning about sergers. The mechanics, the reason why they do what they do. While that doesn't sound all that exciting, it really was. Part of learning how something operates is discovering why it operates in a certain way. It's so fun to watch new sewists discover, how with a push of a button, the Baby Lock sergers thread themselves. That whole "astonished" look on their face is priceless.
By the afternoon of the first day, the class was serging. You have to love the sound of 24 sergers humming through a community center hall.
By day three, the ladies and one gentleman, were doing complicated cover stitching and even some free-motion work (yes, the Ovation's large sewing bed allows for free motion serging!).
I will say our first big event was a success. And I have to give credit to the "girls"... Amanda, Nancy, and Deb who kept me organized and worked so very hard at the show and behind the scenes.
And kudos to Randy, who prevented any mini-melt downs on my part - mostly the day we woke up to a heavy snowstorm the day of the event. He ran errands and made sure we were all taken care of quite nicely, plus had the refreshments all ready at the store for Friday night "store night". And a big thanks to the Brookside Community Center for use of their beautiful facility.
We were all very tired, but oh so happy for those who took home their brand new Ovations after the show. What an exciting sewing adventure they will have!
We will be beginning Club Ovation very soon (machine classes to continue the educational part of learning the Ovation Serger). This class is FREE to all those who purchased their Ovation from First Stitches. Regular price is $75.
And don't forget about Serger Club, where you will actually make projects to take home that day. Call for availability for May. AND...sign up early every month... these classes fill quickly.
We are already planning another SueGB Serger Retreat for sometime later in the year. We want to get enough participants ready so we can bring the SueGB Advanced Class to Cañon City, but it is required to have taken the SueGB Serger Retreat first, before you can take the Advanced Class. So watch for this!
Again, thanks to all who participated. What a fun weekend we had. And I still have some chocolate leftover! Yippee!
We're growing out again. The Little Brick Building is about as full as it can be. So Randy has decided to move his repair studio to the Jailhouse, the middle building in our complex. He's moving out of the dungeon, where he's been since we moved in.
Guess where they want me to go.... yep. The dungeon. Hmmm. Not quite sure I like that name, so I'm thinking it's going to have be re-named. Like Kim's Kubby, or something a little less drastic than dungeon. We'll see. We'll probably take a vote or run a contest once it's all complete.
The back room now houses my little 36 sq. ft. office area, machine storage boxes, and a desk for checking in product. We would like to see that room turned into a "back room demo area" where we can have demos and give private lessons or just plain open sewing time. That's the plan anyway. Plans always seem to turn out to be just guidelines sometimes.
One of the biggest challenges with a new business is always finding creative ways to expand, to better serve the customers. It's a process and it keeps it interesting to say the least.
We have long since returned from our vacation back on the Georgia coast and have settled back into the store's daily routine.
But every now and then I think about our trip, how much fun it was to visit new areas, see different quilt shops, and walk on the beach. (Ask Randy what he found with his metal detector, next time you see him!)
While staying on St. Simons Island, I became enchanted with the lighthouse. We toured the historical home that housed the keeper of the lighthouse. We also climbed the round set of stairs that lead to the very top. The views of the Atlantic Ocean, Jekyll Island, and the waterway to the Brunswick Port were spectacular.
As the tour guide described the duties of the lighthouse keeper, I became very aware of something. The sole duty of the lighthouse keeper was to carry the oil to the top of the lighthouse every night and light the beacon. This gave guidance to the ships at sea, to help keep them safe. We all have been charged, in one way or another, to give guidance to someone. Whether it's in a spectacular way where everyone can see our work, or even if it's in a subtle way, where no one else can visualize or acknowledge what good has been done.
The lighthouse keeper performed his duties faithfully, yet did not receive daily praise for his important job. However, he continued it night after night, year after year. Many times we continue to keep our light shining, yet we never hear the words "thank you" or "well done". But just because we don't receive the much welcomed pats on the back, it does not negate the importance of our job, which is to bring light to those around us.
It is my hope, that i can bring a little light to someone who needs it, and by that light, their path is a little less muddled. But I must be faithful, like the lighthouse keeper, and carry the oil to the top each and every night, so as to keep the light shining, and not allow anything to snuff it out. Because, someone who I may never meet, or ever see, might be passing by and just might need that small light to guide them.
I think I would have loved to have been a lighthouse keeper.
St. Augustine, Florida was a day trip for us. What a very historical place. We watched cannons being shot, British Soldiers firing muskets, and of course, we visited a quilt shop.
Magrieta's Quilt Shop is located in the heart of this magical city and it was so much fun to shop and meet the owner, Magrieta.
Magrieta has had her shop for over 9 years, during which time she continually kept expanding it. Her classroom size left me drooling and envisioning knocking out our walls and driving my landlord more crazy than I already do.
Her store was very bright and inviting.
She carries original quilt art design patterns from a local artist depicting various historical landmarks, such as the St. Augustine Lighthouse, the Bridge of Lions, Castillo de San Marcos. Very cool. You can see some of them HERE.
Oh, and I saved the very best until last. She's located across the street from a chocolate factory. Could it possibly ever get any better than that!!
Great trip to our oldest city. We could have spent several days there, easily!