It's been a while since I last wrote here on my blog. I have been quite busy with all manner of activities that are certainly Blog-worthy events. I've taken lots of photos that would normally land on my blog pages. Lots of excitement here with Scottie Dog Quilts being chosen as a Better Homes & Garden's Top Ten Shop in Quilt Sampler magazine. Our store has been amazingly busy...keeps getting busier each week. But I haven't blogged. Lots of Grammy activities, and still I haven't blogged. I've had something on my mind and I couldn't seem to blog until I was able to make it public.
This weekend was the Fall Retreat for Scottie Dog Quilts. We've been holding retreats 2 or 3 times a year since 2001. We had a wonderful group of women come (although not all are pictured here). One, Suzanne, has come to every retreat we've ever had and for another (Maralee) it was her first time. Maralee came from Redlands, CA and she is the closest thing to a sister that I have. It was a pleasure to have her (and everyone else too!) at our retreat.
This is a great shot from the balcony overlooking the Grand Lobby of the Historic Eureka Inn where we hold our retreats. We shared some news with our retreaters that we've been keeping to ourselves for a little while.
Liz, husband Steve & granddaughter Sydney and Mr. Scottie Dog & I will be moving to Minnesota next year. It is not a decision we made lightly and not without much discussion, prayer and information. We have felt pulled in two directions and our hearts torn apart having half of the family in Minnesota and half of it here in CA. We will be selling our store, Redwood Sewing Center. I suppose it seems like a silly thing to do when the business is doing so well, has just been recognized as a Top Ten Shop and all. But we are going to do it. Don't think that we will be disappearing right away or that the shop is closing.....we are starting a new Block of the Month! Until the shop is sold next year it will be business as usual for Liz and I. We will continue to give it our best and we just ordered a bunch of new new fabrics. We know we'll find someone to continue Redwood Sewing Center...making it better than ever! I know the perfect person is out there and they will continue on.
We are heartbroken thinking about leaving all the wonderful friends we've met through the years but we know we will continue to see many of you in the future. We plan to continue holding Quilting Retreats and Cruises. Our next Eureka, CA retreat will be at the Historic Eureka Inn March 8-10, 2013 and we are already taking sign-ups. Any day now we'll be posting the dates for our Feb. or March 2014 Caribbean Cruise. We will be holding a Eureka retreat each year and have some other ideas for future retreats in the Midwest as well.
Next year will be a time of a new beginning for our family; kind of daunting to start a new adventure at 60, but I know that having our family all together will be great. I will miss my friends in CA, the big trees, CA coast and mountains but hope to visit often. And perhaps the best news is that we plan to have a guest suite in our new home and hope you will all come to visit.