Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Secret is out!!!

We've been keeping a secret.  It's been hard.  Liz and I feel as if we've won an Oscar.  In fact, becoming a Better Homes and Gardens Quilt Sampler Featured Shop IS like winning an Oscar, a Grammy or a Pulitzer the Quilting World it means you are among the best of the best.  The news was announced at Quilt Market a few weeks back in Kansas City. 

This is the logo we can now display on our website, in our store and on our paperwork.

Here's a picture of some of the Spring Issue, we'll be featured in the Fall Issue (available in September).....I wonder if our quilt will make the cover?  We've known our secret for a long time and were allowed to tell our spouses and our staff.  We got the call from Jennifer Keltner of Better Homes and Gardens letting us know that Scottie Dog Quilts had been selected from over 3000 stores as a Top Ten Shop for Quilt Sampler Magazine. They sent out an awesome team to photograph our shop and staff.  Can't wait to see the photos they took.  Along with the article about our store, they will publish a pattern for an original quilt Liz designed.  The "working title" of the quilt is String Pieced Stars but I am pretty sure they'll change it.  Here we are "visiting" our quilt in Kansas City....we won't get it back until September. At Quilt Market they had a presentation of the 2012 shops and their quilts.  We received a nice certificate to hang at the store and a photo of our staff.

Here's a close-up.  Angela Davy of All Washed Up quilted it beautifully for us.
 You can be certain that we will have copies of the magazine available when it hits the stands in September.  Stay tuned as we will be pre-selling the magazine in a special zippered vinyl project bag and the special ruler that helps make sewing our quilt a snap. We'll also have kits available to make our quilt in 1930 reproduction fabrics and two different batik versions.

Another surprise at Market was to find us featured in FabShop News, a trade journal for Quilt Shop Owners.  Liz and I are pretty much on top of the world right now!  We are quite proud of the recognition of all the hard work we've done to make our store, Redwood Sewing Center/Scottie Dog Quilts a great place to shop!