Lots of changes have taken place at Annies Pretty Pieces in the last two years. John has taken up quilting, I think in self-defense. Either that or sheer boredom when the store is quiet. All of his work gets lots of positive comments, right now he is working on a miniature quilt and I think is almost ready to go back to some big block work after all these 2” half square triangles. We have been joined by Libby in the store 2 or 3 days a week. Her creativity, positive attitude and customer service skills have been a wonderful addition to our little shop. Almost all of our original design quilts hanging in the shop were done by Libby.
In early 2013 we added an additional section to the store, enabling us to create an expanded classroom (and even add a refrigerator and a microwave for all day classes). Freeing up our small classroom gave us room to move a nearly vintage quilting machine in. We have now started giving classes on the Design-a-Quilt machine. Students who complete the training can rent the machine by the day or half day to do their own quilting. The Design-a-Quilt is a short to mid-arm quilting machine with a limit of 6 1/2” quilting design and is designed for edge-to-edge pantograph quilting. Now I just wish I had time to get all of our quilt tops completed on it. Maybe the next person to take the class on using the quilting machine should be John.
What's Next? A good question. We will be holding a 2 day sewing class designed for girls from age 12 to 16 in June, we will take a short vacation in July, but Libby will have the store open during the week for your convenience. We are investigating adding a Marti and Me club from Marti Michell after she was gracious enough to visit us a few weeks ago. (If you have used any of her tools you may be as excited as we are at this possibility). The Christmas Peace Block of the Month starts in June (sign up quick, there are limited spots available). We are looking for the next Block of the Month to start once the current Marti Michell program ends.
We would love to hear what you would like to see us offer in the near (and not so near?) future.