Where has the summer gone?
It's August already! Time seems to be very abstract to us these days, as the pandemic continues. Most of us are back to work, and so many are trying to navigate the upcoming school year, whether it's college or primary schools. It's a whole new frontier - one so different from any we've experienced before.
That is exactly why our hobby/obsession is so important. For almost all of us, quilting is our happy place. It's fulfilling (even on a bad quilting day we enjoy the process!), it's calming, and in addition to making gorgeous things for ourselves and others, we solve the problems of the world sitting at our machines (or on our couches for those of us doing handwork). We love the colors, the patterns, the routine, the creativity, and the freedom quilting allows us. Hopefully you are making time for yourself to sew, even if it's in between mask-making. Raise your hand if you're getting tired of making masks...
The shop is now open six days a week, and we're back to our regular hours - we will remain closed on Sundays for the foreseeable future. New fabrics are coming in, and Judy is starting to hear from the fabric sales reps about meeting to place new orders. We can't wait to see the reps - it's so much fun to see their samples, and to look forward to what will be arriving at the shop. The staff also really enjoys watching Judy work, going through the piles of samples, deciding specifically what fabrics she wants to buy, with you, her customers, in mind.
With Vermont's mask mandate now in effect, retail shops are allowed to increase their capacity, but we are keeping our number at
4 customers. Our customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for our efforts of keeping everyone safe, so Judy has decided to stick with what's working. Once four of you enter, we hang a sign on the door, so make sure you check before you come in! We want your shopping experience to remain a positive one, and a healthy one.