A few months back there was a show on the ABC about a family with an Autistic son. It was a touching, honest story detailing how their lives were forever changed as they adjusted to live their life. Their sacrifices prove that love directs all motivation when dealing with our children. Among the issues of their life was the crush of their time as they care for the special needs of their son. This story stuck in my mind. Their challenges are unrelenting and respite care hard to find. I suddenly had a guilt pang at my selfish need for time when I have so much simply because my children are independent. I ache for these parents and all the time they can't make to enjoy simple things. It made me conscious that we all need a break to be ourselves, to do what we love to do and to rest. So, that is why this Saturday SWAP Day at Material Obsession will be collecting for Autism Awareness. This organization does what it can to help provide services to families that need help. We will raise some money from the time we spend with our hands occupied in order to help find a bit of time out for these families that have so much on their minds.
Mark your calendar and make plans to come visit. We will have quilts on display from our classes all year, hand made crafts on sale, Cut Loose Morning Tea, Swap items, scrap bags...all under the marquis out the back of the shop!
The HOT new class list for 2010 is up on the website and can be downloaded so check that out and see Bundle on the day to sign up!!! We have added lots of new classes including Beginner Classes with our exciting new sampler, Design Classes, Hand Quilting, machine quilting, Liberated Quilting! Machine Skills... Workshops day and Night! as well as our special guest tutors: Brigitte Giblin, Sue Ross, Brenda Smith, Kim Bradley and Marg Sampson (George). If you are quick, there are a few new spots in all most of these classes.
In addition, if you live any distance and can't come we'll have 10 % off all internet sales placed on the weekend...(block of the month programs excepted). While I think of it, thanks for all of the website orders and Block of the Month sign ups. It is a joy to know what happens around the table at the shop is happening literally all around the world. I can't always reply personally to comments and emails but I smile in appreciate to every one that I read knowing you enjoy this craft as much as we do!
Speaking of overseas...
Meg sent me this photo update of her projects. Meg used to come to MO but moved to Switzerland. She stays in touch and is growing her quilting skills all the time with keen enthusiasm. The fabrics in these quilts were among her last purchases while standing in the shop so it is fun to see them working into quilts like Bluebirds and Happiness here!
Meg continues to keep her hands busy and is obviously going gangbusters from the look of things! I miss her cheery presence in the shop but am happy to know she is getting busy from afar!
Here is a happy Stashbuster happening before my very eyes!
How about this for a Dolly Quilt treatment!
Susan blocked her For the Trees to hang on the wall which really suits this particular project.
And isn't this a photo to make your heart race with excitement! Hotter than the weather new Kaffe Fassett. I asked for stripes to go with the lines and as of the stars have aligned, we got them proving that ask and you shall receive! They are divine!
So what's the lesson today? Don't miss SWAP Day for laughs, excitement, and special deals, special stuff and a chance to give a minute to someone else! Don't be shy, bring your quilt projects along and we'll put them on display! Saturday 10:00 -3:00pm. See you there!!!! kathy