Friday, May 1, 2015

Blog Takeover: Designers in Real Life

Hello everyone! I’m Chelsi, Sherri's daughter, and I’m excited to be a part of the blog takeover with my dad! My mom has been sewing for Quilt Market for quite some time now, but this is the first time that she will be sewing as a Moda Designer! I first must begin by saying what wonderful and talented women are in the quilting universe! At a very young age I knew how much quilting meant to my mom, and though I am not much of a sewer, I have a deep appreciation for her hard work and inspiring passion that goes into her quilting. She has managed to touch so many people’s hearts, but I hope all of you know how much you have truly touched hers. I have had the opportunity of seeing the glistening tears of happiness in her eyes as she reads your comments or the smile when she is able to help someone accomplish something! That said! I have some fun things to share about our quilt market prep, and I am excited to give you an inside look of what has been going on around here over the past few days!


                            
I woke up this past Tuesday morning, got dressed, fed my babies, and rushed to my parents’ house as quickly as I could. Why? Because I knew we would be receiving two very big boxes filled with our first fabric line from Moda, and I wasn't going to miss it! Note: when we got our strike offs, I was an hour away from home and let’s just say my mom was more than tempted to rip those boxes open before I got there. My dad caught her peeling the box open to take a peep, and luckily he took it and hid it from her before I arrived! Anyways! I got to my parents’ house and we sat waiting around for it all morning until my mom got a blank look on her face. Then she bolted towards the front door. Like COME ON, the woman has magical hearing powers, I swear. The UPS man literally hadn't even gotten out of his truck yet as me, my dad, and mom all bounded through the hallway towards the poor man who was yet to be mauled. Poor guy never stood a chance. We opened the front door and all started waving and smiling at him like we were a perfectly normal family giving him the greatest greeting of his life. Sweet man must have thought we were crazy. Want to meet him? He's so tall! Let's call him Steve since I didn't catch his name!




 So after we made "Steve" hold those heavy boxes for 1 minute too long, he left in a hurry (I'm pretty sure I heard him burning rubber, couldn’t get that UPS truck out of park fast enough) and we took them into the house to be opened! And then the madness began! I stayed at my parents until almost midnight! I pulled the fabrics we needed for the patterns my mom created, and she cut while I folded and put them in their respectful piles. The system was working grand, and we turned on Pandora and sang our hearts out while we snipped, trimmed and folded away. By the end of the day we had six quilts cut out and ready to go to the sewing room! By the end of the night we were all acting pretty silly. We may or may not have had a dance party...or two in between the cutting and folding. It was so much fun!

We have only had our fabric for a few days now, and we are both busy getting things ready for market in Minneapolis, but as much as the stress starts to creep in, we really are having fun in the process. Of course I get to go home every night while my dad has to watch his every step it seems like. Feed her, give her space, and don’t make too much noise. Sound about right mom?

Well, so as this takeover comes to a close (and I am so sorry! I wish I could share every piece of fabric with all of you, but that is coming soon I promise!) I just want to say how grateful I am to the woman who showed me that being creative is important. Even though she scolded me for coloring on her newly painted walls as a child, she still gave me paint sets and art supplies in my stocking every year for Christmas. I am glad my dad has a few funny things to say because I can't help but write words of gratitude to all of you, to the Moda family, and to one of my closest friends, my mom.
The Lab and I have a few things to say--this is our opportunity to speak during this blog takeover.  Here's the deal...for the last few years I thought I understood market. The Lab and I had a clear understanding: stay out of the way, keep your mouth shut, and do as you are told. We look both ways before we enter the hallways from the various rooms of the house for fear we might be trampled, hollered at, or stared at as she travels from her sewing room to one of the quilt lay out areas in the house. But...we learned to listen to the beat of the driver of the Janome. If that locomotive was moving, we could make a run for it. If it was quiet, we knew she was on the move and we would stand our ground. We knew we were not allowed to touch the fabric, and we knew that at any minute we could get the stare. But, we had no idea of the difference between piecing quilts for others and preparing for market as a Moda designer. Then, along came Chelsi.  We've always known the weeks before market would be very interesting. But we had no idea what it would be like dealing with two women preparing for market.




We are a little confused now because things are a little more intense than they were for prior markets. Through all of the fabric cutting, and through all of the coordination of those who are helping--we don't see her as much.  We miss our Mom and happily invite Chelsi into this pre-market madness. I'm not sure Mr. Brown (Steve) will ever deliver here again. My dog goes and stands out side the sewing room, asking her to stop. I tell him to stay away from the sewing room, but I believe he is safer in the halls than I am. Yes, it's crazy, but really, I think it's pretty cool.  Thanks to all of those who have helped my dear wife. It is wonderful to see her as a part of Moda family.



The rest of today's blog takeovers can be found below...and you can go here for a complete list of all the blog takeovers this week.


Jan PatekJan Patek
Betsy Chutchian – Betsy Chutchian
Laurie Simpson – Minick & Simpson
Sandy Gervais – Pieces From My Heart
Corey Yoder – Little Miss Shabby



15 comments:

Hildy said...

Hi Chelsi, hi Bill (I think it's Bill but I'm not sure and if I'm mistake I truely apologize), nice to meet you! You know I love Sherri, truely do, and I'm so happy for her (and for you, Chelsi) to be a Moda designer, it's amazing. But a sneak peek would have been so nice, just one, a tiny one. A open Mini Candy would be tiny, just saying:-) Oh, and please give a rub to your Lab he's cute!

Susan Smith said...

Well, I enjoyed reading all of that but what I REALLY wanted was a little peak of what Steve brought you in those boxes! PLEASE?! PRETTY PLEASE WITH A CHERRY ON TOP?!

AnnieO said...

Welcome to Moda, I'm sure they will be thrilled with the heart and soul that is put into every quilt you make! I enjoyed the takeover and peek into the home life of a market-crazed designer. :)

Patricia said...

I enjoyed the post today. You probably made Steve's day and he left with a happy face.

deb said...

Very exciting for you guys! Looking forward to seeing the fabrics...

mascanlon said...

Can't wait to see at least a peek! Thanks for taking us all along for the craziness.

Mary Holmes said...

Great posting. Looking forward to seeing your first line of Moda Fabric and both of you at market.

Kim Walus said...

I'm super happy and excited for you!! I had no idea you had such wonderful market news!! I can't wait to see your very first line of fabric for Moda and I'm so happy to say I knew you when!! Congrats and all the best in your newest endeavor!! I'm so proud of you!!

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

So funny, I am cracking up here that you guys got a picture with Steve. Bet that man can tell some stories. :)

Helen L said...

Loved the post!Can't tell you how excited I am for you Sherri!! And good luck to your DH and Lab to survive this twice a year!! Hugs, to you Sherri, and give a hug of welcome to your daughter from me!! Hope to meet her someday soon!! Hugs, H

Brandy Pettit said...

Hahaha, I love that you nicknamed your UPS guy Steve, that's actually the name of our UPS guy! Congratulations on your line of fabric, can't wait to see it and the projects you made!
~Brandy

Dyann Cox said...

I'm loving the takeovers...CONGRATULATIONS on your fabric line!!! Sooo coool!!! You deserve it! You are such an inspiration,
I love your blog, I look forward to reading it every time it comes into my mailbox!

Sinta Renee said...

Super exciting news to hear! Sherri must be thrilled to share this new journey with you! I am anxious to see what is coming out of the design room! Congratulations to you both!!!

lovetoquilt said...

Congrats!! How super exciting is that? Can't wait to see the designs and fabrics!! Happy Stitching!!

Gale Hills said...

Fun! Great post!

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