|714 Main Street, Nov 1997|
|Dave the UPS man|
The best memory I have of opening a quilt store was that every night after I came home from work and after supper, Christy and I would head down to quilt store. There we would open the boxes that Dave the UPS man had brought that day. Those were the days when we hand wrote an inventory number and price on top of the bolts which would fade off. That was before we got fancy and got the pricing gun that was originally fun to use. We would turn on KUDL and listen to “Deliah” and I know you will find it hard to believe – but there was singing and silliness going on. Christy’s husband, Bill, built the cabinets for us and we debated the exact construction of them. We looked through every Quilt Sampler magazines saved over four or five years to see what other people were doing and tried to remember what we liked about all of those quilt stores Christy mentioned in her memories that I took her to. We decided we had to have the little cubby holes for fat quarters and I think that was one of our better decisions to this date. Although I don’t think cutting fat quarters is anyone’s favorite job.
|1st day open|
November 1, 1997
The quilt store has literally changed my life and has brought many godly women into my life for me to learn from. We decided our business cards would have Bible verses on the back and we debated those special verses also. We wanted to be a witness for Christ while we did something we loved. I started going to the Baldwin quilt guild and this lady there asked if I ever went on blind dates because she knew this nice young farmer. I said yes because that is usually the easiest way to never hear about it again. Turns out the lady was his Aunt Mary. She had come into the quilt store with her sister from Texas and the young farmer’s mother to check me out – was I friendly, have a nice quilt store, etc. I must have passed the mother and two aunts test as the nice young farmer called me and we started dating in September 1998. I was teaching a Conway Album class at the time to about 10 to 15 woman and they wanted to know all about how the dating was going every class and gave me advice. Many of those same women attended the wedding also – and some the baby shower 21 months later.
|Amy's baby shower |
I love the quilt store and that it brought my husband and consequently my children into my life. It was great getting to do something I loved with my sister. Unfortunately, I also needed to return to the real work world with paid benefits – such as health insurance, so I went back to the world of banking and left the everyday running of the store to my sister and some wonderful partners that God brought into our lives (that Baldwin quilt guild is responsible for meeting Eula and me telling Christy that there was this amazing lady that we needed to come teach at the quilt store and the rest is history). They occasionally let me crash trips to quilt market, do a block of the month quilt, and always find room for me at late night or quilt camp when I make it at the last minute (along with my daughter Katie). I remember wanting to drop out of college at the end of my freshman year and going back to talk to a teacher from high school. She convinced me to stay in school and just transfer into accounting at KU. It wasn’t my burning desire to be an accountant, but God knows his plans for you. I took the job in Minnesota being a bank examiner because it was where Christy lived and sounded fun. All I really wanted was to get married, have kids, and stay at home with my kids. I couldn’t figure out why it was taking God so long to bring that special man into my life. However, he was still building the life skills in me that I would need to open a quilt store and then be able to work at home in a challenging, fulfilling career while taking care of my kids. I don’t get to be in the quilt store every day, but I get to visit frequently and enjoy the life God made for me with my husband and children, Jacob and Katie.