This week I learned that my favorite little quilt shop--the place where I learned to quilt and always found so much inspiration--is closing its storefront and going online. The West Seattle Fabric Company has not only been a part of the community, it has created a community of aspiring and accomplished "sewists". In 2011, I took my very first quilting class there, and a little over a year later I was began teaching quilting there myself.
Hearing the news of the closure has led me to reflect quite a bit about the last year and a half. I left the Stitch & Sew Studio to go back to teaching math. Then I left teaching math to stay home and be with my son, Frederick, born last September. Now Frederick ("Freddy") is six months old and I feel like a mother bear must feel when emerging from hibernation. I finally feel like I might be able to pull off this parenthood thing. I'm almost keeping up with laundry and dishes, and we eat homemade meals a few times a week. I can even snatch a few hours for reading and sewing. Life is pretty good. But still I catch myself missing those fun, care free days working in the Studio.
Monica & Greg, the owners of WSFCo, are forever looking on the positive side. So this weekend they are having a "Liquidation Celebration." And when one door closes, another one opens. They will continue selling fabric online and will teach classes, finish quilts, and repair machine out of their new space.
|The Stitch & Sew Studio (October 2012)|
|Frederick Jason (6 months)|